ALWAYS HIT DRIVER
A lot of average golfers don’t hit the driver as consistently straight as they’d like. The reflex advice has always been to dial down to a 3-wood and put something out there in play. That’s a nice thought, but the reality for most middle-handicaps is, they don’t hit the 3-wood much different than the driver. If you put the same mediocre swing on a 3-wood that you do on a driver, you’re just going to be 20 or 30 metres further from where you want to go. And it’s actually harder to make solid contact with a 3-wood because the clubface is smaller and you have to tee the ball so much closer to the ground. Unless water or O.B. is a factor, swing your driver and accept the risk of a crooked shot for the potential distance benefit. Even if you hit the 3-wood as well as you can, you’re still going to have a significantly longer shot into the green, which offsets most of any accuracy advantage you got.