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As the title would suggest, I am toying with the idea of ditching my 3 wood and adding an additional long iron.  Distance is one of my strengths, and I play my 3 hybrid 19.5 deg. to 240 carry.  My next iron is a P770 4 iron that I play to about 210 carry.  I am horrendous with my fairway wood, but when it does stay remotely straight it is a 270 club and is rarely used for one reason or another.  Thinking about getting a p790 3 iron and adjusting my hybrid to 18 degrees in the hopes of filling that 225 range and having the hybrid jump a few more yards.

Anyone else done something similar?  My gapping towards the bottom of the bag is pretty good so an additional wedge wouldn't help me.  

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4-P Taylormade P770 - KBS C Taper Lite X Flex - 2 Deg. Flat
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@russtopherbdid prior to his Mizuno Long game test. 

I'm sure there are others as well, but my 3 wood is a key Club so that won't be me anytime soon.

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I have been so sporadic with my driver that I have pretty much just left it in the bag and tee off with my 3 wood.  I've also been hitting it pretty good of the deck when I have a terrible drive.  I can't hit a long iron nearly as consistently. 

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3 minutes ago, GolfSpy_APH said:

@russtopherbdid prior to his Mizuno Long game test. 

I'm sure there are others as well, but my 3 wood is a key Club so that won't be me anytime soon.

Yep, I went from driver to Hy-Wood (18*) then onto a 25* 5 hybrid. I found that fairway simply wasn't a club I was using often, however unlike the OP distance is NOT a strength LOL! It was more consistency than anything else (or lack thereof). Thankfully more work, a better feel for course management, and a few lessons had me wanting to put a fairway back in the bag which happened thanks to the Mizuno Long Game test. So we'll see if newer tech and a fitting help out on the fairway wood front. But when I pulled it out initially, I honestly didn't miss it at all. 

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:cleveland-small: Hy-Wood
:cleveland-small: Launcher 5h
:wilson_staff_small: D7 6i-GW
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:cleveland-small: Huntington Beach #10
:bridgestone-small: e12 Contact
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I love my 3 wood, probably my go to comfort club when things start going wrong. I will hit that baby off the tee box when the driver isnt working also, but I know a ton of people that hate their woods and ditch them for a long iron so if that helps with the comfort level of your game, I would say go for it.

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Years ago when I was playing to a single digit HC I didn't play any woods including driver. Couldn't hit one to save my life. Played a strong 2 iron.  

These days I carry a 3 wood but it comes out maybe once a round. I also cut it down an inch that has helped with control.

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I go back and forth between a 3W and 2 Hybrid.  I hit the hybrid almost as far but can hit it a bit more consistently it seems.

 

Driver - Titleist TS2 

3 Wood - TaylorMade Rocketballz 2

Hybrids - Taylormade Rescue knockoffs

Irons - Taylormade Burner 2.0

52 Degree - Cleveland CG14

56 Degree - Titleist Vokey BV

60 Degree - Ping Glide 3.0

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I have NEVER been able to hit fairway woods off the deck.  So I added wedges to fill the empty slots from pulling the fairway woods.  UNTILL this month!!!  Went through a fitting with Club Champion and they set me up with a Great Big Bertha5 wood.  I love it.  I hit it 175 yards at 74 YOA.

For the member that previously said that he used the fairway wood for punching out from the trees;  I often used the driver for punching out 40 or more yards 

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Fairway Wood - Callaway Great Big Bertha 5 Wood Shaft Accra FX Gen 3 -  Pured

Hybrid - Mizuno JPX-923 Fli Hi Hybrids, Shaft Accra FX Gen 3 - Pured

Irons - Mizuno JPX 923 Hot Metal HL Irons, Shaft KBS Tour - 60g, Pured

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Would only use a 3W growing up and then switched to only using a driver and never hitting a 3W

After updating my 3W, it is now a weapon and feel very comfortable with it

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Nope. Love a 4w or 5w with longer a 3w shaft.

 

Driver: PXG 0811 X+ Proto w/UST Helium 5F4

Wood: TaylorMade M5 5W w/Accra TZ5 +1/2”, TaylorMade Sim 3W w/Aldila rogue white

Hybrid: PXG Gen2 22* w/AD hybrid

Irons: PXG Gen3 0311T w/Nippon modus 120

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 50*, Tiger grind 56/60

Putter: Scotty Caemeron Super Rat1

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I love finding these posts. I have always had a “traditional” bag setup with Driver, 3W and a 5/7W (current setup has a 7W).

