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mxskiermxskier Denver 504WRX Points: 72Members Posts: 504
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Since the site is buggy and searching is not the best right now, I figured I'd post this out there.

Which do you go with? 3H or 5W?

I hit my 3W more consistently centered than I will my hybrid, though I am still getting used to the hybrid swing feel. But directionally a 5W will surely be harder to control being at 42-42.5" vs 40" Does a 19 5W go that much farther on the carry than a 3H?

Another benefit for a 3H is that you can use it easily for bump and runs, punch shots, and all around utility. How does a 5W compare on that front?

Just curious for everyones thoughts.
Ping G400 LST Tour 65S
Cobra F8+ 3W/5W VA Slay 75
Callaway Apex Pro 19 4-PW Oban CT 115
Vokey SM7 50/54/60 Oban CT 115
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  • FlyingLaw1FlyingLaw1 MO 880WRX Points: 143Members Posts: 880
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    I don't have a Hybrid but I do have a Srixon U45 18 degree that I switch out with a Ping G20 5 wood depending on the course I'm playing and conditions. The 5 wood is much easier to hit but it's harder for me to control (I.e. keep low, work right to left, etc.). I also hit it MUCH higher so on a windy day I'll play the U45.
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  • Bobb3rdownBobb3rdown Bothell, WA 714WRX Points: 188Members Posts: 714
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    I've been running a 3h. But turned up to 21°.
    Right now I'm. Playing 9° driver, 16° 3 wood and 19° hybrid turned up. Gives me great gapping and useable lofts without a huge gap between my hybrid and 4 iron which is 24°
    Ping i20 9.5
    Callaway rouge sub zero 15
    Adams pro mini 20
    Bridgestone tour b x-cb 4-pw 
    Vokey sm7 50.12, sm7 56.10, sm6 62.08
    Maltby ptm-4
    2018 Players 5 stand bag
    Srixon Z Star xv
  • ChipNRunChipNRun  1856WRX Points: 383Members Posts: 1,856
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    You would have to do a side-by-side with 3H and 5W to know for sure. A 5W would probably go farther, if you can control it, and a 3H would launch lower on windy days.

    A 3H probably comes closer to a 7W in distance, rather than a 5W.

    As far as chip shots out of greenside moon craters, a 3H and a 5W can both be used for this.

    What's In The Bag *...

    Driver: Calla XR16 Pro 10.5° (set open) / Fuji Evolution II TS Speeder 665 R-flex 63 gr.
    FWs: Tour Edge XRail 4W + 7W / GraphiteDesign G60 R-flex 60 gr.
    or Calla Alpha 815, set 16° + 20° / Fuji Motore Speeder 665 R-flex 62 gr.
    Hybrid: Cobra FlyZ 3H 19° + 4H 22° / Matrix VLCT Altus Lite flex 73 gr.
    Irons: Tour Edge CB Pro Tungsten 4i - PW** / KBS Tour 90 R-flex 101 gr.
           4i refitted with SteelFiber 780 HLS Hybrid shaft R Flex 75 gr.
    Wedge: Calla MD3 48°/8.SS + 54°/12.WS + MD.PM 60°/10  | KBS Tour R-flex 110 gr.  | Note: MD4 58°/8.C-grind may replace MD/PM
    Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne (face-balanced) / 34" w. Ping Pistol PP60 grip (stock)
    Bag: Sun Mountain Three 5 stand bag
    Ball: Calla SuperHot - orange
    * Either 7W or 3H left out, depending on course and season.
    ** Wedges: 46°and 48°are competing for bag space.
  • G-BoneG-Bone Better than most...  2714WRX Points: 188Members Posts: 2,714
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    I find a 20 degree hybrid more versatile and a better fit for my game when compared to a 5 wood.  Also, for me, the hybrid is more accurate.

    On Trackman the total distance is about the same.  However, the 5 wood carries further and stops quicker, were as the hybrid comes in a bit hotter with more roll.  In the few cases I need the additional carry than my hybrid can give, I will choke down my 3 wood and/or work to cut the ball in high and soft.

