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For many amateurs, keeping the driver in the bag can be seen as a sensible play, but stats show that might not be the case.

Statistics from Shot Scope’s extensive data shows that for ten handicappers, the 3-wood only offers 4% more accuracy than the driver, while producing 37 yards less distance.

Their stats show that 50% of shots from a ten handicapper with the driver find the fairway, with the average shot going 229 yards.

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That’s compared to the average 3-wood, which only goes 192 yards, finding the fairway 54% of the time.

While you might see the 3-wood as being the sensible play on a tight hole, these stats show that might not always be the best choice.

• Shot Scope stats from the Old Course

If you think clubbing down further is the answer, then you might want to re-consider. For tee shots with hybrids, the accuracy results are similar, while distance drops even further.


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Lewis Fraser As bunkered’s Performance Editor, Lewis oversees the content that’s designed to make you a better player. From the latest gear to tuition, nutrition, strategy and more, he’s the man. A graduate of the University of Stirling, Lewis joined bunkered in 2021. Formerly a caddie at Castle Stuart Golf Links, he is a member of Bathgate Golf Club where he plays off four.

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