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If you come across one of these fairways give them a try: R7 TP, Cleveland Launcher Comp and Mizuno MP Titanium. The most recently released club is the Mizuno at 10 years ago with the other two around 15 years ago which helps make them inexpensive. 
 

All 3 have titanium construction in varying degrees, and all 3 have great distance. I say this not as they have good distance for old clubs, but have distance comparable to anything you’ll find today. Every now and then you’ll find an RBZ, 2016 M2, 917 or SIM that flys as far as your driver, true, but give one of these old boys a try some time. 
 

 

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V Steel, the GOAT of fairway woods.

Nike VR Pro Limited Edition fairway woods (2011). Still use the 3 wood. One of the best line of clubs Nike produced. The driver from that line was great as well. I miss bonded drivers and fairway wood

Tour Edge Exotics CB1 & CB2. After 15 or so years they are still legit.

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If you come across one of these fairways give them a try: R7 TP, Cleveland Launcher Comp and Mizuno MP Titanium. The most recently released club is the Mizuno at 10 years ago with the other two around 15 years ago which helps make them inexpensive. 
 

All 3 have titanium construction in varying degrees, and all 3 have great distance. I say this not as they have good distance for old clubs, but have distance comparable to anything you’ll find today. Every now and then you’ll find an RBZ, 2016 M2, 917 or SIM that flys as far as your driver, true, but give one of these old boys a try some time. 
 

 

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Ping Tisi Tec was a great one too. I still kick myself for ever getting rid of mine.

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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
PXG 0211 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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Ping G15 that I gave away. DumbWord not allowed move. 

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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Obviously the V-Steels I think are still relevant as they're still talked about in this forum till this day (Band of Brothers thread).  TM thinks their tech is still relevant too as their V-Steel soles are incorporated in this year's SIM fairway woods.

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10.5 deg Titleist 905R with stock UST Proforce V2 Shaft
1999 Ben Hogan Apex Blades (3-PW) with stock Apex 4 Steel Shafts
Taylormade V-Steel 5W & 3W with Grafalloy Prolaunch Red shafts
Taylormade ATV wedges in 54 and 58 degrees with stock steel shafts
Rife Island Series Aruba Blade Putter

 

"Loft for loft, length for length, and shaft for shaft, the ball will go the same distance when hit on the sweet spot regardless how old the iron."

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Ti3 and TiSi Tec

Callaway 5 deep


Ping G400 Max 10.5* Fubuki K 60x : Ping G400 5w 16.5* Blueboard 63x
Ping G400 7w 19.5* Blueboard 73x : Callaway Apex '16 4h 23* Fubuki 82x

Callaway Apex CF16 5i AD DI 85x  :  6i - PW Recoil Prototype 95 f4
Vokey SM2 50*  Vokey SM2 TVD 54*m & 59*m DG s400 Onyx

Callaway ‘19 PM Grind 64* DG s400 Onyx ~~ Piretti Matera Elite
 

 

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I picked up Taylor Made Tour Issue Holy Grails a few weeks back in the form of: R510DF Driver and R7 Quad B Stamp Driver. 

 

I've been contemplating ever since, which Fairways to pair them up with. 

 

Easy answer(s) is(are): 

 

V-Steel

R7 TP

 

But what else?

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Callaway Flash 9° Velcore Blue 6X
Callaway Rogue 5+ Velcore Blue 7X
Callaway Apex 3H Speeder 904X
Miura CB57 7-9 iSeries Proto 105X
 Miura HG 4606 iSeries Proto 105X
Miura HG 5210 iSeries Proto 105X
Miura HG 5810 iSeries Proto 105X
Miura HB 6416 iSeries Proto 105X
Garage Palm Beach Stability 1.0X
Bridgestone Tour B XS '20
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I just put a 8-9 year old Callaway original Xhot 3w back in my bag.  

 

IT fell out of my bag several times it's so boring, but always seems to be back.

Big Bertha Alpha 815 Speeder 565 R
BB Alpha 815 14 set +1 draw Speeder 665 S
19 & 23 X2Hot Callaway
5 to Gap JPX825
Scotty Kombi
54/10 Rotex 2.0 56 Tmag ATV

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Still using my R7 TP 15*.  Love the higher pitched sound on a good hit.  Actually dumped a SLDR Mini TP 16* as it just didn’t seem as long off the tee and was harder from the fairway.