    Ultimately, for the courses I play I like the versatility of my 3 wood - 20 degree hybrid combo. 
    PING G410 LST Driver 9º ~ GD Tour AD IZ
    TaylorMade M5 Fairway 14º ~ GD Tour AD IZ
    Callaway Apex 19 Hybrid 20º ~ GD Tour AD HY
    Callaway Apex 19 Hybrid 23º ~ GD Tour AD HY
    Epon by Endo AF-505 Irons 5–PW ~ Rifle Project X
    PING Glide 2.0 Stealth Wedge 50/SS (51º) ~ Rifle Project X
    PING Glide 2.0 Stealth Wedge 56/SS (57º) - Tour Department 'SG' Grind ~ Rifle Project X
    PING Glide 2.0 Stealth Wedge 60/SS (63º) - Tour Department 'SG' Grind ~ Rifle Project X
    Titleist Scotty Cameron Circle T Del Mar Buttonback Select Tour Prototype (A026140)
    Titleist Pro V1 ~ #19
  • AG12AG12  1595WRX Points: 817Members Posts: 1,595
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    I go back and forth between the two, I have a G410 19* hybrid that I love but my TS2 18* 5W is also great. I feel the hybrid is a little more versatile and I can hit it out of most lies whereas the fairway wood  not as confident in deep rough etc
    Titleist TS2 9.5* Tensei Pro White 60S
    Titleist TS2 15* Tensei Pro White 70S
    Titleist TS2 18* Tensei Pro White 70S
    TaylorMade P790 '19 4-PW Project X LZ 120
    PING Glide 3.0 50SS/54SS/58SS DG S200
    PING Vault 2.0 Voss
    Titleist ProV1x #27
  • BearQBearQ  3667WRX Points: 850Members Posts: 3,667
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    Finding hybrids I like is tough, but doable. I mostly gravitate towards driving irons for that spot now though. I'll take the only true compromise of decreased rough performance. As long as you have enough loft in the new driving irons they are very versatile. I got away from carrying 5-wood because my build was going too far...I almost never needed it off turf for my game.

    I seem to like most hybrids from the 2007-2011 era. Dont be afraid to look at some older models in search for a hybrid or fairway.

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  • revanantrevanant  401WRX Points: 302Members Posts: 401
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    I prefer woods to hybrids. My favorite club in the bag is my Cobra F6+ Baffler. It’s automatic from any sort of lie. I think the rails really help.  

    If you’re considering a 5w, definitely check out the cobra offerings. 

    Cobra King LTD
    Cobra F8 3W
    Cobra F6 Baffler 5W
    Mizuno MP-4 w/ Project X 6.0
    Titleist Vokey SM5 54-10 M
    Mizuno JPX 58-14
    Ping Redwood D66

  • TheGoochTheGooch  94WRX Points: 84Members Posts: 94
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    Cobra F8 9*
    Callaway Rogue 3-Wood 15*
    Callaway Apex Hybrid 20*
    Callaway Apex CF16 5 - GW
    Ping Glide 56SS
    Tommy Armour Impact #3
  • KGilmaKGilma Franklin TN 216WRX Points: 58Members Posts: 216
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    I ditched the 3h for a 5w this year.  Hybrid was too inconsistent.  I have the Cobra f6 and it is great from any lie.  
    Ping G400 Max 9* Tensei Pro Orange 60
    Cobra King F9 3w 14.5*
    Cobra King F6 Baffler 5w 17.5*
    Mizuno MP-18 MMC 4-PW
    Titleist Vokey SM7 50*/56*
    Scotty Newport 2
  • solidsnakeivsolidsnakeiv Florida 20WRX Points: 25Members Posts: 20
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    I have went back and forth on this, but finally settled on keeping the f7 Hybrid in the bag.....I had an f8 5 wood, but just felt more consistent with the hybrid.
  • Z1ggy16Z1ggy16  8374WRX Points: 950Members Posts: 8,374
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    My personal thoughts on 3h vs 5w -
    • Generally launches lower, usually lower spin
    • Easier to control due to shorter shaft
    • Less club speed, usually less ball speed
    • Less forgiving
    • Most versatile club in the 18-20* slot
    • Will launch higher, with more spin
    • Harder to control & usually harder to work
    • More club speed, sometimes more ball speed
    • More forgiving
    • Less versatile, but superior for holding greens
    For right now the biggest advantage I see of my hybrid is that it's much flatter off the tee than a 5w. I don't usually (need) to try and hit greens from 230+ out, so the whole holding green advantage of the higher launching 5w isn't really a factor. A hybrid will be less forgiving for sure (especially a smaller player's hybrid) but the flight off the tee is ideal. My 818H2 launches about the same as my P7903i which has a 120g X flex steel shaft in it. I've used 5w in the past and they've launched suuuuper high. I'm willing to experiment again with something like an M3/M5 5w to see if I can bring the launch down a little while retaining higher speeds, but I'm doubtful it can replace my small players hybrid.
    D - Epic SZ | HZRDUS Smoke Black
    4w - '16 Tour Issue M1 | Diamana B Series
    3h - '17 Tour Issue M1 | Accra TZ6
    Irons - MP-20 SEL 4-PW | Modus 120
    GW - T20 50/7 | Modus 120
    SW - T20 54/8 | Modus 120
    LW - T20 58/12 | Modus 120
    P - Bettinardi 360-M
    Ball - Bridgestone BXS

