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On 2/3/2021 at 9:56 AM, Getoffmylawn said:

In my opinion once you find a good fairway wood that works for you, don't mess with it unless you're certain you're getting a measurable upgrade.  I picked up a Tour Edge CBX 119 3W with an Evenflow Blue last year and it does very well for me...I'm not willing to take a chance of pissing it off by flirting with other FWs.

Couldn’t agree more. I had a aero burner 5w that I got rid of because the fitter I saw said it wasn’t stiff enough for me...now I have a 3w that I struggle with and may replace with a super hybrid 

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Driver: :callaway-small:   Epic Max LS :Fuji:Ventus Black 6x 44.5"

3wHL: :callaway-small: Rogue ST LS 65x  Tensei AV Blue w/ xlink

3H: :Sub70: 939X UST proforce V2 black F5 hybrid soft stepped

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I picked up better launch and forgiveness switching my 3W from Epic Flash SZ to a TSi2. The shaft made a lot of difference on the launch (from Atmos black to AD-IZ), but the TSi seems to be consistently more forgiving for me. BUT I still haven't sold the Epic yet because she has been a good one for me especially off the tee... I need to be 300% sure before totally moving on from a 3 wood.

I am thinking about upgrading my 818 h2 hybrid to a more forgiving TSi2 this year, but I think I will test out a 5w/7w as well just to make sure. Why? Well I've never used a higher loft fairway wood before (>16*), and quite frankly, I kindof just want to use a higher lofted fairway wood.

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Driver:  :titelist-small: TSi 3 10* w/ Graphite Design AD IZ 7X 

Fairway/Hybrid: :titelist-small: TSi 2 15* & 18* w/ Graphite Design AD IZ 7X, AD IZ 95X

Irons: :cobra-small: Forged Tec Black 4i, King Forged CB 5-GW w/ KBS $ Taper 130

New Irons: :taylormade-small: P790 4i, P770 5-7i, P7MC 8-P, $ Taper 120

Wedges:  :vokey-small: SM7 52F/54 S, 58 M w/ Modus 125

Putter:  :cameron-small:  California Hollywood 34" Circle H

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TSi2 fairway will be in my bag this year.  I already have the driver, so after I turn in some clubs for cash, it will be in the bag.  Definitely by early spring, as soon as this damn snow melts. 😤

WITB:  Do I like Titleist or what? 

 

Driver:     :titleist-small: TSi2 9* UST MAMIYA LIN-Q BLUE 6F4 - C3 setting

Fairways   :titleist-small: HZRDUS Smoke 13.5* & 19* - B2 setting

Driving Iron:   :titleist-small: U500 17* :Fuji:  Blue Ventus HB Velocore 

Irons   :titleist-small: 716 AP2 DG S300 1* up

Wedges    :vokey-small: SM6 48*, SM9 52*, SM8 56*

Putter    :cameron-small: Newport 2

Ball    :titleist-small:  *ProV1 Left Dot

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On 1/14/2021 at 11:28 PM, ChiefMikeOfficer said:

I "upgraded" from M1 to SIM in 2020, and it's a big struggle (same shaft, just can't hit it). I'm actually thinking of offloading the SIM and going back to the M1 while I search for something different. I've had success with Cobra fairways in the past, so that's toward the top of my "new" list.

I'm taking this back - turns out my swing was just in shambles last year and I probably would've hit the M1 poorly too 🤦‍♂️   A few minor swing changes over the winter, and I'm now bombing (for me 🤏 ) the SIM consistently, at least off the tee. Not enough situations off of the fairway yet to say it's a keeper, but things are looking up!

Driver: :taylormade-small: Stealth Plus 8* (adjusted to 8.75*), Mitsubishi Diamana ZF 70 X Flex

Fairway: :taylormade-small: SIM, 15* (adjusted to 15.75*), Shaft is a 50/50 split between Accra FX 2.0 300F M5 Flex and Paderson Kinetixx Ballistic TP 85 X Flex

Irons:  :titleist-small: T200 "Utility Build" 3 and 4 irons with Graphite Design Tour AD-IZ 95 X Flex, :titleist-small: T100S 5-PW with Nippon Pro Modus 120 X Flex (2021 MGS Test). These things are monsters. 

Wedges: :mizuno-small:T-20 Blue Ion 50.07, :Miura: K-Grind 2.0 Black 56* and Chrome 60* w/Accra SPI Tour

Putter: Total headcase, so it depends on the day. Rotate between :EVNROLL: ER11V ("Murdered Out" Black edition),  :mizuno-small: M Craft Type II Blue Ion and a Toulon Madison 

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going from ole reliable King F7 to Speedzone Big Tour set to 13.5 as a mini-driver
Dropped 2 hybrid and picked up a Sim Max 5 wood

Haven't had a round with either yet but this has always been a challenging spot in my bag and am hoping to have found a fix...

