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I wanna hear about the oldies but goodies that never fully make it out of your bag, no matter what else you try.    Some of you may remember my 3-wood exploits from many years ago. I tried e

This is some of my collection ..... I have another dozen or so , unshafted in a box somewhere ........I could almost double this number if I included all my low lofted ( 16° to 19° ) hybrids.....

OK, I'm going public with this. The first step in dealing with a problem is admitting you have one.......   In the rotation: Ping G400 17.5 (currently in the batter's box) Ping G41

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I gamed a Cally Warbird 4W for a few years after HS, loved that thing.  Had the Memphis 10 "uniflex" steel shaft.  Definitely required a smooth swing.  Titleist 909F2 with a Diamana 83X WhiteBoard stayed in my bag from release to 2016.  Absolutely loved that thing.  

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TaylorMade SIM2 10.5*, HZRDUS Smoke RDX Blue 60g TX (USA Edition)
TaylorMade SIM2 3W 15*, HZRDUS Smoke RDX Blue 70g 6.5 (USA Edition)
TaylorMade SIM2 3H 19*, Ventus Hybrid 8X

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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image.png.e5ef7a8dbf4e8076207a913b4201e2c7.pngPlayed with old Tour Edge Bazooka BetaTi 3W and 5W from 2002 to 2008; had Grafalloy light weight stiff shafts. Low profile pair, really worked well for me until I started having trouble in general with stiff shafts.

 

Completely redid my bag in 2008-09 time frame. Got a Calla XTour 3W to match my HyperX Tour driver. Driver worked super, but 3W didn't launch high enough. (Long-term reality: I can handle Tour head in drivers, but not in fairway woods.)

 

I then switched to the TaylorMade stock RBZ 3W/HL and 7W with early 45-gram shaft. These delivered big hooks every third shot. All my other clubs delivered a slight draw, so I traded off the RBZ the following season. (Note: The next season's RBZ Stage 2 FWs with orange trim were much better - had 60-gram shaft - but lost out to Tour Edge XRails).

 

So, counting the brief RBZ adventure, I'm in my ninth season of some variation on 4W + 7W.

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The XRails have been the primary weapons, except for a 2.5 year term with the Alpha 815s. After two years of solid hits with the Alphas, I started struggling with them last season. So, the XRails went back in the bag. I'll turn 70 in November, and I think it's time to get lighter shafted long clubs.

 

The XRails have a modest boat-hull sole, and glide through the rough and across the turf with ease. They would probably rank as SGI, and the main drawback is that in good swing seasons I know I'm sacrificing yardage. Hence my two years with the Alphas.

 

A couple of years back I hit some solid shots with a Tour Edge E9 Beta 4W with a 54-gram shaft, but didn't have $300 spare to buy it.

 

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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).

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Bone Stock RBZ Tour 3 wood until last year, that lasted 7 years?, currently have a 917f2, but I am testing a new TEE EXS Pro 15*. I think the TEE is better than RBZ, but i may need to go 4 wood.

Cobra SZ Xtreme @ 10* 
Titleist 917F2 @15.75*
Titleist 818H1 20.5*
TaylorMade SIM DHY 19*
New Level 1126 5-PW/M-Series 49*
Callaway MD5 54*X/MD4 58*X
TaylorMade Mullen 2
Titleist AVX

 

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30 minutes ago, ChipNRun said:

image.png.e5ef7a8dbf4e8076207a913b4201e2c7.pngPlayed with old Tour Edge Bazooka BetaTi 3W and 5W from 2002 to 2008; had Grafalloy light weight stiff shafts. Low profile pair, really worked well for me until I started having trouble in general with stiff shafts.

 

Completely redid my bag in 2008-09 time frame. Got a Calla XTour 3W to match my HyperX Tour driver. Driver worked super, but 3W didn't launch high enough. (Long-term reality: I can handle Tour head in drivers, but not in fairway woods.)

 

I then switched to the TaylorMade stock RBZ 3W/HL and 7W with early 45-gram shaft. These delivered big hooks every third shot. All my other clubs delivered a slight draw, so I traded off the RBZ the following season. (Note: The next season's RBZ Stage 2 FWs were much better - had 60-gram shaft - but lost out to Tour Edge XRails).