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  • numberonecoognumberonecoog  484WRX Points: 66Members Posts: 484
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    This is going to sound weird but a 5W looks like I am going to hit the ball sky high. I have a 19 degree hybrid which has the exact same loft and it doesnt look that way. **** I have a 23 degree 4 hybrid which doesnt look that way. The 5 wood just looks like its going sky high
  • lefty1978lefty1978 Charlotte, NC 480WRX Points: 223Members Posts: 480
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    Never liked 5 woods. Right now I'm switching between a 20° hybrid and a 18° iron in that slot.
    Mizuno ST190 9.5° w/ Fujikura Speeder Evolution II 661
    Callaway Epic Sub Zero 3w 15° w/ Aldila Rogue Max 75g
    Mizuno CLK 3h 18° w/ Fujikura Speeder HB 75g
    Mizuno MP-20 SEL HMB 4 iron w/ DG 120 S300
    Mizuno MP-20 SEL 5-PW w/ DG 120 S300
    Titleist Vokey SM5 52°/12° F Grind
    Titleist Vokey SM5 58°/11° K Grind
    Titleist Vokey SM5 62°/8° T Grind
    Scotty Cameron California Del Mar Putter
    Titleist AVX golf balls
  • CjetblackCjetblack  114WRX Points: 34Members Posts: 114
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    I ditched my 5W for a 3H, but I kind of regret doing so now.  When I'm on with the hybrid, it is great.  But, I tend to be too inconsistent with it.  Now, the 4H, I love.  May have to switch back or figure something else out.  While my 5W was easier to hit, I could get a bit wild with it also.
  • shredNECTARshredNECTAR  148WRX Points: 61Members Posts: 148
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    Last season I gamed a 2 iron and 3 wood. I decide to buy a 19 degree hybrid to have along my 3 iron in my new set. I just feel with the hybrid I can nut it (240) and feel confident it won’t go out of play. My 3 wood on the other hand, I just can’t control it as well. Maybe if my 3 woods loft was higher like those 16.5 deg 3(4) woods I’d feel differently. 
  • GolfNuts4GolfNuts4  743WRX Points: 115Members Posts: 743
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    I went back and forth for quite some time, but finally ditched the 3H and went with the 5 wood, I hit it longer and higher, so it fits well for my setup. I really don't get along with hybrids that well for some reason.
    Callaway Rogue 10.5* Driver
    Callaway Rogue 3 Wood
    Callaway Big Bertha (2004) 5 wood
    Ping G30 4 Hybrid
    Mizuno 919 Hot Metal Irons 5-GW
    Titleist Vokey Wedges 56/60
    Scotty Cameron Monterey
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  • divebreckdivebreck  374WRX Points: 78Members Posts: 374
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    I personally like the hybrid over the 5 wood, for me it just feels like an easier club to swing. I'm sure it is since it has a shorter shaft length, for me there is not a big distance difference maybe 3-4 yards.
  • AC in TXAC in TX  730WRX Points: 83Members Posts: 730
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    Both since I have the space in my bag ... hybrid straighter, 5 wood longer ... I use the tool that fits the need - king of like box wrench vs. socket ...
    The Ping Hoofer 14 bag:
    Driver - Ping G-400 @ 11.5*
    Fairway - Ping G-400 @ 16.5*
    Hybrid - Ping G-400 19*
    Irons - Ping G-700 4 to SW
    Wedge - Ping Glide 60 SS
    Putter - Scotty Circa 62 No. 6 33"
  • ian-500ian-500  1003WRX Points: 259Members Posts: 1,003
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    Gone back to a 5w very recently. I'll test it against a 19/20 hybrid soon. The 5w is very easy to hit from the fairway or first cut for me, and long.
    Taylormade M1 430 8.5* + Tensei CK Pro Blue 60tx.
    Taylormade Original One 14.5* + Tensei CK Pro Blue 80tx.
    Epon AF-Tour 5i - PW + OT Tour 120x.
    Epon 208 KGX 53/59 + OT Tour 110x.
    SeeMore SB1, Accra FX300.
  • MarkripMarkrip Boss fan 62  1725WRX Points: 256Members Posts: 1,725
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    I used to switch back and forth until I bought a F8 hybrid last year. I like it much better than the 5 wood when I’m off the fairway.
    Driver - Cobra F7
    3w- Adams Tight Lies 2 16
    Hybrid - Cobra F8 19
    Irons- Sub 70 739 5-PW
    Wedges- Tour Edge CB Pro 50, 54 , 58
    Putter- Tour Edge HP Series 01
  • SnapHooker_605SnapHooker_605 Rapid City, SD 861WRX Points: 155Members Posts: 861
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    I use the hybrid instead of a 5 wood and have my 3 wood shortened a bit. I like the ball flight from my F7 hybrid much better than the 5 wood(I  usually play it at 21.5 degrees and get a pretty good flat ball flight with it). It doesn't exactly stop on a dime, but if I 'm far enough out that I need to hit it, getting it to stop immediately is probably the least of my worries.
