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Best 3 wood to play strictly as a driver

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  • StarFleetGolferStarFleetGolfer Members  10664WRX Points: 310Posts: 10,664 Titanium Tees
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    Original one

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    Callaway Mavrick
    Callaway Mavrick SZ 3W
    Callaway Superhybrid
    Titleist 510 20
    Titleist T100
    Vokey SM7 54 and 60
    Scotty Cameron T22

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  • TheMagicStingerTheMagicStinger Members  860WRX Points: 188Posts: 860 Golden Tee
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    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:

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  • agolf1agolf1 Members  1971WRX Points: 1,131Posts: 1,971 Platinum Tees
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    On -, @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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    Titleist 915F 16.5* & 21.0*, Diamana S+ Blue 70 S-Flex
    PING G25 5-PW (25*-44*), UW (49*), SW (54*), CFS R-Flex
    PING Zing 2 L/S (57*)
    PING Cadence TR Ketsch Putter
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  • ago33ago33 Members  2199WRX Points: 146Posts: 2,199 Platinum Tees
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    Callaway x hot deep (>80% off the tee)
    Ping G 400 Maxx (100% off the tee)
    Tour Edge CBX (<80% off the tee)

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    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  1370WRX Points: 129Posts: 1,370 Platinum Tees
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    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.

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  • backspin26backspin26 Members  335WRX Points: 81Posts: 335 Greens
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    On -, @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.

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    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
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  • MattyO1984MattyO1984 Members  6139WRX Points: 1,602Handicap: 3Posts: 6,139 Titanium Tees
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    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 712U 3 Stiff Graphite Design Tour AD DI
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    Titleist Vokey SM6 50.08 & 54.10
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  • Jetierney13Jetierney13 Members  105WRX Points: 37Posts: 105 Fairways
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    I have used the TM Original One 13.5* as a good alternative to driver!

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  • 76mpg76mpg Members  395WRX Points: 115Posts: 395 Greens
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    Epic flash sub zero fairway. The 15* is sometimes within 15 yds of a driver. A 13.5 would be a cannon.

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  • 54CW54CW SeattleMembers  56WRX Points: 56Handicap: 15Posts: 56 Bunkers
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    I'm still playing my TEE CB4 13* on most Par 4s.

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    Ping G30 9*
    TEE CBX 119 13.5*
    Nike SQ Dymo 19*
    Nike VR Forged ProCombo CB 3-PW
    Vokey SM6 51
    Ping Glide ES 56
    Nike VR Forged 60
    Ping G5i Anser

  • Mike_CMike_C Members  1599WRX Points: 207Posts: 1,599 Platinum Tees
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    On -, @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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    Ping G410 LST 9.0 Tensei CK Orange 60 X
    Ping G410 LST 3W Tensei CK Orange 70 S
    Calaway Epic flash 3 and 4 hybrid, stock stiff Tensei Silver
    Srixon Z585 5 iron Recoil 95 F5
    Srixon Z785 6-PW Recoil 95 F5
    Cleveland CBX 2 52 bent to 51 DG 115 W
    Cleveland CBX 2 54/10 DG 115 W
    Ping Eye 2 SW 57.5 ZZ lite
    Odyssey White Hot #6, back ups Never Compromise Dinero Baron  or Cleveland BRZ 2
    Srixon Z Star or XV
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  • texcellence86texcellence86 Funky Town, TXMembers  175WRX Points: 70Handicap: 10Posts: 175 Fairways
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    TEE CB Pro LTD 13.5* should do the trick....Deep face...great off the tee.

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    M2 10.5 AD-MDQ 7X

    M2T 16.5 ilima 80X

    M1 19 Diamana S 93X

    U510 3i DG 105 S400

    C16 4i DG 105 S400

    716 CB 5-PW AMT S400

    SM6 52.F 57.S

    Black Series 1W

  • Krt22Krt22 East BayMembers  9338WRX Points: 2,966Posts: 9,338 Titanium Tees
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    On -, @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.

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  • ldgriff07ldgriff07 Members  307WRX Points: 71Posts: 307 Greens
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    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.

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    Callaway Rogue Sub Zero (9 degrees, -1N) w/ Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue 65X

    Titleist 915 Fd (13.5 Degrees, A1) w/ Mitsubishi Diamana S+PLUS 70X

    Titleist 816 H2 (19 degrees, C1) w/ Mitsubishi Diamana D+PLUS Hybrid 90X

    Mizuno MP-20 MMC (4-PW) w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 X100

    Cleveland RTX-4 (50, 54, 58 degrees) w/ True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

    Odyssey Stroke Lab Black Seven

  • orangeologyorangeology Category II Hoarder NY NJMembers  767WRX Points: 162Handicap: 14Posts: 767 Golden Tee
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    soon we are gonna see every single 3 wood's name in the last 10 years, here.

