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The loft of a 3-wood may help you drive it farther off the tee

Everyone wants to hit the ball farther.

When they want to hit the ball the longest distance off the tee, they probably grab a driver. But, I notice an issue because some players don't understand their club speed and how this affects how far they hit the ball.

If you can't swing the club at 75 m.p.h. at impact, you can hit a lofted club farther than you can a driver. It's true, some players can't swing a club fast enough to effectively use a driver; they'd be better off using a 3- or a 4-wood.

If you can't swing the club at 75 m.p.h., consider taking a driver-length shaft and replacing the club head with that of a 3- or a 4-wood.

The reason why you'd benefit from this is loft. If you swing the club at 65 m.p.h. the low trajectory of the driver will cause the ball to fly shorter than that of a high-lofted wood.

Without even changing your swing, you may be able to hit the ball farther. If you can't make contact with the ball with a club speed of 75 m.p.h., you shouldn't be using a driver. Consider replacing the driver head with a 3- or a 4-wood club head.


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