Mini drivers vs tall faced 3/4 wood. Options?

boggymanboggyman Members Posts: 2,576 ✭✭
Who makes or produced a mini driver besides Cally and Tm. Is there a similar tall faced 4 wood?

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  • mcs4mcs4 South FloridaMembers Posts: 650 ✭✭
    The semi-recent Callaway and TM models are basically it in terms of reasonably modern clubs. IMO the Callaway is very similar to old pre-460cc Cally drivers, just with more loft and more up-to-date technology. The TMs are slightly more similar to taller-faced fairways (i.e. less driver-like) to my eye but you still wouldn't confuse them with a 3/4 wood.



    I'm not sure that there's anything more recent than those that would be similar, as the popularity of taller-faced fairways primarily intended as tee clubs seem to be on the downswing again, possibly due to increases in technology and the trend of pros/long hitters going with higher-lofted 3ws/4ws.
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  • cmatthews77cmatthews77 Members Posts: 821 ✭✭
    Not that I know of in terms of other mini drivers. Callaway for a while as also making the 3-deep (and there was a 4-deep version) fairway wood which was a taller fairway wood. I'd say it's a club that specializes in those that like to hit fairway woods off the tee a lot and want a taller/deeper looking face. I don't think they've released those since the 2015 XR series...



    https://www.callawaygolfpreowned.com/golf-clubs/fairway-woods/fwoods-2015-xr-deep.html



    I have the Callaway Big Bertha Mini 1.5. It's a super fun club to own. It looks good and performs well. The problem is honestly it's just kind of pointless unless you just can NOT stand hitting a modern 460cc driver.



    I don't have (and most people won't in my opinion) have the swing speed and talent to hit the Big Bertha Mini 1.5 off the deck effectively better than a 3-wood. It's too long and tall for that purpose. So it's primarily a tee ball club. You could use it as a 3-wood off the tee but then I'd recommend shortening the shaft a bit as it's likely to kind of get close to your driver so again what's the point unless you're just not comfortable with driver.



    So all in all it's a really cool club that I enjoy having in my office to occasionally take to the range and play around with but I rarely ever bag it for serious rounds.
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  • NokeNoke Members Posts: 2,116 ✭✭
    Wishon!



    919 F/D is awesome. Tall face, 260cc, variety of lofts, bendable hosel, HOT face. Not much to dislike.
  • gvogelgvogel Members Posts: 7,334 ✭✭
    boggyman wrote:


    Who makes or produced a mini driver besides Cally and Tm. Is there a similar tall faced 4 wood?




    Ping produced a Rapture mini driver - 13* with some adjustability. It sounds great, was pretty hot, and I cannot see that the more current ones would be any better.
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  • boggymanboggyman Members Posts: 2,576 ✭✭
    gvogel wrote:

    boggyman wrote:


    Who makes or produced a mini driver besides Cally and Tm. Is there a similar tall faced 4 wood?




    Ping produced a Rapture mini driver - 13* with some adjustability. It sounds great, was pretty hot, and I cannot see that the more current ones would be any better.


    Forgot about the Ping. Thanks.

    nohny noke wrote:


    Wishon!



    919 F/D is awesome. Tall face, 260cc, variety of lofts, bendable hosel, HOT face. Not much to dislike.


    Thanks. Something different and I like different.
  • boggymanboggyman Members Posts: 2,576 ✭✭
    Thanks for responding. This would be used pretty much a tee club.
  • Peanut191Peanut191 Members Posts: 1,862 ✭✭


    Not that I know of in terms of other mini drivers. Callaway for a while as also making the 3-deep (and there was a 4-deep version) fairway wood which was a taller fairway wood. I'd say it's a club that specializes in those that like to hit fairway woods off the tee a lot and want a taller/deeper looking face. I don't think they've released those since the 2015 XR series...



    https://www.callawaygolfpreowned.com/golf-clubs/fairway-woods/fwoods-2015-xr-deep.html



    I have the Callaway Big Bertha Mini 1.5. It's a super fun club to own. It looks good and performs well. The problem is honestly it's just kind of pointless unless you just can NOT stand hitting a modern 460cc driver.



    I don't have (and most people won't in my opinion) have the swing speed and talent to hit the Big Bertha Mini 1.5 off the deck effectively better than a 3-wood. It's too long and tall for that purpose. So it's primarily a tee ball club. You could use it as a 3-wood off the tee but then I'd recommend shortening the shaft a bit as it's likely to kind of get close to your driver so again what's the point unless you're just not comfortable with driver.



    So all in all it's a really cool club that I enjoy having in my office to occasionally take to the range and play around with but I rarely ever bag it for serious rounds.




    I think they only made a 2 Deep at 12.5, a 3 Deep at 14.5 and a 5 Deep at 17.5 in the X2 series. I could be off on the lofts, but I don’t remember a 4 Deep.
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  • Pack7483Pack7483 Members Posts: 631 ✭✭
    Wish Callaway would make a mini deep driver with Jailbreak.
  • pt73pt73 Members Posts: 607 ✭✭
    Ping are still selling the Stretch which is 12cc bigger than the comparable G400 fairway.



    I'm a fan of Mini Drivers as it suits my course layout so have the SLDR Mini, Bertha Mini and a G Stretch.



