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Have a 10.5 degree driver and a 17.5 degree 4/5 wood that I use from the fairway.

Looking for a bigger-headed 3 wood for driving on short par 4s and on tight holes. Any recommendations? Have mostly Ping in my bag now but have always loved Cobra. Looking for forgiveness and confidence standing over the ball. Thanks.

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I'd look at the Ping G400 or Cobra LTD. 

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Srixon F65 4W 17*
Ping G Crossover 18*
Ping G Crossover 24*
Taylormade RSI2 6-PW
Taylormade Milled Grind 52* (bent to 50)
Cleveland Zipcore 56*
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I would first try to, grip down on the Driver about 1.5 to 2.5 inches and shorten the swing slightly.

The result may well be a longer straighter shot than a 3 Wood would give.

Drivers have far bigger sweet spots and have far better technology than 3 woods.

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WITB:

Driver:  Taylormade  SLDR Fujikura XLR8 61 S RH.   

3 Wood: TaylorMade RBZ 3W

Hybrid: Ping G400 3 Hyb 19 degree S

Irons: Titleist 710 AP1 5-PW Aerotek Steelfiber i110 cw S RH standard lie 

Wedges: 50 Callaway MD 4, 54 Vokey SM5, 58 Callaway Forged

Putters: Ping Grayhawk Putter

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One of the toughest shots is a backed off driver. Great thinking getting a 3W to fill the gap. Callaway used to make exactly what your looking for in the X line. Maybe find something with them.

Take Dead Aim

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The backed off Driver one of the toughest shots?

Nicklaus, Woods, Snead, Hogan, Norman, Nelson ( Byron ) and about every Dude on TV hit the backed off Driver as their "go to Fairway Finder Shot".

And ask most good players,  "What is the hardest club to get comfortable/fit for"?

They will say a 3 Wood.

WITB:

Driver:  Taylormade  SLDR Fujikura XLR8 61 S RH.   

3 Wood: TaylorMade RBZ 3W

Hybrid: Ping G400 3 Hyb 19 degree S

Irons: Titleist 710 AP1 5-PW Aerotek Steelfiber i110 cw S RH standard lie 

Wedges: 50 Callaway MD 4, 54 Vokey SM5, 58 Callaway Forged

Putters: Ping Grayhawk Putter

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A chip/bunt driver is absolutely my go-to fairway finder shot off the tee. For me, it's just easier and I much prefer this to a 3w, which I reserve pretty much exclusively for the fairway.

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On 7/28/2020 at 1:06 PM, Soudog said:

Have a 10.5 degree driver and a 17.5 degree 4/5 wood that I use from the fairway.

Looking for a bigger-headed 3 wood for driving on short par 4s and on tight holes. Any recommendations? Have mostly Ping in my bag now but have always loved Cobra. Looking for forgiveness and confidence standing over the ball. Thanks.

Tour Edge Exotics EXS 220 13.5 degrees is suppose to be a good option off the tee vs a driver. I know you like Ping/Cobra but this one might be worth testing... 

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I’d second the Tour exotics suggestion


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Ping G410 - set at 12 degrees, fade setting - Fujikura Motore X R flex

Ping G410 5-9 wood

G30 6-PW -  Aerotech FT 500 shafts

SCOR 48,52,56,60

EVNRoll ER 5

Titleist Pro VIx optic yellow with revkev stamped on them

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The EXS 220 is what I recently got fit into. I was hitting it 245-255 with about 12 total yards of dispersion. I don’t hit my 8 iron that straight most of the time... 🤣

:ping-small: G410 LST 9* Driver with KBS TD Shaft

:srixon-small: ZF85 3 wood with Raijin Shaft and :benhogan-small: Baffy 5w with Harrison Rifle (old school!) Shaft

Hybrid: searching

:callaway-small: Mavrik Pro 4-PW Irons with TrueTemper DG S300 Shafts with :Arccos: 

:edel-golf-1: Custom Wedges - 48*, 53*, 58* with KBS V Shafts

:seemore-small: Platinum mTRI-Mallet

:bridgestone-small: 2020 Tour BX or B Ball

:cobra-small: Golf Ultralight Bag

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17 hours ago, Tsmithjr9 said:

One of the toughest shots is a backed off driver. Great thinking getting a 3W to fill the gap. Callaway used to make exactly what your looking for in the X line. Maybe find something with them.

