Best 3 wood to play strictly as a driver

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  • StarFleetGolferStarFleetGolfer Members Posts: 10,547 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Original one

    TaylorMade M5
    TaylorMade Original One 13.5
    Ping Crossover 17
    Ping Blueprint 4-PW
    Vokey SM7 54 and 60
    Bettinardi Queen B

  • TheMagicStingerTheMagicStinger Members Posts: 634 ✭✭✭✭✭

    I'm hitting a srixon f85 13.5 with tensei orange. It's nice. Point and shoot. 250+ consistently. If I want to run a draw (borderline hook) out to 275 I can.

    Can't hit it off the deck though :smile:

  • agolf1agolf1 Members Posts: 1,477 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @seasonedcarnivore said:
    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

    Interesting to try this with a lower spin driver head. I tried a 12 degree D2 at 44 inches (still graphite). It was more forgiving than the 3 Deep but didn't go any farther. The weighting of the 430 head may help keep the ball on a flatter trajectory and you still have a clubhead that's 2x the size of a strong 3 wood.

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  • ago33ago33 Members Posts: 2,192 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Callaway x hot deep (>80% off the tee)
    Ping G 400 Maxx (100% off the tee)
    Tour Edge CBX (<80% off the tee)

    Cobra F9 Speedback 9.................................Mitsubishi PO 70 TX
    Tour Edge CBX 13.5.......................................Rombax P95 X
    Tour Edge CBX 18..........................................Rombax P95 X
    Mizuno MP-18 FliHi 4,5................................DGTIX100
    Mizuno MP-25 6-9........................................DGTIX100
    Callaway MD Forged 46, 50, 56, 60........DGTIS400
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  • joljol Members Posts: 1,312 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Callaway Epic Flash 3+ wood. Off the tee it is a rocket launcher, long and straight ! My go to club when I need to keep it on the fairway without sacrificing much distance.

  • backspin26backspin26 Members Posts: 335 ✭✭

    @agolf1 said:
    Callaway X Hot 3 Deep (or X2 Hot 2 Deep)

    This! I think it still shows up in Phil’s bag from time to time.

    Driver: GBB 9* 
    3wd: GBB 15*  
    Hybrid: Big Bertha 3hy
    Irons: Apex cf 16 4-AW  
    Wedges: MD4 54 & 58 W grind  
    Putter: O-Works 7 black
  • MattyO1984MattyO1984 Members Posts: 5,252 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Always find it hard to comprehend that someone could simply not get on with a driver - that and my lob wedge have long been my favourite clubs in the bag. That said, reading what you have said, you sound like an ideal candidate for a mini-driver. I’m sceptical about how much of a market there is for them but you seem to be the perfect person for it.

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    Titleist 915Fd 15 Stiff Rogue Black
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  • Jetierney13Jetierney13 Members Posts: 59 ✭✭

    I have used the TM Original One 13.5* as a good alternative to driver!

  • 76mpg76mpg Members Posts: 335 ✭✭✭✭

    Epic flash sub zero fairway. The 15* is sometimes within 15 yds of a driver. A 13.5 would be a cannon.

  • CamDangerCamDanger SeattleMembers Posts: 26 ✭✭
    edited Jul 25, 2019 1:33pm #41

    I'm still playing my TEE CB4 13* on most Par 4s.

    Ping G30
    CB4 13.5 3W
    Ping Eye 2+ 3-PW
    Vokey SM6 52
    Ping Glide ES 56
    Ping iBlade 60
    Ping G5i putter
    New irons coming soon...

  • Mike_CMike_C Members Posts: 1,519 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @dcopp7 said:
    xHot 3 deep or TM RBZ 1 or 2. Both are absolute cannons.

    I had a RBZ Tour, killed that thing of the tee. From the fairway, not so much.... Which is why it didn't stay in my bag.

    Yesterday swapped out my Srixon 3w for a Epic flash subzero 15 degree and went out for 9 holes of practice last night and hit it off of several tees. This thing is long, and pretty easy to hit off the turf too, I would imagine a 13.5 degree would be a cannon off the tee.

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    Cleveland RTX4 50 Mid Recoil 95 F5
    Callaway MD 4 56/10 S Recoil 125 F5
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    Odyssey O'Works 2 ball, or Cleveland BRZ 2 or Never Compromise Dinero  Baron 
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  • texcellence86texcellence86 Funky Town, TXMembers Posts: 138 ✭✭✭

    TEE CB Pro LTD 13.5* should do the trick....Deep face...great off the tee.

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  • Krt22Krt22 East BayMembers Posts: 7,379 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Lear> @MattyO1984 said:

    Always find it hard to comprehend that someone could simply not get on with a driver - that and my lob wedge have long been my favourite clubs in the bag. That said, reading what you have said, you sound like an ideal candidate for a mini-driver. I’m sceptical about how much of a market there is for them but you seem to be the perfect person for it.

