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Hitting a 3 wood off the ground has become an exercise in futility.  I guess it's a combination of decreasing club head speed and bad technique.  I hit a new Callaway Epic Max off the grass at a recent Callaway fitting day and hit it extremely well:  nice flight and distance.  However, I'm not keen on spending 300 samollians for it.  So, I'm looking for recommendations for easy to launch fairway woods on the used market that might work for a slow swinging senior. 

14 of the following:

Ping G400 Max

Cobra King F9 Speedback 3 wood

Callaway Big Bertha Heavenwood

Cobra F9 Speedback 7/8 wood set at 23.5 degrees

Taylormade M4 5 hybrid

Callaway Mavrik Max 6-GW

PXG 0211 5-GW

PXG 0211 sand wedge bent to 53 degrees

Maltby M Series+ 54 degree

Ping Glide 3.0 Eye2 58 degree

Ping Sigma 2 Anser

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4 minutes ago, Hook DeLoft said:

Hitting a 3 wood off the ground has become an exercise in futility.  I guess it's a combination of decreasing club head speed and bad technique.  I hit a new Callaway Epic Max off the grass at a recent Callaway fitting day and hit it extremely well:  nice flight and distance.  However, I'm not keen on spending 300 samollians for it.  So, I'm looking for recommendations for easy to launch fairway woods on the used market that might work for a slow swinging senior. 

Go 4 or 5 wood, the higher loft is going to give you more forgivness and not significatly sacrafice distance.  I grabbed a Marvrik 4 wood from Callaway Pre-owned for $120 this winter and it's been a revelation for me.  THis was coming off a few rounds at Bandon where I cold topped at least 5 3 woods in 5 rounds, two of them were on one hole.  With the 4 wood, nothing but bullets!  

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:callaway-small:Mavrik 4W - 16.5*

:titelist-small: 818 H1 19* Hybrid 😍

:Sub70: 939X 22* Hybrid

:Sub70: 699 Pro Black 5-AW

:cleveland-small: RTX Zipcore 54* and 58*

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8 minutes ago, Hook DeLoft said:

Hitting a 3 wood off the ground has become an exercise in futility.  I guess it's a combination of decreasing club head speed and bad technique.  I hit a new Callaway Epic Max off the grass at a recent Callaway fitting day and hit it extremely well:  nice flight and distance.  However, I'm not keen on spending 300 samollians for it.  So, I'm looking for recommendations for easy to launch fairway woods on the used market that might work for a slow swinging senior. 

Mizuno STZ is one of the highest launching fairway woods of the year. 
 

anyone looking for more launch off the deck should have this at the top of their list

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23 minutes ago, Hook DeLoft said:

Hitting a 3 wood off the ground has become an exercise in futility.  I guess it's a combination of decreasing club head speed and bad technique.  I hit a new Callaway Epic Max off the grass at a recent Callaway fitting day and hit it extremely well:  nice flight and distance.  However, I'm not keen on spending 300 samollians for it.  So, I'm looking for recommendations for easy to launch fairway woods on the used market that might work for a slow swinging senior. 

Taking a look at going with a different shaft might also help you out in getting it in the air.  Just a thought.

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51 minutes ago, M. Parsons said:

Taking a look at going with a different shaft might also help you out in getting it in the air.  Just a thought.

Absolutely. I bought a F9 5 Wood that has a UST Helium light shaft on it. It's a mid to high launch shaft and it made a huge difference  

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Cobra King F-9  5 wood
:ping-small:  410  Hybrids 22*, 26*

Cobra Speed Zone 6-GP/Recoil ESX 460 F3 Shafts 

:titelist-small: SM7 54* Wedge

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I may try the Cobra F9 if I can find one with the Helium shaft.

14 of the following:

Ping G400 Max

Cobra King F9 Speedback 3 wood

Callaway Big Bertha Heavenwood

Cobra F9 Speedback 7/8 wood set at 23.5 degrees

Taylormade M4 5 hybrid

Callaway Mavrik Max 6-GW

PXG 0211 5-GW

PXG 0211 sand wedge bent to 53 degrees

Maltby M Series+ 54 degree

Ping Glide 3.0 Eye2 58 degree

Ping Sigma 2 Anser

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I got a cobra f8 5 wood brand new this year with Aldila nv shaft, does the job for the price I paid for sure, even got cobra connect on it to pair with my arccos, Previously played some cleveland wood, was hitting them well but the feel on the cobra is better, also the price I got it, hard to beat. Still miss some shot but that's the guy not the stick.

