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Question on Hybrids and Woods:

Which fairway wood is generally the best use from about 200 yards out from the green?
--Jim G. from Saint Louis, MO

Hi Jim. Thanks for writing MyGolfInstructor.com.

Which fairway wood you would use from 200 yards out from the green purely depends on how far you hit your fairway woods. Since everyone hits their clubs a different distance, there is no set answer to that question. For instance, for me, my 200 yard club is my 5 wood.

The best fairway wood to choose is often the one you hit most consistently. To give you an example, if I am on a par 4 and can hit the green in two with my 3 wood, I will hit it even though it's not my most consistent club. I only choose it if I need the distance it will give me. If I am on a par 5 on the other hand and know that if I hit everything I've got on my second shot, I still won't reach the green, then I'll use my 7 wood. This is because I almost always (8 out of 10 times) hit my 7 wood solid and straight. It will probably leave me a nice easy pitch to the green. If I chose the 3 wood instead however, and only hit that well 4 out of 10 times, I'd likely end up in trouble and have to recover.

The most important thing is the hit the fairway wood that you trust the most.

I hope that helps and I always recommend that you start plugging your scores in our free Game Tracker and enter your practice sessions in the Practice Planner so we can get a complete picture of what is happening with your game.

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