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I've never considered a 7w but know plenty who play them.  I really like the ball flight and distance my G400 3w and 5w yield.  I'm finding the 5w getting about half the use of the 3w and that may be due to the courses/yardages I play combined with the fact that I really love hitting irons more.  My 5w typically gets me 170-185 yards which is my 5i range.  I bought the 3w first, to fill the gap my old PE2 2i/3i offered... and liked it so much I decided to add another fairway wood (never played higher than 3w before).  Until I can no longer hit mid irons with confidence, I don't see a 7w in my quiver.

I see many in the thread have opted for the buy used and trial path.  That's what is so fun about our sport.  There is so much inventory of quality used clubs in the right configuration to choose from.  Worst that can happen is you resell and maybe lose $25 in shipping costs.  Best thing is that you find a new trusted friend for quarters on the dollar. 👍

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:ping-small: G410 Plus, 9 Degree Driver | Official 2019 MGS Tester

:ping-small: G400 SFT, 16 Degree 3w

:ping-small: G400 SFT, 19 Degree 5w

:ping-small: G410 Irons 4-UW 

:ping-small: Glide 2.0 56 Degree SW   (removed from double secret probation 😍)

:ping-small: B61 Putter

 

 

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Look what came in the mail today!  This beauty looks brand new.  There is one tiny little ding on the very edge of the crown that looks like a manufacturing issue because there is paint over it.  Other than that if this club was hit more than 3 times I would be surprised.  The head cover is brand new as far as I can tell. $56.15 for the club and head cover including tax and shipping.  I’m excited to hit it tomorrow!

 

 

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Ping G410 LST 10.5

Tour Edge EX 10 - 16.5

Tour Edge XCG7 - 21

Titleist 818 H1 - 25

Titleist AP3 5-48

Vokey SM7 54 & 60 10S

Odyssey O Works Black #7 with Stability Shaft

Bridgestone Tour BRX

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7 woods can work great for some, they are good for a high approach shot to the green. I think you run into trouble if it starts ballooning.  I think hybrids are better for the average guy.

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Wow those Tour Exotics look great.  I used to play a 7-wood back in the day (Cobra with a significant offset).  I still have it in the garage, haven't hit it in years.  I ended up taking it out of the bag because I discovered that I hit hybrids better.  Hope the OP finds a 7-wood he's happy with.  Having confidence in what you are hitting makes such a difference.

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Took my new club to the range and was very happy.  Took it to the course and used it four times today, all with good effect.  It’s early I know, but this could be the beginning of something for me.  Still got lots to learn about how and when to hit the club for different situations and how far it will normally carry.  Waiting on the 5 hybrid to arrive either today or Monday.  Pretty excited so far.

Yeah, it has a few more marks on it too from my range session.  But, now it feels like it is mine.

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Tour Edge EX 10 - 16.5

Tour Edge XCG7 - 21

Titleist 818 H1 - 25

Titleist AP3 5-48

Vokey SM7 54 & 60 10S

Odyssey O Works Black #7 with Stability Shaft

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Look what came in the mail today!  This beauty looks brand new.  There is one tiny little ding on the very edge of the crown that looks like a manufacturing issue because there is paint over it.  Other than that if this club was hit more than 3 times I would be surprised.  The head cover is brand new as far as I can tell. $56.15 for the club and head cover including tax and shipping.  I’m excited to hit it tomorrow!
 
 
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Nice pickup , good luck w it.


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Left Hand, 

Driver; Ping G410 Plus

5 Wood; Cally Steelhead 

5 Hybrid; Cally Steelhead

Irons; Ping G410 5-SW & Mizno 919 Hot Metal 5-SW

Putter; Waaay too many to list

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Another delivery today.  My new to me Titleist 818H 25 deg. hybrid with the Mitsubishi Tensei CK Red 60 R flex shaft.  Again looks brand new and the head cover is brand new.  Will put it in play tomorrow!

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Tour Edge EX 10 - 16.5

Tour Edge XCG7 - 21

Titleist 818 H1 - 25

Titleist AP3 5-48

Vokey SM7 54 & 60 10S

Odyssey O Works Black #7 with Stability Shaft

Bridgestone Tour BRX

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Try this. Get your Hybrid. Put the ball about where you put your 7 iron. Aim a bit left. Open the face a hair. And take a divot. 

