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Best 3 wood to play strictly as a driver

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elthrillelthrill Members  201WRX Points: 94Posts: 201 Fairways
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boys, i'm about done trying to keep my driver in the bag. I rarely play courses over 6900 yards and the driver is not giving me one stroke of advantage over my 3 wood. And is costing me strokes left and right. my swing through the bag hits the ball compressed and solid, but put a driver in my hand and i'm curving it both directions and lucky to get it 220 yards. its pathetic.
So i'm committing to just playing 3 wood off the tee. Interested if there are any models of years past that are absolute bombers off the tee?

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  • Divot2Divot2 Members  612WRX Points: 133Posts: 612 Golden Tee
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    Ping G400 Stretch for the win! Honestly go take a lesson with the driver, the confidence will come with it.

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  • extrastiffextrastiff Members  1304WRX Points: 226Posts: 1,304 Platinum Tees
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    nope. pick one thats 13-14 degrees and made in the last 3 years or so. they are all pretty much the same as far as distance is concerned, i have hit/built them all. if you try to bomb it ull probably overswing and $#

    On -, @% up.

    If you can hit a 3 wood solid but not a driver, might be useful to post a video of each swing for some tips. its just a tool dont let it defeat u :)
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  • the bishopthe bishop Members  3998WRX Points: 1,006Posts: 3,998 Titanium Tees
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    Strictly for use off the tee I'd be partial to the 2016 M1. I still have two of those heads and will likely never get rid of them. One of the best ever IMO.

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    W/S Cortex 10.5*
    W/S C300 15*
    W/S C300 20*/23*
    W/S Staff Model 5-P
    W/S Staff Model 52/56/60
    W/S Bucktown
  • Z1ggy16Z1ggy16 Members  9751WRX Points: 1,650Posts: 9,751 Titanium Tees
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    My LTD is about as long as the new stuff from 2018/19, but I picked mine up for $80. 14.5* , pretty low flight, low spin.

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    4w - SIM Ti Diamana B 80
    5w - Speedzone FX 2.0 380 or Speedzone 4i Modus 105
    818H1 Tensei White 90
    Irons - P760 5-PW | Modus 120
    Glide 3.0 50/54/58 S400 Tour Issue
    Huntington Beach #1 or Toulon San Diego
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    On -, @Divot2 said:

    Ping G400 Stretch for the win!

    This! It’s been the longest club in my bag for a reason.

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    PXG 0811xf Gen 2 9* AD VR-6x
    PXG 0341x Gen 3 16* AD VR-7x
    Ping iblades 4-PW DG TI S400
    Ping Glide 3.0 50/54/58 Modus 105s
    Evnroll ER2 Black 34"
    Callaway Chrome Soft Truvis Stars and Stripes
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  • dcopp7dcopp7 Members  1214WRX Points: 239Posts: 1,214 Platinum Tees
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    xHot 3 deep or TM RBZ 1 or 2. Both are absolute cannons.

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    Cleveland Launcher 330 Titanium 10.5* driver

    Cobra MAX 16.5* 3 wood

    Cobra Bio Cell 19* hybrid

    Dynacraft Prophet CB flexface 5i-PW

    Acer XB 52* & 58* wedges

    Ray Cook putter
  • puttingmattputtingmatt puttingmatt Summer/ Michigan-- Winter/ FloridaMembers  5507WRX Points: 527Handicap: 6.3 HCIPosts: 5,507 Titanium Tees
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    Go get fit for a three wood, try all of three woods from various companies.
    I use the Tour Edge CBX 119 15* . Its long, and versatile. Gives my driver
    A run for its money, not a whole lot of difference in total yards. Can look at 13* offerings, which could give you as long or longer distance than a lot of drivers.
    YMMV, but with some patience, you should be able to find a good 3 wood to
    Replace your driver,

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  • JD3JD3 Members  5072WRX Points: 407Posts: 5,072 Titanium Tees
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    Tour edge exotics ....wide footprint like a driver, and nearly as long