I have been looking at replacing my irons and stopping that setup at a 5i and picking up a 4 utility iron for top of the bag and supplementing the fairway woods.

When I go to replace my fairway woods, I am exploring the idea of gaming Driver + 3HL/4W and maybe a 2 utility iron.

I really enjoy the possibilities!


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Untitled2.png.80d892461ed08eaa7fe955b28995d7e9.png Ping G2 7-Wood

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Interesting thread. I’m very interested in going to a 19 degree hybrid. 3 wood is gone and I have a 22 degree hybrid I don’t like that much plus 5 wood. I want to drop those two and replace with a money club

Driver- Sim2 max

5 wood- Sim max

20’ hybrid- epic flash

irons- 5/gw Pxg 0211 r flex steel

wedges -52,56 Cbx 2 black

putter- Bettinardi queen bee6

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7 hours ago, jbsap said:

As the title would suggest, I am toying with the idea of ditching my 3 wood and adding an additional long iron.  Distance is one of my strengths, and I play my 3 hybrid 19.5 deg. to 240 carry.  My next iron is a P770 4 iron that I play to about 210 carry.  I am horrendous with my fairway wood, but when it does stay remotely straight it is a 270 club and is rarely used for one reason or another.  Thinking about getting a p790 3 iron and adjusting my hybrid to 18 degrees in the hopes of filling that 225 range and having the hybrid jump a few more yards.

Anyone else done something similar?  My gapping towards the bottom of the bag is pretty good so an additional wedge wouldn't help me.  

I went 16 years without a fairway wood. Literally just put it back in my bag in May. Used a 22 degree hybrid only then a 6 iron. Like you, distance is a strong suit of mine. Got down to a 6 index doing that but having a few more clubs made me more versatile. I upgraded this year before the fairway wood and had both an 18 and 22 degree hybrid. That honestly could have sufficed fine too, my 18 goes ~265. I never found gapping to be a massive issue, just some instances where having a couple more clubs would have been nice

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I'm always fascinated by the fact that most of the people I play with don't use woods at all.  Many go with driver, then irons.  I've thought about getting rid of 3 wood on occasion, but mostly because the top of my bag starts to bunch up a bit, distance-wise.  Don't really know what I would replace it with.  Can't hit longer irons to save my life.

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Cobra Aerojet Max 3 wood and 7 wood

Cobra Aerojet 4/5/6 hybrids

Cobra Aerojet 7-PW, GW

Cobra Snakebite 52° and 58° wedges

Cobra King Stingray 20 putter

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8 hours ago, JerryB said:

I'm always fascinated by the fact that most of the people I play with don't use woods at all.  Many go with driver, then irons.  I've thought about getting rid of 3 wood on occasion, but mostly because the top of my bag starts to bunch up a bit, distance-wise.  Don't really know what I would replace it with.  Can't hit longer irons to save my life.

I can go multiple rounds without hitting a fw if I wanted to. At most I hit it twice a round. I rarely hit it off the tee anymore.

3w off the deck is hard for many amateurs because if their swing faults and/or lack of speed to effectively get the ball in the air. A higher lofted would is a much better option and would go as far if not farther than their 3w because of the added loft and ability to get it in the air

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Wood: TaylorMade M5 5W w/Accra TZ5 +1/2”, TaylorMade Sim 3W w/Aldila rogue white

Hybrid: PXG Gen2 22* w/AD hybrid

Irons: PXG Gen3 0311T w/Nippon modus 120

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 50*, Tiger grind 56/60

Putter: Scotty Caemeron Super Rat1

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I was there last week, I just can't hit the darn thing, my 3 Hybrid gets me the same distance. But at my lesson the next day my instructor told me I am being an idiot LOL, and he was going to get me smacking that thing better, so we will see 🙂

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I am a short hitting and really like fairway woods.  I never use my 3 wood in the fairway.  Instead, the 3 wood is used off the tee for tight holes and also chipping out from trees which can go as much as 150 yards.  My 5 wood is the main fairway wood off the fairway and sometimes the rough.  The 7 wood is used in the rough, fairway and tee box when shorter distance is the main factor. I wish I had ordered a 7 wood to match my 3 & 5 when I bought them. Next time I will. 

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