 

So, counting the brief RBZ adventure, I'm in my ninth season of some variation on 4W + 7W. The XRails have been the primary weapons, except for a 2.5 year term with the Alpha 815s.image.png.08cf9f55c9daeb1aacf7a6e836c66eb2.png After two years of solid hits with the Alphas, I started struggling with them last season. So, the XRails went back in the bag. I'll turn 70 in November, and I think it's time to get lighter shafted long clubs.

 

The XRails have a modest boat-hull sole, and glide through the rough and across the turf with ease. They would probably rank as SGI, and the main drawback is that in good swing seasons I know I'm sacrificing yardage. Hence my two years with the Alphas.

 

A couple of years back I hit some solid shots with a Tour Edge E9 Beta 4W with a 54-gram shaft, but didn't have $300 spare to buy it.

 

 

This is the kind of fairway wood HO'ing I'm here for! Love it. 

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Titleist TSi3 8* | Accra Tour Z RPG 472 M5+ // Titleist TSi3 16.5* | Ventus Blue Velo 7X // Titleist TS3 19* | Ventus Blue HB9X // Cobra King Utility | PX LZ 6.5  // Ping i200 4-AW + Glide 3.0 54/58 | PX 6.5 // Cleveland Frontline Elevado 

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Love the thread!

 

I have a Great Big Bertha Ti 4 wood with the Warbird sole ('96 or '97 I think?) that I inherited a while ago and I just can't bring myself to get rid of it. I mess with the top clubs in the bag more than anything and every time I bring this thing back out, I start to think of how much money I could have saved if I just let it be.

 

It has the original firm flex UL graphite shaft that has worked well. Like another post above, it forces me to smooth out the swing a bit - probably a good thing anyway

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Unfortunately, I started my search for a 3 wood about a year into your search..  I am still searching

Strike through the ones of yours I have missed....

 

Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro

Titleist 915F

Titleist 915Fd

Srixon F45

Ping G25

Titleist 913Fd

Taylormade M2

Taylormade Jetspeed

Taylormade Aeroburner Mini

Ping Rapture 

Callaway X2Hot 3Deep

Taylormade SLDR Mini (16)

Taylormade RBZ Tour Spoon

Cleveland CG Black

Mizuno JPX

Tour Edge Exotics E8

Cobra Bio Cell

Taylormade SLDR TP

Nike Covert 2.0

Cleveland Classic XL

Adams Tight Lies

 

in addition I tried the Cobra LTD, Cobra F8 and F9 (both plus and standard), Rogue, M6, TS2, PXG 341 and 341 X, G 400, regular aeroburner, X hot, X Hot2.

 

Currently auditioning TM M5 and Ping 410.  

 

I am completely distraught now that I know my search has carried on beyond yours, and I have owned at least as many as you have and maybe more.  I think I need to find a fairway woods anonymous group and see if I can cure myself.

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  • Driver - Ping G410 LST on HZRDOUS Yellow
  • 4 Wood - Titleist TS2 turned down 1 on UST Mamaiya Black
  • 7 Wood - Callaway Epic Flash turned down 1 on UST Mamiya Black   
  • Hybrid - Ping G400 17*
  • Irons = Sub 70 699 Pro U 4 iron
  • Irons - Sub 70 699 pro and 639CB - Srixon ZX7 on the way
  • Wedges - Cleveland 50* 588  (Working on the rest) all on UST Recoil 110
  • Putters -  Sunset Beach Ocracoke or Mannkrafted MA/66
  • Ball - Srixon Z Star XV
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I played the TM Burner from 2007 to last year when I upgraded to TS2. Still not sure the TS2 is better than the Burner, and have recently been experimenting with the SIM TI 5 wood.

Titleist TSI3 10* GD AD IZ 6S
SIM Ti 19* GD AD IZ 7S
Titleist TS2 23* GD AD IZ 85S
Titleist T200 5i  FC115S

Titleist T100S 6-PW Aerotech FC115

Titleist T100 50* Aerotech FC115

Vokey SM8 Raw 54.12D/58.8M Aerotech FC115
Scotty Cameron T22 Newport Stability Shaft Tour

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Currently have a Rogue 4 wood with an Atmos Blue TS 70 that I don't see going anywhere.

Prior to that I had Xhot 3 and 5 woods with OG Blueboard 73xct's in them that were incredible. I just can't seem to hit the 3 anymore, but the 5 goes in for certain courses, replacing my 3 hybrid.

