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I also would agree, I gamed the 2017 M2 Tour 15* and it is the longest 3W I've ever hit. Absolute monster. Not terribly forgiving though. My 3W is a tee box weapon at my home course. I sacrifice a handful of yards distance to get a bit more forgiveness and safety off the tight tee shots I use my 3W on.

TaylorMade SIM 9*, HZRDUS Smoke RDX Blue 60g TX (USA Edition)
TaylorMade SIM 3W 15*, HZRDUS Smoke RDX Blue 70g 6.5 (USA Edition)
TaylorMade SIM Max 3H 19*, Graphite Design Tour AD-DI 85X
Taylormade P770 4-PW, PX LS 6.5
Titleist Vokey SM8 50F, 54S, 58M

TaylorMade Spider X
SM 4.5LS 14 Way
 

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I went through 17 3 woods a few years ago. I found 2 I loved. Just picture 17 fairway wood length boxes in a condo storage closet. Wife was STOOOOOOKED.    Anyways.....this will get me laugh

I know it’s from 2014. But, I bought it in 2020. My 2014 Ping Rapture is money off the tee! I love it so much that a sold both of drivers and bought a spare Ping Rapture. 

Callaway epic flash sub zero

I haven't found anything yet that can take my Cobra Amp 4 wood out of the bag. Last year I tried several 3/4 woods out at my local shop and none could match it for distance or accuracy. I thin it's a 1 in a million find for me that just works perfectly.

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I'd say don't sleep on the Cobra F8. Absolutely fantastic off the turf or teed up. Instead of a "tingy" sound, it is more of a solid "thwack." It sounded strange at first but I absolutely love this thing now! I used to be scared to hit a 3 wood off the tee because I was more likely to miss the fairway than just hitting a driver, but I use it very frequently off the box now and haven't looked back.

Edit: I did also order it 1/2" shorter, this has also helped tremendously.

Cobra King F8 Driver Aldila NV-2KXV Green 65 Stiff (9 degree setting, Draw Weight Placement, -3/4")
Cobra King F8 3-4 Wood Aldila NV-2KXV Blue 70 Stiff (14.5 degree setting, -1/2")
Callaway Apex 19 3-4 Hybrids (Project X Catalyst 5.5 Flex, -1/2" for both)
Mizuno JPX-900 Forged 4 Iron Thru G Wedge - KBS Regular Flex Steel Shafts (I keep the 4 iron in the trunk and alternate it with the 4 hybrid depending on which course we are playing or weather conditions)
Callaway Mack Daddy PM 19 Grind 54/14 & 58/12
Scotty Cameron Phantom X6 CS (35")

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In the past ive struggled quite a bit with 3 wood. That was until the mavrik max was released. Ive tried sim max, epic flash, rogue, ping, cobra, literally everything released in past 5 years. I dont know if its the bigger head or what but for the first time in my life im absolutely crushing my 3 wood off the tee and deck consistantly. I paired it with a graphite design tp shaft and this is the best fairway shaft I have ever hit as well.

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One problem i have is the "lie". Club lies keep getting more and more upright. Im short, and play everything short and flat. So many of these woods are too upright for me. Hook central.

COBRA LTD w. Hzrdus Red
WISHON 919 w. Hzrdus Red
TAYLORMADE Issue Aeroburner w. Tensei Blue
PING G25 w. Tensei Blue
PING I200 w. AWT 2.0
PING Glide 2.0 Stealth
MannKrafted Carbon WB Rattler
Xenon Copper Wide X
SGC 902

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I had the Epic Flash Sub Zero. The PXG Gen2 3 wood knocked it out. Same shaft (HZRDUS Smoke). Both hit penetrating rockets. The PXG is just more certain, feels better and is longer for me. Maybe because I'm more confident hitting it...

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The easiest one would be a high lofted, 41-43" driver, if it's not a fairway club. Or, if it's truly a "fairway finder", go the other way, and get a 43" 8-ish or less, and punch a 200y shot with tons of controlled rollout. Like ten-pin bowling.

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410LST 8º, 13º, 3h 18º, 210 4i, Blueprint s400ti, forged 50/54/58, fetch with breakthrough shaft. First par round 4 Oct 2020.

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Epic Flash sub zero, Marik sub zero, Cobra F9 Tour

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Callaway Epic Flash Subzero Triple Diamond 10.5 down to 9.5 Diamana DF 60X
Callaway Epic Flash Subzero 15* Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana BF 70X
Callaway Epic Flash Heavenwood Tour AD DI 8X
Epon AF302 4-PW Modus 105X
Titleist Vokey Cold Forged 54*
Titleist Vokey K Grind 58* low bounce
Bettinardi BB8 DASS RJB8158

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I echo this assuming getting a 3 wood airborne off the deck isn’t a problem. A low spin fairway wood should be considered if it’s going to be primarily a tee box club. Off even a low tee regular 3s risk ballooning into the slightest of breezes. I personally have two options for three wood. A strong low spinner for when I’ll need a lot of fairway finders and a standard 15* for longer more open courses when I’m more likely to be hitting it off the deck.

