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I havent had a 3-wood in my bag since August and I dont miss it.  I still find that I hit my 5-wood just as far and much more consistently.

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I use a 4 wood which took me years to discover! I kept trying 3 woods and failed every time. The Callaway XR 4 Wood is easy to elevate and goes a country mile


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On 7/24/2018 at 12:06 PM, WardenGolf said:

How often do you use your 3-Wood and is it worth a spot in your bag?

On most courses yes, and much more so since acquiring my new irons (played a PE2 2i before).  I'm finding the G400 3w (and 5w) super easy to hit well and providing good yardage coverage beyond my 4i.  Besides, now my bag looks so much more balanced 😆.

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I am taking the 3w out of the bag this year.  I used it rarely last season, but only because my 3i is so good.  I’ll take the 3w out and add a second driver.  My current gamer is 44.5” and I’ll be tinkering with a 48” shaft on the second driver.  Not sure how that will work, but it should be fun to try.

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On 7/24/2018 at 2:06 PM, WardenGolf said:

I have played about 6-7 rounds of golf this year and I have hit my 3-Wood once off the tee. I'm debating if it's time to retire it for now. How often do you use your 3-Wood and is it worth a spot in your bag?

My "woods" don't have club numbers, but they're 13.5, 18.5, 21.5, and 24.5º.

I don't think that any of those qualifies as a 3-wood.

Wooden 3-woods were 17º and most metal ones are about 15º.  So I guess I'd have to say no.  My 275cc 13.5º driver has 2-wood loft.

 

As far as being worth a spot in the bag, though, most modern cart bags have fourteen full-length club dividers PLUS a putter well.

There's probably room unless you're puritanical about it!

 

 

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... I get some are frustrated with their 3 wood, hitting it poorly off the ground and maybe even struggling off the tee the few times they have hit it. For those players, taking it out of the bag makes sense, especially with 5 woods and hybrids available to take their place. But a 3 wood is a great weapon for those that can hit them consistently. So let me make a suggestion to those of you on the fence or hit it well one day and struggle the next:

... Take your driver out of the bag for at least one full round and hit your 3 wood off every tee. Hitting slightly shorter off the tee should also give you more opportunities to hit your 3 wood from the ground. I think a lot of the inconsistency from hitting your 3 wood poorly is the indecision when you can hit your driver that is almost always more forgiving, so you "try" your 3 wood but perhaps in the back of your mind you feel you don't hit it as well as your driver or hybrid. Taking driver out of the bag removes the indecision and forces you to rely on your 3 wood exclusively. I have found some struggle a little starting off their round but gain more confidence with every hole. In the end (it may take more than one full round)  you will know whether or not a 3 wood is for you. And after several rounds using only your 3 wood, once you put the driver back in the bag, you will have complete confidence when you hit your 3 wood. And if you still struggle, you know a 3 wood is not for you. 

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So, I'm looking at going back to a 2 FW set-up. I'm looking for a big forgiving 3W that I can hit from anywhere and a bit more of a player 5W. I'm looking forward to trying some stuff at the Golf Show we have in February. Right now Cobra has my interest in both categories, as does Tommy Armour, but I guess we'll see what works best when I get there. I love fairway woods and just feel like it's time to restore some balance to the bag

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6 hours ago, RetiredBoomer said:

My "woods" don't have club numbers, but they're 13.5, 18.5, 21.5, and 24.5º.

I don't think that any of those qualifies as a 3-wood.

Wooden 3-woods were 17º and most metal ones are about 15º.  So I guess I'd have to say no.  My 275cc 13.5º driver has 2-wood loft.

 

As far as being worth a spot in the bag, though, most modern cart bags have fourteen full-length club dividers PLUS a putter well.

There's probably room unless you're puritanical about it!

 

 

LOL still hit a 2 wood off the deck when I play vintage golf. It is a 1957 Macgregor clover leaf sole plate it measures out at 13* right on the nose. Now the old Callaway Steelhead + metal 3 wood I carried for 13 seasons was dead on 13*. Now I am carrying a Adams 16* FW which I term a 4 wood. TM V-Steel metal FWs are sorta a strange animal. Lofts are as follows

3 w---- 13.5

4w--- 16.5

5w---- 18

7w--- 21

9w--- 24

Yep I am a big V-Steel fan--- There is a rumor even though I have never seen one that there is a V-Steel Tour issue 3 wood head at 13*---

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Played my dad's course at 6,200 yards today and hit a bunch of 3 woods off the tee.  Super fun and easy to hit.  I love my 3 wood.

