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If I hit a fairway wood off the tee I do it Laura Davies style in other words chunk me up a little piece of turf. And of course I fix my divot.

Only way to hit a wood imo

More natural of a swing I think, hitting it this way.

 

 

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After all that love you had with it?

 

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Yep. Every time I use it now I leave strokes out there. My swing is off ever so slightly with it and I'm not giving up much with 3 wood from the fairway.

 

Plus I was having all the good fortune with it before I got healed up. So my swing speed is back and I can't get the clubface closed.

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The 3W has been pretty darn good lately. I am using it more and using better statagy off the tee with it. I like the added consistency and I only lose 20 yards. I hit it probably 10 times today and missed 2 fairways. With the driver I would probably miss 8 fairways. I will take that trade off any day. Driver is staying in the bag more from now on.

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Callaway Rogue 3W Mitsubishi Diamana D+ LTD 80 stiff

Mizuno MP-18 MMC FLI-HI 2 iron UST Mamiya Recoil 95 stiff

Ping I200's 4-W Aerotech Steelfiber I110 CW stiff

Ping Glide 52* and 58* stiff

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Nifty most persimmon 3 wood heads were around 13* to 14* 4 wood heads were around 16 or 18.

 

 

 

 

 

I had a book of vintage specs from Ralph Maltby's repair shop.

 

According to his specs for MacGregor  Eye-O-Matic Tommy Armours,  PowerBilt Citations,  and several other popular woods of the 1950s...

 

most driver were 11º with some at 12 and a very small number at ten;

 

most TWO woods were 14º with a few at 13º,

 

most 3-woods were 17º with a few at 16º...15º or less appeared nowhere....

 

and then, relying on length for distance gaps,  the loft gaps got small...

 

with 4-woods at  18, 19, or a few at 20º and 5-woods, then just becoming into play,  at 20, 21, or 22º

 

The first popular metal 5-wood, the TaylorMade Pittsburgh Persimmon, has "23º" stamped right on the sole. That's easily seen on Google Images right now. 

 

The matching 3-wood was 17º and the matching 4-wood was 20º.

Again, that's easily seen on Google Images. (Plus I have them.)

 

And the Stan Thompson Ginty, the first popular laminated maple 7-wood,

 

was 42" long and an incredible 28º!

 

All from Ralph Maltby's spec book.  But then, i can't swear to the accuracy of those specs, but that's what was written.

 

You could still be correct, but I don't think that they started getting that strong until the seventies when double thick soleplates came into being just before the metalwoods. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nifty I went out and checked some of my vintage persimmon woods and you are correct. Seems like I got the 2 wood and 3 woods mixed up  ( chalk it up to a senior moment) Most of my Persimmon woods if I have checked them I have a piece of masking tape on them for the loft. I also have them written down in my notebook. I also have several Gintys and a couple of Cobra Bafflers in my stuff.

Driver ---- TM M-6 Evenflow 65 G R flex---- 3 wood TM V-Steel Aldila 65G R Flex--- 7 Wood TM V-Steel Ust Pro Force 65 R flex---  Irons 4 thru PW 1980 Macgregor VIP Hogan Apex #2 shafts-- SW Cleveland 588 56* S-400 Sensicore---- LW Cleveland 588 60* S-400 Sensicore--- Putter Rusty 1997 Scotty Cameron Santa Fe fluted Bulls Eye shaft- Bag My Old School Titleist Mini Staff

 

 

 

 

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Compare some of these to present day TaylorMade specs..

 

Original driver: 12º

Original 3-wood: 17º

Original 4-wood: 20º

Original 5-wood: 23º

Dude.

 

Seriously.

 

We get it.

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Dude.

 

Seriously.

 

We get it.

 

... I had a land line phone in the kitchen that was on a long cord for my youth and most of my adult life. Fast forward thru a few different technologies in phones and now I have this iPhone that is a mini computer and not only can I make phone calls but listen to music, take pictures, check a calendar or the weather along with about a hundred other features. But I really wish I could go back to the long corded phone in the kitchen as I had some great conversations on that phone.  :blink:

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Driver:   TaylorMade SIM2 Max 10.5* ... Diamana Ltd 60R
Fairway:  TaylorMade SIM2 Max 15* ... Tensei Raw Blue 65R
                 TaylorMade SIM2 Max 18* ... Tensei Raw Blue 65R
Utility:   TaylorMade DHy 19* ... Diamana Ltd 65R
              Taylor Made Sim Hybrid 22* ... Diamana Ltd 75R
Irons:    4-Pw Cobra King Tour MIM ... Steelfiber 95R
Wedges:  Cobra Snakebite 50* ... Steelfiber 95R
                 Vokey SM8 58* ... Steelfiber 95R
Putter:  Cleveland Hunting Beach Soft 11S 33.5"
Ball:      TaylorMade TP5x (2021)

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Dude.

 

Seriously.

 

We get it.

I ascertain from your replies that my posts annoy you.

That's honestly not my intent, jlukes.  I mean that sincerely.

It's a big forum and a bigger internet.

There will still be plenty to read if you ignore my posts.

 

 

 

 

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I ascertain from your replies that my posts annoy you.

That's honestly not my intent, jlukes. I mean that sincerely.

It's a big forum and a bigger internet.

There will still be plenty to read if you ignore my posts.

I enjoy most of your posts.

 

I lovs hearing about your game and your clubs. You have a unique perspective on things that's great for the forum.