Take Dead Aim
 

I think I saw a whole rack of X Line callaway stuff at my local Academy Sports, not sure if OP has one around but it's worth a gander. They also had a lot of TM M2 drivers, 3W, 5W, and hybrids.

 

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I think the above suggestions are good. I would suggest trying to get a driver cut down to like 43" with maybe a little higher loft or get a strong 3-wood cut down to 41" or 42". Driver heads are the most forgiving heads in golf. Control is going to be largely dictated by length if you're swing isn't great (like most of us). If you want to toy around with some ideas and not spend too much you can get new Maltby woods built to you're specs for $50 to $90. They're high quality and won't break the bank when trying new things. 

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Cobra, I tried a few and they are amazing particularly of the deck.

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Callaway Epic Flash 9 Degree

Callaway Big Bertha Fusion 3 wood 15 Degree

Callaway Epic Hybrid 18 Degree

Callaway Steelhead Pro 4-AW Irons

Cleveland 54 Degree Wedge Steel Shaft

Recoil Graphite Shafts in all Callaway Clubs

Callaway Big Bertha Putter - for when it is wet

La Jolla Putter with Flat Car Grip.

Preferred ball - Currently Costco Kirkland Performance 3 Piece but Seed 001 is preferred.

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2 hours ago, Firebird said:

Cobra, I tried a few and they are amazing particularly of the deck.

+1 on both Cobra and Tour Edge.  My F8 kicked an older 13.5* Tour Edge Exotics out of the bag.  Both are great clubs.  

What's in the bag:
Driver - :cobra-small: F8 - Aldila NV Blue 60 ( S )
3 Wood (16*) - :cobra-small: F8 - Aldila NV Blue 60 ( S )
2 Iron - :mizuno-small: FliHi (18*) - Recoil 760 ( S )
4i - GW - :wilson_staff_small: D7 Forged - Recoil 760 ( S )
SW - LW - :cobra-small: F8 - N.S. Pro Modus3 Tour105 ( S )
Putter - :ping-small: Craz-e
Bag - :1590477705_SunMountain: 2.5 (Black)
Ball -  :srixon-small: Z-Star XV
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17 hours ago, HardcoreLooper said:

+1 on both Cobra and Tour Edge.  My F8 kicked an older 13.5* Tour Edge Exotics out of the bag.  Both are great clubs.  

I've got the same club. LOVE IT.

+1 for Cobra

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Cobra came out with speedzone tour 3 wood (a 173 cc size I believe). It's slightly larger than the regular model. Maybe worth a try?

:cobra-small: F7 Driver

:cobra-small: Fly Z+ 3 and 5 wood

:cobra-small: F9 irons 5 thru GW

:cobra-small: King Black Wedges 52/56/60

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On 7/28/2020 at 11:06 AM, Soudog said:

Have a 10.5 degree driver and a 17.5 degree 4/5 wood that I use from the fairway.

Looking for a bigger-headed 3 wood for driving on short par 4s and on tight holes. Any recommendations? Have mostly Ping in my bag now but have always loved Cobra. Looking for forgiveness and confidence standing over the ball. Thanks.

I would stay away from large headed 3 woods. 

The larger head adds backspin to lower strikes that robs distance. This makes that type of club strictly a tee club = what you are describing anyways. 

Now, if you still want to pursue it then I will recommend this club as I have used it and it did exactly what you described. 

Taylormade RBZ Stage 2 TS 13 degree 3 wood. It looks like this: https://www.ebay.com/itm/TaylorMade-RBZ-Stage-2-Tour-TS-13-Degree-3-Wood-RH-Very-Good-Condition/274476382644?hash=item3fe81139b4:g:p2cAAOSwf8RfSSDf

I hit this about 10-20 yards shorter than my driver. It also has the adjustable sleeve. 

 

 

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5w Taylormade SLDR S 19* - 220yd, Ping G2 5-U - 190-105, Maltby M+ 54* & MG 60* - 95-75, Evnroll ER8, Titleist 816 H1 4h 21*, Maltby 4 Hybrid Iron 24* - 210-200, Callaway XR16 8* - 235 carry

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