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I just went from a tour edge 4 wood to a TSI2 5 wood. As a good player that’s struggled with fairway woods in the past, due to very shallow AoA, it’s been everything I’ve wanted

 

its great off the tee and off the deck, I’ve got the 18 degree head, turned down to 17 and the shorter shaft has made my strikes so much better. I also went heavier and stiffer in the shaft(RDX smoke black) which has helped. It’s totally replaced a typical 3 wood and is my club for 240-260 shots

 

 

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I went with a Mavrik Sun Zero from CPO, 18° and it’s exactly what I’ve been looking for in a FW wood.  Great off the tee, really good if the deck and not too hard to hit and launch from either.  Plus it was super cheap, like $150 brand new.  That said, it’s a fixed hosel so if you’re looking for adjustability this isn’t it! 

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Bit of a weird set-up, but lately I've been going with two 5 woods: Ping G425 lofted down to 16.5, so it's essentially a 4 wood. And then a Cobra Radspeed Tour 5W, lofted up to 19. With the small head and shorter-than-typical shaft (comes stock at 41.75), the Cobra is almost like a blend between a fairway wood and a hybrid. I love them both. The Radspeed Tour 5W doesn't go quite as far as a typical 5W might but it's super easy to control, and then the G425 is long and forgiving, so the gapping and the different use cases end up working out well for me. I'd give either one my recommendation, depending on what you're looking for. In their stock settings at 17.5 degrees, the Radspeed Tour launched a bit higher and spun a little more for me, but since that depends so much on shafts, delivery, etc., I'm not sure that's even meaningful to share.

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Can't say enough about the Mizuno ST-Z 3 wood I have. If I was in the market for a 5 wood I would definitely check out Mizuno

TM SIM 8* | AutoFlex SF505X at 46.75"

Mizuno ST-Z 15*| Diamana D+ White 7 X 

TM P790 2 IRON UDI | HZRDUS SMOKE 100 6.5

SRIXON ZX7 3-PW | Mitsubishi MMT 125 TX

Cleveland Zipcore Tour Rack 

50* (Mid) Rounded Edge | Mitsubishi MMT Scoring Wedge 125 TX

54* (Full) S Grind | Mitsubishi MMT Scoring Wedge 125 TX

TM MY SPIDER X BLACK 34"

TM TP5X

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I think the G425 is the friendliest and straightest FW out there. Maybe not the absolute longest? but very easy for the 2nd shot on a long hole. The shaft is going to be the main issue. I dont like the Ping Alta CB shafts, except for the Tour shaft in a 3W. I changed out shafts for the Orange Tensei shaft and love it. 

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29 minutes ago, 1s1k said:

Can't say enough about the Mizuno ST-Z 3 wood I have. If I was in the market for a 5 wood I would definitely check out Mizuno

I just picked up the ST-Z 5 wood. It’s larger than most 5 woods but it’s absolute money. It has a lot of Ping consistency and forgiveness characteristics but it thankfully doesn’t look like a Ping. 

I have 14 clubs.

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I'm one of the few people who did not like the STZ 3 wood and 5 wood. Big heads but not very forgiving, and neither had much pop.

 

I liked the 425s OK but feel is not great and they are very much a fairway club. Not ideal off the tee with those shallow faces.

 

I also did not like the TSi fairways because the heads are small and I'm not crazy about glossy. 

 

Where I landed, and I'm very happy so far, is SIM2 Max. Easy to launch but they don't balloon. Nice off the tee. Powerful crack at impact. And I LOVE the glued/fixed hosel. It makes the club feel very stable and it prevents me from endlessly tinkering with loft and lie after every range session. 😄

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Mizuno Stg 220 / Px Rdx

Mizuno Stz 3w 5w / Px Rdx

Mizuno Mp20 4-Pw / Px Ls

Miura Forged 50 54 60 / Px

Ping Tyne 4 / Titleist ProV1 

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2 hours ago, texas_tom said:

I think the G425 is the friendliest and straightest FW out there. Maybe not the absolute longest? but very easy for the 2nd shot on a long hole. The shaft is going to be the main issue. I dont like the Ping Alta CB shafts, except for the Tour shaft in a 3W. I changed out shafts for the Orange Tensei shaft and love it. 

That's the exact shaft I have in my G425 5 wood as well as my G425 driver.  Great shaft!

