Best sleeper fairway wood of all time.

High Plains DriverHigh Plains Driver Chip Yipper Extraordinaire Members Posts: 2,377 ✭✭
edited Aug 6, 2017 in Equipment #1
I have been playing for 30 years now, and fairway woods have been by far the hardest spot in the bag to fill.

My miss is usually left and I am pretty shallow through impact, so closed. deeper faces have always been a turnoff.

I have found numerous iron sets, drivers, wedges, and putters that I felt were perfect in looks and performance, but have always had to settle for 'close enough' in fairway woods. I also believe, and it is my opinion only, that long heel-toe faced, shallow fairway woods are easier to hook in my hands,



A couple of months ago, I picked up a 3 wood on a whim from the used discount rack. I just wanted the shaft, but for giggles I figured that I would hit it a few times before pulling it. The small, not exactly shallow head made me guess it would be an unforgiving, low line-driving hitting machine. I was wrong. Great trajectory, very forgiving (for it's size), and pretty hot at launch is the best way to describe the results.



So, after 30 years of looking, I am declaring the Adams BTY fairway woods the most perfect that I have ever tried (and I have tried a bunch.) Square to open face angles, tall enough to feel at ease of a tee, and easy to launch from the fairway. The smaller head also makes it much easier to hit from less than stellar lies.



If anyone remembers the Cobra Speed Pro X-ST, the BTY is very similar in size, but orders of magnitude better in forgiveness and trajectory.



If you like a shorter heel-toe face length, easy launch without an shallow face, and anything but closed face, then you owe it to yourself to pick up one to try. They can be had for cheap right now and I plan of getting a backup for each of the 3 I have.



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I am not brand loyal. I am just seriously OCD.

[font=georgia,serif]Driver: Taylormade M4
Fairway: Taylormade M4 3HL
Hybrid: Taylormade M4 19°
Irons: Taylormade M1 4-P
Wedges: Taylormade ATV 50°, 56° (bent to 55°), and 60°
Putter: Taylormade DA-12/Taylormade Spider/Taylormade Est 79 TM-110
Ball: Taylormade Tour Preferred X/TP5X
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  • KonkliferKonklifer Thinkin' of a master plan... location, location.Members Posts: 7,813 ✭✭
    I was actually going to say the BTY and the RPM LP. I had both for years.
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  • High Plains DriverHigh Plains Driver Chip Yipper Extraordinaire Members Posts: 2,377 ✭✭
    edited Aug 6, 2017 #3
    I have the Strong 3, 3, 4, 5, and 7 wood RPM LP (all neutral) heads in the club graveyard, and I have played them off and on, but they are a little shallow for my liking, especially off the tee.
    I am not brand loyal. I am just seriously OCD.

    [font=georgia,serif]Driver: Taylormade M4
    Fairway: Taylormade M4 3HL
    Hybrid: Taylormade M4 19°
    Irons: Taylormade M1 4-P
    Wedges: Taylormade ATV 50°, 56° (bent to 55°), and 60°
    Putter: Taylormade DA-12/Taylormade Spider/Taylormade Est 79 TM-110
    Ball: Taylormade Tour Preferred X/TP5X
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  • ebkebk Old and Broken Down Members Posts: 1,191 ✭✭
    Adams 3446f - but it was not mass produced.
  • NessismNessism To measure is to know... Members Posts: 18,358 ✭✭
    Photosuckit blocked your photo. I hate those guys. They want $400 for a service that was free previously.
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  • BigHook25BigHook25 Members Posts: 2,292 ✭✭
    Callaway razr fit went way under the radar. I believe it came out about the same time as the RBZ. The razr fit was just as long, was forgiving, and had a nice small profile.
  • toad37toad37 Members Posts: 462 ✭✭
    there are many threads on this... get ready for the V-Steel crowd, the G25 crowd, etc, etc, etc etc
  • granite45granite45 Members Posts: 183
    Diablo Edge... it's very close to going back in my bag instead of the newer 915F.
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  • High Plains DriverHigh Plains Driver Chip Yipper Extraordinaire Members Posts: 2,377 ✭✭
    Nessism wrote:


    Photosuckit blocked your photo. I hate those guys. They want $400 for a service that was free previously.




    Their interface sucks as well.

    Fixed.
    I am not brand loyal. I am just seriously OCD.

    [font=georgia,serif]Driver: Taylormade M4
    Fairway: Taylormade M4 3HL
    Hybrid: Taylormade M4 19°
    Irons: Taylormade M1 4-P
    Wedges: Taylormade ATV 50°, 56° (bent to 55°), and 60°
    Putter: Taylormade DA-12/Taylormade Spider/Taylormade Est 79 TM-110
    Ball: Taylormade Tour Preferred X/TP5X
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  • RobNY22RobNY22 Members Posts: 407 ✭✭
    G25 crowd whoop whoop
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  • 03trdblack03trdblack ClubWRX Posts: 1,849 ClubWRX
    Nessism wrote:


    Photosuckit blocked your photo. I hate those guys. They want $400 for a service that was free previously.




