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I'm looking at my long game a little more at the moment and seeing what clubs I should be using to improve my accuracy off the tee and even out my gaps. 

Driver is a Cobra F6+ which I'm starting to hit consistently around 300-320 (up to 340 on a good day), I have a Titleist 913F 3-wood which I've not really used much as I don't have too much confidence in it (maybe because I don't use it so much) and have recently bought a used 816H1 21° hybrid which I'm hitting the around 240-260y.

I feel pretty comfortable with the 816 so I'm thinking of getting another but in 19° which I could wind down to 18, I'm guessing it should be good for around 270-280. I could then tweak the 21° to 22-23 to fill the gap between that and my 4i (200-210y). 

Anyone else playing driver-hybrid, no fairway wood? 

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Lots of people have passed on the fairway wood and opted for a lower lofted hybrid. Unless you are playing insanely long courses, I wouldnt think you'd hit a 3 wood very often with your distances. If you are not set on Titleist there are quite a few manufactures that make 16 or 17 degree hybrids. Some with adjustability that you can turn even lower. 

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Which do you think you would hit better.  IF you like hybrids and the performance is right it sounds like a perfect setup 

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I was playing driver/2 hybrid 18 degree. I recently switched to a 3 W, only because I wanted in improvement in technology, and I have always preferred a 3 W. Growing up, I would hit my old persimmon Spaulding 3 W or PT 15 and never hit a driver because I was long enough with my 3 W. For me I went with comfort. I agree with cnosil. If you feel like the setup fits your game, and you're comfortable hitting the hybrid, then that's the way to go.

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I tried a hybrid 2-3 fly-z if I remember correctly from cobra, didn't hit him consistent enough, sold it at the beginning of the year, My swing speed is nowhere near yours so might work for you but for me longer shaft tend to not do well for some player. I game a cobra F-8 5 wood downlofted to 17 degre, According to my arccos, driving average is 245, 5 wood is 208, depend where I play but I rarely need to do more than 210 with the 5 wood, could probably push my average around 215 with it but it's not needed for me at the moment. I strongly would recommend to get fit by a good pro for that "gap" in your bag. Been playing around 3wood, 5 wood, hybrid 2-3, hybrid 4 lately and I ended up with 5wood and hybrid 4, got around 10 yards gap in between the 2

 

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On 7/8/2021 at 1:26 AM, DStar said:

I'm looking at my long game a little more at the moment and seeing what clubs I should be using to improve my accuracy off the tee and even out my gaps. 

Driver is a Cobra F6+ which I'm starting to hit consistently around 300-320 (up to 340 on a good day), I have a Titleist 913F 3-wood which I've not really used much as I don't have too much confidence in it (maybe because I don't use it so much) and have recently bought a used 816H1 21° hybrid which I'm hitting the around 240-260y.

I feel pretty comfortable with the 816 so I'm thinking of getting another but in 19° which I could wind down to 18, I'm guessing it should be good for around 270-280. I could then tweak the 21° to 22-23 to fill the gap between that and my 4i (200-210y). 

Anyone else playing driver-hybrid, no fairway wood? 

Those are some nice distances DStar...  a whole bunch of touring pros would kill for those. What distance do you get with the 913F? Hybrids seem to fall into the "love em or hate em" for many folks.  If you're making reliable contact/ball flight with the 816H, and hitting them well off the short grass and rough, then I think your plan to add another or two makes great sense.  

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When I catch the 3 wood right it's about 270-280 but I don't get it right very often, maybe from lack of trying but the hybrid just seems to be a much easier club to hit consistently. 

Going to keep a look out for a 19°.. 

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Titleist 816 H1 19° Aldila Rogue Black 85H 🆕

Titleist 816 H1 21° Fubuki Z80 🆕

Mizuno MP-32 4-PW Dynamic Gold S300

Cleveland CG12 52° Gap

Cleveland CG15 56° Sand

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On 7/8/2021 at 3:26 AM, DStar said:

I'm looking at my long game a little more at the moment and seeing what clubs I should be using to improve my accuracy off the tee and even out my gaps. 

Driver is a Cobra F6+ which I'm starting to hit consistently around 300-320 (up to 340 on a good day), I have a Titleist 913F 3-wood which I've not really used much as I don't have too much confidence in it (maybe because I don't use it so much) and have recently bought a used 816H1 21° hybrid which I'm hitting the around 240-260y.

I feel pretty comfortable with the 816 so I'm thinking of getting another but in 19° which I could wind down to 18, I'm guessing it should be good for around 270-280. I could then tweak the 21° to 22-23 to fill the gap between that and my 4i (200-210y). 

Anyone else playing driver-hybrid, no fairway wood? 

I stopped playing a 3 wood several years ago because I hit my 5 wood just as far and way more consistently.

Before you give up on fairway woods, try a 4 or 5 wood and compare them to the 18 or 19 degree hybrids.  See which you like best.  

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  • 2 weeks later...

Update:

Just ordered a 19° 816H1 to go with the 21°. Bit of a bargain off eBay so hoping it'll work out.

Going to set the 19 to 18°, the 21 to 22 and see how the gaps work out...

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Titleist 816 H1 19° Aldila Rogue Black 85H 🆕

Titleist 816 H1 21° Fubuki Z80 🆕

Mizuno MP-32 4-PW Dynamic Gold S300

Cleveland CG12 52° Gap

Cleveland CG15 56° Sand

Cleveland CG15 60° Lob

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"Hey mister, your clubs are the wrong way round"..

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I have the same problem. I just run all three options. Flavour the the week so to speak.  2hb 2iron 5wood. Why settle on one?

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