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    TM M1 2017 10.5 Aldila NV 2KXV Green X
    TM M1 2016 3W HL Tensei CK White 70x 
    Ping G410 HB 19 KBS Graphite Tour Hybrid 85s+
    Callaway Apex 2019 4 - AW KBS Tour 120s (hard stepped 1x)
    Yururi Tataki Wedges 52.5 and 60.5 KBS Hi-Rev 2.0x
    Ping Anser 2 Milled
    NDMC Grips (extra wrap lower half to reduce taper)
    Titleist AVX 
    UA Jordan Spieth 2
    Footjoy Tour Glove (optional, often times play without glove)
  • HertsjoatmonHertsjoatmon A in golf theory, D- in golf practical HertfordshireMembers  350WRX Points: 126Handicap: 18Posts: 350 Greens
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    I use a Big Bertha Mini 1.5 (14* model) for this purpose with a shorter shaft in it. Standard was 44", but I play mine an inch or so shorter than that with lead tape on the head to bring the swing weight back.

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  • Argonne69Argonne69 Members  23642WRX Points: 7,515Posts: 23,642 Titanium Tees
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    If you don't plan on hitting it off the deck, I'd go with a mini driver. I have an Aeroburner mini, but the Big Bertha Mini or TaylorMade Original One Mini would also work. The mini is 20 yards shorter than the driver, but its a fairway finder.

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    • Ping G400 Max 10.5 - Fujikura Vista Pro 65 Flex-X 44.5"
    • TaylorMade AeroBurner Mini Driver 16 - Matrix Speed RUL-Z 60 Stiff
    • Ping G400 7wd 20.5 - Alta CB 65 Stiff 43"
    • Ping G400 9wd 23.5 - Alta CB 65 Stiff
    • Ping G400 26 and 30 hybrids - Alta CB 70 Stiff
    • Ping i200 7-P (2 Deg Weak) Orange Dot (2 Deg Flat) - True Temper X95 S300
    • Ping Glide 2.0 52 SS, 56 WS, and 60 WS AWT 2.0 Wedge
    • Odyssey O-Works #7 Tank 38"
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  • MoxleyMoxley Members  64WRX Points: 28Handicap: 14.1Posts: 64 Bunkers
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    Consider mini drivers, which are a mix of the 2 and typically play like a strong 3 wood.

    Knowing whether it's the shaft length, loft or spin (or something else like just being a better fit) on the 3 wood that keeps it straighter would help you find something.

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  • elthrillelthrill Members  201WRX Points: 94Posts: 201 Fairways
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    thanks men. for me its a feel thing in the driver. my driver is only 43.75" and i was fitted for it but i just dont feel like i can get around on it. my swing is 3/4 in terms of arm position at top and i dont have much hand release in my swing and i just feel like im going to hit the thing a mile right, so i end up shutting down the face and hitting it a mile left. and its back and forth left and right all day. and my position is dead square at the top of my swing. its not an issue with my 3 wood nor my 3 hybrid. i know I could get it fixed but i dont know if the sacrifice with my other clubs would be offset with the improvement in my driver. I really like the way im hitting my wedges - 7 iron right now. Its flush.

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  • thigosthigos El Paso, TXClubWRX  318WRX Points: 106Handicap: 3.1Posts: 318 ClubWRX
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    On -, @elthrill said:

    thanks men. for me its a feel thing in the driver. my driver is only 43.75" and i was fitted for it but i just dont feel like i can get around on it. my swing is 3/4 in terms of arm position at top and i dont have much hand release in my swing and i just feel like im going to hit the thing a mile right, so i end up shutting down the face and hitting it a mile left. and its back and forth left and right all day. and my position is dead square at the top of my swing. its not an issue with my 3 wood nor my 3 hybrid. i know I could get it fixed but i dont know if the sacrifice with my other clubs would be offset with the improvement in my driver. I really like the way im hitting my wedges - 7 iron right now. Its flush.

    I relate to this all too well. Driver used to be the biggest strength of my game. Lately I'm a double crossing snap hook machine. I absolutely love my m4 fairway off of the tee. It's larger headed and plenty long. I'm tempted to give the Original one mini driver a go, but then I'll have a day where I'm bombing driver long and straight, so decide to stay the course

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    G400 Max 10.5* - Ventus Blue 6x
    M4 16.5* - Tour AD-IZ 7s
    MP20 HMB (3,4) LZ 6.0
    MP20 MMC (5-P) LZ 6.0
    Mizuno S18 - 52 & 58
    Vokey SM6 - 62* M
    StrokeLab Double Wide F - 35"
    Srixon Z Star XV

  • MaineMarinerMaineMariner Members  848WRX Points: 540Posts: 848 Golden Tee
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    I just picked up a Rogue 3W from Callaway Pre-Owned after accidentally smashing my Big Bertha Fusion off a pole at the driving range. It feels POWERFUL. And even better, it only cost me $100 or so.