I got something to say then I'm gonna say it. 

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I've thought about "upgrading" my FW for a while now, but I just can't seem to find anything I'm willing to spend money on and without noticeably better results than what I get with my Sonartec.

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  • :cobra-small: King F9 set to 9*, Tour length Hzrdus Smoke Black 6.0 S-flex, with GolfPride MCC +4 mid-size
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  • :taylormade-small: SIM UDI 2-iron - 18*, Mitsubishi Diamana Thump 100 X-flex, with GolfPride MCC Align
  • :srixon-small: ZX5 4-5 & ZX7 6-PW, :Nippon: Modus3 120 Tour S-flex, +1/2", with GolfPride Tour Wrap 2G
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Recently rekindled my passion for golf at the end of last summer. Have seriously got the itch to play constantly. 

I always played driver and long irons, but as my game improved I have been adding more fairway woods to bag. 

Were before my ego would cause me to think that  hitting a long iron 220 or 230 was more pure then hitting a FW wood. Now I am just trying to take path of least resistance to hole. 

I just received the Mavrik 9w I ordered to replace the 5i.

I had to buy women's club as could not find a men's version of the mavrik 9w. I already ordered the matching aldila Rouge white 70s shaft I play in all my woods. 

So right now I have  following clubs in bag. 

Driver Mavrik sub zero 9 set at 11 with draw bias

Mavrik fairway woods 3,5,7,9

Mizuno jpx-921 forged irons 6-gw with KBS Tour 90 black shafts. 

Mizuno es21 56/10 sw and 60/10 lw. 

Clubs look great, but all those damn head covers clutter up my bag. 

Tempted to take them all off while playing and just leaving them in truck. Have not hit 9w yet as the shaft is  not in yet  but I am pretty sure my gapping will be as follows. 

Driver 265 

3w 230

5w 220

7w 200

9w 180. 

6i 170

7i 160

8i 150

9i 140

PW 130

GW 120

SW 100

LW 80

I really prefer the ball flight of FW over long irons. The mavriks when hit clean sound really crisp and powerful, ball tends to have nice flat rising trajectory, to  a peak height then come down softly. I am working to  hit a draw or fade when needed and have had some really nice success, and if I want I can keep them low and hot I can.  When my driver and FW swing is on, I rarely hit any irons except 8-sw. 

Most par five I can reach in two with driver, 3 5 or 7 w. 

Par 4s are driver, 8, 9 or wedge unless I miss hit something. 

The main reason I bought 9w is for long par 3's. 

My bigest need for improvement from  strokes  gained perspective is missing approach shots. Distance is usually close, but missing left or right of green is costing me, second would be putting, I am sometimes pretty good and other times I cannot sink anythng outside 4'.

One of the most frustrating thing I am doing lately. Is pulling irons to left or snap hooking drive or FW. I was a notorious long ball slicer for longer than I care to admit. And I can still on occasion  slice a drive into next county, but generally I have eliminated slice as a big problem, 

I can live with the iron pull, mostly ends up pin high and playable, but that snap hook off tee is brutal. I am good for at least 1 per round and have not been able to feel what I am doing to get there. In theory I know I am probable swinging out to in with severly closed face.... But I cannot feel it  

Sorry for Rambling. 

 

 

 

 

 

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Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero 9.0 driver, aldila rogue white 130msi 70x

Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero 3w and 5w

Aldila rogue white 130 msi 70s

Callaway Mavrik 7w

aldila rogue white 130msi 70S

Mizuno JPX-919 hot metal 

5-lw, tt tour new concept x1 shafts

Odessey triple track 7 putter.

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I moved from a 3-wood, 4-hybrid, and 5-hybrid to a 4-wood (16.5), 4-hybrid (21) and put the 5-iron back in the bag... I definitely like the 4-wood better than my 3 as it gets it in the air but still feel like it’s not getting it’s due... the 4-hybrid goes 215-230 regularly and has a lot less dispersion so it’s not getting the level of use I’d like 

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Driver: :callaway-small: Mavrik Max 10.5
4-wood: :callaway-small: Epic Speed 16.5 
4-hybrid: :taylormade-small: R15 21
Irons 5-P: :callaway-small: Mavrik Max
Wedges: :cleveland-small: RTX ZipCore 46, 50, 54, 60
Shoes: :travis-mathew-1:MoneyMaker, Nike Roche G
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On 1/14/2021 at 3:09 PM, txgolfjunkie said:

So many options, so little time. I don't know much about the new TM or Callaway FWs but these are my top 4 to try this year:

Cobra RAD - Matt at TXG really liked the updated version from the SpeedZone. Easier to hit. Less draw bias. I think the matte blue looks fantastic. Speed rails are always a plus. 

Ping G425 - The spin control across the face is really intriguing. Might not be the longest, but the accuracy and forgiveness is some of the best on the market (see 2019 FW test)

Srixon ZX - Srixon had the fastest ball speeds and longest carry in the 2019 most wanted fairway. Curious to see what the new line holds.

