Jason Day has admitted to being uncomfortable with three-wood in hand in the build up to the The Players Championship that starts on Thursday.
It sounds odd – the world’s best player anxious about a particular club in his bag despite having won six times in his last 16 starts.
However, on Tuesday Day spoke of his battles with his three-wood and how TPC Sawgrass is one course where you want it to be firing.
Of the 14 holes at TPC Sawgrass that are not par-three’s, Day said he could use three-wood as many as six times. Definitely on hole numbers one, two, ten and then possibly on four, five and seven if the wind is not blowing.
“If there’s one club in the bag that’s uncomfortable for me at times it’s the three-wood,” Day said on Tuesday.
“Everyone has an uncomfortable club in their bag, we just don’t talk about it. I’m okay with talking about it.”
The obvious alternative to the three-wood is the two-iron. Day has even experimented with a one-iron before. While the two-iron provides a much higher comfort-level for the Australian, he loses about 35 yards in distance from the three-wood.
Day explains that it’s a catch-22 between hitting fairways with the two-iron and having long-irons into greens, or potentially missing fairways with the three-wood and hitting short-irons into greens but from problematic lies.
“That’s three clubs,” Day said of the difference between the two clubs.
“That is a big difference. But I have to weigh out between hitting an iron or three-wood, just because if I miss it in the rough, you’re going to get fliers out of here and if you get fliers out of the rough, it’s very difficult to hold the greens.
“And then if you miss the greens, then it’s very difficult to try and get up-and-down because of the uncertainty of the lies that you can get around these greens in Bermudagrass.”
Being forced to put the driver away at TPC Sawgrass might explain why Day’s results have been poor at The Players. He’s missed the cut three times in five starts.
It will be fascinating to see how Day goes about overcoming this problem this week.