Strongly advise you to go adjustable 4-5 wood on the market. I play my 5 wood at 17 degree.

Cobra tend to be a little cheaper but any brand used from 2-3 years ago should do the job

 

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I have Cobra King F7 Fairways and Hybrid and love them (I believe Rick Shiels still uses an F7 3wood).  You should find them at decent prices now too. 

I hit them off low tees or occasionally off the deck, and from the fairway or rough.  I recently got a 'duplicate' 3 wood to use instead of driver, I set the loft to lowest (13deg) and had an inch added to the shaft to give me more options. I turn 60 in a couple of days and have a relatively slow swing speed (around 85mph Driver, reach 90 on a very good day), and hit both 3 woods further and straighter than my driver on average.

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My experience is find a clubhead with a flat bottom, not rounded.  I get more confidence that the sole will slide evenly on the ground, not dig in or side slip if the sole is flat for 2 or 3 inches wide.  Similar concept at the original Cobra Railer, but I prefer no rail.

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Driver  Callaway Epic on Recoil F2 (senior) flex

Three wood is TM Burner Superfast 3.0 on M (mature) flex

3H Old Adams A3OS red boxster on stock Graffaloy Platinum reg shaft

3 MP 18 MMC and 4 GFF hybrid Mizuno irons

5 Mizu hybrid Fli-hi

6 - W Ping I 500 irons on Recoil F3 reg flex shafts

Wedges:  Mizuno blue 52 09, 60 06, and old original Hogan Sure-out 56 14 sand

Chipper (yep I carry a chipper) old Don Martin Up n In bronze 

Putter Musty wood mallet, sometimes switch with my Scotty Cameron Futura X counter weight face balanced

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I just bought a Wilson C300 5 wood with the regular FUJIKURA SPEEDER PRO 68 GRAPHITE shaft because my 3 and 4 hybrids go the same distance and I hope this creates a gap. Waiting for it to arrive. I can play it down to 17 degrees, leave it as is (which is the plan) or make it 19 like my 3H (Callaway X2Hot). I could not find a Cobra F8 or F9 for a lefty at a good price. My 3 wood may be replaced next.

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I've recently picked up a couple used SIM Max (original SIM, not SIM 2) fairways (7 and 9 !, but have also hit a 5 wood). I struggle with low launch, so a 3 wood might as well be a putter, but I agree with what others have posted about going to higher lofted fairways. I'll gladly set aside vanity to hit better shots. Overall i find something about the sole and leading edge to be confidence-inspiring for me to hit off the turf. I also find that the speed pocket seems to produce better results on low face strikes (especially important for shots off the turf than a previous epic flash fairway i had. I definitely miss the center of the face in a low-heel to high-toe pattern, so the twist-face also works pretty well for me.

Searching around different used outlets, i was able to find them from $100-200, you may have even better selection for a 5-wood.

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I’m 76, this is what is use, with success!  CallyGGB Heaven Wood, Cally XHot2 11 wood…Ping G400 Max driver, Reg shaft.

 

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Ping g400 max driver

 Cally 7 and 5 wood 

ping g400 irons

cleveland wedge

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Find a used Adams tight lie 3 wood (metal).  There is a reason that club started, and maintains a following.  It works like magic.  I will never give my 3 and 5 tight lie clubs up.  Sure you can spend a lot of money on fairway woods and be disappointed,  I have seen these gems sold out of bargain barrels for $5 !  Try these, you’ll like them.  

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The best 3-wood I've ever used for both distance and ease of getting up in the air is the Acer XS Titanium 3-wood. There are several things about this head design that make it so. I think Hireko stopped making them around 2015. If you can still find one, consider it. If it's the wrong shaft flex, it's not hard to re-shaft.

That said, I no longer have it in my bag. Instead, I have a 16° hybrid. My good shots go almost as far as that 3-wood, and a noticeably larger percentage of my shots are good. Easier to get up in the air, too. So consider a low-loft hybrid instead of a 3-wood.

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1 hour ago, HarveyDiamond said:

Find a used Adams tight lie 3 wood (metal).  There is a reason that club started, and maintains a following.  It works like magic.  I will never give my 3 and 5 tight lie clubs up.  Sure you can spend a lot of money on fairway woods and be disappointed,  I have seen these gems sold out of bargain barrels for $5 !  Try these, you’ll like them.  