Titleist TSi - Quite possibly one of the best feeling FW metals on the market. If you like classic looking FWs, then the TSi is at the top of your list. 

 

What are you most interested in this year? 

 

Well lets see.  2021 Fairways i have in hand

TSi2 18 degree

TSi2 15 degree

ZX 15 degree 

and have ordered

RADSPEED 21 degree

D9 20 degree 

We’ll see which ones get the most play. 

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:titelist-small: TSi1 Aldila Ascent 40G shaft

:titelist-small: TSi2 18 FW with GD AD IZ 6 Shaft

:titelist-small: TSi1 20 and 23 degree hybrids Aldila Ascent Shafts R

:titelist-small: T300 5-P Tensei  R flex shaft 1/4 long 

:titelist-small: SM8 48F/54/58 D Grinds 

:ping-small: Tyne 4 

:titelist-small: ProV1X Play number 12

 

 

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After extensive testing of all of the fairway woods I had incoming (list on page 1 of this thread), the winner is in my signature. Just too easy to hit straight and far despite how much I hate the looks. The performance won out and on course has been consistent so far. 

Shank's Early 2022 WITB

O.B. Finder- Rogue ST Max LS/Ventus TR 6X

3W- Rogue ST Max LS/Ventus TR 7X

5W- Stealth/Tour AD-HD 7X

4H- Epic Speed Super Hybrid/Tour AD-Di 9X

5-AW- Apex 21 $-Taper 120S Blackout

Spoons- Vokey SM9 54.10 S/58.08 M DG 120 S300

Flat One- Bettinardi Hive Poison Kool-Aid Innovai 6.0

Pro V1X

Vessel Players III 

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29 minutes ago, Shank Aaron said:

After extensive testing of all of the fairway woods I had incoming (list on page 1 of this thread), the winner is in my signature. Just too easy to hit straight and far despite how much I hate the looks. The performance won out and on course has been consistent so far. 

Performance over Looks!! That's a results oriented strategy for sure!

That same theme is what I sold the spousal unit on close to 30 years ago.  🤓

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On 1/14/2021 at 1:09 PM, txgolfjunkie said:

So many options, so little time. I don't know much about the new TM or Callaway FWs but these are my top 4 to try this year:

Cobra RAD - Matt at TXG really liked the updated version from the SpeedZone. Easier to hit. Less draw bias. I think the matte blue looks fantastic. Speed rails are always a plus. 

Ping G425 - The spin control across the face is really intriguing. Might not be the longest, but the accuracy and forgiveness is some of the best on the market (see 2019 FW test)

Srixon ZX - Srixon had the fastest ball speeds and longest carry in the 2019 most wanted fairway. Curious to see what the new line holds.

Titleist TSi - Quite possibly one of the best feeling FW metals on the market. If you like classic looking FWs, then the TSi is at the top of your list. 

 

What are you most interested in this year? 

 

I hadn't planned on upgrading anything more than my driver shaft this year, but as fate would have it, a friend got me drunk on tequila and made me a bet I couldn't refuse... Short story shorter, the next day I woke up with a hangover and no driver or 3w. So while he was the proud new owner of a Ping G410 LST and G400 3w, I had to schedule a fitting for the following day since my bag now had a top end of 2i distance. 

Although the Ping G425 had more forgiveness, my goal for a 3w was long par 5s in 2 shots and I couldn't look away from the TM SIM2 Ti.  I went in brand agnostic and ended up with the only TM club I've owned since the original burner driver. I'm now playing the SIM2 Ti Rocket 3w at 13.5* with UST Lin-Q Purple 7F5 shaft. The driver, which I ordered a week prior to the 3w in January, is still not in my hands (Callaway Epic Max LS w/ UST Lin-Q Purple 7F5 shaft).

At this point, with as long as the 3w has been off the tee, I'm tempted to cancel the driver and crank this one down 1*, and buy a second, higher lofted FW to fill in distance to my 2i.

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Driver:  :callaway-small: Epic Max LS 9°, UST Lin-Q Purple 7F5 1” tipped

3 Wood:  :taylormade-small: SIM2 Titanium Rocket 13.5°, UST Lin-Q Purple 7F5

2 Iron:  :callaway-small: X Forged UT 18°, Mitsubishi MMT UT 105 TX

4-PW:  :callaway-small: X Forged CB irons, DG Tour Issue x100 +1” 2° flat

Wedges:  :mizuno-small: T20, KBS Wedge shaft, 50°/54°/58°

Putter:  Toulon Atlanta, Stroke Lab Shaft

Ball:  :titelist-small: ProV1x Optic Yellow

Bag:  :Ogio: 2021 Woode 8 Hybrid Stand Bag

Shot Tracking:  :Arccos:

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