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I am looking for a new three wood. I want a 15 degree. I am tossed up between the new Cleveland Launcher steel, the Mizuno F-50 and the Sonartec 2.5 but, will consider them all:) I want the club mainly for the tee but, will use it out of the fairway on occasion. Length is not a big factor for me. I do not want a three wood that goes almost as far as my driver. I tend to hit the ball with a high fade and am a decent player (low single digits). I tend to like deep faced three woods. My driver swing speed is 105-110 and my ball speed is 155-160. What would you recommend and with what shaft? Thanks in advance!!!
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I also have heard excellent things about the Mizuno. I'd lean towards that or towards the TM r7 TP so you can tinker with it. Also, you may want to wait for the Cally X fairways. Regardless, I think the Fuji Speeder 757 is a good fit for fast swingers. They are also coming out with the Rombax shaft that they helped TM make, but they put different graphics on it.

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if you like deeper faced woods, then go for the Sonartec SS-3.5 instead of the 2.5

the Nike Ignite T-60 is also a good 3 wood

I personally love my titleist 904f, think its the best 3 wood out there right now

 

Another vote for the Ignite T-60. I'm not sure what shaf would be right for you though. The absolute best 3 wood that I've ever hit off of the tee or the deck. It's hot! Simp

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Yet another vote for the T-60. It's a great 3 wood and you should be able to find a good price as Nike is phasing this out for the SQ fairway woods (for whatever reason, SQ fairways seem to have replaced the T-60 in the stores here in Northern California, but the price never seemed to drop from the $170 range that it was discounted to in the latter part of 2005).

 

It's got a very tall face, really proportioned more like a little driver (I guess this would have been a driver in 1985). If you're usually hitting off the tee, it's fantastic. On the fairway it looks pretty narrow and the round sole is off-putting, but with a good lie, it's no problem. With a marginal lie, I think it is harder to make good contact that a more traditionally shaped wood.

 

I have one of these with the stiff Nike Ignite shaft. It would probably be a good match for you, but my normal swing speed is <100 so I have to push it a bit to get good results (not a problem off the tee). My regular 3-wood is a TM R580 titanium 3-wood, the predecessor of the current r5 3-wood. This has got a "regular" shaped head (wider and shallow) and a regular flex shaft. It's a better match for my playing now.

 

I haven't tried the SQ or the newer TM fairway woods. I have tried Sonartec and they are definitely catering to a very skilled player (e.g., not me). Shaft characteristics seem odd - it's hard for me to get straight ball flight and I don't seem to be able to adjust to accomodate it (I must be significantly missing the sweet spot). I've tried different flexes and different models, but don't get much of a feeling of confidence with any of them.

 

Good luck with your hunt!

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well..the new Bobby Jones by Jesse Ortiz designs are very nice to look at. however from what you described the Collection Series is way too shallow at address. He does have his players series..deeper faced and setup for more serious players as he says. might want to take a look at those.

 

also check out the Nicklaus stuff...great clubs...just make sure they are deep faced enough for you. my 2 cents.

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Yet another vote for the T-60. It's a great 3 wood and you should be able to find a good price as Nike is phasing this out for the SQ fairway woods (for whatever reason, SQ fairways seem to have replaced the T-60 in the stores here in Northern California, but the price never seemed to drop from the $170 range that it was discounted to in the latter part of 2005).
kblakeney35 Posted Today, 05:00 PM

if you like deeper faced woods, then go for the Sonartec SS-3.5 instead of the 2.5

the Nike Ignite T-60 is also a good 3 wood

I personally love my titleist 904f, think its the best 3 wood out there right now

 

Thanks for all the replys!! Demo days are out for me. I live on Big Island in Hawaii and they don't have them here. I have tried the Nike and I was not impressed. I am sure it is a great club, it's just not for me. It looks great and has the type of face I am looking for but, just didn't work well for me. As for the Sonartec 3.5, what is the ball flight like? I had a NP 99 with an NV for about two weeks. I hit it kinda low and I usually hit it pretty high. How does the ballflight with the 3.5 compare? The reason I was thinking about the 2.5 is the trajectory. I am also looking at the 904F. I have played a Titleist driver for most of the past 10 years and love them. Thanks again for all the imput!!