DRIVER - PING G425 MAX

FAIRWAY WOODS - PING G425 MAX 5W & 7W

IRONS - PING i210 3-UW

WEDGES - PING GLIDE 3.0 54 & 58

PUTTER - SCOTTY CAMERON SPECIAL SELECT NEWPORT 2

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I just scored an M6 5 wood for a great price from Global Golf. Not sure why, I have issues.

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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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8 hours ago, texas_golfer said:

F9 and just want something new. It’s the oldest club in my bag hahaha

My newest club is older than your oldest lol... easier on wallet

D1 Adams XTD, NL60TX D2 Titleist TS2, D+72X 5W Titleist 915F, D+80X

3I Srixon Z 545 4H Adams Tight Lies 6I-PW MP-54, C Taper Lite X

GW Nike VPC, Tour V X 54, 60 Cleveland CBX, DG S300 Cure CX3

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9 hours ago, naws-golfer said:

I just went from a tour edge 4 wood to a TSI2 5 wood. As a good player that’s struggled with fairway woods in the past, due to very shallow AoA, it’s been everything I’ve wanted

 

its great off the tee and off the deck, I’ve got the 18 degree head, turned down to 17 and the shorter shaft has made my strikes so much better. I also went heavier and stiffer in the shaft(RDX smoke black) which has helped. It’s totally replaced a typical 3 wood and is my club for 240-260 shots

 

 

I’ll second (maybe third) the TSi2.  Picked one up about 2 weeks ago after testing most everything and it’s been absolute nails on the course.

 

the SIM2 Max, STZ, and the Srixon were all really strong contenders

 

i hate Ping shafts, so I didn’t test 425 at all

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If you like the Cobra you have now, you can’t go wrong with the new Radspeed line….but if you hit what you have well, don’t change it. 

WITB
Driver: 10.5* SIM2 set 1 click lower- Diamana Limited D+ White 70s (Tour sleeve) or AV Raw White 65s (non tour sleeve)

Fairway: Taylormade SIM2 3 wood (shaft TBD) and Radspeed Tour 5w turned up to 18.5* (Shaft TBD, but Motore F1 is solid)
Irons:  Adams 23* Super 9031 (Proforce Tour Weight Iron shaft), 5-PW Srixon ZX7:  All shafted with DGTI s400
Wedges: Cleveland Zipcore Wedges (All Raw with DGTI s400 shafts) 48* bent to 49*, 52* Mid bent to 53*, 56* Mid bent to 58*...58* Vokey SM8 D grind   

Putter: White Hot OG 7s with Stability Tour Black or Kingston KP1 Carbon Oil Can Finish

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12 hours ago, texas_golfer said:

Currently have a cobra F9 and just want something new. It’s the oldest club in my bag hahaha. 
 

What would you say is the best one out right now?  Was thinking ping g425 maybe? Or maybe the new cobra radspeed? Looking for any first hand experience and opinions.  Thanks 

There is no best out there right now. It's what is best for you. Gotta do the hard work to see what fits you.

 

I have a Callaway Speed, a Mizuno ST-Z, and a Honma TR21 - shafting around to see what fits best. It's a process. The Speed and the Honma have excellent feel, the Mizzie is more muted.

 

Have fun out there testing.

Father, Wannabe Golfer, Observer of Peeps, Wannabe Novelist

 

  • Ping G425 Max 9/TPT Golf 19Hi Driver
  • Honma TR21 Fwy 3, 5 
  •  Ping G425 20.5 Hy/TPT Golf 
  • Honma TW-X 5-PW/Mitsu MMT 85g 
  • Artisan 50, 55, 59/Nippon 105 
  • Artisan 0521 or 0321 Putter

 

 

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I’ve got all good things to say about the Radspeed fairways. I’ve got it in a 3W and like the look at address better than my SZ 5 wood. The infinity face make the face look more forgiving to my eye than the insert of the SZ. 

Epic Max LS 9*, GD AD DI 6x | Radspeed 3W 15.5* GD AD-IZ 7s | Titleist TSi2 7W 20.25* RDX Black 80g 6.0

TS2 23* Tensei Blue AV 70HY | AP2 714 5-PW, DG S300 | SM8 50.08F, 56.12D, 60.10S

Odyssey Ten Srixon ZStar 

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