Agreed. I’ve had a Tight Lies 2 for 5/6 years now and it’s automatic.

D- Tour Edge EXS 220

3w- Adams Tight Lies 2 16

Hybrid- Cobra F8 19 degree 

Utility- Sub 70 699 U  21 degree

Irons- Sub 70 739 5-PW

Wedges- Tour Edge CB Pro 50,54,58

Putter- Tour Edge Hp Nickkel Chrome Series 1

Ball- Titleist Tour Soft

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Even when I was younger and had good swing speed, I never was consistent with the three wood.    

Hitting it off a tee was okay, but hitting it off the deck was not usually solid other than the occasional terrific shot which kept it in the bag.

I'm just over 60 now, so I'm not swinging as hard as I used to swing.

I happened to purchase a used three wood with a low profile that was 17* loft, and my skills immediately improved dramatically.  I used to carry a 15* Three wood and an 18* Five wood, and then a 21* hybrid.    Now I just carry the 17* fairway as my strongest fairway wood, and then the hybrid. While I always used to hit that Five wood very well, it no longer fits into my distance gaps.   Sure, I have lost a little distance, but I seem to find it to be an easy to hit club, unlike my previous Three woods (more than one) that I have had.

I didn't name a brand or model on purpose, as that stuff is very subjective.  I would recommend using a low profile fairway that is 16.5* or higher to start, considering you mentioned you are also getting a bit older and slower.   None of this is groundbreaking information, but it works for me.

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I have the same problem. I went to a five wood. 

Played golf for over 50 years until my health and business calendar reduced my time to less then 5 rounds a year. Then 4 years ago I retired, changed my diet and lifestyle, lost 100 pounds and got back on the course. Its been a struggle but things are getting better.

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Thanks for the replies.  I just ordered a demo with a senior shaft from Sub 70.  We'll se how it goes.

14 of the following:

Ping G400 Max

Cobra King F9 Speedback 3 wood

Callaway Big Bertha Heavenwood

Cobra F9 Speedback 7/8 wood set at 23.5 degrees

Taylormade M4 5 hybrid

Callaway Mavrik Max 6-GW

PXG 0211 5-GW

PXG 0211 sand wedge bent to 53 degrees

Maltby M Series+ 54 degree

Ping Glide 3.0 Eye2 58 degree

Ping Sigma 2 Anser

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37 minutes ago, Hook DeLoft said:

Thanks for the replies.  I just ordered a demo with a senior shaft from Sub 70.  We'll se how it goes.

Good move!  Also, the reply that Twyatt700 gave you saying that you should consider a 4 or 5 wood (anywhere from 16.5 to 19 degrees of loft) is very solid advice.  I am 72, and have lost some clubhead speed over the last few years, although I'm still above 95 MPH for the most part with the driver and about 92 MPH with my 4-wood.  I haven't carried a 3-wood in at least 4 years, and for a while I was gaming only a 17.5* strong 5-wood from Tour Edge Golf in between the driver and my hybrid(s).  That was until I found a couple of 16.5* 4-woods that I like.  Currently, I play a 16.5* Titleist TS2 4-wood, and I am loving it from both the tee and the fairway.  Today, I played an 18-hole match in my senior travel league, and I was having "driver issues" throughout the front nine, hooking two tee shots OB left and hitting a few other ugly shots with it.  I didn't take the driver out of my bag once on the back nine, hitting either the 4-wood or my 19* 3-hybrid off the tee even on par-5 holes, and improved my score by a full 9 shots vs. what I shot on the front nine.  The 4-wood also works VERY well for me from the deck, something that I found difficult with a 3-wood.

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Driver: Ping G425 Max, 9*, Miyazaki  Kuala Mizu Tour Issue 6S, 44.75" playing length

4-Wood: Titleist TS2, 16.5*, Miyazaki Kuala Mizu Tour Issue 7S, 42.75" playing length

5/7-Wood: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero set to 20* loft; Tensei Blue 75-S, 41.5" playing length

Hybrids: Exotics EXS Pro (22*), Mitsubishi Tensei Silver 75S

Irons: Exotics EXS220 5-iron and New Level MODB-1 (6-iron through PW), KBS TGI Tour 80 (stiff) shafts

Wedges: New Hogan Equalizer wedges (48* and 56* + Maltby TSW Forged 52-8, all bent 1* weak

Putter: Evnroll ER2, 34”with Gravity Grip

Ball: Snell MTBx

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