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Still gaming the Bridgestone Tour B JGR 3 wood from our club test. Love that club! Best 3W I have ever hit. Smooth off the tee or the turf. I think a lot of players try to hit that particular club too hard (literally). Smooth it out and you’ll have better results. (With every club, eh?)


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I dropped a 15 degree Epic SZ 3wood for a Ping G410 5 wood lofted down to 16.5, essentially a 4 wood. It's been amazing. I hit it as far as my 3 wood, and it's so much easier off the fairway.

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On 12/27/2019 at 11:34 AM, chisag said:

... I get some are frustrated with their 3 wood, hitting it poorly off the ground and maybe even struggling off the tee the few times they have hit it. For those players, taking it out of the bag makes sense, especially with 5 woods and hybrids available to take their place. But a 3 wood is a great weapon for those that can hit them consistently. So let me make a suggestion to those of you on the fence or hit it well one day and struggle the next:

... Take your driver out of the bag for at least one full round and hit your 3 wood off every tee. Hitting slightly shorter off the tee should also give you more opportunities to hit your 3 wood from the ground. I think a lot of the inconsistency from hitting your 3 wood poorly is the indecision when you can hit your driver that is almost always more forgiving, so you "try" your 3 wood but perhaps in the back of your mind you feel you don't hit it as well as your driver or hybrid. Taking driver out of the bag removes the indecision and forces you to rely on your 3 wood exclusively. I have found some struggle a little starting off their round but gain more confidence with every hole. In the end (it may take more than one full round)  you will know whether or not a 3 wood is for you. And after several rounds using only your 3 wood, once you put the driver back in the bag, you will have complete confidence when you hit your 3 wood. And if you still struggle, you know a 3 wood is not for you. 

I took my driver out to hit 3W off most tees and I was shooting 10 strokes better instantly and consistently.  I never put the driver back in. Yes, I'm giving up 20-25 yards off the tee now but I just moved up a box and play whites.  My rounds have never been so enjoyable!

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I've had the same 3wood in the bag for the last 13 years and it is old faithful long par 5s or "safe" tee shots it's my go to. I went for my fitting and the fitter had me hit 4-5 shots and it was exactly the distance, spin, and launch numbers. Really hard to take it out of the bag. Hit it 2-3 shots every round.

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I only carry one wood, a driver. I have recently started thinking about revamping the top of my bag and adding a 3 wood and a 7 wood though. Got my eye on the cobra tour big fairway wood. That or I really liked the TM original one. I know that is not a fairway wood per say, but I would use it as a second option off the tee. 

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I actually hit my driver better and more consistently than I hit my 3 wood. So the 3 is on the bench right now. I can basically only use it off the tee, and I hit my 2 ironwood better so no need for both.


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On 7/24/2018 at 1:06 PM, WardenGolf said:
I have played about 6-7 rounds of golf this year and I have hit my 3-Wood once off the tee. I'm debating if it's time to retire it for now. How often do you use your 3-Wood and is it worth a spot in your bag?

I rarely hit my 3-wood off the tee because it's no more accurate than my driver and I lack both need and confidence with it off the deck. I recently added a 5-wood to my bag (finally retired the 3-iron) and have hit three Par-5s in two that I've never hit before with it. I'm considering a "fairway finding" utility iron, but wonder if I really even need that.

My 4-iron can suffice on most courses from the tees I play, 6300-6600 yards. Perhaps I should consider a baffy for deep rough? But, I rarely see those conditions, either, in TX.

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On 12/27/2019 at 2:16 PM, Berg Ryman said:

So, I'm looking at going back to a 2 FW set-up. I'm looking for a big forgiving 3W that I can hit from anywhere and a bit more of a player 5W. I'm looking forward to trying some stuff at the Golf Show we have in February. Right now Cobra has my interest in both categories, as does Tommy Armour, but I guess we'll see what works best when I get there. I love fairway woods and just feel like it's time to restore some balance to the bag

I recently replaced the 3w, 5w and driver in my Cobra XL set with the Cobra F8 3w, 5w and driver. The difference was impressive and immediate! I immediately gained 20+ yards on my drives along with a noticable jump in accuracy and consistency. I would highly recommend giving the Cobra woods a long hard look. 

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I’ve found I hit my 3H as far or farther than my 3W. I keep pulling it out on occasion, but end up putting it back in the “benched” bag.


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3W stays in the bag for sure. I lose distance but am often more accurate vs my driver. Do not really use it off the fairway unless it's a solid flat lie.

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