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Depends on what you mean by forgiveness. If you want ease-of-launch look towards Ping. I believe their 5w models tend to be about 17.5and all of their fairways are shallow. If you prefer something with a deeper face that you can trap, head in the opposite direction. Not sure who makes the best deep-face model. I just picked up a 16.5o TS2 and it's fairly deep. It was on sale at PGA Superstore for $125 on the used rack (virtually brand new). If you like stability, I think TaylorMade is probably atop the heap of the major brands. You can hit most any TaylorMade fairway quite poorly and get some remarkably decent-looking shots relative to the strike.  

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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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Just now, ASN21 said:

M3 HL

 

Ugh...see, I'd say the opposite. I had an M3 HL and hated it. Anything not on the screws felt like crap and always launched relatively low for me. 

 

Everyone's different, especially with fairways. 

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Rogue 17* Love mine.

 

 

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Ping G425 LST 10.5 Oban Devotion 6/04 or Riptide 60 CB 5.5
Epic Speed 16.5 HZRDUS Smoke im10 70 6.0
Ping G410 19* Riptide CB 80

Ping G410 22* & 26* Tensei CK Pro Blue 80
Apex 21 6-GW Recoil Dart 75 
Mack Daddy PM 2.0 54/14
Mack Daddy PM 2.0 58/12

Bettinardi Innovai Rev 6.0  33”

TM Tour Response/ ProV1/ Chrome Soft TT

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I had a number of 3/4 woods over the years and would say the easiest to hit LONG is Tour Edge Exotic XCG, 4 wood, 16.5*.  Just wish it had an adjustable sleeve on it.   May have to have one installed. 

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18 minutes ago, MelloYello said:

 

Ugh...see, I'd say the opposite. I had an M3 HL and hated it. Anything not on the screws felt like crap and always launched relatively low for me. 

 

Everyone's different, especially with fairways. 

I love mine... Bomber off the tee and very serviceable off the deck.  

 

Cutting down the shaft was HUGE for me though. 43.75 is just too long. 42.5" is much much more manageable and a big reason why it works so well for me. 

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2 hours ago, MelloYello said:

 

Ugh...see, I'd say the opposite. I had an M3 HL and hated it. Anything not on the screws felt like crap and always launched relatively low for me. 

 

Everyone's different, especially with fairways. 

Would tend to agree. Great off the tee, not the easiest to hit off the fairway since my swing is pretty shallow and it has a very deep face. I tried it with some success, then tried an M5 5w as well, then found the 16.5* TS2 and its much easier off the deck and really really good off the tee.

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Cobra F9 Tour 4W.

 

The rails rock! 

Cobra RAD Speed 9* : KBS TD 70 Cat 3 / Ventus Blue 6-S

Cobra RAD Speed 3W : Graphite Design AD TP8-S

Srixon ZXU #2 : Nippon Modus 3 120-S

Wilson Staff CB 4-PW : Nippon Modus3 120-S

Cleveland Zipcore 50, 54: Nippon Modus2 120/125 S 

Cobra MIM Black 58 : Nippon 125 Wedge

Piretti Potenza 370g : Breakthrough Technology Stability Shaft - 34"

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2 hours ago, gbartko said:

Ping G400 17.5* in big minus position

Exactly this

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Ping G400 5w 16.9* Blueboard Ion 73x

Ping G400 7w 19.5* Project X 7B4 6.5

Cally Apex '19 4h PX HC-1 & 5h 26* PX HB-6

Srixon ZX7 6 - PW PX Catalyst 100 6.5 
Ping Glide 50* 54* 60* Tour W 64* TS 

Scotty GoLo 7 (35g weights)
 

 

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Cobra F9 Tour 4-5 wood set at 16.5*or 17.5*.  Compact head yet has forgiveness and easy to hit of the deck.

Driver:  Cobra RadSpeed 10.5* @ 9.5*-Diamana Whiteboard 60X

Fairway Woods:  Cobra F9 Tour 3 wood 14.5* & 5 wood 17.5*-Diamana Whitebaord 70X

Irons:  Bridgestone J15 CB 4-PW KBS C-Taper 130X

Wedges:  Callaway Mack Daddy Forged 50*, 54*, 60*-KBS C-Taper 125S+

Putter:  Odyssey Stroke Lab #10 

Ball:  2021 Titleist Pro V1

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44 minutes ago, cardoustie said:

Exactly this

 

I will third this.   Purchased used G400 5w in July.  Intended to play up 1* at 18.5.  Was hitting nearly as far and w/ much better dispersion than TM M2 3w.   Immediately ditched 3w and dialed G400 down to 16.5 and solely play it as a 4w.  Saved me a club in the bag to use elsewhere.

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Agreeing with some above posters - try the Ping G400 5w lofted down a degree....Rogue 4 wood or Epic Flash 5w lofted down a degree.

Callaway Rogue 9.0 - Aldila Synergy 50 reg

Rogue 4w Tensai CK 60 reg at 17*

Callaway Epic Flash 4 hybrid 20* - Tensei AV Silver 65 reg

Ping g410 4 hybrid at 22* Alta CB 70 reg  

Callaway Rogue Pro 5i-AW - UST Recoil ES 760 f3

Callaway Jaws Chrome 54*W, 58*W - Project X 80 graphite

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On 10/6/2020 at 3:58 PM, theothertwo said:

I am thinking the Tour Edge EXS fairway woods but are there others?  Thanks.


I wouldn’t call the EXS compact

 

you need to look at CBX 119 for a compact wood

 

Early CB series tour edge are compact but not so easy to hit

 

more of a workable club

 

you could look for a ex9 tour for a compact somewhat forgiving club 

 

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Another vote for TS2.  I play it in the C1 position (15.75* loft and flat).  It’s money.

Callaway Epic Max LS 9* VA Comp Nemesys 65X
Titleist TS2 16.5* (set to 15.75*) FW Tensei AV Blue 75X
PXG 0317X Gen 2 19* Hybrid PX Evenflow Riptide 85H 6.5
PXG 0311X 4 Utility Iron Nippon Pro Modus 3 105S

Callaway Apex 21 5-AW DG 120 Tour Issue S400
Cobra King Black 54* Nippon Modus Wedge 115

Cobra King Black 58* Nippon Modus Wedge 115
Scotty Cameron Phantom X 12 Custom 34.5”

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Taylormade SLDR or Titleist TS3 both compact and easy to launch for me

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 Titleist TS3 9.5 Fujikura Speeder Pro TS 74 Stiff
Titleist TS3 13.5 set to C1 HZRDUS black 75 stiff
Titleist TS3  18* set to C1 HZRDUS black 75 stiff
Cobra King Utility set at 21* ProjectX Catalyst stiff
Ping I210 5-UW Accra 70i stiff
Ping Glide 3.0 56* Accra 70i stiff
Callaway Mack Daddy 2 PM Grind 60* Accra Hybrex Wedge Shaft
Argolf Merlin Putter with Accra FxP200 Shaft
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Love WRX...the OLD ST180....in NZ thats still new...great club!!

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