 

It's cool to read about old equipment on those specific threads. But you turn almost every thread into "new equipment ruined the game and I hate it" posts.

 

If I were to pop every single driver thread and talk about why l love my cobra f8+ driver people would annoyed with me. That's why I keep the discussion of that driver into the thread designated for it. I don't go in every thread and denounce what everyone is talking about

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I'll try not to do that, jlukes, but in this instance, i was suggesting why some people might not be using their 3-woods anymore.

 

Also, Stu and I were discussing the lofts of old 3-woods thinking that perhaps, the new, stronger ones might not be good for typical recreational player swing speeds, especially with seniors. 

 

But I'll take your criticism seriously.

 

 

 

 

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I'll try not to do that, jlukes, but in this instance, i was suggesting why some people might not be using their 3-woods anymore.

 

Also, Stu and I were discussing the lofts of old 3-woods thinking that perhaps, the new, stronger ones might not be good for typical recreational player swing speeds, especially with seniors.

 

But I'll take your criticism seriously.

I completely agree that most people need more loft in their fairway woods. Especially if playing them off the deck. Great video on that here

 

https://youtu.be/D2H2r2s2rRY

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I completely agree that most people need more loft in their fairway woods. Especially if playing them off the deck. 

 

 

... I did not see the video and apologize if I am repeating, but the modern game is very different than the traditional game for several reasons, but imo the biggest is the golf ball. It spins much less than the old wound balls that we needed to flight the trajectory down, not up. But with todays ball spinning so much less off woods, it is absolutely necessary to increase loft for most players. Back in the day I played a 13* 3 wood but today I have been using a 4 or even 5 wood producing the same distance as my older 3 woods, if not longer and an equally high trajectory that does not balloon in the wind.

 

... That said, like you, I am playing the Cobra F8 at 15.5* so it is an exception but I have never played an easier 3 wood to elevate from the fairway. 

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Driver:   TaylorMade SIM2 Max 10.5* ... Diamana Ltd 60R
Fairway:  TaylorMade SIM2 Max 15* ... Tensei Raw Blue 65R
                 TaylorMade SIM2 Max 18* ... Tensei Raw Blue 65R
Utility:   TaylorMade DHy 19* ... Diamana Ltd 65R
              Taylor Made Sim Hybrid 22* ... Diamana Ltd 75R
Irons:    4-Pw Cobra King Tour MIM ... Steelfiber 95R
Wedges:  Cobra Snakebite 50* ... Steelfiber 95R
                 Vokey SM8 58* ... Steelfiber 95R
Putter:  Cleveland Hunting Beach Soft 11S 33.5"
Ball:      TaylorMade TP5x (2021)

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It's something I always practice with at the range with hopes of being more consistent. Even a bit more after changing up the shaft setup. I use it 1-2 times a round but never really off the tee.

Now it's fighting fir attention after adding a Rogue 4H to the bag.

 

 

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Can't you just leave it on the ground off the tee? You don't have to tee it up.

Lol yes you can do that. It doesn't change the way I hit it.

 

I would mishit my putter off of a tee box. Put me between two tee markers and there's a mental block

 

 

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... I had a land line phone in the kitchen that was on a long cord for my youth and most of my adult life. Fast forward thru a few different technologies in phones and now I have this iPhone that is a mini computer and not only can I make phone calls but listen to music, take pictures, check a calendar or the weather along with about a hundred other features. But I really wish I could go back to the long corded phone in the kitchen as I had some great conversations on that phone.  :blink:

Don't know why I'm admitting this, but I still have a land line.  It comes with my broadband and cable TV.

I tossed my smart phone into a drawer and reactivated my flip phone. It's much easier to use.

I play LPs on a turntable And then, of course, there are these:

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My three wood is the only club in my bag that I think is going to stay for a good long while. I carry it 250-260yds so I use it off the tee for most par 4's under 400 yds. I probably could gain a few yards with a newer model, but the V-Steel is the first fairway I have had this much confidence in. I think I have only missed a handful of fairways all year with it!

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Grips: Pure Pro Midsize

Driver: Ping G25 - Ping TFC-800d Stiff

Fairway: Taylormade V-Steel 15* - Aldila VooDoo SVS6

Hybrid: Taylormade Rescue TP 20* - Aldila Rip 85 X

Iron Set: Ping S56 Red Dot (4-PW) - TrueTemper S300 Standard Length

Wedges: 52.08 Mizuno MP-R12, 56.13 and 60.10 Callaway PM Grind - KBS Tour V

Putter: 33" Ping Anser Milled 5 - Golf Pride Tour SNSR 104 Pistol

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Sold my 3w G30 earlier in summer. Finally went shopping and found a 16 degree XR PRO that I originally hit well but then it went downhill fast. I recently started using again on holes where I cant really get hurt if i dont pure it so i can gain some confidence with it. Seldom from the fairway as i dont have much need for it.

DRIVER: Cobra F9 10.5  Tensei AV Blue 65g

3W- Callway XR PRO 16 stiff

5W- Alpha- Mitsubishi Diamana  Redboard w/band

Irons- Mizuno JPX 919 Tours with S KBS Tour shafts

Hyrbid- TM 4h mid-rescue

Vokey- Vokey SM5 51 degrees,  SM7 Wedges 54 and 58 1/2 half 3 degrees upright

Putter- Taylor Made Rossa Monza Mini Spider

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