Which Golf Clubs are the Most Difficult to Hit?
We did a survey of golfers on our website and the results are in. While it is neck-and-neck between driver, 3 fairway wood and long irons, 75% of our golfers said one of those clubs are the most difficult to hit! So now the question is why?
Longer Clubs Mean More Inconsistency
The driver is the longest club in your bag while the 3 wood is the next longest. In our fittings, the driver is usually the most difficult club to fit, mostly because it is the longest and lightest club in the bag. If you don’t get the shaft weight, length, flex and swing weight right, shots will be inconsistent at best. This goes for both driver and fairway woods. That is why we recommend shorter driver shafts, i.e. 44.5″ versus industry standard 45 to 45.5″. Check the impact area on the face of your driver. If you are hitting mostly center to heel, your driver could be too long and/or light.
Shafts Weights Are Not Consistent
Typically an off-the-rack driver shaft will weigh 55 to 65 grams. That will fit the majority of male golfers, however, when you get to a 3 fairway wood, the shaft weight, especially for stronger, more aggressive swings, should increase by roughly 10 grams. Most off-the-rack fairway woods have the same shaft weight as the corresponding driver, which could be too light for both male and female golfers.
Longer Irons Need More Forgiving Heads
Even the touring professionals are playing more forgiving heads in their longer irons. We do a lot of combination sets where the 4,5 and 6 iron will be like a PXG GEN2 0311P and the 7-PW will be the 0311T. And, if you are really struggling with long irons, it is time to consider switching to hybrids.
So bottom line: Play a shorter driver, make sure your fairway woods have a heavier shaft than your driver, and consider hybrids to replace your longer irons! Oh, and make sure you get properly fit for all of these clubs.