best 3 wood in recent years

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Looking for reviews and thoughts on the hottest/ most forgiving 3 wood out there. Playing an R11s and its good off the tee but I wouldn't mind some extra zip from it as a driver back up. I currently play the Cobra king LT D driver from 2016 I think and it is the best driver I have evr played. iheard very good things about the same model 3 wood as well as the newer Taylormade M4. Opinions?



  • jjmurryjjmurry Washington, DCMembers  280WRX Points: 110Handicap: 1.5Posts: 280 Greens
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    As someone who couldn't play a fairway wood for a while, the Callaway Epic Flash Subzero has cured all "yips" that I may or may not have had. So much so that I took a driving iron out of my bag and added a 5 wood recently to compliment my Epic Flash SZ 3 wood. YMMV obviously but I think it's a **** of a clubhead.

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  • DixieDDixieD Members  221WRX Points: 92Handicap: 3Posts: 221 Fairways
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    917 f2 is fantastic and can be had for a song now. I'm not a bad fairway wood player and have bounced around a few trying to replace my v steel. Tried Epic, M1, M2, Ping G and a few others but 917 ticks all the boxes.

  • the bishopthe bishop Members  3931WRX Points: 945Posts: 3,931 Titanium Tees
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    Feels like we've been in a golden era of FW's the last few years. I won't say its hard to go wrong but its easy to go right if that makes any sense. I haven't done a lot of comparing but I've got a 2016 TM M1 that's a tour issue head that is a really good club. Great driver alternative on shorter/tighter par 4's but plenty long. It doesn't lag for distance.

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  • BenoitBenoit Members  45WRX Points: 24Posts: 45 Bunkers
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    917 f2 is good, I recently switched to a G410 its good too I somehow hit it better from the fairway (probably has to do with the head hight which is shorter?) but I feel I can't work the ball as much as I could with the 917

  • rblmp32rblmp32 Lefty Boomers  4362WRX Points: 120Posts: 4,362 Titanium Tees
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    My 2016 M1 is pretty nice. Very solid feel. It kicked my VSteel out of the bag

  • Z1ggy16Z1ggy16 Members  9654WRX Points: 1,602Posts: 9,654 Titanium Tees
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    If this is purely for driver back up I'm not sure it's possible to beat the Epic Flash SZ 3+ if you want to go newer. You could maybe save a few bones and use the Rogue but it sounds not so nice and also has a bonded hosel which I'm not personally a fan of. However, usually these "hot" 3w's that are border line drivers tend to be less forgiving due to CG placement. It's sooooort of an oxymoron to ask for a ultra long fairway wood but also expect it to be pretty forgiving. Maaaaybe something like a G410 LST could offer a little bit more foregiveness, but there's only so much MOI you can give to that size of head.

    If you want to save some $$, the Cobra King LTD is pretty long and might offer a touch more forgiveness than the Epic but I'm not sure how much. It also feels a bit different than most heads. I gamed it for the start of 2019 and it was mega long but pretty tough to use off the deck and it has a very unique and interesting sound. I think Lexi Thompson still might use one or if she got rid of it, just got rid of it recently. Super value when it comes to $$/yard compared to new product.

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  • gwelfgulfergwelfgulfer OnteribleMembers  460WRX Points: 294Handicap: 5-25Posts: 460 Greens
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    It might be easier to list the bad ones vs. all the good ones from the XHP onwards. There has been so many excellent offerings in the last 7ish years it's really hard to go wrong.


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  • hdgolf44hdgolf44 Members  359WRX Points: 90Posts: 359 Greens
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    My biased vote is for the Cobra King LTD 3-wood

    Its been a revolving door of 3W's ever since the 906 F2, but these things seem versatile and are hot as ****.

    I've had no problem from the tee and from the deck, comparing to others seems like a "Mid" profile height, not too deep-faced or shallow.

    A little low-launching, but once I got it dialed in (tried different loft combinations) and settled on the 14.5* its been a solid weapon.

    All-in-all, an easy club to tinker around with, and I've even got the 4/5 Wood to complement it.

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  • 10of1410of14 Members  1511WRX Points: 125Posts: 1,511 Platinum Tees
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    The fairway wood has always been my Achilles heal over the years, until I discovered the Ping G25. While I've tried to unseat it with some new model trials, I've returned to it. It is super easy to hit off the deck. I bag both the 16.5* and 20.0* with the Diamana S+ 70 Blue shaft. A close second for me was the Callaway Rogue, which is definitely longer and better off the tee for me, but not as good off the deck where I need it most. Not the sexiest of choices given all the new stuff, but works for me.

