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I hit mine at least 4 sometimes up to 6-7 times a round.  After driver, putter and primary chipping club it's right there as my most used club.

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Yep I do need one.  About 30-40 longer than my 2 iron.  Use it 2-3 times per round off the tee on anything over 430 and a par 4.  I try and leave as many full wedge swings as I can, 3 wood and 2 irons make that happen all day long on par 4’s. 

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I pulled mine a couple months back and am playing with a few options. It was about as long as my 5 wood and less reliable.

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I know a lot of players that absolutely hit a 5 wood farther and more consistent due to better launch conditions. Heck, some players will hit a 7 wood better. 
 

 

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I may only use it 3-4 times in a round, but I find it to be important. I'm fairly accurate with my driver, so would only use it off the tee on very tight par 4s. Tend to use it mostly on second shot on par 5s. Helped me make an eagle on a par 5 this past weekend, so definitely won't be taking it out anytime soon. 

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I’m testing a 5W, but my answer has been yes as we have a lot of wind and I can hit it reasonably well off the deck. I’m accurate but not that long with driver so not uncommon for me to hit 3W as second shot on par 5 or longer par 4s. I rarely use it off the tee though.

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Usually once per round at my home course. Long par 3. I lost confidence using it off the fairway a long time ago and use hybrids instead for long fairway shots. I do use it when I play other courses with tight driving holes but I could easily drop it at my home course.  

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One of the better questions on the board as of late. Really 3 questions - Do you, why do you, and should you.

 

I dropped the 3 wood two years ago and went Driver-5 wood. This year I have a 4 wood with the height and spin of a 5 wood. The reason is that I know where they’re going to stop.

 

IMO the main reason people carry a 3 wood is that they can’t or won’t trust their driver. The 3 wood and driver share a unique characteristic, which is that you normally hit them in situations with the expectation of infinite distance. You don’t expect it, or want it to stop. To me, that makes a 3 wood redundant, and a dedicated sand wedge a better asset.

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If you’re playing the correct tees at decent length courses, then yes….

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Varies on the course… home course is 5 or 6 times. Other courses once or twice.

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I don't have mine in the bag now and have't missed it yet. I never found myself using off the tee, I prefer my driver generally or a 5 wood / driving iron if needing to lay back. I also never encounter holes where I have a three wood distance for an approach into a par 5 and find the green area friendly enough to want to approach it.

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Need is maybe a stretch, it definitely fills a gap between my 21 hybrid and driver. I don’t usually hit it much. Good lie on some par 5’s. I don’t think I hit it much straighter than driver off the tee but it finds a bit less trouble just being shorter with less run. A short par 4 I’ll often hit the hybrid which can go 220’ish pff a tee. I use 3w off the tee when there is trouble I can’t carry with the driver basically. 

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I go back and forth on this topic.  I'm currently carrying one and only hit it a few times a round IF the wind is blowing pretty hard on a few holes.  (downwind on a tight, long par 4 or a drivable par 4, and a 2nd shot on 600+ yard par 5 if i'm in the fairway and need to hit it 250+ into the wind). I honestly think going driver, mini-driver, hyrbid would work out fine at the top of the bag most days. 

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