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My vote goes to the Exotics CBX, which has been in my bag since September, 2017. I will have some EXS fairways to demo in a few days, but it will be hard to get that CBX out of my bag!

Until the CBX came out, I think that the Exotics CB5 was the best fairway wood that Tour Edge ever made. I still have one with a Fubuki Tour 73-S shaft in it, and I doubt that I will ever get rid of

The two best fairways of recent releases are the G400 and Epic SZ for different reasons.

G400 for forgiveness and great launch conditions from just about any lie, plus it sounds extremely solid. Might still make my bag if I can find the right shaft combo

Epic SZ is better for me than the Rogue for adjustability, ball speeds and head shape. I found it worked off the short grass better than anything, and if I miss the fairway it's more likely to be the hybrid or a layup.

SIM 9*, Accra RPG 472 M5+, 45"
PXG Gen 2 0341X 15*, Graphite Design AD-DI 8X, 43"
PXG Gen 2 0317X 22*, Accra TZx M5, 40"

HMB 4i (22*) Modus 125X (ZX7 4i & 5i for summer)
MP20 5-P, Modus 130X
T20 50*7, 54*8,60*6 Modus Wedge 125
Toulon San Diego 33.5"
Srixon XV, or Tour BX/S 

Occasionally throw in a DI over the hybrid, 3i HMB (18*) KBS Proto 85X

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I hate 3 woods. Hate. Cannot hit off turf and hadn't bagged one in 4 seasons.

 

Swapped to a titleist setup this year and on a whim picked up a 917F2 to test. Weight toward the toe and suddenly is the best stick in the bag.

 

I've hit everything on the market and nothing can beat the consistency and sound of my titleist F2. Some are longer, none are better.

 

Ditto. Until I came across the Srixon F65. It's last year's model and came with the Miyazaki Kaula Mizu shaft. I get 240-250 off these babies, and find more fairways than not!

Srixon Z785 w/ PX 6.0 HZRDUS yellow (S) shaft
Srizon F65 3w (15*) w/ stock Miyazaki Kaula (S)
Srixon Z U85 20* driving iron
Taylormade P7TW irons (3-PW) in S400 tour issue shafts
Taylormade Hi Toe 54 and 58 wedges
Bettinardi Studio Stock 8 putter

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Rogue for me as well. Long and easy to hit. I didn't think anything would get my Big Bertha 816's out of the bag and Rogue was able to do that.

Driver: Titleist Tsi3 w/HZRDUS Smoke Yellow TX 6.0 
3 Wood: Cobra King Speedzone/HZRDUS Smoke Yellow 70

5 Wood: Callaway Mavrik Subzero/Aldila Rogue White 70
Long Irons (4-6): Wilson D7 Forged/DG120TI
Short Irons (7-P): Wilson Staff Model Blade/DG120TI

Wedges (50/54/58): Callaway Jaws MD5 w/TI S200
Putter: Original Odyssey White Hot XG No. 7
Ball: Titleist Left Dash

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Rogue for me as well. Long and easy to hit. I didn't think anything would get my Big Bertha 816's out of the bag and Rogue was able to do that.

 

GC I've noticed that you played the Callaway BB alpha 816 3 wood and have moved on. I too have the alpha 816 and like it especially at setup, for some reason I feel the urge to pursue another 3 wood. Could you explain why you changed?

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Rogue for me as well. Long and easy to hit. I didn't think anything would get my Big Bertha 816's out of the bag and Rogue was able to do that.

 

GC I've noticed that you played the Callaway BB alpha 816 3 wood and have moved on. I too have the alpha 816 and like it especially at setup, for some reason I feel the urge to pursue another 3 wood. Could you explain why you changed?

 

I am bad about giving my family ideas for things to purchase for me at Christmas. So, I went to my local golf shop and started messing to make a "Christmas" list and ended up opening pandora's box instead. I know the guy who runs the shop and he let me borrow a 3 & 5 Rogue for my trip to South Carolina for Thanksgiving. I played 3 rounds and they just consistently outperformed my 816's in every way in terms of distance, forgiveness, and control. My 5 wood 816 was essentially my unicorn, the club I could hit well no matter how things went to s***. The Rogue was still better. My only hang up was the lack of an adjustable hosel, but with the right shaft (for me the Evenflow Blue), it made no difference. I highly recommend trying each shaft offering before committing or concluding they do or do not work for you.

 

I ended up just buying them on Black Friday due to the BOGO deal.

Driver: Titleist Tsi3 w/HZRDUS Smoke Yellow TX 6.0 
3 Wood: Cobra King Speedzone/HZRDUS Smoke Yellow 70

5 Wood: Callaway Mavrik Subzero/Aldila Rogue White 70
Long Irons (4-6): Wilson D7 Forged/DG120TI
Short Irons (7-P): Wilson Staff Model Blade/DG120TI

Wedges (50/54/58): Callaway Jaws MD5 w/TI S200
Putter: Original Odyssey White Hot XG No. 7
Ball: Titleist Left Dash

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Reality check: for many golfers, the best 3W is a 4W - slightly shorter shaft for better control, and extra loft to enhance launch.