The flight should start just left of your target and fade back or just go straight at it. 

Why to try it?

1. Opening the face adds loft = height.

2. Taking a divot puts the impact higher on the face = higher launch, lower spin, more carry. 

3. Simplifies swing characteristics = swing like you are swinging an iron.

 

My guess is you might be doing two things preventing you from achieving a good strike. You said the clubs are fit for you. And you are a good golfer so it might be this. 

1. Trying to lift the ball to get a higher flight which only creates a thin shot.

2. Either stopping your rotation to early in the swing or flipping the club which both can cause the thin, closed face at impact. 

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16 hours ago, Hoyoymac said:

Another delivery today.  My new to me Titleist 818H 25 deg. hybrid with the Mitsubishi Tensei CK Red 60 R flex shaft.  Again looks brand new and the head cover is brand new.  Will put it in play tomorrow!

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I dont mind that hybrid because its kind of got a bigger head like a wood.  


Whats in my Sun Mountain 2.5+ stand bag?:

Woods: Titleist 913FD 13.5* 3-wood

Hybrid: Titleist 915HD 3H 

Irons: Titleist DCI 822 OS 6, 8 and PW

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 56*

Putter: Titleist Bullseye Standard

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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5 hours ago, TimoTe said:

Try this. Get your Hybrid. Put the ball about where you put your 7 iron. Aim a bit left. Open the face a hair. And take a divot. 

The flight should start just left of your target and fade back or just go straight at it. 

Why to try it?

1. Opening the face adds loft = height.

2. Taking a divot puts the impact higher on the face = higher launch, lower spin, more carry. 

3. Simplifies swing characteristics = swing like you are swinging an iron.

 

My guess is you might be doing two things preventing you from achieving a good strike. You said the clubs are fit for you. And you are a good golfer so it might be this. 

1. Trying to lift the ball to get a higher flight which only creates a thin shot.

2. Either stopping your rotation to early in the swing or flipping the club which both can cause the thin, closed face at impact. 

That wouldnt work for me because I block most hybrid to the right.  That certainly may work for someone who says hybrids are a hook machine for them but not for me.  I'll just stick with a 7-wood.

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Whats in my Sun Mountain 2.5+ stand bag?:

Woods: Titleist 913FD 13.5* 3-wood

Hybrid: Titleist 915HD 3H 

Irons: Titleist DCI 822 OS 6, 8 and PW

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 56*

Putter: Titleist Bullseye Standard

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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My misses with hybrids tend also to be left.  The reason I like the Titleist 818H1 Hybrid is because you can adjust the hosel and also the internal weight to favor a fade/reduce a hook.

The new 7 wood has already proven itself to be a friend.  Arccos smart distance is listed as 218 yards. I will be continuing to work with it so that I can really build my confidence with it.

I shot a 74 yesterday and the 7 wood helped me to do that on some of the par 5s.  

Some other changes to clubs in the past couple of weeks also made a difference.  A slighter smaller grip installed Friday night on my driver helped me to release the club and turn over the ball a little better.  Hit 9 of 14 fairways and of the misses 4 to the left.  Before I was having a two way miss.  After the first three left misses, I moved the sliding weight from the draw setting to the neutral setting and it was near automatic after that.  12/18 Greens in Regulation, a personal best for the year. 50% up and down on the chips.  My one real blemish was a lip out for a three putt.  Getting comfortable with the new Stability Tour shaft in my Odyssey O-Works black #7.  New Super Stroke Traxion Tour 3.0 grip and a 75 gram counter core weight.  Reduced the head weight by 10 grams to bring the swingweight down.  Much easier to control the head now for longer putts.  Using a cross handed modified wrist lock grip like Soren Kjeldsen uses on short putts has really made putts under 5 feet much less stressful. 

The 25 deg. Hybrid I hope will give me a higher launch than the 21 I have now because of the Tensei Red shaft vs. the Tensei Blue in the 21 and of course the increase in loft.  Once I know how it performs I’ll figure out what club to take out of the bag.

I’ve never been much of a tinkerer before, but I’ve been enjoying the process of trying to figure out what works for me and why and then making the slight adjustments to really fine tune things and dial it in.