    All of them are great clubs for me.
  • VNutzVNutz Members Posts: 6,101 ✭✭
    Peanut191 wrote:


    Not that I know of in terms of other mini drivers. Callaway for a while as also making the 3-deep (and there was a 4-deep version) fairway wood which was a taller fairway wood. I'd say it's a club that specializes in those that like to hit fairway woods off the tee a lot and want a taller/deeper looking face. I don't think they've released those since the 2015 XR series...



    https://www.callawaygolfpreowned.com/golf-clubs/fairway-woods/fwoods-2015-xr-deep.html



    I have the Callaway Big Bertha Mini 1.5. It's a super fun club to own. It looks good and performs well. The problem is honestly it's just kind of pointless unless you just can NOT stand hitting a modern 460cc driver.



    I don't have (and most people won't in my opinion) have the swing speed and talent to hit the Big Bertha Mini 1.5 off the deck effectively better than a 3-wood. It's too long and tall for that purpose. So it's primarily a tee ball club. You could use it as a 3-wood off the tee but then I'd recommend shortening the shaft a bit as it's likely to kind of get close to your driver so again what's the point unless you're just not comfortable with driver.



    So all in all it's a really cool club that I enjoy having in my office to occasionally take to the range and play around with but I rarely ever bag it for serious rounds.




    I think they only made a 2 Deep at 12.5, a 3 Deep at 14.5 and a 5 Deep at 17.5 in the X2 series. I could be off on the lofts, but I don’t remember a 4 Deep.




    Unfortunately there is no 4deep.
  • geochitowngeochitown Members Posts: 1,672 ✭✭
    edited Jan 11, 2019 4:15pm #12
    I think the 5deep is 18.5*
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  • JohnKHawkJohnKHawk Members Posts: 725 ✭✭
    Don't forget about the"Thriver" from Hireko. I guess it was supposed to be a cross between a driver & three wood. Only one I can think of that wasn't already mentioned.
  • EaglesGolf99EaglesGolf99 (.... Formerly Known As RaidersGolf99) Foxboro, MAMembers Posts: 2,405 ✭✭


    Not that I know of in terms of other mini drivers. Callaway for a while as also making the 3-deep (and there was a 4-deep version) fairway wood which was a taller fairway wood. I'd say it's a club that specializes in those that like to hit fairway woods off the tee a lot and want a taller/deeper looking face. I don't think they've released those since the 2015 XR series...



    https://www.callawaygolfpreowned.com/golf-clubs/fairway-woods/fwoods-2015-xr-deep.html



    I have the Callaway Big Bertha Mini 1.5. It's a super fun club to own. It looks good and performs well. The problem is honestly it's just kind of pointless unless you just can NOT stand hitting a modern 460cc driver.



    I don't have (and most people won't in my opinion) have the swing speed and talent to hit the Big Bertha Mini 1.5 off the deck effectively better than a 3-wood. It's too long and tall for that purpose. So it's primarily a tee ball club. You could use it as a 3-wood off the tee but then I'd recommend shortening the shaft a bit as it's likely to kind of get close to your driver so again what's the point unless you're just not comfortable with driver.



    So all in all it's a really cool club that I enjoy having in my office to occasionally take to the range and play around with but I rarely ever bag it for serious rounds.




    Pictures of this 4 Deep you speak of or it didn't happen!!
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  • EaglesGolf99EaglesGolf99 (.... Formerly Known As RaidersGolf99) Foxboro, MAMembers Posts: 2,405 ✭✭
    Peanut191 wrote:



    Not that I know of in terms of other mini drivers. Callaway for a while as also making the 3-deep (and there was a 4-deep version) fairway wood which was a taller fairway wood. I'd say it's a club that specializes in those that like to hit fairway woods off the tee a lot and want a taller/deeper looking face. I don't think they've released those since the 2015 XR series...



    https://www.callawaygolfpreowned.com/golf-clubs/fairway-woods/fwoods-2015-xr-deep.html



    I have the Callaway Big Bertha Mini 1.5. It's a super fun club to own. It looks good and performs well. The problem is honestly it's just kind of pointless unless you just can NOT stand hitting a modern 460cc driver.



    I don't have (and most people won't in my opinion) have the swing speed and talent to hit the Big Bertha Mini 1.5 off the deck effectively better than a 3-wood. It's too long and tall for that purpose. So it's primarily a tee ball club. You could use it as a 3-wood off the tee but then I'd recommend shortening the shaft a bit as it's likely to kind of get close to your driver so again what's the point unless you're just not comfortable with driver.



    So all in all it's a really cool club that I enjoy having in my office to occasionally take to the range and play around with but I rarely ever bag it for serious rounds.




    I think they only made a 2 Deep at 12.5, a 3 Deep at 14.5 and a 5 Deep at 17.5 in the X2 series. I could be off on the lofts, but I don’t remember a 4 Deep.




    5 Deep is 18.5° but outside that, this is correct as far as I know it!
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  • EaglesGolf99EaglesGolf99 (.... Formerly Known As RaidersGolf99) Foxboro, MAMembers Posts: 2,405 ✭✭
    Pack7483 wrote:


    Wish Callaway would make a mini deep driver with Jailbreak.




    YES!



    Mini Driver with Jailbreak (Adjustable Tip)



    Mini Driver with Jailbreak (Glued Head)



    PLEASE!!
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  • phonguy10phonguy10 Members Posts: 8 ✭✭
    I have used over the past 3 years a Cobra X speed 3+ fairway off the tee only. It has a tall face and actually is about the size of the driver heads back in the day. Almost as long as a driver and much more play in the fairway.
  • LemondeLemonde Members Posts: 744 ✭✭
    JohnKHawk wrote:


    Don't forget about the"Thriver" from Hireko. I guess it was supposed to be a cross between a driver & three wood. Only one I can think of that wasn't already mentioned.




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