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I currently play 5-PW Titleist T-200 irons.  I have a M6 15* fairway wood that I love.  However, I have a gap between the 15* fairway wood and my 24* 5-iron.  Do you folks recommend getting the 18* 5-wood or 21* 7-wood to fill the gap?  


My biggest need is in that 195-210 yard range where I think the 21* 7-wood could be my go-to club with a high ball flight to land soft.  What are your thoughts?



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i recommend getting both

Find a loft that works, not a number on the bottom as one guys "7" is another mans '5".

I’ve currently replaced my 4 iron with a Cobra F8 5-6 wood head playing at 19*.  I’ve a shaft on it that makes it only a half inch longer than my 4, iron.  Pretty versatile club that I use from 200-220 out.

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It all depends on your yardages. I play a 4 wood instead of a 3 so I naturally gravitated to a 7 wood but it never really fit my gap like I wanted it to. I’m now playing a 5 wood turned down to 19.5 at 7 wood length and it seems to be working really well. I still hit it high enough to easily stop it on the greens and can get a little extra out of it when needed. 

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Go with the 7.  If you feel you need a bit more distance drop the loft down a degree, as a bonus it will open the face a smidge and eliminate any over hooking.  I mean DJ carried one at Augusta, It's a great club for the high soft relatively long shots, they work pretty decent out of the rough as well.  

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OP may also want to consider using a hybrid to fill the gap in question.  I play strong lofted irons myself -- 23.5° 5 iron -- and I have found that for me the ideal club between my 16° 3W and the 5i is a 22° 4h.  I also have a 7W for that gap, but have found that I prefer the ballflight of the hybrid and it's a bit more dependable as well as being more versatile.


I used to be a big fan of carrying a 7W, but I now find I reach for my 3W first on long approaches.  As a result I've become more proficient with it which nullifies the advantage of ease of use with the higher lofted wood.

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I play 9.5° driver, 17° four wood, 21° hybrid, 23° 4 iron.  Works well for me.  I hit a lot more better shots with the four wood instead of a three wood.  Makes the spread simple.

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Wood:  Titleist 980F 17° Aldila NV stiff

Hybrid: Titleist 909H 21° Aldila Voodoo stiff 

Irons:  Titleist 716 AP2 4- W  DG AMT S300

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7  54°,  58° DG S200

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i recommend getting both

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Normal pairing is 3W + 5W or 4W + 7W. In your case, a 7W might be a good exception since you're trying to fill a 3W - 5i gap, which is pretty wide.


7W will get enough check spin to prevent runaway on green, and can blast a shot out of medium rough with gusto. Also good on long-ish par 3 holes.


Or you could go 3W - 5W - 7W since you have no hybrid or driving iron. 

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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)

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Find a loft that works, not a number on the bottom as one guys "7" is another mans '5".

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Surely you have a huge distance gap between your 3 wood and 5 iron, I have a 65 yards gap between those 2 clubs in my bag so I carry a 5 wood / 3 iron (depending on course setup) and a 4 iron, but your 5 iron is so strong lofted that it has a similar loft to my 4 iron.


It all depends on your yardages but I would suggest the 7 wood may be the best option and it can always be lofted down to play more like a 5 wood when required.


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I have a 17 degree 5 wood with a 3 wood shaft loft turned down to 16 making it a 4 wood then a 7 wood with 5 wood shaft set at 20 then a 4 iron (crossover). Works great for me as the 7 wood brings it in high and soft, find it more versatile than a hybrid which I cant seem to get to hold the green. 

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I always found the 5 wood to fly too far for my liking after my 20deg club.


I'm doing the 4 wood (at 16) and various things at 20-21deg trial right now (7w/3h/UT).

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How far do you hit that 5 iron?  I have a 20 yd gap between my 7 wood (21°) and 5i (23.5).  


Right now I'm going D-3-5-7-5i but have that gap.  Going to try D-4-7-5h-5i and see how that goes.  I've hit more long par 3 greens with the 7 wood since putting it in the bag than I've ever hit using long irons.  No trouble holding greens.  Mine is a 917F2.  

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I took a G410 & wood and put a 4 wood length shaft in it to create my own Heavenwood.


One of the best clubs in my bag now. Hit it from every lie with great success.


I am now going to get a new Ping G425 5 wood and put in a 3 wood shaft and not carry a 3 wood any longer.

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I just dropped my 19 hybrid for a Ping G410 5-wood (17.5).  Then lofted down my driver (8.5) and 3 wood (13.5) Excellent decision. 


D 265

3w 240

5w 220

4-iron 202

5-iron 190


I like the 5-wood so much I'm trying to find a 7-wood to match and ditch the 4-iron.  The 5-wood is so easy to hit.  It doesn't hook off the tee like a hybrid and it's better from the rough.  I have the same shaft in the 3 and 5 woods (although 5-wood is 1/2 shorter).  So it's like swinging the same club, just different distances.  Plus my 3-wood has better ball flight.  All in all happy to get that frickin hybrid out of my bag.  It's been a pain ever since I got old and had to ditch the driving iron.

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