    Cobra King F8 Driver  Aldila NV-2KXV Green 65 Stiff (9 degree setting, Draw Weight Placement, -3/4")
    Cobra King F8 3-4 Wood Aldila NV-2KXV Blue 70 Stiff (15.5 degree setting, -1/2")
    Cobra King F7 3-4 Hybrid (19 degree setting)
    Mizuno JPX-900 Forged 4 Iron Thru G Wedge - KBS Regular Flex Steel Shafts
    Titleist Spin Milled SM 5 54/10 degree and 58/8 Degree - Stock Steel Shafts
    Scotty Cameron Red X3 (34")
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  • dmeeksDCdmeeksDC  2510WRX Points: 260ClubWRX Posts: 2,510
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    Why decide? Get the best of both. The Cobra F6 Baffler is about as hybrid-like as a fairway can be, and it is 41.75 inches, a little shorter than typical FW to boost control. Changeable weights. Head is 147cc. New ones on RBG for $80? Can’t go wrong. 
    Ping G400 9 degrees, Ping Tour stiff shaft, 65 grams
    Callaway XHot2 Pro 5 wood, 17 degrees, Aldila Tour Blue stiff shaft
    Titleist 915F fairway, 21 degrees, Diamana Blue 70 stiff
    Srixon 565 4 iron, Nippon 980GH stiff shaft
    Adams CMB irons, 5-PW, KBS C Taper regular shafts (110g)
    Titleist Vokey SM7 50 degree, F grind, Dynamic Gold S200 shaft
    Callaway Mack Daddy 2 54-degree wedge, S grind, DG wedge shaft
    Ben Hogan TK wedge, 59 degree, KBS black wedge shaft
    TaylorMade TP Chaska putter, sliver, 34 inches
  • nostaticnostatic "i drank what?!?" Socrates lost angeles 201WRX Points: 170ClubWRX Posts: 201
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    I never hit a hybrid until a recent fit. Liked it so much I now have three of them in the bag, kicking 5W, 7W and 5i in favor of F9 3H and 5H, along with an F7 3/4H adjusted to 21.5* (right in between the other two hybirds - they were on sale for $85 earlier this week). So far impressive results - hit the 3/4H the first time today with a couple of solid, straight strikes. The G400 5W and 7W will go onto the classifieds...but YMMV.
    Ping G400Max 10.5 XTorsion S - Cobra F9 3W 16 Devo7 S - F9 3H Devo8 S 
    Mizuno 919 Hot Metal Pro 4-PW - 919F GW - S18 55/09 PX LZ Tour 6.0 - Ping Glide2.0 Stealth 58TS
    Odyssey StrokeLab Double Wide Flow
  • reider69reider69  623WRX Points: 94Members Posts: 623
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    Shorter clubs are easier to hit.  3H all day.  I love my biocell hybrid and it may be my favorite club in bag.
    Mizuno ST190 - Kuro Kage Silver Tini 70X
    Cobra BioCell+ - Matrix Ozik Red Tie 6Q3 X
    Cobra BioCell 3-4 Hybrid - Aldila Rogue Black 85 X
    Mizuno JPX 900 Forged 4-G, KBS C Taper Lite X
    Ping Glide Stealth 2.0 - 54 and 58 - Modus 105X
    Callaway Xforged - 64 degrees
    Lajosi DD201 Proto
  • jjdamjjdam Salt Spring Island 84WRX Points: 34Members Posts: 84
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    I switched from a 3hy back to 5W while keeping the 4hy. I have better accuracy with the woods than the 3 hy as I found it harder to hit than the other adjacent clubs. In addition I have a 13 deg 3W as well as driver. The extra woods give me tons of options for the lengthy shots, which I need. I’ve dropped a wedge at the bottom of the bag and I now use 52 & 58 and couldn’t be more pleased with this 13 club set up. I’m do agree that the 5w has a higher flight than the 3hy.
    DR - TM R15 460 / Fubuki 65g
    3W - 13° TM R9 / Diamana Kai'li 75g
    5W -18° - TM V-Steel / Diamana Kai'li 75g
    4 Hy - 22° MP-650 / Fujikura Orochi 85g
    4-PW - MP-30 / NS Pro 950GH
    Wedges - 52° & 58° SM6 / KBS Hi Rev 2
    Putter - Ping Cadence
  • bok006bok006 Sundazed marooned duffer  81WRX Points: 42Members Posts: 81
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    I play both 5w and 3h and ditched the 4i instead, couldn't hit that with any consistency. Much easier with the 5w and 3h for me.
    I adjusted lofts on 5w down and 3h up to fit the gaps and I'm very happy with the change ... (famous last words :# )
    D - Mizuno JPX900 9,5°, Fujikura EVO II Speeder 569
    F - Mizuno JPX900 13° & 16°, Fujikura EVO II Speeder 661
    H - Mizuno JPX900 21°, Fujikura pro 73h
    I - Mizuno MP-54, 5-PW, KBS tour S
    W - Mizuno MP-T5, 50° 56° 62°, KBS tour S
    P - PING Karsten TR Anser 5
    B - Wilson/Staff DUO U
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  • bamagolfbamagolf  184WRX Points: 110Members Posts: 184
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    I have to say the 3H. I have never been able to get comfortable with a 5 wood.

