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I've been using my 3 wood off the tee a lot lately (because my driver hates me). Looking for a reasonable upgrade in the $150-200 range.  Currently playing a Titleist 980F. Yes, very old but still a great stick. I just know I'm giving up some tech advantage.

DR: PXG 0811X Gen4 9*

FW: Titleist 917F2 15*

2I: Mizuno MP FliHi 18*

Irons: Titliest DCI 981 3-PW (Mizuno MP 14 3-PW)
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTG 56* + 60*
Putter: Ping Anser F Isoforce

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TaylorMade SIM 9.0*, Oban Kiyoshi Black 65 X

TaylorMade 300 Mini Driver 11.5*, Oban Kiyoshi Black 75 X

TaylorMade SIM DHY 3, SteelFiber i95 Stiff

TaylorMade P770 4-6, Dynamic Gold 105 VSS Stiff

TaylorMade P7MC 7-PW, Dynamic Gold 105 VSS Stiff

TaylorMade MG2 50, [email protected], 60, Dynamic Gold Wedge 

Scotty Cameron Select Squareback 2

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49 minutes ago, Jeff58 said:

Perhaps consider upgrading your Sumo SQ driver instead?

 

Haha. That's a done deal. PXG Gen4 on its way.

48 minutes ago, Nixhex524 said:

Titleist 917f2

This was on my list. Hard to find one in good shape. 

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DR: PXG 0811X Gen4 9*

FW: Titleist 917F2 15*

2I: Mizuno MP FliHi 18*

Irons: Titliest DCI 981 3-PW (Mizuno MP 14 3-PW)
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTG 56* + 60*
Putter: Ping Anser F Isoforce

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55 minutes ago, kthomas said:

There's some Callaway Maverik 3W's on there in "like new" condition for ~$140.

As of now this is probably on top of the list. I've never had Callaway anything. 

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DR: PXG 0811X Gen4 9*

FW: Titleist 917F2 15*

2I: Mizuno MP FliHi 18*

Irons: Titliest DCI 981 3-PW (Mizuno MP 14 3-PW)
Wedges: Cleveland 588 RTG 56* + 60*
Putter: Ping Anser F Isoforce

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1 hour ago, btwhite7 said:

Haha. That's a done deal. PXG Gen4 on its way.

This was on my list. Hard to find one in good shape. 

PXG 0211 is a great fairway and a smoking hot price! 

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PXG 0811X Gen4 Diamana ZF 60S
PXG 0341x Proto 3 Wood Fuji Speeder 757 Evo TS 7s

PXG 0341x 5 wood Diamana S+ 70S
PXG 0311 Gen3 P 4-GW Elevate Tour S
PXG 0311 Forged 54*/Camo 60* Elevate Tour S 
PXG Gen2 Gunboat

Bridgestone BX

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4 hours ago, sosob34 said:

https://www.golfsub70.com/sub-70-pro-fairway.html

 

Great fairway wood, great price. 

This is a good place to start.

Driver- Tour Edge EXS 220

3W- Adam’s Tight Lies

3H- Cobra F8

Utility- Sub 70 699U 21 degree

Irons- Sub 70 739 5-PW

Wedges - Tour Edge CB Pro 50, 54, 58

Putter- Tour Edge HP series #1

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25 minutes ago, deepbore said:

Last generation Taylormade Sim Ti Fairways about 200 used now.  Incredible heads. Bought the 3 wood first then got the 5 wood both are excellent love the diamana limited that comes with it.

Can’t agree with this enough. Especially if you plan on using it off the tee. I picked up a SIM ti 3 wood with a LIN-Q purple shaft in perfect condition for just under 200 off the bay a couple months ago. It is a bomber and often flirts with my driver distance off the tee. Also is a great club off the turf if I happen to be feeling risky on a long par 5. This is the best choice in that price range in my opinion. 

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Cobra F9

TaylorMade SIM 9.0*, Oban Kiyoshi Black 65 X

TaylorMade 300 Mini Driver 11.5*, Oban Kiyoshi Black 75 X

TaylorMade SIM DHY 3, SteelFiber i95 Stiff

TaylorMade P770 4-6, Dynamic Gold 105 VSS Stiff

TaylorMade P7MC 7-PW, Dynamic Gold 105 VSS Stiff

TaylorMade MG2 50, [email protected], 60, Dynamic Gold Wedge 

Scotty Cameron Select Squareback 2

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I got my M1 3 wood from Callaway pre owned and it looked like it has barely been hit for $80. You could do well there with $150 in right handed gear.

 

I just picked up a Homna XP-1 I got off eBay that so far had been solid both off the tee and the deck. But it isn't adjustable, so there is that.

