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Not been back to golf long so yes spend a lot of time off the fairway. I have always played well with long irons so have an 18° driving iron and 4 iron. Have had a 19° hybrid but not consistent enough with it. Does anyone play a 7 wood stiff shaft?

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All rough isn’t created equal, so I don’t know how to answer, and 30 yards is a wide range. I’d use a 5i for 170 or a 3h for 200 if the lie permitted. Couldn’t use either in most of the rough where I play, I’d have to ‘take my medicine’ and use more loft (for hitting into the rough). My only “woods” are D and 3W and I don’t have any interest in other “woods” (yet).

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That’s a pretty big gap. From 170/180 it would be a 6i, 180/190 a 5i and 190/200 my 4 utility. 

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Depends on how much of the back of the ball I can see! For me, its all about the lie and playing the %'s.

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Depends on the length and thickness of rough, how deep I’m in it, what is in line with my desired target line, what trouble I may have to deal with, is going for the green the right play or not, if I miss where do I want to miss. 

It could be a wedge to a fairway wood

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depending on the lie 170 6 iron, 185 5 iron, 200 4 hybrid.  If its buried probably punching out

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On 7/30/2021 at 5:48 PM, Shankster said:

8 or 7 iron.  Hammer it.


unless the ball is completely swallowed up in the long grass, i just focus on ball first contact and hitting the ball hard. 

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Depends, but low flyer? 7 iron run her up there. If I’m able to fly 5 iron depending on actual distance. 
then a wedge on because I’m missing the green anyway!

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Without assessing the lie, I can't answer the question.

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That's a big distance gap. For me, it's anywhere between 7i to 4i depending on lie, wind, conditions, etc.

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if the rough is thick enough, I'd punch something out of there with like a 6 or 7 iron, take my medicine and then hit wedge or loft wedge depending on what distance is left.  better to do that then try to get to the green and hit a bad shot and end up in more trouble.  figure punching it out have a chance to make par and probably no worse than bogey.  I'd rather take the big oops out of the possible scores.  

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Tough to tell without seeing the lie.  If I get a flier lie might be a 7 iron.  If it isn't a good lie I punch it out with something like a 5 iron and get it as close as I can while taking my medicine.  If it is really horrific maybe just a wedge and suck it up.

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On 7/30/2021 at 3:23 PM, pjaxx88 said:

Not been back to golf long so yes spend a lot of time off the fairway. I have always played well with long irons so have an 18° driving iron and 4 iron. Have had a 19° hybrid but not consistent enough with it. Does anyone play a 7 wood stiff shaft?

I played a Callaway Epic Flash 7wd with a PX HZRDUS Black 85g, 6.5 (x flex) Tour Issue only shaft for a while.  Loved it.  It's up for sale, but sometimes I wonder if I shouldn't just keep it.  I could sell my 3wd and 5wd and get a new 4wd to replace them both.

As for the original question, from 200y out in the rough, I'd probably take 5wd.  From 170y out, I might take 7wd.  There are really too many variables.  If the rough is short, but enough to create a flyer, then I'd likely take less club, but if it's thick enough to impede movement of the club through it, then I might just hack it out with a wedge.

Also, depends on where the pin is on the green.  If it's 170y away, but in the front, then I'd take a club that would likely go long.  If it's in the back, then I'd be happy with a little short.

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