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So I have went completely in the opposite direction - I have removed all my long irons and hybrids and went to woods 
I could never hit my hybrids well any ways
My longest iron is a 6 iron 28 degree

I carry 3, 5 and 9 woods - I had a 7 wood that I loved, but just did not fit with how I was playing 

I love my 9 wood though, this thing is prob one of the easiest clubs to hit and the height on it is awesome for me as I have a low ball flight 

Driver 1:  :taylormade-small: Stealth 12 degree - Ventus Red 5-S 

Driver 2: :taylormade-small: 300 Mini Hzrdus Smoke Yellow 60G Stiff (tipped to 44.5inch)

3 Wood 2: :taylormade-small: Sim2 Max Fujikura Pro 65-S (higher ball flight)

5 Wood: :taylormade-small: Stealth Ventus Black 6-S

9 Wood: :taylormade-small: Stealth Ventus Red 5-R

Irons: :cobra-small: King Tour 2023 - Fujikura Pro 95 Stiff - 6-9 - Fitted 

Wedges: :titleist-small: SM9 - 45-10F, 48-10F, 54-12-D, 58-12D (Testing Callaway Jaws 58-12-W)

Putter: :cleveland-small: HB SOFT Milled 10.5S - Fitted 

Balls :odin: - X1

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The opposite.  I struggled with body stability, I sway, due to curved spine, so I used shorter shaft clubs, hybrid 3 and 5.  I swing better now, a lot of physical and mental exercise, so I upped from a 12 yr old 3 wood to a Callaway Steelhead Xr, and found a Titleist TSI 1 5 wood.  I found it while I was looking for a 7 or 9 wood.  I use them on fairway, and my local course has a lot of hard pan, dirt, not much deep rough.  So fwy woods are now getting a lot of use.

Driver: PXG 0211, A flex Evnflo Riptide (2021). And an old Callaway 454 TI (2004) on regular flex.

3 W: Callaway Steelhead Xr A flex Tensei CK 55 gram. The rest are Regular flex.

5 W : Titleist TSi 1 on Aldila Ascent regular flex.

Driving Iron: Mizuno MP 18 MMC 3 18 degree, on Mamiya Recoil reg flex.

4 iron:  Mizuno Fly-Hi, 24 degree hybrid iron, GFF, even tho it is a hollow body iron.

6,7,8,9,wedge: Ping I 500, on Recoil reg flex shafts.

Gap wedges: 52 x 9 Mizuno forged S5, wedge shaft; 60 x 6 Mizuno forged T7, wedge shaft.

Sand: Old original Hogan Sure Out on Apex original shaft, probably 56 / 12.

Chipper:  (yep I carry a chipper) old Don Martin "Up n In" bronze? copper? 🙂

Putter: Just switched Jan 2024 to a Odyssey Stroke lab "R" Ball with the 2 piece, multi material shaft.🙃

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Wish I had the game to do that.  My game is so bad at the age of 77, that I traded in my five iron for a hybrid.  Hopefully some of my game will return this spring once I complete my physical therapy and can again find my tempo and swing.  This cold weather caused by El Nino trekking thru the south is not helping either.  Those days of long irons have long past.  Remember when I carried a one iron and actually knew where it was going.   Was not in my bag as a lightening resistor.  

 

Driver - TSi3 10.75* - Fujikura Speeder 661 TR

Fairway - TSi2 14.25* - Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 6.1 

Fairway - TSR1 17.0* - Fujikura Vista Pro 65S

Hybrid - TSR1 20.0* - Fujikura Atmos Red Tour 75  

Hybrid - TSR1 23.0* - Fujikura Atmos Red Tour 75

Irons - T350 (2023) - 6-48W - True Temper AMT Red 95g-107g

Wedges - Vokey SM9 - 52.08F, 56.10S - True Temper AMT Red 94 

**  GolfPride MCC +4 Midsize Grips  (all woods/irons/wedges)

Putter - 2023 Scotty Cameron Super Select Squareback 2 35" 

**  Superstroke 1.0 Pistol Grip  

Golf Ball - TITLEIST - Prov1s (2023)                                                         

Golf Bags - TITLEIST  - Cart 14 (black), Mid Size Tour (black/white)

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Rangefinder - Bushnell Pro XE

 

