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What is your go-to fairway finding club off the tee?


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My tee club selections are decided based on things like:

(1) The presence of hazards and what clubs take them out of play

(2) The difficulty of hitting the "aggressive" shot

(3) The penalty involved with not pulling it off

(4) The overall distance of the hole

(5) Whether the preferred shot is a draw or fade

(6) What distance I can afford on my 2nd shot

(7) The wind

 

You should NOT expect 1 particular club in your bag to be inherently more accurate than the others. You should expect to gain accuracy as distance drops off. So it's a sliding scale with trade-offs.

Neither should you expect that hitting it shorter will necessarily give you easier shots into the green. That may not work on certain holes. That's what makes certain holes difficult.

 

Here are a few examples of how I decide what to hit:

#1 - On 2 holes at my course the tee shot cannot be a fade. Since I only fade my driver, I choose 3w on those holes. Luckily, that distance works for those holes.

#2 - On 1 hole at my course playing conservative will only lead to an uphill long-iron approach to a difficult green with a massive bunker protecting it's front. So I have to hit driver. It's just a difficult hole.

#3 - On 1 hole at my course I hit 3w because the trouble that comes into play both right & left can be a 1+ shot penalty. 3w seems to stay short of all of it so it's a safer play.

#4 - On 1 hole at my course every (good) tee shot seems to hit a particular down-slope and funnel to the same collection area. I've found a smooth 3w goes as far as a driver with some added protections.

#5 - On 1 hole at my course I hit mid-iron because it leaves me far enough back that I have a flat lie. Getting too close leaves one below the green, fight the slope and sometimes blocked out.

SIM Dr (10.5o) (Tensei Pro Orange 60TX)
SIM 3w (17o) (Tensei Pro White 60TX)

M6 7w (21o) (Diamana Blue 70S)

z785 (4-Pw) (Modus3 Tour120)
SM6 52-F / 56-F / 60-S
Newport 2 Select

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I like to be confident with pretty much any club off the tee, and which one I choose is totally dictated by the layout of the hole. Having said that, driver and 3h are my no-doubters.

Cleveland Launcher HB 10.5* - Stock Miyazaki C. Kua 50 Stiff
Callaway Diablo Octane Tour 13* - Aldila NV 75 Stiff
or
Callaway Diablo Edge Tour 15* - Accra Dymatch M5 75
Mizuno F-50 18* - Stock Stiff
or
Callaway Diablo Edge Tour Hybrid 21* - Aldila NV 85 Stiff
Callaway RAZR Tour Hybrid 24* - Stock XStiff
5 - PW Cleveland CG7 Tour Black Pearl - DGSL S300
Cleveland 588 RTX Rotex 2.0 50* DG Wedge
Cleveland 588 RTX Rotex 2.0 54* DG Wedge
Callaway X-Series JAWS Slate CC 58* Stock Wedge
Odyssey White Ice #7 - Golf Pride Oversize

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2 iron. I don't always stripe it but even mishits generally stay out of trouble. Otherwise, 4 wood or 5 wood depending on what I have in the bag.

TM Sim2 Ventus Blue 6x || TM 300 Mini Ventus Blue 7x || TM Sim2 5w Ventus Blue 7x || Mizuno Mp20 4-P Modus 120 || Vokey Sm8 50 54 60 Modus 120 || Ping Tyne 4 || Titleist Pro V1 || Golf Pride CP2 Wrap/Pro

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My Titleist 816 H2 Hybrid, 21*, Fuji Speeder 8.8x shaft. That's my absolute go-to fairway finder, often times for a difficult Par 5, I'll take that off the tee to stay out of trouble with the driver, or, to force myself to play 3 shots knowing the second shot has trouble, etc. I carry it around 220, so with roll, etc, usually ends up around 235 ish. I will also play it if there's trouble or tight fairways on a shorter Par 4. It's the only club I refused to change out when I re-did my entire bag this winter.

DR: Mavrik SZ - Tour AD XC 7S
5W: Mavrik SZ - Tour AD XC 8S
3H: Titleist 816 H2 - Speeder 8.8X
Irons (4-P): Mizuno MP-20 MMC - KBS $ X
Wedges (50,54,58): Mizuno T20 Raw - KBS $ X
Putter: Seemore Nashville
Ball: 2021 Pro V1

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3 hybrid but not wise enough to use it as often as I should.

Livin' proof that Lefties are not naturally talented.

Driver Callaway Epic Flash 10.5 set to 9.5
3 Wood Epic Flash set to 16 degrees
3-5 Hybrids Epic Flash 18 20 23 degrees
6 hybrid Big Bertha 26 degree 
7-AW Callaway Mavrik Irons 
50 degree GW Vokey SM7
56 degree SW Vokey SM7
Odyssey White Hot V-Line Fang

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18° 2 Hybrid

10 Yard Draw

250 Yards

Callaway Epic Speed 10.5° Velocore Red 6X
Callaway Epic Speed 12.0° Velocore Red 8X
Callaway Apex '16 2H 18.0° Speeder Ion 904HBX
Callaway Apex '16 4H 23.0° Speeder Ion 904HBX
Miura CW CB•301 5-9 iCWT Proto 105X
 Miura Hand Grind Raw 46•06 iCWT Proto 105X
Miura Hand Grind Raw 52•10 iCWT Proto 105X
Miura Hand Grind Raw 58•10 iCWT Proto 105X
Miura High Bounce Raw 64•16 iCWT Proto 105X
T.P. Mills Hand Grind Carbon Fleetwood Proto Stability 1.0X
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wedge ... hit the fairway 100% of the time, no matter what the conditions.

 

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Golf Jobs
Driver: Titleist TS3 9.5 w/ Tensei Blue 55 S
3W: Titleist 915F 15 w/ Diamana D+ 80 S
3H: Titleist 915H 21 w/ Diamana D+ 90 S
Irons: 4-GW Titleist T100 w/ Project X LZ 6.0
Wedge: Vokey SM8 54.10S TC w/ Project X LZ 6.0

Wedge: Vokey SM8 60.04L TC w/ Project X LZ 6.0
Ball: 2021 Titleist ProV1

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I play a Srixon 545 3iron with an old school Speeder graphite shaft and that thing is money from the tee and from the deck. 235 and usually high and straight. I love it. When I absolutely need to be in play that's my stick. Even if I mis-hit it, it's usually straight, just shorter than I'd like. Driver can be a weapon or can go off the planet. I don't hit fairway or hybrid enough to be comfortable with them.

Used to be a Fairway fanatic. Now it rarely leaves my bag.

My "Golf Digest" WITB

 

Ping G425 LST 8* | Diamana D+ 60X // Ping G400 Stretch 3W 12.5* | Diamana D+ 70X // TM SIM Max 5W 18* | HZRDUS Smoke Black 70 6.5 // Mizuno 921 JPX HMP 4-PW + MP T20  50/54/58 | CTaper 130X & DG TI S400 // Toulon Las Vegas H7 Stroke Lab 36" 

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Golf Jobs
Driver: Titleist TS3 9.5 w/ Tensei Blue 55 S
3W: Titleist 915F 15 w/ Diamana D+ 80 S
3H: Titleist 915H 21 w/ Diamana D+ 90 S
Irons: 4-GW Titleist T100 w/ Project X LZ 6.0
Wedge: Vokey SM8 54.10S TC w/ Project X LZ 6.0

Wedge: Vokey SM8 60.04L TC w/ Project X LZ 6.0
Ball: 2021 Titleist ProV1

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