 


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Tour Edge EX 10 - 16.5

Tour Edge XCG7 - 21

Titleist 818 H1 - 25

Titleist AP3 5-48

Vokey SM7 54 & 60 10S

Odyssey O Works Black #7 with Stability Shaft

Bridgestone Tour BRX

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I apologize for being late in the game here but I'm crazy busy at work these days and at times the stress of it makes life very difficult.

At the OP from everything that you wrote to begin with I would say you will love the 7 wood.  I did the Ping Long game test as well last year.  At the time I was gaming 3 wood, 4 hybrid and 5 hybrid from Driver to 6 iron (my longest iron.)  My fitting revealed that 6 iron should be my longest iron but I wasn't getting nearly enough trajectory on the three clubs leading up to driver.  The fitter put me in 5 wood, 7 wood and 9 wood respectively.  They are Ping G410's.  My guess is that you went with the Tour Exotics because you found such a nice buy - nothing wrong with that - my 3 wood (which is back in the bag because I need it off the tee now and again) is a Tour Exotics - easiest three wood to hit IMO. 

I noticed someone else here mentioning that they can't maintain their trajectory with 4 or even 5 iron (join the club).  You might be a candidate for those little fairway woods as well - if you don't want to do the fitting thing or like to do it yourself it's very easy to pick up hybrids cheap - give a 25 a try and see how it goes - just remember you're looking for trajectory, run out (lack of run out really) and dispersion - if those are inconsistent then I'd say you want to look at lofted fairway woods.

The trade off for me has been that it is difficult to flight the lofted woods down into the wind and I used to use hybrid for bump and runs around the green.  I've mitigated that by taking even more club into the wind and practicing bump and runs with a variety of different clubs until finding one that works - ironically that has been my 48 degree wedge - go figure.

Good luck and let us know if the 7 wood is the answer for you!

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Tour Exotics EX 10 3 wood

Ping G410 5-9 wood

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Played with my wife and her 82 year old dad this afternoon.  I played from the red tees with them and left the driver in the bag.  Teed off mostly with the new 25 degree hybrid and the 7 wood even though they were longer than really necessary.

The first two tee shots were big, low hooks with the new hybrid.  On the third tee I adjusted the hybrid from the neutral A1 setting to the B4 setting which adds 2 degrees of loft and promotes a fade.  Also took out the neutral surefit weight and replaced it with the 14 gram weight in the fade setting.  Hit a nice high draw.  On the next hole I opened the club face a bit at address and hit a nice high straight ball.  195 yards into the wind.  I used the 7 wood off of the tee on the next hole, a par 5, for a beautiful straight ball with just a hint of draw, followed by 7 iron.  

The rest of the round continued in similar fashion.  

Love the new clubs!  They are both keepers and will stay in the bag.

If I find in the future that I’m fighting a hook with the hybrid I’ll put on a bigger grip.

So what to take out of the bag?  The Titleist TMB 4 iron is out of the bag and on the bench.  Now I’ve got to decide whether to bench my Tour Edge Exotics EX10 4 wood, which is great off the tee but hard for me to hit from the deck or my Titleist 818 H1 21 deg. Hybrid.

I’ll give it some thought and make up my mind in the next week after I play with these clubs a bit more.  But right now I’m leaning towards taking the 4 wood out.

 

 


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Tour Edge XCG7 - 21

Titleist 818 H1 - 25

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After several rounds of golf, the 7 wood and the 5 hybrid have proven to be superior to the 4 wood and 4 iron that I’ve had in the bag up until now.  Arccos is telling me that my smart distance with both clubs is equal to or better than the other clubs, the difference is that I get much more height and better carry.  I have been extremely pleased with both.

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Tour Edge EX 10 - 16.5

Tour Edge XCG7 - 21

Titleist 818 H1 - 25

Titleist AP3 5-48

Vokey SM7 54 & 60 10S

Odyssey O Works Black #7 with Stability Shaft

Bridgestone Tour BRX

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Just a quick update.  I have 37 on course swings with the 7 wood captured by Arccos and 19 with the 5 Hybrid.  I have used both more than that but I don’t always use the Arccos app when I’m playing.

The 7 wood’s smart distance is 216 yards.  The 5 hybrid smart distance is 190 yards.  My existing 4 hybrid fits nicely between them.

Been using the 7 wood more off of the tee than I expected. It is a bit longer off of the tee, 223 smart distance, but a better choice on some holes where driver can bring trouble into play.