    I also play with a 42-inch shaft as that feels way more comfortable to me. I prefer a 3W like the Rogue that allows me to tinker with the weight to bring up the swingweight without having to resort to lead tape.

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    Callaway Big Bertha Fusion driver
    Callaway Big Bertha Fusion 3 wood
    Srixon Z H45 3 & 4 hybrids
    Srixon Z 565 irons, 5 - AW
    Callaway MD3 S Grind 54 deg.
    Callaway MD4 W Grind 60 deg.
    Ping Heppler ZB3
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    On -, @dcopp7 said:

    xHot 3 deep or TM RBZ 1 or 2. Both are absolute cannons.

    This...

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    SIM 9 / Tensei Pro Orange 60 TX

    SIM 3/5 Woods / Tensei Pro Blue 70/80 TX

    Tour Issue Adams Pro Mini 23 / AD DI 95x

    Ping Blueprints 5-P / Steelfiber i110S

    Ping Glide Forged 50-54-60 / Steelfiber i125S

    Byron Morgan DH89

    Titleist Linksmaster

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    M2 DF T3 13.5°
    M3 T3 13° (can be adjusted to a lower loft)

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    Callaway Mavrik 10.5° w/ Aldila Rogue White 70 130MSI X
    TaylorMade M2 DF 16.5° w/ Mitsu Diamana W 80X
    TaylorMade Sim Max Rescue 19° w/ HZRDUS Red 105 6.5
    Yonex Ezone CB-301 3-9 w/ Nippon Modus 125X
    Cleveland RTX4 Raw 48°,53°,58° w/ DG S400 Tour Issue
    TaylorMade Spider Tour Black 34"

  • gwelfgulfergwelfgulfer OnteribleMembers  509WRX Points: 315Handicap: 5-25Posts: 509 Golden Tee
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    So many options in this category and the quality of offerings from within the last 5 years from the OEM's is there, near and dear to my heart as I rarely hit driver and hit woods all the time off tees. You could go from an 11.5* TEE to a 12-14 mini driver all at very good pricing. RBZ, Stg2, XHP (personal fav till I caved 2 faces), X2HP 2/3 Deep, TEE, Adams Super LS. Last 'new' head I purchased was a '16 M2, fine head, but nothing better than anything I've mentioned.

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    Ping Traverse:
    Driver - Ping G400 9* w/ KK '13 Proto
    Woods - Titleist TS2 15* w/ Diamana Kai'Li 80X
    Hybrids - Titleist 818H1 21* w/ Fuji HB Atmos 8X
    Irons - Srixon 745/945 4-9 w/ DG TI X100
    Wedges - Cleveland 588 RTG 46/50/54/58 w/ DG TI S400
    Putter - Odyssey Tank Cruiser V-Line 35"

  • BarfolomewBarfolomew #worstWRXer Members  1963WRX Points: 424Posts: 1,963 Platinum Tees
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    I play a 43" driver for control....

    Which club do you think is more forgiving and goes further off a tee:

    43" club with a small 3 wood head or a 460 driver head.... yeah baby its just logic man

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    G410 LST
    3 wood M2 HL
    OnOffOnAgain Kuros 4-P
    Cleveland Blob
    SeeMore Butts
  • cgasuckscgasucks Members  2584WRX Points: 460Posts: 2,584 Titanium Tees
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    Either you get a mini driver or a strong 2 wood...that's my suggestion.

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    1999 Ben Hogan Apex Blades (3-PW) with stock Apex 4 Steel Shafts
    Taylormade V-Steel 5W & 3W with Grafalloy Prolaunch Red shafts
    Taylormade ATV wedges in 54 and 58 degrees with stock steel shafts
    Rife Island Series Aruba Blade Putter
  • RichsgboxRichsgbox Members  248WRX Points: 55Posts: 248 Fairways
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    What 3w are you gaming now? Sometimes a simple ball change and shaft change can be comparable to throwing new $ on a new 3w to gain a little more distance. That said, M5 is a beast and my friends flash is long. Take a look at a TM mini driver. Im intrigued. Curious to know what you end up with.

