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As I get older (and older, and older), I've realized the need to loft up.  I recently bought a 5 wood to take the place of my 3 wood and, wait for it, an 11 wood to replace my 6 iron.  I think it is the best equipment choice I have ever made.  The 5 wood is straight and high.  It takes a truly horrendous swing to hit a worm burner.  The 11 wood has been a revelation.  I can hit it high or low, draw or fade, although it really wants to go straight and high.  I've never had a hybrid I felt comfortable with, but this club serves that function admirably.  Both clubs are Callaway Epic Max's that I got from cally preowned.  I already had a Cobra 7 wood set at 23.5 degrees that fills the gap between the other two.  If Cally made a 13 wood I would buy it.

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Ping G425 Max

Callaway Epic Max 5 wood

Cobra F9 Speedback 7/8 wood set at 23.5 degrees

Callaway Epic Max 11 wood

PXG 0311P Gen. 3  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 Glide 3.0 60 degree

Evnroll ER2

Ping Sigma 2 Anser

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Yes!  The older I have gotten, the more valuable the high lofted woods are.  I prefer the Callaway Big Bertha War Bird 11 wood (Ely Would), it is a classic & has a unique steelhead sole design.  Easy to hit from any lie.  My 9 wood is a Callaway Steelhead Plus.  Same reason, classic design & easy to hit.  I prefer those woods to today's clubs.  They have a deeper face & are easy to work draws or fades.  Also because of the deeper face they are easier to knock down the flight when needing a lower trajectory.   I hit the 11 wood easily 170, and it comes in much higher than a 5 iron or a hybrid.  I am surprised that more golfers do not play these higher lofts.  When we see the tour pros hitting their 7 woods, with their swing speed, it makes perfect sense that average amateurs can benefit by 9 & 11 woods.

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TaylorMade Sim2 Max 10.5 Driver - Tensei AV Blue 55 R

Callaway 4+ Wood Steelhead XR - Tensei CK 65 R

Callaway 5 Wood Steelhead XR - Tensei CK 55 R

Callaway Heavenwood Steelhead XR - Tensei CK 55 R

TaylorMade Rescue Mid 3 (19*) - SteelFiber i95 R

TaylorMade Rescue Mid 4 (22*) - SteelFiber i95 R

TaylorMade Rescue Mid 5 (25*) - SteelFiber i95 R

Honma Beres irons (2020) 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, AW - Nippon 750GH Wrap Tech R 

Vokey SM8 56* D grind & Vokey SM8 54* bent to 52* D grind

Scotty Cameron California Monterey Putter

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I like hi-lofted fairway woods,

but while modern tech aspires to make strong lofted fairway woods easier to launch,

it doesn't seem to affect hi-loft models as much.

 

My fairway woods were all built in the previous millennium.

Cleveland QuadPro___17°

Top Flite Intimidator 400___21, 25°.

No problems so far.   Just keep the grips fresh.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The 7 wood has been my favorite club for years. I tried to put together a 9 wood last year, but it spun so much that it left a 30 yard gap from the 7 wood.

Driver: :cobra-small: Speedzone Xtreme 9.5*
Mini Driver: :taylormade-small: Oringinal One 13.5*
Fairway: :cobra-small: Speedzone 5 Wood
Hybrid: :mizuno-small: 2020 CLK 4 & 5 Hybrid
Irons: :cobra-small: Speedzone 6-GW
Wedges: :cleveland-small: CBX2 54* & 58*
Putter: :ping-small: Heppler Fetch
Ball: :srixon-small: Q-Star Tour Yellow

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I’m a digger and hit down on everything.  Loft is my friend.  Ditched the 3 wood/5 wood combo a few years ago.  Now playing a 5 wood/7 wood combo.  Much happier.  Higher launch, more carry, same total distance.

Ping G410 LST 10.5

Taylormade SIM Ti - 19 lofted down to 17

Tour Edge XCG7 - 21

Tour Edge C721 - 25

Corey Paul - 5-PW Japan Forged Minimalist Blades

Corey Paul Functional Art 50, 54 & 58

Odyssey O Works Black #7 with BGT Stability Tour Shaft, SuperStroke Traxion 3.0 & 75g CounterCore

Bridgestone Tour BRX

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At least for the foreseeable future I am happy with my 4w/7w combination. I could never really hit a 3 wood but the 16° 4 wood works for me.

