The game of golf is influenced as much by tradition as rules — this is why some players still play with irons when they could be using hybrids, and why others blindly approach the tee box with a fat-headed driver in hand. If you don’t need the extra forgiveness that a big face provides, you may be better off with a 3-wood from the Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme fairway family. Here are three reasons to give your fairway a shot at the tee the next time you’re on the golf course:
A smaller head is better at shaping shots
A 3-wood has a significantly smaller head than today’s drivers — even most Tour model driver heads easily exceed 400cc. All that bulk is meant to help you find the sweet spot each and every time, but for some players it just creates a lot of extra club to swing. When precision matters, a fairway can be your best friend.
Higher lofts are all about easier distance
Over the years, drivers have been lofted up to help more and more players get their balls off the tee. These same players probably never noticed that their Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme fairways start at a 15 degree loft, unlike their matching Callaway driver, which tops out at 13.5 degrees. More loft, to a point, is the key to more distance — after all, your ball has to get some air if it’s going to get lots of yardage.
Shorter club length gives you superior control
Drivers just keep getting longer, even though golfers aren’t getting any taller — it’s enough to make you wonder why. Although some very strong players can generate more speed with a longer club shaft, there’s a point where that extra length stops helping. The shorter shafts of the 3 woods makes it easier for a player to control the clubhead and hit their ball with a great deal more directed energy.
Of course, there are any number of other reasons to take to the tee box with a 3-wood, so if it feels right for you, do it. There’s no shame in teeing off with a fairway, the only real shame is in a high handicap you could reduce with the right gear.
At 3balls.com, we honor those golf traditions that have gotten us to this point in the game, but we also realize that sometimes tradition needs to be turned on its ear. That’s why we carry all the best in used Callaway clubs, including those awesome 3-woods, in our online store. Take a look around when you’re ready for the best game of golf of your life.