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Forgive my lack of knowledge with newer tech.  I've always played drivers at 400cc or under or strong 13° 3 woods.  Since they don't make mini drivers anymore, are there any strong 3 woods that are considered "forgiving".  Not looking for more distance, just looking for help with consistency.  

Thank you.  

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@slantsflood: Mini driver=still available! My home-made alternative= a Callaway 13.5* driver (with adjustable loft +2/-1* )... or a Cobra Ladies driver (can go up to 14*).     

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I am 71 years old.  I started playing a 41-3/4 inch 15 degree loft Wishon "fairway-driver" a few months ago.  And it IS a fairway finder off the tee.  LOVE this club.  I have been surprised that I hit

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I find 3 woods somewhat difficult to hit off the tee as well.. but i can nail it off the deck. Im kinda 50 50 from the tee with it.. can ve good or real bad. I tend to stay away and just use driver or if im trying to put it in play the 3 hybrid... 3 wood mainly off the deck on pars 5s. Its only used maybe 2 3 times a round its crazy.

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Original Ping Rapture 3 wood (14 deg) can be had for ~$60 on EBay if you are patient.  Absolutely awesome alternate tee club.  Some look pretty closed at address so make sure you see it from the address position.

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As noted above, the Original One is a good option as is a used Bertha Mini from a few seasons ago. I picked up a Bertha Mini from another member on the BST towards the end of last season and quite enjoyed it off the tee. Gave me around 10-12 yards more than my GBB 3 wood and was very easy to fit once I figured out the correct tee height.

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All of these are nice options with lower loft and good forgiveness:

 

Ping G410/G425 14.5 (175 cc head)

Titleist TS2/TSi2 13.5 (175 cc head)
Cobra Big Tour 13.5 (173 cc head)

Mavrik Max 13.5 (200 cc head)

TaylorMade Original One 13.5 (275 cc head) (Mini-Driver)

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I have had a 16* SLDR Mini Driver in my bag for the past 6 years and it is fantastic as a tee club.  I spent a good part of last summer trying to replace this with something that is equally forgiving and has some modern tech.  I hit A LOT of 3 woods and I found the Ping 410 to be the most forgiving but I was looking for a deeper face as it is primarily a tee only club - settled on the Mizuno 190 ST.  Worth a look.

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2 hours ago, j_giesler said:

Callaway X2 Hot 2 deep or 3 deep, some days it’s longer than a driver for my swing

 

2deep probably more forgiving since its larger volume than 3deep with a hopefully larger face.

I find the 3deep to not be that forgiving (face is small to me).

 

I find that the Tour Edge Exotics woods in the 2013-2015 era (TEE XCG7 Beta and TEE EX9 Long 13* which are 185 cc).

 

Spec sheet for XCG7 Beta (2013 model year) taller faced model

 

https://www.touredge.com/exoticsxcg7betafairway

 

Spec sheet for XCG7 (non-beta) with shallower face

 

https://www.touredge.com/exoticsxcg7fairway

 

Spec sheet for EX9 Long (same 185 cc head with Titanium face) but with adjustable hosel.

 

https://www.touredge.com/ex9longfairway

 

Spec sheet for EX10 Beta (180 cc head with Titanium face) - glued hosel

 

https://www.touredge.com/copy-of-exotics-ex10-fairway

 

Then there's the CBX (link is for CBX even though it says otherwise)

 

https://www.touredge.com/copy-of-hl2-fairway

 

 

Are you misses high/low (skying ball with a shallow faced 3 wood, which could be helped with a deeper faced wood), or toe/heel?

 

I think the newer TEE EXS and EXS220 would also be nice forgiving wood options. 

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If you want to go full bore on more forgiving strong 3 woods, you could look at Wishon designs

 

Wishon 919THI (full sized 460cc driver that you could get at a 13-15* loft (glued hosel, but you can have head loft / face angle hand selected).  

 

https://wishongolf.com/designs/designs-drivers/919thi/

 

Wishon 919 F/D is a 14* option with a head volume of 260cc.

 

https://wishongolf.com/designs/designs-drivers/new-919fd/

 

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Cobra Big Tour 3 is very easy to hit & forgiving. Also since you mentioned small headed drivers...if you can find one the Cobra Long Tom 2 wood circa 2012 was awesome. 12.5 degrees & 240 cc head.

 

Taylormade came out with a new adjustable mini driver in 2019. 11.5 & 13.5 degrees options.

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I am 71 years old.  I started playing a 41-3/4 inch 15 degree loft Wishon "fairway-driver" a few months ago.  And it IS a fairway finder off the tee.  LOVE this club.  I have been surprised that I hit it off the tee within about 20 to 30 yards of best distances I get with my driver.  Shorter and heavier a good option to consider.

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1 hour ago, geochitown said:

If you want to go full bore on more forgiving strong 3 woods, you could look at Wishon designs

 

Wishon 919THI (full sized 460cc driver that you could get at a 13-15* loft (glued hosel, but you can have head loft / face angle hand selected).  

 

https://wishongolf.com/designs/designs-drivers/919thi/

 

Wishon 919 F/D is a 14* option with a head volume of 260cc.

 

https://wishongolf.com/designs/designs-drivers/new-919fd/

 

This. Club is a real performer.

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595 #3 Driving Iron Red hybrid S Flex
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24 minutes ago, GIGTony said:

I am 71 years old.  I started playing a 41-3/4 inch 15 degree loft Wishon "fairway-driver" a few months ago.  And it IS a fairway finder off the tee.  LOVE this club.  I have been surprised that I hit it off the tee within about 20 to 30 yards of best distances I get with my driver.  Shorter and heavier a good option to consider.

Perfect club for this purpose.

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All Wishon, all the time:
519SHPR 11* Black Driver, Red Shaft - S
919F/D, Red Shaft
EQ1-NX 4 wood Red S-FLex
929 Fwy 5, Red Shaft
595 #3 Driving Iron Red hybrid S Flex
575MMC 6-GW Wishon Smooth Steel - S (B bag)
EQ1-NX 4 hybrid, Black hybrid Shaft
5-SW EQ1-NX S300's (A bag))
PCF Micro Tour Platinum 58*
S2R #5 putter Single Bend Shaft
Mid-firm urethane balls - too many to list
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On 1/18/2021 at 12:02 PM, JungleJimbo said:

@JFM628 did you find the Mizuno ST190 (3 wood??)= gets you longer drives,

vs your SLDR mini-driver? As presumably the mini-driver has a slightly-longer shaft, vs a 3-wood? 

Drives very similar off the tee...no noticeable distance issue.  Biggest issue was adjusting to the smaller head but the deep face has helped.  ST190 a very nice head - great solution if you can find the right shaft for you.

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On 1/18/2021 at 10:56 AM, SugarLandGolfer said:

I tested the SIM TI lofted down with a Ventus red shaft and had plenty of forgiveness even for a hacker like myself. 
 

Cobra also still has their Speedzone big tour fairway at 14.5 that can go down to 13. At 173 CC, it’s a little bigger for forgiveness and would be a good secondary option off the tee.

I second this. I game the SIM Ti 3W. Hzrdus Smoke Yellow shaft. It’s my favorite club in my bag. Can’t miss a fairway with it and it’s also very easy to launch off the deck. Ball comes off like a missile. Even the sound is awesome. You can hear the ball whistling off the face

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