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    Driver
    Callaway XR16 Pro TC 9º + Fujikura Six Tour Spec X

    Woods/Hybrids
    Callaway Rogue TC 14.7º + Fujikura Pro Tour Spec TI 6X
    Adams Super LS Speedline TI 14º + Aldila RIP'd NV 7 TX
    Royal Collection 505V BBD Hybrid #2 18º + NS PRO 950W X

    Irons
    TM TP UDI #2 18º + DG TI X100
    Nike VFP 5i, VP Forged Blades 6–P + DG TI X100
    set2: Nike VR Pro II Blades + DG TI X100 3-P

    Wedges
    Scratch 8620 47º 50º 56º DG S300 / Scratch STI 60º + DG TI S400

    Putters
    Scotty CLN, Edel The Brick

  • kylemcevoykylemcevoy Members  4WRX Points: 42Handicap: 18Posts: 4 Starters
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    On -, @agolf1 said:

    Callaway X Hot 3 Deep (or X2 Hot 2 Deep)

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

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  • gwelfgulfergwelfgulfer OnteribleMembers  507WRX Points: 314Handicap: 5-25Posts: 507 Golden Tee
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    On -, @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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    Ping Traverse:
    Driver - Ping G400 9* w/ Diamana 73X WB or 70X B
    Woods - Titleist TS2 15* w/ Diamana Kai'Li 80X
    Hybrids - Titleist 818H1 21* w/ Fuji HB Atmos 8X
    Irons - Ping Iblades 4-PW w/ DG TI S400
    Wedges - Cleveland 588 RTG 50/54/58 w/ DG TI S400
    Putter - Odyssey Tank Cruiser V-Line 35"

  • calfan36calfan36 Bay AreaMembers  276WRX Points: 108Posts: 276 Greens
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    King LTD

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    Older 12* AeroBurner or X Hot Pro 13 *.

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  • geochitowngeochitown Members  2306WRX Points: 346Handicap: 14Posts: 2,306 Platinum Tees
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    just picked up a wishon 13* 460 cc driver...

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    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"
  • BarfolomewBarfolomew #worstWRXer Members  1964WRX Points: 422Posts: 1,964 Platinum Tees
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    On -, @Moxley said:

    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.

    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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  • TheLongBallTheLongBall |KATN| NJMembers  244WRX Points: 99Handicap: +3.1Posts: 244 Fairways
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    Callaway 3 deep, without a doubt

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    Srixon Z U65 20* Accra TZ6 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
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  • Krt22Krt22 East BayMembers  9338WRX Points: 2,966Posts: 9,338 Titanium Tees
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    On -, @Barfolomew said:

    On -, @Moxley said:

    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.

    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.

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  • Bogey2BirdieBogey2Birdie West Palm BeachMembers  54WRX Points: 44Handicap: 5Posts: 54 Bunkers
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    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 44'
    TEE CBX119 18 / UST ISA1000 Int 8x
    Yonex Ezone MB Irons DG-XP100
    Miura Wedge Series 51,55,59 DG
    SC Red X5 Putter 33.75 / Tour B xs

  • gatorz7888gatorz7888 Atlanta, GAClubWRX  349WRX Points: 64Handicap: 7Posts: 349 ClubWRX
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    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.

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    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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    Titleist 917 F2 16.5 - Diamana W 80X
    Titleist 718 T-MB 2 - Mitsubishi MMT 125TX
    Mizuno MP18 4 - PW - TTDG X100
    Vokey SM7 52.12 F, 56.14 F - TTDG S400
    Taylormade HiToe 60 - TTDG S400
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  • IL2AZIL2AZ Members  359WRX Points: 96Posts: 359 Greens
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    2017 Taylormade M2 is larger than most fairways from a CC perspective with a really hot face and very forgiving.

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    Taylormade Tour Issue 2016 M2 10.5 Tensei Pro Blue 60TX
    Taylormade Tour Issue Sim 3W Tensei Pro Blue 70TX
    Taylormade Tour Issue 2016 M2 3HL Diamana BF 70x
    Taylormade M3 5W Aldila Rogue Black 80X
    PXG 0311X 3-4 Project X HC Even Flow Blue 6.0
    Bridgestone Tour B X-CB 5-PW KBS Tour 120
    Vokey SM7 50F, SM6 54S, SM7 60D
    Ping Scottsdale Anser Antique Finish Tungsten Weights to 350G
    Scotty Cameron 08 Studio Select Newport 2
    Scotty Cameron Studio Stainless NP2 350
  • BarfolomewBarfolomew #worstWRXer Members  1964WRX Points: 422Posts: 1,964 Platinum Tees
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    On -, @Krt22 said:

    On -, @Barfolomew said:

    On -, @Moxley said:

    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.

    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

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    3 wood M2 HL
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  • ian-500ian-500 Members  1086WRX Points: 291Handicap: 12Posts: 1,086 Platinum Tees
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    On -, @mogc60 said:

    The rapture is a cannon...

    Hopefully, as I've just bought one :)

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    DR: Callaway Rogue SZ 9° + Diamana W60x.
    FW: in the making.
    HY: Callaway Apex19 4h 23° + Tour AD IZ 95x.
    Irons: Taylormade R9 Forged 5i-PW + Quadra 100i Pro x.
    Wedges: iCleveland RTX3 52/58
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  • miket_81miket_81 Members  1028WRX Points: 100Posts: 1,028 Platinum Tees
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    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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