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how to get height on my 3 wood

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

i have been playing golf for six months.i am playing weell with most club bu i cant get any hight on my 3 wood

post #2 of 17

The easy way to get more hight is to hit down on the ball and not sweep it.

post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 

yes but when i do that i start to hit the ball fat

post #4 of 17

Have you tried to move it back in your stance?

post #5 of 17

Try to have your hands leading the shaft when you hit the ball.  The club head should descend into impact and hit ball then turf.  If you hit the turf first your hands are behind the shaft and you need to go back to hands leading.  

post #6 of 17

My stock 3 wood shot off the fairway has the ball a little forward in my stance and taking an aggressive swing. The key for me is making sure the takeway is slow and smooth. Then at the top I have a very slight pause and after that I don't make any conscious moves but I'm basically in rip mode at that point. When I hit it solid I feel the impact in my fingers as the club head releases. I'm much more a sweeper with my woods so height generally isn't a problem provided I have the club head accelerating through impact.

 

I see a number of tour pros take what looks like a small divot with their fairway woods. It looks like a slight descending blow but I'm not sure what that's all about. They are tour pros, there is nothing they do that isn't a freak of nature.  

post #7 of 17

I can appreciate all the comments above about ball position, swing technique, divots, etc, but I had the same problem, I couldn't get a 3 wood in the air consistantly.  I consider myself a decent golfer, but I hated this club.  I'd hit maybe 20% the way I wanted to.  So, I practiced and practiced and hit 100's and 100's of balls at the range......I still hated that d*mn club.  So I called a professional club fitter.  After a week or 2 of going back and forth, by email and telephone calls I had him make a 3 wood for me.  After about 10 minutes on the range I was laughing at the distance and how easy this thing was to hit.  I can hit it high, low, left, right, wow.....its totally funny as h*ll.   I've gotten to the point that I can hit the 3 wood 260 yards off the turf.   My regular distance when I started with this club was about 230-235.  I've never owned a club this easy to hit. 

 

Its such a great club that I'm expecting my 5 wood and 7 wood from him today!! 

 

He made this club, as well as my 5 and 7 woods, +1", Grafalloy ProLite Fairway stiff shaft (low kick), over size grip.  All my irons are +1" but are regular flex.  My drivers and woods are all +1" stiff flex.

 

Try a different shaft, not neccessarily a new head ( though I did change club heads too), but the shaft may be all wrong for your swing.....mine was...but it ain't no more....I love it!

 

post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by golfyboy4 View Post

The easy way to get more hight is to hit down on the ball and not sweep it.



 Is this actually true? I'm surprised if it isn't that Iacas hasn't had a thread about it. :) I feel like the more down I hit the lower the ball goes. It seems like as you increase the amount of swinging down you decrease the amount of loft on the club. (Think hands way in front of the ball) I also watched a video on youtube where the commentators showed in slow mo how (baddley maybe) hit the ball so low off the tee by hitting down on the ball.

 

I also find that when I hit the ball as level as possible with my wedges I get the highest ball flight and the most spin. So whats the deal?

post #9 of 17

Kinda starnge ha?

 

The term "hitting down on the ball", I believe, is all relative.  You really can't tell someone to hit down more to get the ball to go higher unless you see their swing and setup and know that they aren't hitting down already and there is something else wrong.  Just telling someone to hit down more to get the ball to go up is misleading.

 

For example:  If you move the ball back off your right toe, with an 8 iron, you are forced to hit down on the ball and trust me....it ain't going up, its coming out low and long, just like I planned it.  So if someone tells me from this position to get the ball to go higher I have to hit more down.....ouch....this is gonna be bad and ugly.

 

For some people, with their swing  and the club they are using, say a 5 iron, they can take the advice of hitting down more and the ball can go up.  Most people that can't hit a 5 iron because they aren't "pinching" the ball and taking a divot with the 5 and they are trying to actually hit up on it, which we all know does not work.  So in this case, the advice of hitting down may be appropriate.  If you, like me, hit hands in front with a W the ball stays normal launch.  If I sweep that ball, its gonna spin, go high, and short.  but this also depends on my body position at impact, thus making the ball go longer then normal : (

 

So.....what I'm getting at is what I said earlier.....its all relative and it all depends!!

post #10 of 17

For the vast majority of golfers having trouble getting the ball into the air "hitting down" is pretty good advice.  They're very often swinging up or flipping.  They are only very basic, basic tips, but "hit down" and "ball first" are truisms for a reason.

post #11 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks guys will take on that advice.

post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 

Also i am having trouble marking my card in points coould use tell me how this works

post #13 of 17
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Originally Posted by andy-golf View Post

Also i am having trouble marking my card in points coould use tell me how this works



What do you mean points? Like the Stableford system?

post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 

yes

post #15 of 17

According to Wikipedia: 

Points Strokes taken in relation to adjusted fixed score
0 2 strokes or more over, or no score recorded
1 1 stroke over
2 Same number of strokes
3 1 stroke under
4 2 strokes under
5 3 strokes under
6 4 strokes under

"Adjusted fixed score" is par. 

 

They used to play with a Stableford system in the International, a PGA Tour tournament, but it was scored with an adjusted scoring system:

 

 

Points Strokes taken in relation to par
+8 points Albatross (3 strokes under par)
+5 points Eagle (2 strokes under par)
+2 points Birdie (1 stroke under par)
0 points Par
−1 point Bogey (1 stroke over par)
−3 points Double bogey or worse (2 strokes or more over par)
post #16 of 17

also im having trouble figuring out why this thread is in Tour Talk can some one help? thx

 

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post #17 of 17
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Originally Posted by Williamevanl View Post

 Is this actually true? I'm surprised if it isn't that Iacas hasn't had a thread about it. :) I feel like the more down I hit the lower the ball goes. It seems like as you increase the amount of swinging down you decrease the amount of loft on the club. (Think hands way in front of the ball) I also watched a video on youtube where the commentators showed in slow mo how (baddley maybe) hit the ball so low off the tee by hitting down on the ball.

 

I also find that when I hit the ball as level as possible with my wedges I get the highest ball flight and the most spin. So whats the deal?



You don't want to hit down on the ball, you sweep the ball off the fairway with fairway woods. The one thing you need to do is make sure you get of your weight to your left side and not to hang back on your right. The club will be on a downward path "hands leading" towards the ball do to lag and maintaining your right wrist angle pressure.

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