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I ditched my 3 wood since the gap between my driver and 5W was less of an issue than between my 5W and 4I so now I have a 17* and 19* hybrid that I go back and forth with. There wasn't much point in the 3W given it was hard to hit off the fairway and I hit my 5W and hybrids so well.  Plus I am all in on hybrids now, they are the 💣

image.png.596eab9904a0e99486a09cdb92500ced.png AeroJet LS 10.5* Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue 65g Stiff-Flex

image.png.dbc730be382654e44c7d2a48fa6eed67.pngJPX-850 5W 16* Fujikura Motore Tour Spec 6.3 Stiff-Flex

image.png.9454767fdf9faf9965f7cd6c94d1c24a.png 0317X Gen4 2-Hybrid 17* Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue 75g Stiff-Flex or

image.png.2d0afd9b0ffa1e8a1d0b6c08ac8f37c7.png 0211 3-Hybrid 19* Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue 75g Stiff-Flex

image.png.e9d9c096f6e44154c947eaa8b0bd6541.pngPro 223 4-Iron Nippon Shafts Pro Modus3 Tour 105g Stiff-Flex

image.png.3ec41f28452096d8fcdde969774ec768.pngMP-20 MMC 5-PW LA Golf Tour AXS Blue 105g Stiff-Flex

image.png.ea5de508878d729c6e26f45fb78d76fb.pngPro 223 GW 52* True Temper Dynamic Gold S300 105g Stiff-Flex

 image.png.25dc4d61c6e70541d98a681e1fade611.pngMG3 56* SB12 & 60* SB10 True Temper Dynamic Gold S400W

image.png.b81b08ab505111827d8b0cdc1bb93d14.pngWorks Big T Blade 350g Super Stroke Fatso 5.0 counterbalanced grip 

 image.png.8c023ed39f083a2d0f865ee72c27c8d2.pngAcross the board

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I know that i tried every fairway wood known to man with only limited success and when i reached my 60's in age i realized that it was not the club that was the problem it was the knucklehead at the grip end of the club and even though i had wood specific lessons and i practiced on a regular basis taking what i thought were positive practice habits to the course turned out to be frustration personified and as i said in a earlier post out of every 10 times i hit a fairway wood off grass at most i would 2 or 3 solid & where i aimed and the others were either sliced , smothered in a big duck hook to the ground or i would chunk the shot or hit it on the ground in front of me , off the tee i was fine and could ht the ball solid , strange but true and i wish that i had more confidence but i do not and at this point golf is meant to be fun and losing interest for me is not really a option and i am looking forward to playing sometime in April

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Maltby KE 4 21 and 23 degree rescue hybrids

Ping I 525 forged irons 5 thru pw black dot

Ping glide 4.0 47 degree gap wedge

Ping glide 3.0 eye 2 54 and 58 degree wedges / all irons /wedges have tensei AV series senior flex graphite

LAB golf MEZZ 1 custom broomstick putter with Accra grapite shaft lie angle 79.5 length 46 inches

 

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Hey I just got prompted to this feed and you likely already made your move on this issue.  

I took three wood out of my bag years ago and switched to a 15* hybrid.  It was just about 15 yards shorter than my 3 wood.  I switched because I struggled to hit woods out of the rough.  I had about a 20 yard fade with my 3 wood.  I played that way for about 6 years then I moved to a different club that needed the yards of a three wood and had bigger fairways.  I put a stiffer shaft in it when I started playing it again because I had received a shaft like I had in my driver but in a strong instead of a stiff and it straitened my ball flight.  

I would highly suggest keeping the 3 wood or switching to a 16.5* fairway.

Driver: Titleist TSR 3 10* Accura TZ6 M3 65g

Fairways: Callaway Rogue 15* Matrix Ozik TP 6 HD stiff 

Hybrid: Titleist TSI 4 & 5 Hybrids Mitsubishi Tensi AV 65 HY X stiff   

Irons:  KZG Forged III 6-P Accura iS7 (Rechromed and regrooved)

Wedges: Cleveland CBX  50*, Taylormade MG 3 Tiger grind 56 bent to 54* & Renegar RxF  58*

Putter: Positive Putter's Custom P2 (think Edel putter meets Heavy Putter)

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x                        

All clubs have Winn Dri-Tac Wraps oversized

I will try out a 5 wood this spring 

 

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I'm the total opposite. My longest iron is a 5 iron. I love my Adams Tight Lies 3 metal, and 5 metal, both are pre 2018. Next comes my G400 4 Hybrid. All three I hit better than any long iron. My swing has a sweeping tendency so it helps me.

