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I replaced my 5W with an 18° 2 hybrid because the 5W was terrible into the wind.

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I play a 19* hybrid because any fairway wood off the deck is intimidating to me (although I've gotten pretty comfortable with my 4 wood at 17*).

I've just never really played a 5 wood. Back in my "playing days" it was driver, 3w, 2i at the top of the bag. It surprises me that so many tour pros play 5 woods.

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Hit both? Loft for loft 5w likely to be a bit longer, fly higher and spin more.

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went to 16.5 wood and 19 hybrid.

works perfect for me.

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17/21/25 hybrid player. 5 woods are death. I play a 13.5 3w off the tee.

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I think fairway woods and hybrids are dependent upon what you expect out of accuracy ftom that distance. What do you use the fairway woods for primarily? I found that I rarely needed my 5 wood off the tee and opted for a 2 hybrid instead. The courses I usually played don't require that distance on par 5s to reach in 2, so I looked at the top end of my bag in terms of longer carry requirement. I retooled and dropped my 712u 3 iron and 5 wood for a 2 and 4 hybrid. My shed now has a couple of 5woods, a 3utility iron, and an mb 4 iron that likely wont see the light of day unless the courses I start playing require different distances. I have never played hybrids for the better part of a decade playing, so to me the yard sale looking top end of my bag looks like a headcover party but it works for me!

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Dropped the 5W for the hybrid a few months ago. The 5W was a little longer, but the ball flight was problematic in all but perfect conditions. I found it easier to get what I wanted out of the hybrid instead of going through a bunch of shafts to get the ball flight I was looking for from the 5W. My dispersion is markedly better with the hybrid.

For me, I was happy to give up a few yards to get better dispersion and the ball flight I wanted.

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This is my experience. My misses with a hybrid are much worse than a 5W.

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I always have a 3hy (20 degrees) in the bag. I go back and forth between having a 5-wood in the bag also along with a 3W or adjusting the 3W to 16 degrees and dropping 5W for additional wedge

w/ 5 wood I use a 52/58 setup

w/o 5 wood I use a 50/54/58 setup.

 

ive heard some call an 18 degree hybrid a 3. To me that’s a 2 hybrid no matter what they stamp on it. Comparing an 18 degree hybrid vs 5 wood is likely going to depend on what you want the club for. I couldn’t properly elevate a 2hy (18 degrees) into the air to hold greens but I would love the bullets off the tee as it would play like a driving/utility iron for me if I gamed one.

5 wood will likely spin more and be easier to work curve into the ball. It’s going to launch a lot higher so again I wouldn’t think distance but what type of shots do you envision hitting with it?

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