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Yet another vote for the T-60. It's a great 3 wood and you should be able to find a good price as Nike is phasing this out for the SQ fairway woods (for whatever reason, SQ fairways seem to have replaced the T-60 in the stores here in Northern California, but the price never seemed to drop from the $170 range that it was discounted to in the latter part of 2005).
kblakeney35 Posted Today, 05:00 PM

if you like deeper faced woods, then go for the Sonartec SS-3.5 instead of the 2.5

the Nike Ignite T-60 is also a good 3 wood

I personally love my titleist 904f, think its the best 3 wood out there right now

 

Thanks for all the replys!! Demo days are out for me. I live on Big Island in Hawaii and they don't have them here. I have tried the Nike and I was not impressed. I am sure it is a great club, it's just not for me. It looks great and has the type of face I am looking for but, just didn't work well for me. As for the Sonartec 3.5, what is the ball flight like? I had a NP 99 with an NV for about two weeks. I hit it kinda low and I usually hit it pretty high. How does the ballflight with the 3.5 compare? The reason I was thinking about the 2.5 is the trajectory. I am also looking at the 904F. I have played a Titleist driver for most of the past 10 years and love them. Thanks again for all the imput!!

 

i don't know if this will change your mind any on the t-60, but if you hit it with the ignite graphite shaft, then i don't think you get a far shot with this club. in my opinion the fujikura ignite shaft sucks, especially in the fairway woods. i hated this wood when hitting it with the graphite but absolutely love it with the light weight steel. i love thid wood so much because it is so great off a tee, and even with the deep face its easy to hit of the deck (which says a lot since that is a weakness for me and i am playing off half dead, rock hard north texas fairways right now). if you can hit this with the steel or any other shaft than the ignite shaft, try it.

 

the tm v-steel is also a great wood. its not a deep face, but i hit this real well off a tee too and easy to hit from most any lie on the fairway.

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You may want to try the latest Ping G5 15 degree - had a test hit with this the other day and its pretty good of a tee or fairway. The G5's depth of face is greater than a Sonartec 2.5 (if you like a deep face as you say the Sonartec 3.5 would be better for you and the stock Fuji Tour Platform shaft is great) and the shaft in it was a Grafalloy ProLaunch 75S. Pretty workable to get a draw or a fade. I've never really been able to get a 3 wood I really like, but this made a really good impression. I don't carry a 5 wood but the 18 degree G5 with the same shaft was also pretty good.

 

Don't know if you would even consider a Ping, I've kind of steered away from them for years and I know they are not to everyone's taste, but the G5 fairways seem to be pretty good clubs.

 

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PS As an add on, the G5 driver with the Grafalloy ProLaunch 65S is excellent as well.

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The Mizuno is great. Of course, I'm still in the honeymoon phase with it. However, since your natural shot is a fade and you like a deeper faced 3-wood, I recommend trying the Cobra SZ (and *BONUS* you should be able to find the SZ cheap, since it's been replaced in Cobra's line). The SZ is a great 3-wood. The F50 just replaced it in my bag because I tend to hit a little too much right to left with it. The SZ has a deeper face, but I've found it much easier than other deep face fairway woods at getting the ball up off the fairway. It's worth a shot.

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I recently tested 3 woods and chose the Ping G5-15 degree. If you like deep face the ping has that as well as the cobras. The G5 was very forgiving and pretty long. I heard great things about the launcher, but I couldn't hit the shallow face.

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I did a 3 wood test just before xmas. I tried a bunch and my favorites were the Mizuno and the Cobra F speed. Both were very nice and I hit them equally well off the fairway but I hit the Cobra better off the tee. The Cobra also had a higher ball flight than the Mizuno for the same carry yardage. I went with the Cobra but would have been happy with either one.