D- Ping G 400 SFT

16*- Adams Tight Lie

19*- Adams Tight Lie

4H- Ping G 400

5-U- Ping G 400

SW- Nike

56*- Ping Glide 2

P- Sub70 004 Mallet

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For the senior citizens with trouble spraying etc.:  I work really hard on rotating my body when I swing and NOT SWAYING.  I think as we age, the core muscles weaken a bit and we aren't conscious of swaying forward when swinging a long shaft.  I mentally channel Jack Grout, I work on swinging without letting my head move forward.  Practice long clubs with feet together a la Hale Irwin or Tom Watson.  Or practice long clubs with the rear foot nearly totally directly behind the front foot, as much as you can without losing balance.   These repetitions will work you abdominal and rib cage muscles.  It is more practical to do it this way than to tell you to go to the gym.  Do it at the range.  Or at home, build yourself a club with a swing weight of F 5 or more.  Practice swinging it while sitting down with your hands away from your body and don't let your body sway.     

Driver: PXG 0211, A flex Evnflo Riptide (2021). And an old Callaway 454 TI (2004) on regular flex.

3 W: Callaway Steelhead Xr A flex Tensei CK 55 gram. The rest are Regular flex.

5 W : Titleist TSi 1 on Aldila Ascent regular flex.

Driving Iron: Mizuno MP 18 MMC 3 18 degree, on Mamiya Recoil reg flex.

4 iron:  Mizuno Fly-Hi, 24 degree hybrid iron, GFF, even tho it is a hollow body iron.

6,7,8,9,wedge: Ping I 500, on Recoil reg flex shafts.

Gap wedges: 52 x 9 Mizuno forged S5, wedge shaft; 60 x 6 Mizuno forged T7, wedge shaft.

Sand: Old original Hogan Sure Out on Apex original shaft, probably 56 / 12.

Chipper:  (yep I carry a chipper) old Don Martin "Up n In" bronze? copper? 🙂

Putter: Just switched Jan 2024 to a Odyssey Stroke lab "R" Ball with the 2 piece, multi material shaft.🙃

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Thinking about ditching the 3w even though I love mine. I barely use it. Maybe off the tee or a really long approach shot into a par five. Interesting to see the pros using higher lofted fairway woods. 

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  • D - Taylormade M1 w/ tensie pro orange 
  • 3w- Taylormade M1 w/ tensie pro orange 
  • 2i - Srixon 
  • 4- 5 Srixon 785 
  • 6- 9 Srixon z blades 
  • PW, GW, SW, LW Cleveland rtx 
  • true temper shafts in all of my irons 
  • putter - Odyssey #9
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3 hours ago, Bohnson said:

Thinking about ditching the 3w even though I love mine. I barely use it. Maybe off the tee or a really long approach shot into a par five. Interesting to see the pros using higher lofted fairway woods. 

 It surprised with the bombs you deliver!

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On 1/9/2024 at 7:01 AM, Bohnson said:

Thinking about ditching the 3w even though I love mine. I barely use it. Maybe off the tee or a really long approach shot into a par five. Interesting to see the pros using higher lofted fairway woods. 

I did this last year. Helped me with course management more than anything else. I hit my 5w far enough to keep up but the 3w I would be reaching for very low percentage shots. I have been thinking of a 7w possibly? Would finally retire my 3i iBlade!

Driver:   Tsi2 w/GD Tour VR X 60g w/ Midsize ZCord

5W: TM Rocketballz RBZ with kai'li White X 60g w/ White VTC Cords

3-PW : PING iBlades DG X100 w/ White VTC Cords

Wedges: TM MG3 52, 56, 58 DG S300 w/ White VTC Cords

Putter: Odyssey 34" O-works Black #1 x/ Superstroke Slim 2.0

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I think I've mentioned this, but I've actually got to the point of adding them or considering more. I hit them well and prefer them over hybrids or driving irons.

⛳🛄 as of Nov 6, 2023 (Past WITB
Driver:  :callaway-small: Paradym TD w/ GD ADDI 6X Driver Shootout! 

Wood:    :cobra-small: F7 3 wood 14.5* w/ Motore F1 Shaft

Irons:   :titleist-small: T Series - T200 5 Iron
                                          T150 6-9 Iron
                                          T100 PW/GW

Wedge:  Toura Golf - A Spec 53,37,61 degree 

Putter:  Screenshot 2023-06-02 13.10.30.png Mezz Max!

Balls:     Vice Pro Plus Drip (Blue/Orange)

 

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I actually really like my ping g425 3 wood and my ping g425 3 hybrid.  The 3wood has a ventus blue shaft and the hybrid has a Tour ad.  They actually work great for me.  I got fit for both of them and tried other options.  I had to block out the 3wood sound at first, but now I love the sound.  I also got fit into the ping g425 driver with an Accra shaft, I couldn’t stand the sound at first, but now I crave it.  I wanted a mixed bag, ping just kept on winning the fitting at the time.