What's In The Bag (Summary as of October 2020)

 

Driver:  Tour Edge EXS 10.5°, weights neutral   ||  FWs:  Calla Rogue 4W + 7W

Hybrid:  Calla Big Bertha OS 4H at 22°  ||  Irons:  Tour Edge CB Pro Tungsten 4i-9i

Wedges*:  Calla MD3: 48°, 54°... MD4: 58° ||  Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne (face-balanced)

Ball: Calla SuperHot (Orange preferred)  ||  Bag: Sun Mountain Three 5 stand bag

For details see:  Pending (need protocol to embed file list).

     * MD4 54°/10 S-Grind being tested as possible SW to replace MD3 54°/12 W-Grind.

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Reality check: for many golfers, the best 3W is a 4W - slightly shorter shaft for better control, and extra loft to enhance launch.

 

He isn't wrong, part of why it was so difficult to get the 816 out of my bag was the ability to adjust it to 16 degrees. The 3W (4 Wood) was longer than most 3 woods and stupid easy to hit out of everything.

Driver: Titleist Tsi3 w/HZRDUS Smoke Yellow TX 6.0 
3 Wood: Cobra King Speedzone/HZRDUS Smoke Yellow 70

5 Wood: Callaway Mavrik Subzero/Aldila Rogue White 70
Long Irons (4-6): Wilson D7 Forged/DG120TI
Short Irons (7-P): Wilson Staff Model Blade/DG120TI

Wedges (50/54/58): Callaway Jaws MD5 w/TI S200
Putter: Original Odyssey White Hot XG No. 7
Ball: Titleist Left Dash

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Nike vr pro limited...hard to find a better feeling 3 wood.

 

I can't believe I didn't keep this thing. What a fairway!!!

WITB:

Driver: Taylormade SIM 9.5° 

Fairway Woods: Taylormade SIM 15°, Nike VR Pro LTD 19° 

Hybrid: Taylormade SIM Max 22°

Irons: Ping iBlade 5-9

Wedges: Callaway MD5 46° S, 50° S MD4 54° C MD5 58° X

Putter: Nike B2-01

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I like my setup - Ping G30 3 wood with a Grafalloy prolaunch axis red special 5 wood shaft.

Taylormade SIM2 Max 10.5° - Fuji Speeder 569 IV

Mizuno ST190 3W - GD AD DI 6

Mizuno JPX 900 5W - Fuji Speeder 661 II

Mizuno MP20 HMB 4 - DG120 S300

Mizuno JPX Forged 919 (5-PW) - DG120 S300

Titleist Vokey SM5 52°/12° F Grind 

Titleist Vokey SM5 58°/11° K Grind 

Titleist Vokey SM5 62°/8° T Grind 

Titleist Scotty Cameron Select Newport 2

 

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The original Callaway XR is still my favorite. Sounds awesome and is so easy to hit. I'm not the biggest Callaway fan, but they make great fairway woods.

 

The correct shaft is also giant part of "The Best 3 wood" puzzle.

Mizuno ST190 10.5° - Diamana R Series 60
Titleist 915f 15° & 917f2 18° - Diamana 'ilima 80 
Titleist 818H2 21° & TS3 25° - Nippon 950gh
Ping iBlades & Glide (5-P) - Nippon 1050gh
Vokey SM6 F 52° & SM7 D 58° - KBS Tour 115
Bettinardi Kuch2 or Inovai 6.0 CTR

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Currently game a G400. It’s alright. Forgiving and playable. The 2017 m2 tour is amazing. Flat, open, and deeper faced. Also extremely workable and long. Not all that forgiving however.

Ping G410 9 LST hzrdus hulk 75 6.5tx

Ping G410 14.5 LST atmos black 8tx

Ping G 17.5 fujikura rombax p95x

Taylormade P790 UDI Hzrdus smoke 100x

Taylormade P7TW tour issue x100

Taylormade MG2 54 tour issue s400

Taylormade MG2 TW 60 tour issue s400

Ping TR1966

Prov1x

Stitch SL2 white

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I will agree with this statement. The new line is phenomenal but the 3 wood is much to upright for me. I believe the lie angle on this is 59* with most other 3w manufacturers run somewhere around 55*-57* range. These can't be adjusted either. The only option Srixon had to offer was to use a shorter shaft. My Epic SZ 3w is an absolute bomber!

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I still like my Rogue in 15*. I haven't really hit any of the newer ones. If I was going to look at something new, it might be the Titleist.

Drivers: Titleist 915D2 9.5* Aldila Rogue 60-3.8-S
Titleist TS2 Tensei AV55 S flex
Fairway: Callaway Rogue 15* Proj X Evenflow Blue 6.0
Hybrid: Titleist 818H1 21*
Irons: Titleist 718AP1 5-GW2
Wedges: Vokey SM6 , 56-10S, 60-08M
Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2.5 35"
Ball: Titleist AVX

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the only club not to change in my bag this year -

 

2017 M2 Tour, tour issue at 14*, just the perfect head for me.

 

Admittedly I have used it less the last season but still never been tempted to change it.

  • Ping G410 LST 9* Tensei Orange 70TX
  • Taylormade M5 15* Tensei White 80TX
  • Taylormade P790 18* UDI Project X 6.5
  • Ping Blueprint 4-9 Project X 7.0
  • Artisan 46*, 50* Project X 6.5
  • Artisan  55*, 60* S400
  • Artisan BlueBonnet Carbon 0217
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