Stacy Lewis: 3 Wood and Driver

Stacy Lewis discusses hitting her 3 wood and driver.


[MUSIC PLAYING] And that's your-- that's your three wood.

This is a three wood. The loft--

Is that an important club for you?

Yes, and I think it's actually, it's if you ask a tour pro, it's probably the hardest club to find. Because you want something that you can get off the ground, but then you want something off a tee that's still going to go.

There's all sort-- there's all different reasons why tour players have a three wood. Like for me, I like a three wood that gets up off the fairway. I've got to have one that gets up in the air. I'll make it go off the tee. What do you want in your three wood?

Mine's probably more for par fives because I just don't, I don't like hitting them. I like hitting drivers, you know. I mean I hit drivers straight enough, that why am I going to lay up, so.

But do you want that to run, do you? Is that a hot three word, or is it--

You want both. I mean, I had a-- the previous three wood before that didn't have a ton of carry to it and just ran a lot. And there's good and bad to that.

Yeah. You can't carry anything.

Right so I was looking for something in this that carries a little bit more.

Little bit more. And this is a-- this is a tester, or is that your--

No, this one, I've tested with it, and it's going in the bag. So it was pretty-- it was a pretty quick decision on this one.

So if it makes it into the bag, it's got game, series game. Yeah, that's nice height right there. So what do you fly 240, 230?

It's probably about 215 to 220.

220, OK. On the three wood?

On the three wood, and then it's going to roll out 230, 240, which is all you need, I mean.

Yeah, so if you are standing on a lake and you had to carry and you were 230 yards to carry, you can't do it with a three wood? Or, you can, maybe?

Not a three wood, no.

So it's 2--

215 I feel pretty comfortable.


Second shot par five, over water all the way. 210, yes. 220, no.

No. And my-- and like in those situations, it's like, and I going to pull this shot off eight out of 10 times, then I'm going to do it. And if I'm not--

And depends on the circumstance. Where I am I in the tournament? Am I trying to make the cut? Am I trying to not miss the cut, et cetera, right? It all comes into scoring.



So my biggest test with a club like when I put it in the bag is, can I hit the shots I want to hit?

I have a saying and tell me if you agree. Is it, when I put my good swing on it, am I getting the flight and the look that I think I should be getting? Sometimes I'll make a really good swing and the thing went-- I'm like, I'm not getting the pay off for that good swing.

Like I'm trying to hit a fade, and it goes left. Something's not right.

The shaft could be wrong, the weight, the where, where the shaft's flexing, all that.

And I'm pretty picky on my clubs and weights. In college, we actually changed a grip on my driver. I went to a different grip. And it was, I'm like, man. This thing feels lighter. Like something's not right. And it was, like, three grams lighter. know

I believe you.

I'm pretty picky on that kind of stuff.

Do you use that small tee, or do you use a big tee?

I've got a big tee right here.

OK. So we're onto the driver. This is probably your-- this is your favorite club, probably. Why is that? Just because you're good at it.

I mean, I just-- I think one, it's probably one of the easier clubs to hit because it's off the ground. I mean, for that reason. And I just, I mean I like just getting up there and being able swing at it and hit it hard.

Well, you have such a awesome shoulder turn, I can see why you want to hit driver. I mean, you're naturally inclined to have a great driver swing.

And it's something that's gotten better over the last couple of years, that I'm top 10 in driving accuracy on tour.

And what do you carry this?

225, probably 235, somewhere in that--

Run out 255--

Yeah, 255, 260.

And that's tour average on a PGA?

It's probably above average. I would say, just above average. Yeah, I mean the girls are hitting it so far now. It's--

What's [? Lexi ?] [? fly, ?] 250, 260?

Oh, she's probably carrying it 260, 270, easy. I mean there probably is-- I mean I played with her at Solheim Cup, and off that first tee, she had it way further than that. So I mean,

First tee, yeah.

First tee at Solheim, I think everybody hits it a little further.

Yeah. That's big. What ball do you play?

I play the Bridgestone 330S. Switched to that about two years ago.

Firm soft? Spin, no spin?

It's actually a fairly spinny ball. If you, you know, go through all the testing, I should be playing the RX version. But for some reason, I don't know--

Didn't work out that way in the field.

If it's the angle of attack or what it is, it just doesn't work. And because Mizuno has always said that when they test me, I hit it more like a guy than a girl, just the angle that I come into the ball. So I had to adjust the driver a little bit for that ball because it spun more than the one previous. But that's pretty, that's easier to do now.