Ping G400 10.5 (9.5*) Hzrdus Yellow Smoke 60 5.5 
Callaway Rogue 17* 4wd Atmos Blue TS 70  
Ping G410 19*, 22* & 26* Tensei CK Pro Blue 80
Cobra  Forged Tec Black SteelFiber i95cw R  
Mack Daddy PM 2.0 54/14
Mack Daddy PM 2.0 58/12

This Week's Putter: Toulon Long Island
 TM Tour Response/ ProV1/ FG Tour

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45 minutes ago, driveandputtmachine said:

Unfortunately, I started my search for a 3 wood about a year into your search..  I am still searching

Strike through the ones of yours I have missed....

 

Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro

Titleist 915F

Titleist 915Fd

Srixon F45

Ping G25

Titleist 913Fd

Taylormade M2

Taylormade Jetspeed

Taylormade Aeroburner Mini

Ping Rapture 

Callaway X2Hot 3Deep

Taylormade SLDR Mini (16)

Taylormade RBZ Tour Spoon

Cleveland CG Black

Mizuno JPX

Tour Edge Exotics E8

Cobra Bio Cell

Taylormade SLDR TP

Nike Covert 2.0

Cleveland Classic XL

Adams Tight Lies

 

in addition I tried the Cobra LTD, Cobra F8 and F9 (both plus and standard), Rogue, M6, TS2, PXG 341 and 341 X, G 400, regular aeroburner, X hot, X Hot2.

 

Currently auditioning TM M5 and Ping 410.  

 

I am completely distraught now that I know my search has carried on beyond yours, and I have owned at least as many as you have and maybe more.  I think I need to find a fairway woods anonymous group and see if I can cure myself.

Got a couple more in my closet I could add to your list for the right price. I would be a terrible FW Ho Anon sponsor. 
 

but seriously lemme know lol

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Titleist TSi3 8* | Accra Tour Z RPG 472 M5+ // Titleist TSi3 16.5* | Ventus Blue Velo 7X // Titleist TS3 19* | Ventus Blue HB9X // Cobra King Utility | PX LZ 6.5  // Ping i200 4-AW + Glide 3.0 54/58 | PX 6.5 // Cleveland Frontline Elevado 

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All of my fw's are relatively ancient. I switch between a 13* Diablo Octane Tour (the ole' Stenson special), a 15* Diablo Edge Tour, and an 18* Mizuno F-50. I don't change clubs often or willingly. 

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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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I had a massive 3 wood search that spanned most of the decade, I would say from a broken Titleist 910F in 2012/2013 up through the 2017 M2 which I found in March of 2018 per my WITB thread. My list doesn't look that dissimilar to yours though. 

 

Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro

Titleist 910F

Titleist 910Fd

Ping G25

Ping G30

Titleist 913Fd

Taylormade M2

Taylormade Rocketballz Tour

Taylormade M1

Taylormade Jetspeed

Taylormade Aeroburner Mini

Ping Rapture 

Taylormade V Steel

Callaway X2Hot 3Deep

Cobra LTD

Cobra Baffler

Cobra Bio Cell

Callway Epic SZ

 

 

It got so bad, I didn't bag a fairway for all of 2015. Just cranked a hybrid down as low as it could go. This doesn't even touch the different shafts I have rotated in and out. There's probably a list just as long as this one. 

 

I am thankful every day I look at my M2 HL that I am not looking for anything else. My wallet thanks it as well. 

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Ah, memories. What a wonderful reminder of one of the greatest threads from yesteryear.

 

3w had been a revolving door for 5 years or so. Finally went back to a 5Deep about 3 years ago and have been content since. It's not perfect, I'd like something perhaps a little easier off the deck, but it's not difficult by any means. Great combination of higher loft, deeper face for lower spin and a taller face to be great off the tee. I've been temped by others, but she's still my main squeeze, for now. ?

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3 hours ago, Duffner's Waggle said:

I wanna hear about the oldies but goodies that never fully make it out of your bag, no matter what else you try. 

 

Some of you may remember my 3-wood exploits from many years ago. I tried everything once. It was a crazy time. I'm not proud. 

 

I tried:

 

Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro

Titleist 915F

Titleist 915Fd

Srixon F45

Ping G25

Titleist 913Fd

Taylormade M2

Taylormade Jetspeed

Taylormade Aeroburner Mini

Ping Rapture 

Callaway X2Hot 3Deep

Taylormade SLDR Mini (16)

Taylormade RBZ Tour Spoon

Cleveland CG Black

Mizuno JPX

Tour Edge Exotics E8

Cobra Bio Cell

Taylormade SLDR TP

Nike Covert 2.0

Cleveland Classic XL

Adams Tight Lies

 

You get the point. If it was out there, I likely bought it, tried it, sold it. 

