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I swear I make more bogeys going for par 5s in two with a 3 wood rather than laying up to a good yardage that almost always guarantees a par and often times birds.  Hmmmmm

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For me its Driver, 5 wood, 7 wood and 11 wood. I cannot hit a 3 wood off the deck and am pretty accurate with my driver, so why bother.

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Driver: Ping G400 (10.5*) w/ Alta Distanza shaft

Fairway woods: Callaway Mavrik Max 5-wood (18*), 7-wood (21*) and 11-wood (25*) with Even Flow Riptide 5.5 shafts

Hybrids: Sub70 699U 6 and 7 Utility clubs with Even Flow Riptide 5.5 hybrid shafts

Irons: Ping G710 (8-UW) with Recoil 80 F3 shafts

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I’ve done it. Sometimes delofting the club a tick.  
 

a good choice might be 5 wood for fairway shots and a strong 3 wood for controlled tee shots or perfect uphill lies from the turf.  The key with a 3 wood is to only hit it off the tee or perfect lies. Don’t ever hit one from a marginal or downhill lie. 

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13 hours ago, bvanlieu said:

 

Lengths the same? I would expect the 5w to be at least 1/2 shorter depending on brand. I also trimmed my 4w a bit, added some more weight to head to get SW back. I grew up with 43.5" drivers so don't mind a 'shorter' FW 🙂 

 

Yeah it’s maybe ½” short of the 4W. The Mizuno 5W seems just as long as the 4W. 

I have 14 clubs.

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23 minutes ago, Jmccas said:

Yeah it’s maybe ½” short of the 4W. The Mizuno 5W seems just as long as the 4W. 

Get a   Callaway Heavenwod. It’s a 4 wood with 20* loft.   Very easy to elevate with the head speed of a 4 wood. Great off of if lies and many carry the ball farther than most other woods on average.  

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Ping G410 3, 5 and 7 wood

Ping G410 5 hybrid-not much use.  
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Vokey 54.10, 2009 58.12 M, Testing TM MG2 60* TW grind and MG3 56* TW grind.  Or Ping Glide Stealth, 54,58 SS.  
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1 hour ago, acemandrake said:

3W is unnecessary for most.  Today, drivers are so forgiving & 5W's go far enough that the 3W has been relegated to some sort of super specialty club.

 

Better to have a club that will see more use.

 

Yep. I would bet 1 in 50 guys on here can hit a 3 wood off the deck consistently.  In the days before 460cc drivers, a 3W was a safe 'driving club.'  But I bet the accuracy off the tee between a driver and 3 wood is the same for most guys. Buying a 3 and 5 wood was a habit for a lot of golfers for a long time. But with new FW woods costing over $300, that's a big investment for a club that only gets used once in a blue moon and creates more problems than solutions.

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10.5,17.5,23 🙂this is an interesting combo,i need 10.5, have had the tm before..its a classic from 2007,this one has a Purple Ice so its a good FairwayFinder.The G410 is 22 set at 23, flat and was bought to not hook on uphill tight approaches to greens and today it has done that.Thats my happy story.MP62 are Nice too.58FF Clevo Zipcore good too.

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As an average golfer with 97-101 driver SS driver, 5 wood makes perfect sense. Most of us at this speed can't generate enough speed to effectively hit 13-15° fairway woods. Many modern 5 woods have similar CC to just a few years ago 3 woods so forgiveness is moot. I personally feel confident with 5 wood, lofted down slightly and playing length of 3 wood. For golfers like me, I think this club is meant to advance the ball between 220-235 total distance if you catch it on the screws. Of really honest most average golfers will find that a 3-5 wood combo is a waste of a club no different than have a 3-4 iron as these clubs likely travel identical distances. Now, this is regarding the average male golfer and not the average WRXer. 

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Driver, 5W, hybrid, 5 iron.

 

I'm terrible with a 3W off the deck. 5W is absolute money off the turf. Also, I see little advantage of 3W off the tee. I'm not any more accurate than I am with my driver, whereas the 5W is point and shoot. Surely giving up some yards and I do have a big gap, but you are either laying up off the tee or not. Your either hitting for distance, or hitting for precision. Driver or 5W. 

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Erm... so yeah. I think I need to look at a 5w to fill the gap. Appreciate all the replies! Definitely time to get some things to test over winter!

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Cobra F9 5W 18.5* - Fujikura Pro 2.0 6R

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I went to a Cobra fitting last year (about a month before lockdowns started) and was fitted for a Cobra 5 wood but with a 3 wood shaft.  It gave me good launch and accuracy and I gripped down a little if I needed to hit “regular” 5 wood distance.  I used that as my only fairway wood.
 

Currently playing a Mavrik 4 wood but that is more because I prefer the feel off the face.  The Cobra worked well for me.

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M6 hybrid
PXG 0211 irons (5 to G)
Callaway 56 and 60 PM grind 2.0
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I played driver five wood for probably ten years. Then tried the 3hl in my bag now and loved it, so now play driver 3hl hybrid.

Taylormade M5 Evenflow Blue
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Taylormade Rescue Dual 22°
Ping G410 4-UW
Vokey SM7 56°/14° and 60°/10°
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I play a 12 degree driver and hit it great. Part of the reason for this is the higher loft.

 

So for my 3 wood and 5 wood, I use 5 wood and 7 wood heads and use 3 wood and 5 wood length shafts.

Additionally, I adjust the heads to lower the lofts by 1.5 degree (which opens the face).

 

The result is a highly lofted 3 wood and 5 wood, or a 4 wood and a 6 wood. 

The additional loft gets the ball up and the open face keeps the ball from going left (my normal miss).

Stuart Cink does the same thing. We are frequently mistaken for each other. Just not on the golf course.

Driver: Ping G425 Max 12 deg w/MR Tensei Orange R
Woods: Ping G425 5w & 7w w/MR Tensei Orange R
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Irons: Ping i200 5-U w/Project X 5.5 LZ
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My Driver set at 11', 4wd set at 15.75', then 2 iron followed by 3i-PW, etc.  My 2 iron essentially = 5wd.  This bag allows me to easily cover out to 6700yds. 

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It’s somewhat course dependent for me but I have a Ventus Black 7X that just arrived that I’m going to put into my Taylormade Mini 11.5. If it’s a course less than 6800ish, I honestly don’t need a 3 wood. Pretty decent drives on par 5s leave me usually less than 3 wood distance so I’d rather have another tee option (especially in the colder months) and go straight to 5 wood. 

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