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  • JoelsimJoelsim Members  1419WRX Points: 530Handicap: 12Posts: 1,419 Platinum Tees
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    Original One Mini Driver.

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    Driver: Ping G400 10.5 Reg Ping Alta 44.5”
    Fairways: Cobra King Ltd Black 5 Wood Aldila Rogue Stiff and TaylorMade M6 3 Wood
    Utility: Wilson Staff Model Utility #3 Regular KBS
    Hybrid: Titleist TS2 21* Hybrid Regular Tensei Blue
    Irons: Ping G410 5-PW (#5 at power spec loft)
    Wedges: Callaway MD5 Jaws 60W Low and Mack Daddy 4 64S, Cleveland CBX 2 50, 54 and 58
    Putters: Bettinardi Studio Stock #3 (Jumbo Lamkin), Bettinardi Studio Stock #28 Slotback (Winn Dri-Tac), Bettinardi Queen Bee #9 (Winn Dri-Tac), Odyssey Toulon Stroke Lab Palm Beach (Winn Dri-Tac), Piretti Matera Elite (Piretti Fat Grip), Piretti Cottonwood II (Piretti Fat Grip).
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    On -, @Barfolomew said:

    I play a 43" driver for control....

    Which club do you think is more forgiving and goes further off a tee:

    43" club with a small 3 wood head or a 460 driver head.... yeah baby its just logic man

    Head size is one factor but so is loft, the higher loft on the 3w will give more forgiveness on a variety of mishits.

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  • munimanmuniman Members  452WRX Points: 98Posts: 452 Greens
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    I agree with the Tour Edge Exotics choices from previous posters. My CBX 16.5 has been a lifesaver for me. I just bought a CBX 13.5 just to see if I can eek out a few more yards.

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  • cmagnussoncmagnusson Members  584WRX Points: 183Handicap: 14Posts: 584 Golden Tee
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    In addition to the XHot Deep and LTD that has been cited already, don't sleep on the Ping Rapture. Both the V2, or even better yet the OG version. Absolute rocket launchers.

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    Titleist 917F2 16.5*, Diamana Blueboard 73X
    Taylormade PSI Tour 3 iron, DG Pro X100
    Taylormade RBladez 5i-PW
    Taylormade RSI2 AW 50*
    Cobra Trusty Rusty 53*, 59*, DG S200
    Cleveland 588 RTX2.0 64*
    Odyssey White Hot OG #1 Arm-lock conversion at 7*, 42"
  • geochitowngeochitown Members  2314WRX Points: 348Handicap: 14Posts: 2,314 Platinum Tees
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    I found that the Tour Edge EX9 long from a few years back is pretty amazing (13*), and it has an adjustable hosel.
    I put in a different shaft and play it at 42.5" and it's been really amazing for shorter courses for me.
    I don't play as often as I like, so having a shorter shafted wood makes it easier to make good contact on the face.

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    Lead Tape lovingly applied - Driver through GW
    TEE XCG7 Beta +1* to 11.5* - Testing at 43" w/ Matrix 7M3 stiff/Driver stand-in Wishon 919THI 13* Matrix 7M3 at 42.75"
    TEE XCG7 Beta 4W 16.5* - Matrix 8M2 /5W 18* - Matrix 8M2 stiff tipped 2" at 41.75"
    OR TEE XCG7 Beta 19* H - Fujikura Fit-on Red Stiff - 85 g at 39.25"
    TEE XCG7 Beta 22*H - Diamana Thump T93 Stiff untipped at 38.75"
    TEE XCG7 Beta 25*H - Diamana Thump i465ct 4i shaft stiff 38.25"
    Wishon 560MC's 5-PW (27,31,35,39,43.5,48) at -1/2" length KBS Tour 105 Stiff
    Vokey SM4 52-08F
    Cleveland TA588 57-10 (bent to 56*, so 9* bounce)
    Vokey SM5 60-07S  
    SC Futura X5r 33' flownecked by Bastain-cerakote sniper gray-silver dots-white flange sight line-SS Flatso 2.0
    OR Bastain Milled BM-007 Prototype 371g at 33"
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  • geochitowngeochitown Members  2314WRX Points: 348Handicap: 14Posts: 2,314 Platinum Tees
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    I think there is an Rapture in Buy,Sell and Trade, and I saw someone selling a 2deep there as well.