I am extremely happy with both.  The 7 wood is by far the best club purchase I’ve made as far as combined value and performance.  The 5 hybrid is not far behind in the value/performance measure. The difference is the 7 wood is practically point and shoot reliable. 

Thanks to all of you that encouraged me to experiment a bit. It has paid off.

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Tour Edge EX 10 - 16.5

Tour Edge XCG7 - 21

Titleist 818 H1 - 25

Titleist AP3 5-48

Vokey SM7 54 & 60 10S

Odyssey O Works Black #7 with Stability Shaft

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I have been seriously considering a 7 wood lately. For some reason I am much more interested in that than a hybrid. I do have a utility that has been a great club for me but I am wondering if I would enjoy just a little more versatility. 

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Utility Iron: Cobra King Utility irons 18 degree Aldila rogue 90 X

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Wedges: Cleveland 49,52.58.64

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The success I’m having with my new 7 wood has not gone unnoticed.  This week one of my regular foursome just put in his bag a Callaway Epic 7 wood and my Father in law is trying out a Callaway Epic Flash Heavenwood.  

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Titleist 818 H1 - 25

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On 5/26/2020 at 2:00 PM, Quigleyd said:

I have been seriously considering a 7 wood lately. For some reason I am much more interested in that than a hybrid. I do have a utility that has been a great club for me but I am wondering if I would enjoy just a little more versatility. 

Great club to have in your bag!  I hit mine ALL the time!

5 minutes ago, Hoyoymac said:

The success I’m having with my new 7 wood has not gone unnoticed.  This week one of my regular foursome just put in his bag a Callaway Epic 7 wood and my Father in law is trying out a Callaway Epic Flash Heavenwood.  

The Heavenwood is the REAL DEAL!  Fun club to hit. Very versatile. If you have never hit one, then I highly recommend you give your father in laws club a go....just don’t cause any damage to it. Holidays with in laws are stressful enough without something like that hanging over your head. 😜

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:taylormade-small: Aero Burner 16 degree mini driver regular flex

:callaway-logo-1: Rogue Heavenwood regular flex shaft

:cleveland-small: Launcher HB irons 4-6 regular flex

:mizuno-small: JPX 850 7 iron thru Gap Wedge with KBS C taper lite shaft

:mizuno-small: S 5 wedges. 56/16 and 60/06.

:callaway-small:Odyssey Two Ball Triple Track Putter, 32 inches  

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Concur with Heavenwood being real deal. I have carried several models of seven woods in my bag since early 90's with most of them being Callaway or Ping. Also have a few Wishon model seven woods that I really like for 180-210 range depending on swing I put on them. 

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On 5/3/2020 at 3:41 AM, TimoTe said:

Try this. Get your Hybrid. Put the ball about where you put your 7 iron. Aim a bit left. Open the face a hair. And take a divot. 

The flight should start just left of your target and fade back or just go straight at it. 

Why to try it?

1. Opening the face adds loft = height.

2. Taking a divot puts the impact higher on the face = higher launch, lower spin, more carry. 

3. Simplifies swing characteristics = swing like you are swinging an iron.

 

My guess is you might be doing two things preventing you from achieving a good strike. You said the clubs are fit for you. And you are a good golfer so it might be this. 

1. Trying to lift the ball to get a higher flight which only creates a thin shot.

2. Either stopping your rotation to early in the swing or flipping the club which both can cause the thin, closed face at impact. 

Man alive don't give all my secrets away. That is exactly what I do with my old 23* Adams. What really amazes them is when I do it with that 19* offset Adams boxer. A snap  rope hook is my dreaded miss. I have to really concentrate with that boxer. I actually hit 2 snappers with it last time I had it on the course. I pulled it out and put a trusty old Adams GT Tight Lies 5 wood in which is 18*. Played one round with it before I got hurt. That 23* though is not going anywhere I can hit too many shots with it

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4 wood Adams Tight Lies 

20* Hybrid Adams Boxer Ozik Matrix R shaft

24* Hybrid Adams A 10-OS Pro Launch Red R

Irons 5 thru PW 1980 Macgregor VIP Hogan Apex #2 shafts

SW- Macgregor LRA 56* S-400

Putter 1997 Santa Fe rusty as heck

 

 

 

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