For any golfer, the question of using a driver or 3 wood off the tee is finally answered. As I skimmed my usual social media feeds, I came across something from Golf Monthly Magazine. They offered up a stat from ShotScope that was quite enlightening. I tried to find the original source, but could not hammer it down. Regardless, I thought it was worth discussing anyway.
What caught my attention was the little difference between accuracy off the driver and 3 wood off the tee. This data flies in the face of convention and I would suggest that the numbers are a bit askew, but without any way to refute the data I will move forward as if it was completely accurate.
With no discernible difference in accuracy off the tee, according to ShotScope, between the driver and 3 wood, then distance has to be king. It only makes sense…..right? If the average player is hitting the ball 30 yards farther off the tee with the driver with the same accuracy; why in the world would anyone ever use a 3 wood. Personally, I would not and I am sure you would not either.
I actually tracked my stats last season and I was in the fairway or first cut 75% of the time off the tee. This stat is based on 37 full rounds that I recorded for my handicap. I did not record this stat on fun rounds, Men’s Night, or charity golf tournaments. I would suggest that my accuracy did not change much during those rounds either.
Given my strength off the tee with my driver, I can say with confidence that I use it whenever possible. I will hit a 3 wood for course management, but that is about it. However, I need the distance that my driver provides in order to shoot my best games. So, regardless of the data provided by ShotScope I would use my driver as much as possible.
One point provided by a regular on my twitter feed suggests that misses with driver tend to be much larger and result in greater challenges for the second shot. I can definitely see this, however it is not part of the original data in which to make an informed decision. So, their remarks open an entirely new set of questions and test parameters….for another day.
ShotScope offers data that should be a game changer for most players. With little to no accuracy differences between the driver and 3 wood, every player should choose driver! What do you think? Driver or 3 wood?
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!