 

In the end....the club that has withstood the test of time and outlasted all others is a Ping G20 4w (16.5*) with a Diamana Flowerband Whiteboard 73X, 1/2" under standard loaded with a little lead tape to get the swing weight back up. There's nothing pretty about it AT ALL. It's big and ugly and has the half moon alignment marks on it. It's not the kind of thing I'd ever pick up off the rack or gravitate towards. None of the tech some of the models above have, but man it is just so stinkin good. 

 

So what fairway wood do you have in your bag that nothing else seems to be able to kick out?  Good to be back on WRX, Good to be back into golf. Missed this! 

 

I let the best 3 wood I ever had go like an idiot. It was a Ping Tisi tec 14* and it had a tour rfo hosel. (flat + open) Literally never missed the center of the face. But like an idiot I got rid of it for a Tour Edge Exotic CB2. Still kicking myself for that one.

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TaylorMade Sim Max 9* @ 7* Aldila Quaranta Reg
Ping G410 3wd @ Flat setting Grafalloy Pro lite 3.5 Reg
Ping G410 7wd @ Flat setting Graffaloy Pro Lite 3.5 Reg
Ping G410 22 hybrid @ 21 flat Alta CB Reg
Ping g25 5-PW Steelfiber i95 Reg
Cleveland Zipcore Raw 50* Mid, 54* Full @ 55, 58* Low @ 60 Hi Rev 2.0 Reg
Evnroll TR8 33"

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3 hours ago, Willian70 said:

Callaway X Hot pro 5 wood 19* degrees.  Still in the bag might not ever leave.  

 

My buddy has an entirely new bag, but refuses to give up his x hot 3/5 lol.

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Rogue Draw Rogue Silver 70g
Cobra Bio Cell 3W Rogue Black 80g
Nike VR Pro Combo 3-PW Nippon Pro Modus 130X
Nike VR 54/58 Nippon Pro Modus 130X
Rife Two Bar Center Shaft
B330

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4 minutes ago, cobra18 said:

F6 Baffler with a Proforce V2....i never hit a dreadful shot with it. I hit some poor shots, but never anything that instantly turns the hole into a failure. It is also so good out of the rough that i honestly don't know what i would replace it with....

 

Oh man, I had a baffler with a v2 96 that didn't go very far, but was laser straight. It was amazing off the tee.

Rogue Draw Rogue Silver 70g
Cobra Bio Cell 3W Rogue Black 80g
Nike VR Pro Combo 3-PW Nippon Pro Modus 130X
Nike VR 54/58 Nippon Pro Modus 130X
Rife Two Bar Center Shaft
B330

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Titleist TS2 is as good as anything ever made. Had one for almost 2 years and just got kicked out by a SIM ti which is way too long in reality but its just too good. The twist face stuff actually works and it is always in the fairway. Stupid long though, probably within 10 paces of my driver if i hit them both on the screws. 

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  • G410 LST 9* - Diamana D+ Limited 70TX
  • TM SIM Ti 14.25* - Fuji Pro 2.0 Tour Spec 7X
  • TM M5 Ti 18.25* - Fuji Pro 2.0 Tour Spec 7X
  • Adams Idea Pro Tour Prototype 23* - KBS Proto Hybrid 85X
  • Adams CMB/MB2 5-Pw - PX LZ 6.5 
  • Wilson FG Tour V4 50* - PX LZ 6.5 
  • Mizuno T7 55* - PX LZ 6.5
  • Cobra Tour Raw 60.08V - DG TI Onyx S400
  • Odyssey Rossie WHP
  • Bridgestone Tour B XS

 

 

 

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I am boring:

Titleist 910 F  -2010/2016 w Diamana  Blue Board

Ping G30  -2017/2018 same Diamana Blue Board  

Ping G400   -2018/ (current) Tensei Pro Range

Ping G400LST 8.5* TPT 14 LKP LT LW Proto
Ping G400 14.5* TPT 15 LKP LT LW 
Callaway Super Hybrid 20* Pro Orange 80 TX
Mizuno JPX 919 Tour 5-PW Super Peening Blue X
Vokey SM7 raw 52, 56, 60 DGTI-s400
Byron Morgan Proto DH89
Pro -V1x
Jones Utility Trouper-Carry
Ogio Silencer Alphard E-wheels

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