 

 I like the drivers, fairways and rescues TM did in 2005 and still use them. 

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TaylorMade r5 Dual TP 10.5* w/ Mitsubishi Diamana 83 R
TaylorMade R7 TP 15* w/ Fujikura Vista Pro 80 S
TaylorMade Rescue Dual TP 19* w/ Fujikura Motore F3 80 HB S
TaylorMade Rescue Dual TP 22* w/ Mitsubishi Diamana H S
Titleist 735 CM 4 - PW with UST ProForce 115 RV2 Gold Tour R 
MacGregor MT Pro Gunmetal DW design 54* and 58* w/ DG S300
MacGregor Bobby Grace Fat Lady Swings w/ BeCu insert

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I don't have the Comp but I have the original Cleveland Launcher 15° and 19° fairway woods. They are in my 'vacation bag' so I still play them from time to time. Two comments about them.

 

1. The head size is tiny compared to modern shaped fairway woods.

2. When you nut them out of the middle they are still as sweet as anything I've played since. ?

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Cobra King F9  Driver 10.5° Atmos Blue 6 stiff
17° Callaway X Hot 4 wood
20.5°& 23° Cleveland DST Launcher hybrids
Taylormade R7 TP 4-PW irons
Cleveland RTX 2 52°/10°, RTX 3 58°/9°
Ping Anser Sigma 2 putter

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still playing the r7 TP 15° from time to time.  Definitely still hangs with newer clubs.  I have it in 13°, 15°, and 17.5°, and a tour issue all black head in my spares.  The 13° is just too long for what I need so it doesn't get any play anymore but the 15° is fantastic. 

M6 9°  Fujikura Ventus 6
TS2 15°  Diamana S+ Ltd 70
790UDI  PX Catalyst 80 -or- 818H2 19°  GD Tour AD IZ-85
0311T 4i / Z745 5-9  Nippon 950GH 
SM7 46F 52F 58D  DG 115
SM7 62M  KBS Tour
putter, KBS CT Tour, Pro Only *
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I recently started playing more and as my swing came back I decided to put my Sonartec GS Tour 3 wood (15*) back in my bag in place of the Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 816.  Truthfully I am not sure why I ever took it out.  While not as easy to hit as the Callaway, it is not unforgiving by any means and the way the ball launches off the face is incredible with a high flat penetrating flight.  For the time being this is my go to 3 wood!  Sonartec’s fairway metals and hybrids were some of the best clubs ever made, it’s a shame the company is no longer around.

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Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815 10.5*
Sonartec GS Tour 15*
Big Bertha Alpha 815 20*
Mizuno JPX921 Forged 5-6 PX LZ 6.0

Mizuno JPX921 Tour 7-PW PX LZ 6.0
Titleist Vokey 52*, 56*, 60*
Scotty Cameron Studio Select Newport 1.5

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Absolutely luv the Mizuno MP titaniums!  I again am pleased to bag a 3 and a 5 of these solid clubs - I can't find fairways I can play off turf better than these!

 

Another gem of a decade past, the TM R11ti.  Remember when it was common to have titanium fairways?  Taylormade forgot after my R11ti.  And now it comes back M5 and past at far too much cost!

 

The jump and feel off the face of the R11ti is great, but it is quite large and tougher to elevate with no tee.  I also still play a TEE XCG-V 3 - another titanium rocket!

BAG ONE:                                                                                                                     BAG TWO:
-Titleist 917 D2                                                                                          -Cobra F9 Tour Length 
3- TEE XCG-V                                                                                               3 -Mizuno MP ti
-Titleist 915 H1 18, Titleist 816  H1 21                                                      -TM 2.0 SF 18 & 21
I - Titleist T100/MR KK TiNi 105                                                                   I - TM P760/Recoils 110 F4
W- Mizuno 52, Vokey SM6 58                                                                     - Mizuno 53, Cally 58
P- Bellum Winmore Midi  787                                                                       -Guerin TS Black 370

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Don't forget the 07 Burner TP!