    I was this way a long time, it ultimately was setup/intent. Very tempting to tee it high, add a bunch of tilt, etc because you know, you gotta hit up on it for max distance (that and perhaps a club that is too long). Driver used to be a liability, but now it's a weapon.

    The mini driver was a good bandaid/short term fix. Smaller head, teed lower, hit down on it like a 3W...and there you have it, a consistent tee shot.

  • ldgriff07ldgriff07 Members Posts: 278 ✭✭✭✭

    I still game the X2 Hot 3Deep and I get a lot of comments from guys I play with about how far it goes. Put it on a tee and it goes nearly as far as the driver.

    Driver: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (8 degrees)
    Fairway: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (15 degrees)
    Hybrid: Titleist 816 H2 (19 degrees)
    Irons: Srixon Z-945 (4-PW)
    Wedges: Callaway MD4 Black S Grind (50 and 56 degrees), C Grind (60 degrees)
    Putter: Ping Cadence TR Anser 2 Heavy
    Ball: TaylorMade TP5x

  • orangeologyorangeology Category II Hoarder Members Posts: 685 ✭✭✭✭✭

    soon we are gonna see every single 3 wood's name in the last 10 years, here.

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    Adams Super LS Speedline TI 14º + Aldila RIP'd NV 7 TX / Callaway Rogue TC 15º + Fujikura Pro 6X
    Royal Collection 505V BBD Hybrid 18º + DG Tour Issue X100
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    Nike Vapor Pro 3i + DG TI S300_
    Nike VR II Pro Blades + DG TI X100 3 - 9 & PW
    Scratch STI 47º 50º 56º 60º + DG Tour Issue X100/S400
    Scotty CLN
    Nike Tour RZN Platinum / Srixon Q Star Tour

  • kylemcevoykylemcevoy Members Posts: 3

    @agolf1 said:
    Callaway X Hot 3 Deep (or X2 Hot 2 Deep)

    100% agree. I love this club. Game changer.

  • gwelfgulfergwelfgulfer OnteribleMembers Posts: 189 ✭✭✭

    @mogc60 said:
    The rapture is a cannon...

    Really wanted to love this one over the years as I've had 3 at various times (with like 5 different shaft combos). Seemed easiest to get distance from with a smoother swing, but as soon as I tried to step on it, spun too much (wether I changed the dynamics that much doing so idk). Also tested it against the G stretch for like an hour on the range going back and fourth, was only like 2-3 yards longer at best, but was better sounding/feel as the G was more metalic to me.

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    Driver - Titleist 917D3 9.5* w/ GD DJ 6X
    Woods - TEE E8 Beta 16.5* w/ 85X V2
    Hybrid - Adams Super LSP VST 20* w/ DG TI X100
    Hybrid/DI - Adams Dhy 24* w/ DG TI S400
    Irons - Adams MB2 Raw 5-GW w/ DG TI S400
    Wedges - Cleveland 588 RTG 54* & 58* w/ DG TI S400
    Putter - Yes! Abbie Forged 33" or Odyssey Tank Cruiser V-Line 35"

  • calfan36calfan36 Members Posts: 195 ✭✭✭
  • boggymanboggyman Members Posts: 2,655 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    Older 12* AeroBurner or X Hot Pro 13 *.

  • geochitowngeochitown Members Posts: 1,820 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    just picked up a wishon 13* 460 cc driver...

    Lead Tape lovingly applied - Driver through GW
    TEE XCG7 Beta +1* to 11.5* - Testing at 43" w/ Matrix 7M3 stiff/Driver stand-in TEE EX9 Long 13* - Accra Tour Z ST 75 M4 untipped at 42.5" 
    OR TEE XCG7 Beta 4W 16.5* - Matrix 8M2 /5W 18* - Matrix 8M2 stiff tipped 2" at 41.75"
    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"
    Maxfli Revolution Black 5-PW (27,31,35,39,43,48) at -1/2" length DGS300U
    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
  • BarfolomewBarfolomew #worstWRXer Members Posts: 1,456 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @Moxley said:

    @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.

    Then get a higher lofted driver man.... its just logic baby. I say size matters.... you say angle matters... then they cancel out so play the driver head baby and enjoy playin the right club mon frere. I love smashing the 43" driver it bombs and is accurate... its smashing baby

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    3 wood M2 HL
    OnOffOnAgain Kuros 4-P
    Cleveland Blob
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  • TheLongBallTheLongBall |KATN| NJMembers Posts: 246 ✭✭✭

    Callaway 3 deep, without a doubt

    TaylorMade TI M3 9.5 AD-TP 6x
    Callaway Epic Sub Zero 14* Fujikura Ventus 7x
    Callaway X Forged 18* Graphite Design AD-DI 95x | Srixon Z U65 20* Accra TZ5 M5
    TaylorMade p760 4-PW Dynamic Gold TI x100 | Cleveland 588 MB 4-PW TTDG x100
    Callaway Mac Daddy 4 50* 54* 58* Dynamic Gold TI s400
    Odyssey Milled Collection RSX V-Line Fang
  • Krt22Krt22 East BayMembers Posts: 7,379 ✭✭✭✭✭✭✭

    @Barfolomew said:

    @Moxley said:

    @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.