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However, since your natural shot is a fade and you like a deeper faced 3-wood, I recommend trying the Cobra SZ (and *BONUS* you should be able to find the SZ cheap, since it's been replaced in Cobra's line). The SZ is a great 3-wood. The F50 just replaced it in my bag because I tend to hit a little too much right to left with it
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I am very happy hitting the fade. I can turn it over if I need too but, don't want a club to help me. I prefer a more neutral setuo. Thanks!

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Thanks for all the replys!! Demo days are out for me. I live on Big Island in Hawaii and they don't have them here. I have tried the Nike and I was not impressed. I am sure it is a great club, it's just not for me. It looks great and has the type of face I am looking for but, just didn't work well for me. As for the Sonartec 3.5, what is the ball flight like? I had a NP 99 with an NV for about two weeks. I hit it kinda low and I usually hit it pretty high. How does the ballflight with the 3.5 compare? The reason I was thinking about the 2.5 is the trajectory. I am also looking at the 904F. I have played a Titleist driver for most of the past 10 years and love them. Thanks again for all the imput!!

 

With your swing speed, you should be able to get a good trajectory out of the 3.5. Especially if you want to use your 3 wood to tee off with. The 2.5 has IMO a very shallow face that would not be very easy to tee of with. The 3.5, for me with about 100-105 SS, produced a good boring trajectory with a very solid feel.

 

As for the 904f, when I was demoing 3 woods, it came down to the sonartec and the titleist. The reason I chose the titleist is because it gave me at least 10-15 yards more distance over the sonartec. It also gave me even more of a boring trajectory to cut through the winds that I usually play in.

 

For you, I would try out a few different clubs including the 3.5 and the 904f and decide which one has the best feel/confidence inspiring(and I don't mean "easy to hit," I mean whatever club you can look down at when you're addressing the ball and know that you're going to hit a solid golf shot)and then take that club to a clubfitter and get the proper shaft that produces the best ballflight for you.

 

Hope this helps,

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Thanks for all the replys!! Demo days are out for me. I live on Big Island in Hawaii and they don't have them here. I have tried the Nike and I was not impressed. I am sure it is a great club, it's just not for me. It looks great and has the type of face I am looking for but, just didn't work well for me. As for the Sonartec 3.5, what is the ball flight like? I had a NP 99 with an NV for about two weeks. I hit it kinda low and I usually hit it pretty high. How does the ballflight with the 3.5 compare? The reason I was thinking about the 2.5 is the trajectory. I am also looking at the 904F. I have played a Titleist driver for most of the past 10 years and love them. Thanks again for all the imput!!

 

With your swing speed, you should be able to get a good trajectory out of the 3.5. Especially if you want to use your 3 wood to tee off with. The 2.5 has IMO a very shallow face that would not be very easy to tee of with. The 3.5, for me with about 100-105 SS, produced a good boring trajectory with a very solid feel.

 

As for the 904f, when I was demoing 3 woods, it came down to the sonartec and the titleist. The reason I chose the titleist is because it gave me at least 10-15 yards more distance over the sonartec. It also gave me even more of a boring trajectory to cut through the winds that I usually play in.

 

For you, I would try out a few different clubs including the 3.5 and the 904f and decide which one has the best feel/confidence inspiring(and I don't mean "easy to hit," I mean whatever club you can look down at when you're addressing the ball and know that you're going to hit a solid golf shot)and then take that club to a clubfitter and get the proper shaft that produces the best ballflight for you.

 

Thanks for the reply. I had the chance to hit the Titleist today and will probably go with that one. I love the solid feel and the look at address. I do clubfitting myself so, the shaft won't be a problem. I plan to get the speeder and then will probably put a Vista Pro 90 in it like I have in my TP rescues. Thanks,

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