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Driver: TM Tour Issue 17' M1 9.5 Kuro Kage S
TM 07' Burner TP 3 wood
TM 07’ Burner TP 5 wood 
Mizuno JPX 900 Tour 4-PW Project X LZ 6.0 +1/2
Mizuno T7 52 Satin Project X LZ 6.0 Blackout +1/2
National Custom Works 56 Project X LZ 6.0 Blackout +1/2
National Custom Works 60 Project X LZ 5.5 Blackout  +1/2
Scotty Cameron Studio Design JAT 

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My first proper fairway back a decade or so ago was a R7 TP. Big fan of the compact fairway heads...and I've had my best success with similar TM fairways (SLDR, tour issue Jetspeed).

 

At the moment I alternate a V Steel 5W with my driving iron and the sound when I hit it solid is fabulous. 

 

Also have a soft spot for the 906F2. Solid club paired with the stock V2 they had at the time.

TM M5 Tour 9* Diamana Whiteboard 73 X
TM SIM Titanium 14* Tensei CK Pro Blue 70 TX
Mizuno MP18 (MMC Fli-Hi 3-4, MMC 5-PW) DG S300 hardstepped x1
Cleveland RTX3 50/56/60 KBS C-Taper Lite 110 S
TM Ardmore 3 Black Copper  

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Gotta admit my current 3 wood is going to be the last club in my bag to get replaced - if it ever does.

 

Titleist 917 F3 w/ Rogue Max 75X - haven't found anything that can get near it for me. Automatic 250 yards down the middle with a touch of draw.

The Dee Three - Titleist 917 D3 9.5 deg, Rogue Max 65x, B2 Setting

Henrik - Titleist 917 F3 15 deg, Rogue Max 75x, B2 Setting

The Walking Stick - Titleist 818 H2 19 deg, Rogue Max 85X, A1 Setting

The Blades - Nike VR Pro 4 - PW, S400 Tour Issue, +0.5 inch

The Rusties - Nike Engage 50, 54 Square Sole, 58 Dual Sole, DG Wedge Flex

The Ladies Putter - Nike Method 003 "The Oven", 33.5 inches, ex Carly Booth

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Tour Edge Exotics CB1 & CB2. After 15 or so years they are still legit.

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JBeam Bullet 10* Ventus Black 6X
Exotics CBX 119 13.5* 3WD & 18* 5WD Accra TourZ 382 M5
Exotics CB2  21* 7WD Accra TZ5 85 M5  
MIURA CB57 5-9 Mitsubishi MMT-125TX
MIURA Tour Milled Wedge 48, 52, 56, 60 Fuji MCI 125 Solid

Bettinardi Innovai Tour DASS Flowneck Prototype

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Not as old as others listed but I still love my Callaway XR 16. It'll be in the bag for a long time.

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Driver: Titleist TS2 w/ Graphite Design Tour AD BB 7S

5 Wood: Callaway XR 16 w/ PX HZDUS Black 85 6.5

Irons: Wilson Staff FG Tour V6 w/ True Temper DG X100
 
Wedges: Callaway Jaws MD5 w/ True Temper DG S400

Putter: Odyssey Black Series Milled #1

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Consider me a MP Titanium evangelist. I'm on my second and have a backup in the closet. You can find them for around $25-50 depending on condition. Been playing the 3 wood since it came out in 2010(?). I had it up against the SIM offerings on a Trackman this weekend and it was every bit as long. Love the compact package and the feel is unmatched in my opinion - solid, but with just enough heat to let you know its still a rocket. I was expecting the SIM to be noticeably more forgiving, but the monitor numbers on mishits didn't really indicate any significant improvements on mishits. I also found it much easier to manipulate launch/ball-flight with the Mizuno, but that is almost certainly due to my familiarity with the club. 

 

Now if only I could find a mint MP Titanium 5 wood...

Titleist TS3 - Diamana ZF

Mizuno MP Titanium 15* - Fujikura Rombax 7z08

Mizuno MP Titanium 18* - Diamana BF | Mizuno MPH4 2 iron - DG

Mizuno MP68 3-PW - KBS Tour

Vokey SM7 55*M & 60*L - KBS Tour

Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Mid Slant

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