    Ping G400 LST 10* (set at 9*)
    TM RBZ 15*
    Callaway XR OS 3H 19*
    Ping G410 4-7
    Callaway Apex CF16 8-S
    Ping Eye 2 L
    SeeMore PTM 3 35”
  • FireProFirePro  865WRX Points: 59Members Posts: 865
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    I just did this test a week ago, Titleist 909 F2 18.5 5 wood playing 1/2" short, Ping i20 3 hybrid (20) and Srixon U45 23. I was trying to figure out which one I wanted to go with this year in the main bag and i think im going to make it a game time decision depending on wind, U45 windy, 5 wood calm.

    5 wood launched higher and steeper decent
    3 hybrid mid launch compared the 5 wood with a little more role out
    U45 launch lower with more role out

    from that distance I like the steep decent to hold green unless its to windy of course which is when the U45 will come out and play.

    Cobra FlyZ+ @ 8.5 deg w/Grafalloy (White) Blue X-Stiff tipped 3/4" @ 44.75"
    Taylormade 2017 M1 set to 13 deg w/ RBZ TP Aldila RIP Alpha 70X Tipped 1" @ 42.5"
    Titleist 909 F2 (18.5deg) UST AxivCore Tour Green 95X Tipped 1.5" @ 41.5"
    Srixon Z U45 4 & 2 w/ Aldila RIP Alpha 105 X Hybrid shaft (4 @ 38.5", 2 @ 39.5")
    Srixon Z745 (5-PW) w/ KBS $-Taper X 130 Black
    Hand Crafted wedges from Kyoei Raw Forged Blanks
    52deg w/ KBS $-Taper 130X PW Shaft
    56deg w/ KBS $-Taper 130X PW Shaft
    60deg w/ KBS $-Taper 130X 8i Shaft
    Putter: Odyssey Havok
  • kiw1982kiw1982 Williamsburg, VA 1214WRX Points: 148Members Posts: 1,214
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    used to bag 5w. now with 3h.
    much easier to hit and goes same distance.

    Cobra           F9 Driver
    Titleist          TS2 3HL Wood
    Ping              G410 3 Hybrid
    Taylormade  P790 4-G Irons(Retro Specs) 
    Ping              Glide 2.0 56/60 Wedges
    Odyssey       Double Wide Armlock Putter 
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  • jplroperjplroper  487WRX Points: 82Members Posts: 487
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    5 wood, never been a fan of hybrids


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