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I put my 3W in the same class as my putter. I NEED that club, it is that essential.

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3W gets used several times per round. All the par 5s on my home course are almost guaranteed to get it out of the bag with long fairways and there are a couple par 4s that I use it to tee off. It definitely gets put to use.


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In the past I struggled to hit the 3Ws I had off the deck but still used them off the tee on shorter par 4s. Now I have a 3W that I love and I use it off the tee and also on many par 5s. It's not going anywhere. 

Driver: :titelist-small: TSi3 9* w/ Accra Tour Z RPG 462 M4+

3 Wood: :titelist-small:TSi2 15* w/ Mitsubishi Tensei AV Raw Blue 65

3 Hybrid: :ping-small: G425 19* w/ Alta CB 70

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My M2 3 wood gets plenty of use on the course. I'd say it gets about 8-10 solid uses per round, off the tee box or fairway. There's something about the stock TM Reax X flex shaft in it that makes it super reliable for me.

Also I might be the only one like this but I can only hit my 3 wood off the deck. Whenever I tee it up, I either top it or duck hook it. But doesn't bother me because it helps for getting on the green in 2 on those par 5's. 

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Wood: :taylormade-small: M2 15°, F9, TM Reax X flex

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I ditched the 3 wood in favor of a 4 wood.  I don't hit if often, but if I were smart I would hit it more off of the tee.  It took years of searching to find a 3/4 wood I was really comfortable with.  Now that I have found it, it isn't going anywhere.

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3 Wood: Titleist 915F 16.5º w/ Diamana Blueboard

Hybrids: Callaway Super Hybrid 17º w/ Tensei Orange

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I ditched the 3 wood in favor of a 4 wood, and then ditched the 4 wood in favor of a 2 hybrid at 17*. Was using the fairway wood almost entirely off the deck and was struggling with consistency. The low lofted hybrid solved those problems for me. 

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I have an old ping rapture 3 wood that’s 13 degrees, I used it all the time off the tee for tight holes, I think if you learn when and how to use it your three wood can become your most useful club in your bag


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All the time, par 5s, short par 4s or days where the snap hooks with the driver are making me bat s*** crazy.

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Yes... Probably 4-5 times a round.

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Driver:  :ping-small: G400 (8*) with Diamana Kai'li X-stiff

Fairway:   :ping-small: G400 (14.5*) with Diamana Kai'li X-stiff

Irons: :ping-small: Crossover 3 iron (19*) with TT Dynamic Gold 120 S400 shaft

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I was on the fence about 3-woods for the longest time myself.  On advice from a friend, I tried out some low-profile FWs a couple years ago and just this year I added the Ping G410 3 wood - for me, it really works well.  I used to have a problem with not being able to launch FWs off the deck, but that low profile really give me the confidence to do.  Next I'll be saving up for the G410 5-wood!!!

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I was not hitting my Cobra F8 3/4 particularly well, so I changed the loft from 14.5* to 16*. Now I am hitting it better and farther than before(195-210). So I also changed my 5/6W from 18* to 20*. Same results.

 

 

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In the past I had some issues with the 3 wood in regard to getting the desired ball flight. I changed from a TaylorMade SLDR to a TaylorMade SLDR HL ( HL meaning high launch) this made a big difference. Now I have no hesitation hitting this club off the deck to try to reach greens in two on a par 5 or off the tee on short par 4's. I probably hit the 3 about 4 times a round. 

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:taylormade-small: 3 Wood, SLDR  HL 17*  R Flex

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I use it, though the more infrequently I play, the worse a decision to put it into play it becomes (especially attempting to hit it off the deck). I have no other club that is as finicky as my woods (which I primarily play a 4W/7W combo).

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Driver: Cobra F6

Fairway: Cobra F6 3/4

Hybrids: Wilson Staff D100ES (4 & 5)

Irons: Wilson Staff C200 (6i to GW)

Wedges: Cleveland CBX (52, 56, and 60°)

Putter: Happy Putter Blade

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Yes, an average of about 4 times per round (2 off tee and 2 off deck).  3 and 5 woods have been staples in my bag forever and will likely always be.  Not a big hybrid guy.

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22 hours ago, fozcycle said:

I was not hitting my Cobra F8 3/4 particularly well, so I changed the loft from 14.5* to 16*. Now I am hitting it better and farther than before(195-210). So I also changed my 5/6W from 18* to 20*. Same results.

 

 

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I may have posted this before, apologies for possible repetition....

In Ye Olde Days, the 14* Fay wood was a 2w, and the 3w checked in at 17*.  Most players didn't carry a 2w, unless they carried one in place of a driver.  Those lofts crept forward in the 80s to 13* and 16*, but still largely the same thing going on.

To me, it's no surprise many have better luck with a modern 4w.

In the past, I never had much problem hitting a 14* fwy wood, but on the course I played, I didn't find myself using it much.  Not many chances to use it off the deck, and my alternate tee club was a 17* or 18* iron.  These days, at 56 with a sketchy back, a 14* fwy wood doesnt work as it once did.  😉

I have a King LTD and Stage 2 Tour 3w for my metal wood use, in both cases, I've got them tuned to 16* to make them more useful.  They find a bit more usage now, with the combination of age distance loss and loft adjustment.  

The other thing I'm finding, I dislike the modern club lengths of fairway woods.  I've cut mine down to 42.5", but prefer to go 42" if I can manage it.  Easy with the above Cobra, just stuff it with cotton balls to bring the weight up.  

As others have mentioned, I've also tried a hybrid in that slot.  Much prefer the club length with a hybrid...

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3w:  Cobra King LTD, RIP Beta 90, 42" -or- Stage 2 Tour, NV105 X, 42.5"
2h or 3h:  TaylorMade Stage 2 Tour, Aldila NV105 S -or- RIP Alpha 105 S
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Definitely use my 3 wood on par 5s, on long par 3s, and when my driver is not cooperating. I carry the Cobra f9 3 wood and this is by far the best 3 wood I have used so far. It is very forgiving and longer from what I have used in the past.

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Driver:   :taylormade-small: Sim2 Max w/ Fujikura Motore X F3 shaft

FW Wood:   :cobra-small:  F9 wood 14.5* 

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Lately I haven't I just couldn't get good swings with it but last night I hooked a drive in the rough and decided to go for it .. and boomed my 3 wood ! couldn't believe it 

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2 hours ago, 808nation said:

Definitely use my 3 wood on par 5s, on long par 3s, and when my driver is not cooperating. I carry the Cobra f9 3 wood and this is by far the best 3 wood I have used so far. It is very forgiving and longer from what I have used in the past.

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I am think of getting a 3 wood this year. Have always had 5 wood, but think that it makes sense to have the 3 wood off the tee. 5 wood isn't used that often bc I am trying to play smart instead of going for greens from 250+. How much harder would you say the 3 wood is to hit off the deck? 

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