HOW TO… HIT A 3-WOOD OFF THE DECK
This may be one of the hardest shots in golf because of the lack of loft on the club. Unlike when setting up to hit a driver off a tee, you don’t want the ball in line with your front foot, otherwise you run the risk of the clubhead rising before impact which will cause a top. Instead, aim to position the ball between the middle of your feet and the left heel, and concentrate on brushing the turf through impact, rather than taking a divot. You’ve only got 15 degrees of loft, so focus on swinging shallow and try not to sway or overdo the shoulder tilt. If you do, the clubhead will likely bottom out and then your mate will wrongly tell you that you lifted your head up because you topped it or drop- kicked it.
Don’t sway. Trust the loft and focus on stabilising the head to promote a central pivot.
For added control, grip down the club an inch.
Follow the flight of the ball with the clubhead through impact to promote a sweeping action.