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    Lead Tape lovingly applied - Driver through GW
    TEE XCG7 Beta +1* to 11.5* - Testing at 43" w/ Matrix 7M3 stiff/Driver stand-in Wishon 919THI 13* Matrix 7M3 at 42.75"
    TEE XCG7 Beta 4W 16.5* - Matrix 8M2 /5W 18* - Matrix 8M2 stiff tipped 2" at 41.75"
    OR TEE XCG7 Beta 19* H - Fujikura Fit-on Red Stiff - 85 g at 39.25"
    TEE XCG7 Beta 22*H - Diamana Thump T93 Stiff untipped at 38.75"
    TEE XCG7 Beta 25*H - Diamana Thump i465ct 4i shaft stiff 38.25"
    Wishon 560MC's 5-PW (27,31,35,39,43.5,48) at -1/2" length KBS Tour 105 Stiff
    Vokey SM4 52-08F
    Cleveland TA588 57-10 (bent to 56*, so 9* bounce)
    Vokey SM5 60-07S  
    SC Futura X5r 33' flownecked by Bastain-cerakote sniper gray-silver dots-white flange sight line-SS Flatso 2.0
    OR Bastain Milled BM-007 Prototype 371g at 33"
  • mogc60mogc60 Members  1018WRX Points: 492Posts: 1,018 Platinum Tees
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    The rapture is a cannon...

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    CALLAWAY EPIC FLASH SZ 9 EV BLACK 75 6.5 44 1/4”
    CALLAWAY EPIC FLASH SZ 15 MATRIX HD9 STRONG 41.5”
    WILSON FG5 TOUR 17* RIP PHENOM 100 S
    SRIXON Z FORGED 3-PW CATALYST 100 6.5
    CLEVELAND RTX4 50* CATALYST 100 6.0
    CLEVELAND RTX4 54* CATALYST 100 6.0
    CLEVELAND RTX4 58* MODUS 120X
    SEEMORE mFGP20 PLATINUM 38”
    SNELL MTB-X

  • seasonedcarnivoreseasonedcarnivore Long Beach CaliforniaMembers  1WRX Points: 2Handicap: 2.4Posts: 1 Starters
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    I also typically play shorter courses (SS>115mph) and for most of my life have been a streaky and mostly poor driver of the golf ball.
    To compensate, I have always used a 13* 43"+ 3 wood 70 percent or more of the time from the tee with decent success. However, I recently stuck an old x100 3 wood shaft into a TM tip adapter and put it in an SLDR with really promising results, tight dispersion, and the wieght and length gave me the confidence to prefer the club over my 3wood (3deep). After some additional tinkering and late night ebay purchasing I have assembled an r15 430 head playing at 12 degrees (standard loft/lie setting) with a 103g steel shaft at 44". The larger club head, heavier and more stable shaft, and larger sweet spot has made this club a more accurate and more forgiving driving club as compared to previous strong 3 wood. I also set the weights with one on heel and one on toe for max stability and forgiveness. I have gained about 15 yards over my 3 wood with tighter dispersion. I still keep a longer, lower lofted, low spin, fade biased bomber in the bag for par 5's, wide open par 4's, and dogleg rights.

    Main point, a smaller headed (though bigger than the mini drivers on market) driver will create faster speeds over a larger face area. A shorter heavier (steel is great) shaft with a higher loft will create the accuracy you desire with a 3 wood, and possible even better when compared to a 43.5" lightshafter "bomber" 3 wood.

    I am starting to build some of these fairway finding gamer clubs for friends so DM if you want one for yourself!

    Best,

    Colton

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    Another vote for the 3Deep. Played it in lieu of a driver for 2 years, and sometimes wonder why I stopped...

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    Cobra SpeedZone 9*, Fujikura Ventus Blue 6S

    Tour Edge Exotics EXS 220 15*, Fujikura Ventus Blue 7S

    Titleist TS2 18*, HZRDUS Smoke Black 70 6.0

    Callaway Apex ‘19 Hybrid 23*, KBS TOUR Graphite Hybrid Proto 85S

    Callaway Apex CF19, 5-P, KBS $-Taper Lite S

    Vokey SM7, 48.F, 54.S, 58.D

    Bettinardi Studio Stock #3

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