Taylormade M3 driver Mitsubishi Kuro Kage TiNi 70G shaft (cut to 44.5")

Honma XP-1 3 wood 

Taylormade M1 5 wood

Taylormade GAPR Lo 19* Hybrid 

Byrdie Golf Designs split cavity 4-PW

Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 80g iron shafts

Lazrus 52/8 and 56/12 wedges

Nike Blue Chip 002 putter

Golf Pride Concept Helix grips

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There is SO many good fairways out there, almost hard to go wrong.  But having a shaft that matches what you need is the bigger challenge if you haven't been in the fairway market for 20 years.

Titleist TSi2 9* Tensei AV Raw Blue 65TX

Titleist TS2 16.5* EF T1100 75S

Titleist TS3 19* EF T1100 95S

Ping I210 4-UW PX 6.0

Ping Glide 3.0 54/58 PX 6.0

Odyssey Tank Cruiser 35"

 

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You might get some advantage if the FW were titanium but since most FW today are still stainless steel, there's no advantage.  If there was, then why is TM using 2002 V-Steel technology on their current FW models?

10.5 deg Titleist 905R with stock UST Proforce V2 Shaft (Stiff flex)
Titleist 990 (3-PW) with stock Dynamic Gold in S300
Taylormade V-Steel 5W & 3W with Grafalloy Prolaunch Red shafts (Regular Flex)
2011 Adams Tom Watson signature wedges in 52 and 56 degrees with stock steel shafts (Player's Grind)
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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The Cobra F9 was the final edition with functional rails for getting through turf. I have the Tour model and it is a great club off the deck and from the tee. Subsequent models hollowed out the rails and made them more shallow. The F9 models are now under $200 new and worth checking out.

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D| Ping G400 HZRDUS Smoke Black 60 6.5

4W| Cobra F9 Tour 16* PROFORCE V2 Black 7F5

H| Ping G400 22* PROFORCE V2 Black 85F5

4-P| New Level 902 DG S400 TI

GW| Maltby DBM DG Black Onyx S400 TI 

SW| Maltby M-Series+ Tour DG Black Onyx S400 TI

LW| Maltby Tour Grind MG DG Black Onyx S400 TI

P| Yes! Evelyn 12

Ball| Snell MTB Black

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Tour Edge Exotics CBX 119 is a hot hot hot 3 wood that can be found for under $140. Any of the recent Callaway releases are also excellent options. 

Taylormade SIM2 MAX 9* w/ Ventus Black 6X

Taylormade SIM2 Fairway 15* w/ Ventus Black 7X

Taylormade SIM2 Hybrid 19.5* w/ HZRDUS Black RDX 90g

Taylormade P790 (4-PW) w/ KBS C Taper 120

Titleist SM8 50*

Taylormade MG2 54*

Taylormade Hi-Toe 58*

Scotty Cameron Futura 5S

Taylormade TP5X

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22 hours ago, RolandofGilead said:

The Cobra F9 was the final edition with functional rails for getting through turf. I have the Tour model and it is a great club off the deck and from the tee. Subsequent models hollowed out the rails and made them more shallow. The F9 models are now under $200 new and worth checking out.

 

This club has worked for me and go ta 3W back in my bag after playing without one for a long time. I get a fairly reliable draw off the tee with this, which makes me welcome dogleg left holes. I have used a couple Pings (410/G) and a TS2 but this one is a little more consistent for my swing.

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i built my sim ti 3 wood for a little over $200.  $160 for the head and then $50 for the VTS Red 7x tspx.  This shaft is so awesome for me bc i have a softer transition with fairway woods for some reason.  it's silly long and sounds pretty cool imo too.  

G410+ 9* - ADBB 6X
M6 15* - VTS Red 7X
SIM 19*-VTS Red 8X
MP18 MMC FLIHI 4-6. MP18 SC 7-PW - AMT TI X100
Glide 2.0 Stealth 50.12* & 54.12*. SM8 58.12D*-DG S200
Adrmore. PRO V1X

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On 8/28/2021 at 11:08 AM, btwhite7 said:

I've been using my 3 wood off the tee a lot lately (because my driver hates me). Looking for a reasonable upgrade in the $150-200 range.  Currently playing a Titleist 980F. Yes, very old but still a great stick. I just know I'm giving up some tech advantage.

Plenty of good options already listed... Sub70 is a favorite of mine, with the added benefit of having it built to your specs... I had a Mavrik 3 wood in my cart but didn't pull the trigger... instead I bought Srixon F85 for $70 on eBay... I've only hit it a couple times, but it's going to work just fine... 

 

I think the key here is to find the shaft you want (I think weight is super important on 3 wood shafts) and then buy that and game whatever head it comes attached to (if you go used)... otherwise, just have Sub70 build one for you.

As of  10/11/2021

9 Callaway Mavrk Sub Zero with Ventus Black 7X

13 Degree Srixon 3 wood Project X Black 6.5

19 Degree Sub70 939 Pro with Proforce V2

4 Utility Sub70 699u 22 degree Proforce V2

5-GW Srixon Zx5 with Project X 6.5

Sub70 286 54

Sub70 JB Low Bounce 58

SeeMore milled Tri-Mallet fit and built at SeeMore 

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