Hitting a 3 wood off the fairway is a challenge for many golfers. We either hit the ball thing or hit the ground before the ball. From time to time, I will experience these hitting errors, but I learned many years ago how to successfully make solid contact with 3 wood. If I miss this shot now, then my error is on the thin side producing a very low ball flight. I know what the error is for my game, but I thought I would turn to a professional to properly explain the challenge and how to fix it.
Chris Ryan is a great resource for any golfer looking to improve their game. He explains swing mechanics so beginners can understand the concept and offers simple, repeatable drills to help us with our game. Successfully hitting a 3 wood off the fairway is not different:
Understanding the angle of attack when using any club is very important. Ryan explains it as that a slightly (he emphasized slight several times in the video) steep descending swing path is a good thing when hitting a 3 wood off the fairway. I particularly like the drill of placing a tee a few inches in front of the ball to be used as a target very helpful. I have used this drill in the past with success and I helped me adjust my ball position to accommodate the goal of the drill. This drill is simple and gives immediate feedback. That is a win win for all players looking to improve their game.
I would like to add one more tip when hitting our 3 wood off the fairway: keep your head focused on the contact point for a count of one after contact. This simple, yet important, movement ensures that I complete my swing before I lift my head and watch the beautiful ball flight. Keeping my head still for a count of one after contact has elevated my consistency. Ideally, I do this with all my clubs, but that is an article for another day.
Hitting our 3 wood well off the fairway can have its challenges. Using Chris Ryan’s drill of a tee slightly in front of the ball will help us make solid and consistent contact. If we can master this shot, then lower scores will be in our future.
I am a grateful golfer! See you on the links!