    Then get a higher lofted driver man.... its just logic baby. I say size matters.... you say angle matters... then they cancel out so play the driver head baby and enjoy playin the right club mon frere. I love smashing the 43" driver it bombs and is accurate... its smashing baby

    No cute little drives, gotta hit bombs to get in position to attack pins.

  • Bogey2BirdieBogey2Birdie West Palm BeachMembers Posts: 41 ✭✭

    My TEE CB Pro f2 15.5 / Fuji Fuel 70 TS X (straight in) @ 44 / D5 is a freeking cannon with 'very tight' dispersion. Shot some low rounds leaving the Dr at home

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    TEE CB Pro f2 15 / Fuel 70x TS
    TEE CB Pro f2 18 / 757 Evo x
    Yonex Ezone MB Irons DGX100
    Miura Wedge Series 51,55,59 DG
    SC Red X5 Putter 33.75 / Tour B xs

  • gatorz7888gatorz7888 Atlanta, GAClubWRX Posts: 290 ClubWRX
    edited Jul 25, 2019 7:01pm #56

    Callaway 816 DBD. simple head shape, low spin. longest I have used. And you can turn down the loft.

    But may require some experiment to get the right shaft for you with that head.

    WiTB is too fluid, so here are some other less fickle facts:
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  • BleederFadeBleederFade Members Posts: 175 ✭✭✭

    I'll give another +1 to the Callaway xhot. I had an xhot pro a few years back that went pretty much as far as my driver. Thing is a missile

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  • IL2AZIL2AZ Members Posts: 301 ✭✭✭✭

    2017 Taylormade M2 is larger than most fairways from a CC perspective with a really hot face and very forgiving.

    Taylormade Tour Issue 2016 M2 8.5 Kuro Kage XT 60TX
    Ping G410 9 Hzrdus Smoke Black 60 6.5TX
    Ping G400 LST 8.5 Diamana BF 60TX
    Taylormade Tour Issue 2016 M2 3HL Diamana BF 70x
    Taylormade M3 5W Aldila Rogue Black 80X
    PXG 0311X 3-5 Project X HC Even Flow Blue 6.0
    Mizuno MP 18 SC Nippon Modus 120x
    Vokey SM6 50F, 54S, 60S
    Ping Scottsdale Anser Antique Finish Tungsten Weights to 350G
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    Scotty Cameron Studio Stainless NP2 350
  • BarfolomewBarfolomew #worstWRXer Members Posts: 1,456 ✭✭✭✭✭✭
    edited Jul 25, 2019 8:11pm #59

    @Krt22 said:

    @Barfolomew said:

    @Moxley said:

    @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.

    Then get a higher lofted driver man.... its just logic baby. I say size matters.... you say angle matters... then they cancel out so play the driver head baby and enjoy playin the right club mon frere. I love smashing the 43" driver it bombs and is accurate... its smashing baby

    No cute little drives, gotta hit bombs to get in position to attack pins.

    Oh there aint nothin cute bout a 43" driver shot.... goes just as far as longer driver.... at least thats my experince. I love the lighter feeling too lets me turn on it harder then heavier driver......Have no prob yackin over 300 with it like a longer driver but with added accuracy to get in position to attack and shoot a little over or a little under par on a given day.... ijs.

    Its a more aggressive move to play the 43" instead of 45" cause now I'm more confident to attack different parts of fairway and not settle for the fairway

    Note: Rickie hasnt given up any yards by going shorter to a 43.5" compared to his longer driver... He even said so when he made switch couple years ago now if he could just close lol

    G30 LST
    3 wood M2 HL
    OnOffOnAgain Kuros 4-P
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  • ian-500ian-500 Members Posts: 805 ✭✭✭✭✭

    @mogc60 said:
    The rapture is a cannon...

    Hopefully, as I've just bought one :)

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    Ping G400 no.2 17* + Oban Kiyoshi White x.
    Titleist VG3 Forged '18 4i - PW + Recoil Proto 125 F5.
    Titleist Vokey Forged 50 + Recoil Proto 125 F5.
    Callaway PM19 54/58 + KBS Hi-Rev 115 2.0s.
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  • miket_81miket_81 Members Posts: 1,019 ✭✭✭✭✭✭

    I have a Callaway X2Hot 2 deep. I didn't really like the stock shaft so I put a DI7S in it and it is absolute money. It's not super easy to elevate especially off the ground but it isn't much if any shorter than my driver and is so low spin that it might be longer into the wind. It hits and absolutely runs forever. It's not the best in soft conditions found in the spring here but come just it is a fairway finding beast.

    I'll also add for more of a traditional 3 wood I haven't found one better than the Adams XTD ti. It is very long and point and shoot. I've tried to upgrade from it but haven't found anything close to better and they can be had for peanuts.
    I'd trust it to hit a fairway over my 5 iron.

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