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    You can't go too far wrong with any modern FW - I had great results with my old Vapor Fly. Sadly I got very angry with myself during Club Championship last year, and it kind of developed a rattle after bouncing off a tree root, so needed a replacement.

    Tried a couple, but long story short, the 917 F3 is an absolute weapon - I gained 20 yards on the Nike instantly. It was also 10 yards longer then the TS3 I initially had in mind.

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    TI 2016 M2 for all around, Cally Rogue for pure distance and forgiveness. Very curious about the new Maverick. I looked at like 20 different retail heads to find a Rogue that sat well to my eye, best 3 wood I have ever had. Then my dad sky marked it and I foolishly traded it in. Should have sent it to Continental...

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    Adams speedline fast 12. Go pick one up used for 30$ and never look back.

  • RogerinNewZealandRogerinNewZealand Maungakeikei Auckland New ZealandMembers  2851WRX Points: 286Posts: 2,851 Titanium Tees
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    Lot of 917F2's. I bought the 4 wood. Great tee or fairway.Yes replaced tm200/vsteel/TEE . Currently a cheap club !!

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  • Albatross85Albatross85 Tiger is the GOAT St. Louis, MOMembers  3010WRX Points: 229Handicap: +2.1Posts: 3,010 Titanium Tees
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    I've had 25 3 woods of every model in the last 4-5 years. Titleist TS2 is the best and its not even close. Launches high, spins mid to low, and stupid forgiving when you miss the center. Carry it about 265 off a tee and 255 off the deck.

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  • woods991woods991 believelandClubWRX  2572WRX Points: 187Handicap: 11Posts: 2,572 Titanium Tees
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    I will say the ts2 is very very good.

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  • Whiskey_fireWhiskey_fire Members  1081WRX Points: 195Posts: 1,081 Platinum Tees
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    I will say it again. Titleist TS2 is far and away the best fairway I have ever hit. A distant second would be the old Nike sq2 Japan spec.

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  • ValtielValtiel Konica-Minolta Bizhub Members  3552WRX Points: 1,603Handicap: 1.7Posts: 3,552 Titanium Tees
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    The TS2 is definitely a killer club and i'm looking to put it up against my FD's to see how it performs. I think the last 3 Titleist fairway lines have been home runs and i'm excited to see what they come out with next, but I can see the TS2 being like 915FD in that it still pops up in pros bags several product cycles later.

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  • tcutshaw1723tcutshaw1723 ClubWRX  118WRX Points: 52Handicap: 6Posts: 118 ClubWRX
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    I totally agree! My epic flash sz has totally changed my mind when it comes to 3 woods. I can hit it low and run it out to 260 and also hit it 240 in the air. My only miss is a slight hook with it and it's super forgiving. It's the best 3 wood I have ever had and I have been through them all.

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  • VGK57VGK57 Members  19WRX Points: 14Posts: 19 Bunkers
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    3 wood has always been the toughest club in the bag for me to find the right one. I had experimented with so many over the years, and it always seems like I found the right one, only to have that feeling wear off after a few rounds. However, my current gamer is an XR Pro, and it has been in the bag the longest of any recent one I've tried. I've tried most of the newer stuff, and feel like you can't really go wrong with anything out now, it all seems to be good, but nothing has really stood out and separated itself, for me anyway. The XR just seems so much hotter to me than anything newer, and still forgiving enough.

  • kiw1982kiw1982 Williamsburg, VAMembers  1238WRX Points: 161Handicap: 7Posts: 1,238 Platinum Tees
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    original xr pro if that is recent enough to you.

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    Titleist                   TS2 16.5 Wood w/HZRDUS Smoke 70 6.0
    Ping                       G410 19 Hybrid w/Tensei Blue 80 stiff
    Titleist                   818 H2 23 Hybrid w/Tensei Blue 80 stiff
    Mizuno                  MP-32 5-P Iron set w/DG S300
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  • SurfDaddySurfDaddy Members  75WRX Points: 39Posts: 75 Fairways
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    Stick with what you love -- the Cobra LTD 3-4 and 4-5 are bombs!

    My suggestion, by both and if you don't have room for 2 fairway woods switch them out depending on the course. I own both and change accordingly. I've also swapped the shafts between them. In current wet conditions I'm using the 3-4 shaft in the 4-5 for distance + height. I paid a total of $120 including shipping for both on eBay and they still had the stickers.

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  • HackDaddy360HackDaddy360 VP of Dadding Members  129WRX Points: 83Posts: 129 Fairways
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    Fully agreed.

    when I updated my bag this year I hit a bunch of 3 woods. TS2 won all in for me. It’s a great evolution of Titleist’s long line of excellent fairway woods.