So let's do your whole routine here. You just, I'm going to be your caddie. Let me have that bag.

Oh, OK.

OK, Stacy. Let's get a driver on this hole.

There we go.

You're looking down there.

Yeah, so I'm picking out. Think with this wind, we're going to start at that tree just right of the target. So I always do a practice swing behind the ball, seeing my shot.

There's that right foot again, yep. Beautiful. So you have such a big wind up like that, tell me about of your follow through. Because your follow through is right up there, near your head. I love it, but tell me about it. I love it.

The follow through is, I guess, uniquely mine.

It is yours. I mean, there's no way

It's not something I've tried to do. It just--

I think it's because you're so, you're so wide, there's no other place you can put it.

Yeah I mean, when I was a kid, I mean this thing would just get wrapped around my head. And I had no-- I couldn't control it at all. So I couldn't stop, so I'd just keep going. So it's just-- I mean, it's just what I do. I mean, I never--

Never think about it, obviously.

No, you never-- it's something you never think about, and--

I think it's just-- like if I copied your thing. Big, wide, and then right up near your head here, but it certainly feels like you complete the circle with it.

Oh, for sure. I mean, yeah. I'm just-- I'm just trying to do what I can to get through the ball, and I don't really care what the club does past that.

I think it's so wide that that's-- I've thought about your swing before, you know, how wide it is and how you do that. Because you do see other people's follow through--

People talk about holding a finish and this and that, when I think the most important thing is what happens down here the ball, you know. So why, why I think about something that's--

That's not that--

That's a product of what you do?

Ball is long gone. And you use-- you've got little hands, but these grips are quite big.

Yeah, these are 58s--


Versus 60.

These are bigger than what I use. It's just-- but that's-- I mean, I'm not-- I'm not. It's just, you like to have your hand filled up obviously with the--

Yeah, it's the way it's kind of sits in my fingers. I switched to them a couple years-- like, when I came out on tour. And I just, I don't know.

So I guess the point to note there is that you should do with what you want to do with your clubs, as opposed to someone says, oh you need to have these little fingers because that's what ladies do. No. You're saying this feels better.

Yeah, for sure. I mean, that's why I don't like launch monitors. I don't like all the technology because yeah, you set an arrangement. It tells you it's great, but you get on the golf course, and it doesn't perform. So it's not-- you know, and I know I drive Mizuno crazy with that, but my biggest thing is what's-- can I trust it when I'm on the last hole?

With a one shot lead.


Yeah. Give us the, give us the-- there's the last ball here. Give us the 18th tee shot at St. Andrews, right here. You had to hit it at the big clock.

Yup. Wind was off the right.

That's helpful.

Yes, it was very nice. Off the right and helping. So it was actually one of the easier ones because you could just let it go, but the pen was left just over the valley--

Over the valley of sin.

So you didn't want to get too far left, because then I think the shot gets a little bit harder. So I had actually hit a pretty good one, and ended up right online with the pin, so.

Oh, you did. So you can come straight in?

Yeah I had about 40 yards and putted it from there.

Beauty. So I think we can all-- if you-- I'm going to let you summarize your swing to our viewers, but you, you're wide, very flexible.

Very, just, feel oriented and a lot on timing of, timing of where my body is. You know, not concerned about where the golf club is, just more feel oriented.

And you've worked hard on your leg strength, et cetera. What did you have to do? You talked a little bit about getting this, but lots of--

Lots of--

Just solid downstairs?

Yeah, just getting it-- really doing a lot of, like, smaller exercises to get the hips stronger, to be able to hold them. Because that's what, I think, women we have to, we have to use our hips to create some leverage, to create speed. Where guys can create it a lot from their upper body and their bigger arms and all that, where we have to create it with some restriction in the lower body, so I mean, it's lifting pretty good weights and throwing medicine balls and jumping and different things like that.

Very good.

Picked up 40 yards since I turned pro, so.

How many?

Probably 40.

40 yards since you were pro, because you said when you went to Arkansas, you were only going 200.

Yeah, so I got probably out to about 225 when I was done, but then once I started doing all this working out, started to hit lot further.

And on tour, when you're actually on tour, you'll do some weights and--

I still work out six days a week, yeah.

What an animal. Thank you, Stacey. That's awesome.