 PXG 0211 12° driver w/Project X Cypher R flex  shaft
post-76102-0-38507100-1525284411.jpg KE4 TC 16° 4 wood w/Kuro Kage Black 60g shaft

:srixon-small: Z355 22° 7 wood w/Miyazaki Jinsoku shaft
post-76102-0-38507100-1525284411.jpg KE4 TC 19° 3 hybrid w/UST Proforce V2 Black shaft
post-76102-0-38507100-1525284411.jpg KE4 TC 22° 4 hybrid w/UST Proforce V2 Black shaft

post-76102-0-38507100-1525284411.jpg KE4 TC 25° 5 hybrid w/Kuro Kage Black shaft

Lazrus 27° 6 hybrid w/Lazrus  graphite shaft
PXG 0211DC irons 7-PW w/Project X Cypher graphite shafts

:cleveland-small: CBX2 50° wedge

post-76102-0-38507100-1525284411.jpg M-Series+ 56° wedge w/UST Recoil 660 graphite shaft
:cleveland-small:  Huntington Beach Soft Premier 10.5

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Ping 5,7,9 woods for me - I was a part of the Ping long game test group - that was where we went for a Ping fitting and had to take whatever the fitter gave us between our longest iron and driver - He took out 3 wood, 4,5 hybrid and replaced those with the fairways.

 

I hooked a number of drives last Friday and so had ample opportunity to need lofted fairways to get out of trouble.  I twice hit 9 wood over trees that I could never have gotten a 5 iron over.

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Taylor Made Stealth 10.5  Aldila Ascent Red R flex

Ping G410 5, 7, 9 wood  Alta 65 R flex

Wilson D7 forged 5-GW -  Mamiya recoil 460 R flex

Edison Wedges 54 and 59 KBS Tour Graphite 80's

EVNRoll ER 5

Titleist Pro VIx optic yellow with revkev stamped on them

Still on that elusive hunt for a 3 wood that I'm able to hit - I don't know why, I crush the 5 wood and it's really a 4 wood anyway. 

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My 21* wood was my security blanket for years. I've replaced it with a brand new 18* with sole rails to really help with fairway & rough lies. I'm excited to get it out on the course this season.

In my  :wilson_staff_small:  carry bag:
:callaway-small: Mavrik Max 10.5* R Flex Evenflow RipTide
:cleveland-small: Hy-Wood
:cleveland-small: Launcher 5h
:wilson_staff_small: D200 6i-PW
:cleveland-small: CBX 54* & 58*
:cleveland-small: #10
:bridgestone-small: e12 Contact
 

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Just before the turn of the millennium, Spalding made some awesome high loft fairway woods called the Top Flight Intimidator 400.

Lee Trevino actually provided input into their design and actually played them.

You couldn't get custom shafts, however, because they used .400" tip shafts made by the famous fishing rod manufacturer, Fenwick.

Apparently the wide tip was important because it was incorporated into the model name.

 

You could get a "strong three" at 13° or a standard three at 16°. 

I didn't like either and got a 17° Clevlend QuadPro instead. Reason in a minute.

 

However, the five at 21º, the seven at 25º, and the nine at a whopping 29°--one degree more lofted than a Ginty!--

were awesome clubs that, with new grips, still find their way into my bag today.

 

They can dig the ball out of divots, out of rough, and they hop trees as if they weren't even there.

Their ball descent angle is so steep that they make the coolest ball marks you've ever seen.   

That's why you don't choose one for your longest, Hail Mary fairway wood,

although somebody who can hit a thirteen off the deck told me that the thirteen is a cannon.

 

Anyway, if you can find one, it'll probably cost fifteen bucks now.

(And they have titanium bodies for some reason.)

It's a nice looking club with approvals from Lee (that means something) and Sal (that doesn't).

 

 

 

 

 

 

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3 hours ago, revkev said:

Ping 5,7,9 woods for me - I was a part of the Ping long game test group - that was where we went for a Ping fitting and had to take whatever the fitter gave us between our longest iron and driver - He took out 3 wood, 4,5 hybrid and replaced those with the fairways.

 

I hooked a number of drives last Friday and so had ample opportunity to need lofted fairways to get out of trouble.  I twice hit 9 wood over trees that I could never have gotten a 5 iron over.

I use the same wood selections as well.

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Heck yes on lofted fairway woods!  I ditched a 3 wood for a 5 , and then went to the 7, 11 combo!  Now I looking to add a 9.  Not sure which 9 probably a Ping or Cally.  For my game easier to hit and loft.  I don’t care what my golf buddies say, but it works for me.  It doesn’t  say on the score card what you used.  I’m 76, hit the 7 about 170-80, the 11 about 150 or so.  What’s everyone using? Play forward tees and the clubs that get results!

Ping g400 max driver

 Cally 7 and 5 wood 

ping g400 irons

cleveland wedge

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I’m going to add a 4 and 5 hybrid to my bag this spring, instead of my 4 and 5 irons. I’ve enjoyed my 3H for 2 season and am curious if they would make a difference.

Chasing my ball around the cow field, trying to avoid the “ruff.”

 

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