  • iNeedMoreGolfiNeedMoreGolf RiMembers  344WRX Points: 159Handicap: 14Posts: 344 Greens
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    I have 2. Reg rogue. Sounds great feels great looks great consistent controllable. All i can ask for. Before that i bought a steelhead xr 3 wood. Does the same as the rogue just doesnt sound as great and maybe a tad harsher feel. Im quiet lucky to have 2 that work so well for me that i like.

  • Young MoneyYoung Money Members  613WRX Points: 80Handicap: 11.6Posts: 613 Golden Tee
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    My vote would go to the g410. I've always struggled missing left with 3 woods and I hit this one so much better.

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  • BigHook25BigHook25 Members  2339WRX Points: 132Posts: 2,339 Platinum Tees
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    If you like the LTD and are interested in a similar 3-wood, I believe the new Cobra Speedzone Big Tour (actually not as big as it sounds, like 173cc) might be an option. I have not hit this yet, but so far it looks like the most promising and only really interesting fairway wood being released this year. Its actually slightly smaller than all the new TM SIM models.

  • nev adamsnev adams Members  40WRX Points: 34Posts: 40 Bunkers
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    I watched a you tube video from Rick Sheils on the Cobra Ltd. it was 17 yards shorter than the driver. So that really has me interested and with all the TS2 love here I have to look deeply into that one. Good suggestions!

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  • j.a.j.a. Members  1750WRX Points: 194Posts: 1,750 Platinum Tees
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    I do have 3 x woods in my bag, all from different models. I hit them quite good. 3 wood is a TEE XCG5, absolutely fantastic, best club in my bag. The 5 wood is a Callaway X-Hot 2 and the 7W is a Callaway Rogue, both very forgiving and easy to hit. I have tried to standardise to a single brand/model but not that easy on clubs not available anymore.

  • BigHook25BigHook25 Members  2339WRX Points: 132Posts: 2,339 Platinum Tees
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    The LTD fairway wood is great, I played it for awhile, and I don't have any trouble launching 3-woods in general; but the LTD even with a mid launch shaft launches low. It didn't fly low, just started low. Others have said similar, so just take that into consideration. I believe when I finally got on trackman it was launching about 2-3 degrees lower than other 3-woods I tried.

  • Club GuruClub Guru Members  121WRX Points: 73Posts: 121 Fairways
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    3-wood has taken the longest of any in my bag to find and establish a love relationship with. See explanation and comparison below.

    For me it’s an M6 15 degree with a Tour AD DI 8x playing at 42.75” with a D3 swing weight. I max out at 270 yards on my simulator but probably 260ish in San Francisco. Plenty of people can argue this but I truly believe the twist face significantly reduces dispursion. I love this club which I can’t say about any other 3 Wood I have played for the last 18 years (I’m 38).

    Other 3 woods I have and why the setup above is better:

    1. M2 tour 15 degree (steel fiber 80 gram x flex) - not as good off the turf and harder to work shots with. I also can’t feel the ball location on the face at impact nearly as well as with the M6.
    2. M3 15 degree (tour ad iz 80 gram) - bomber of a club but I can’t control it nearly as well as the M6 (or M5). I believe it’s due to the not having twist face.
    3. M5 rocket 14 degree (tour ad iz 80 gram) - longest 3 wood I own. I can knock it over 270 on my simulator and it’s longer than my M6. I like hitting a lot of 3 woods off the tee and the larger M6 head provides more confidence.

    I also have a Callaway Epic, Nike Vapor Pro, and Sonartec that are all good clubs but don’t perform nearly as well as the M6.

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  • Jnardelean19Jnardelean19 Members  93WRX Points: 25Handicap: 1Posts: 93 Fairways
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    Awesome info everyone! I am finally getting a full bag fitting and I am most excited for finally getting a 3 wood that I can hit a distance that is useful


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    Driver: Taylormade Sim - 8° - Tensei Pro White 60TX tipped 1/2 inch

    Fariway/Strong Hybrid: 2020 Mizuno CLK - 16° turned to 14* - Tensei Pro White 90TX

    Hybrid: Ping G410 - 19° - Tour 85 X-stiff

    Irons: Ping Blueprint - 4i to 9i Project X 6.5 4-5 iron Green dot 6-7 Blue Dot 8-9 Black dot

    Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8 RAW 45° and 50* Callaway MD4 RAW 54 and 58

    Putter: Scotty Cameron Phantom 5.5x playing at 31.25inches

    Balls: Left Dash ProV1X

    Bag: Ogio College program bag


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