    Use imgur.com
  • Santiago GolfSantiago Golf I Strive to make you Better Members Posts: 4,997 ✭✭
    Anything with the Adams name. Callaway X '06
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    LOOKING FOR A 7 Wood (probably gunna be 230-235 club)
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  • the bishopthe bishop Members Posts: 3,231 ✭✭
    Nessism wrote:


    Photosuckit blocked your photo. I hate those guys. They want $400 for a service that was free previously.


    hot-linking is your friend
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  • bluedotbluedot Members Posts: 3,386 ✭✭
    I'll name one that NOBODY else will name: the Ping Zing 2, Ping's original metal wood.



    For those of you that are a bit older, you'll remember that Ping waited a LONG time before they came out with a metal wood, and when they did, the Zing 2's were considered by most to be intensely ugly compared to others of the day; I don't think they ever sold in large numbers, and it took Ping a long time to become a big deal again in the metal wood market. But they were really easy to hit, especially off a tight lie and the few of us that tried them stayed with them for quite awhile. Until the TiSi's came out...
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  • hybrid25hybrid25 michiganMembers Posts: 1,553 ✭✭
    There's isn't a best fw of all time, it's the one that works best for you that is the greatest,and it's different for everyone.
  • nsxguynsxguy Just anudder user FloridaMembers Posts: 5,599 ✭✭
    Nessism wrote:


    Photosuckit blocked your photo. I hate those guys. They want $400 for a service that was free previously.


    Nessism wrote:


    Photosuckit blocked your photo. I hate those guys. They want $400 for a service that was free previously.




    Yeah, they've got some nerve wanting to be paid for services rendered. image/taunt.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':taunt:' />



    Their interface sucks as well.

    Fixed.




    I hope fixed means 1 picture 'cause the 2nd one still shows blocked (or whatever), at least on my screen.

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  • High Plains DriverHigh Plains Driver Chip Yipper Extraordinaire Members Posts: 2,377 ✭✭
    Yes. I just attached the photo and didn't delete the link.
    I am not brand loyal. I am just seriously OCD.

    [font=georgia,serif]Driver: Taylormade M4
    Fairway: Taylormade M4 3HL
    Hybrid: Taylormade M4 19°
    Irons: Taylormade M1 4-P
    Wedges: Taylormade ATV 50°, 56° (bent to 55°), and 60°
    Putter: Taylormade DA-12/Taylormade Spider/Taylormade Est 79 TM-110
    Ball: Taylormade Tour Preferred X/TP5X
    [/font]
  • KRW59KRW59 Hoarder Members Posts: 856 ✭✭
    nsxguy wrote:


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    Callaway squareway!!
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    UofU02 wrote:


    Diablo Octane Tour.




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    HYBRID: Cobra KING F6 19* w/Red Tie
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  • BearQBearQ Break 2 Rebuild Members Posts: 3,390 ✭✭
    XR 3deep. If a 55.5 lie angle and open face angle + deep head suit your eye. The matte black finish is lovely. No alignment aid



    This rocket launcher is world class and was heavily slept on. But it has to fit what you're looking for. I got what would resemble tour van specs for what I needed in a retail head. Paired with Tour Ad TP. It's as good as a fairway will get for me. I have hit distances and flights with this club that I never hit even in my best days.



    Its just a solid club. Only reason I haven't moved over to an M2 tour. 3 years thus far as firmly in my bag, easily will get 3 more.
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  • dmeeksDCdmeeksDC ClubWRX Posts: 2,196 ClubWRX
    Agree on the Callaway Pro heads in several models. XHot Pro, X2Hot Pro or the XR Pro. Players fixate on whether the club looks open or closed. I find lie angle is as big if not a bigger factor. So many upright fairway woods made to accommodate swings coming down above the plane and designed to reduce the slice by raising your hands and aiming the club more left at impact. I find them awkward to hit consistently and easy to duck hook.



    Give me a 55 or 56 degree lie angle and I won't hook it. Beyond that I don't go for shallow face or too deep. Like them moderate so I can like the look off turf or tee. That's why I am eyeing the new Steelhead 3+ or 4+, both of which are 1.5 to 2 degrees flatter than the standard 3 or 5. I bet I will have no trouble elevating that 13.5 degree 3+ because these clubs tend to get the ball up anyway. And I am a fan of the cambered sole.
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  • hybrid25hybrid25 michiganMembers Posts: 1,553 ✭✭
    A funny thing is as I read through this thread there are probably 30 different Fairway Woods people are saying that is the best sleeper Fairway Wood of all time. Are there really that many? If there are that many they all can't be the greatest of all time can they?
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