If getting a 3 wood off a tight lie is still iffy then ignore me.

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For an older model 915 titleist fairways are really good. Spieth and Thomas still game them

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TSi3 8 Kuro Kage XD 70TX

Ts3 15.75 Diamana BF 80TX 

P790 3 Iron CTaper 130x

4-PW 1 degree weak 921 SEL CTaper 130x 

SM8 50.12 at 51 KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 135x
SM7 54.08 at 56 KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 135x

Taylormade Hi-Toe 60 KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 135x

Scotty Cameron Studio Stainless Newport 2.5 with Stability Shaft

Srixon XV 

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Another vote for Epic Flash Sub Zero (penetrating, long). It has replaced my driver at times; as I often struggle off the tee. Cobra F9 (forgiving, higher flight) has been reliable for me at times this year as well, not as consistently long as EF SZ.

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Callaway Mavrik Max 1W 10.5° HZRDUS Smoke 60

Callaway Mavrik Subzero 4W 16.5° Rogue White 70

Callaway Mavrik Pro 3Hy 20° KBS 70/80

Srixon ZU85 4U 23° Modus 120

Srixon Z785 5i-AW Modus 120

Cleveland Zipcore 56.10 DG Spinner

P****** Teramo CS / SeeMore Mini Giant

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OP said:

I'm not looking for anything that will require hitting off the deck.

Tee club only

TEE EXS 220 10.5* - Testing continues - Accra TZ6 55M4 at 44.5”
TEE XCG7B 2h 17* -Aldila Tour Blue 85 
TEE XCG7B 4h 22* Aldila Rogue Blk85
TEE XCG7B 5h 25*- Diamana Thump i465ct 4i shaft
Wishon 560MC 5-PW (27,31,35,39,43.5,48) at -1/2" length Multiple sets with different shafts 
Vokey SM4 52-08F S200
Wishon HM wedges 56/60 Wishon Smooth steel Stiff
SC Futura X5r 33' flownecked by Bastain-cerakote sniper gray-silver dots-white flange sight line-SS Flatso 2.0

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That's good to hear. I've been playing the F8 5-wood for about two seasons and love it. Tried to play with the M6 fairway wood, but it hasn't been working out when compared to my M2 that I've had in the bag for a few years. I think I'm going to give the F9 a try.

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Taylormade M5 10.5* Mitsubishi Tensei Orange
Taylormade M2 15* Matrix Black Tie
Cobra F8 17.5* Aldila NV
Taylormade PSi 4-PW KBS Tour
Callaway MD3 50*/54*/58*
Nike Method Origin B2-01
Srixon Q-Star Tour
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TEE EXS 220 10.5* - Testing continues - Accra TZ6 55M4 at 44.5”
TEE XCG7B 2h 17* -Aldila Tour Blue 85 
TEE XCG7B 4h 22* Aldila Rogue Blk85
TEE XCG7B 5h 25*- Diamana Thump i465ct 4i shaft
Wishon 560MC 5-PW (27,31,35,39,43.5,48) at -1/2" length Multiple sets with different shafts 
Vokey SM4 52-08F S200
Wishon HM wedges 56/60 Wishon Smooth steel Stiff
SC Futura X5r 33' flownecked by Bastain-cerakote sniper gray-silver dots-white flange sight line-SS Flatso 2.0

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On 8/4/2020 at 9:52 AM, ericft said:

OG Taylormade 2016 3HL 16.5 is a beast. MIne is a tour issue model at 16.7. My playing partners think the club is illegal... just got a matching tour issue 5HL at 22 to match it....longer than sim max 15 and sim max D 16 I have.

Curious on your distances on 16.5 and 22. I have the 3HL tour issue and thinking of dumping my 3 wood and hybrid for this same setup. The 16.5 HL is without question the best fairway I have played in 20 years. Can bomb off tee and confident from fairway. Have a tour ad gp in it 42.5” and 240-250 yard carries are regular with high baby draw ball flight. Would be removing TS3 15 and 818h 19 from my setup.

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Callaway RFX 4W is an oldie but it does the job for me.

Callaway Rogue 10.5* (D & -1*) w/ GD Tour AD-DI 6 Stiff
Callaway RFX 16.5* w/ Fubuki Tour 63g Stiff
Callaway RFX 21* w/ Fubuki Tour 73g Stiff
TaylorMade MC TP 4-PW w/ Aerotech i125cw Reg
Callaway PM 54* & 58*
Odyssey #9 Stroke Lab - 33"
The one's I hit into the woods and into the water.

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As has been pointed out, a 3w is a very personal kind of thing. I have fond feelings seeing a Titleist metal wood by the ball because of playing the old 975 growing up.

 

I have the 917F2 and it's the first wood I've had confidence in in forever. I think Titleist has the best adjustable hosel in the game. Plus the 917 has the heel/toe adjustable weight cartridge.

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