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12 minutes ago, GolfSpy_APH said:

I think I've mentioned this, but I've actually got to the point of adding them or considering more. I hit them well and prefer them over hybrids or driving irons.

I'm somewhat similar. I generally hit my hybrids ok, but can't hit a 5i anymore. In trying to find a suitable replacement, I got a 7w, but that is basically the same distance as my 3h. In general, the 7w is straight as a string and nice and high. I'll be looking to try either a 5h or a 9w at some point this year.

Like many of the others, I just don't have the opportunity to hit a 3w much. I still like having it in the bag and am pretty good with it, though.

Driver:  :callaway-small:Epic Speed 9* (set -1) MMT 70X
3W:bridgestone-small: Tour B JGR Recoil 760ES
3H, 4H: :bridgestone-small: Tour B JGR 19*, 23* Recoil 780ES
4-AW:bridgestone-small: Tour B JGR HF2 Modus3 Tour 105
SW: :cleveland-small: RTX Zipcore Black Satin 54*
LW:Sub70: TAIII Black 58*
Putter:ping-small: Scottsdale TR Senita
Bag: BigMax Dri Active Lite
Ball:taylormade-small: TP5x or :titleist-small: AVX (yellow)
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Me? Ditch my fairway woods? NEVER!!! I'm exactly opposite of @jbsap. Distance is my weakness and I love my 3W! I can generally hit it the same distance as my driver. Long irons? Miserable! When I ordered my new clubs, I completely skipped the 3i and 4i. The 5 iron is the longest iron that I feel somewhat comfortable hitting. It has a gap of about 15 yards from my 5W. I'd never even considered shorter woods, but with multiple people mentioning that on here, I will definitely check it out!

:taylormade-small: M6 clubs in the bag and a GARMIN Fenix 7 on the wrist!

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Yeah I have been struggling with my fairway woods for a long time and rarely hit them.  I played with some rental clubs this fall and the bag had 2 hybrids and I found myself hitting the hybrid all the time.  So I am looking to get one for this coming season.  Probably going with Callaway Paradym 3H.  I am going to spend some time with my 7 and 9w to see if I can get the feel back but then might consider another hybrid if that doesn't work out.  

Lee Stanek

Driver: Taylormade.jpg.9d38498f8a6006a57c3d138bbf9964b9.jpg  SIM2 Max 9*

3,9 Woods:  Callaway.jpg.c961807c499184adde0c3ed28e3f228d.jpg S2H2 Big Bertha

4-9i,PW,SW Callaway.jpg.c961807c499184adde0c3ed28e3f228d.jpg  S2H2

GW Taylormade.jpg.9d38498f8a6006a57c3d138bbf9964b9.jpg MG3 52*

LW Adams GT2 Undercut 60*

Putter: Titleist.jpg.371c05d2e7430a89639ff5927b325962.jpg  Scotty Cameron Caliente

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Did it about a year ago and pulled my 5w and 7w out of the bag. Added a 3hy back into it along with a 2 super hybrid. Already have a 4hy so the transition was easy. Best choice. Lost minimal distance but added consistency and more utility with the hybrids over fairway woods.

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:cleveland-small:3+ Hy-wood 17°

:cleveland-small:4+ Hy-wood 20°

:ping-small:4 Hybrid 22°

:srixon-small:Zx5 mkII 5i-P

:cleveland-small:CBX 48°, CBX FF 53° & 58°

:cleveland-small:Frontline Elevado 

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On 1/31/2024 at 7:29 AM, GolfSpy_APH said:

I think I've mentioned this, but I've actually got to the point of adding them or considering more. I hit them well and prefer them over hybrids or driving irons.

I think technology is largely responsible for the polar shift of hybrids to FW. FW are easier to hit than they ever have been, and I don’t think the tech has made to hybrids for probably cost purposes, but there comes a point IMO when you play enough that a FW has more utility. Granted there are just some situations where a hybrid is better, but I believe they are the one trick pony in the debate. I played hybrids exclusively since Cleveland released the Halo until last season and have nothing against them. 

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I just went from a 5W being the only wood in the bag to a 3W and 2i utility, thanks to a fitting. At the beginning of the year I ditched my previous 3W and was about ready to do the same with the 5W until I went in for the fitting. I can now confidently reach 220 with the 2i, and 240 with the 3W with a slight draw instead of a hook. It's amazing what the right shafts will do for you!

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Titleist TSR3 3W 15* // HZRDOUS Black 70g

Titleist U505 2i // HZRDOUS Black 85g

Taylormade P770 4-PW // Nippon NS Pro Modus 3 105g

Callaway JAWS MD5 50*

Callaway JAWS Raw 54* / 58*

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13 hours ago, RoyN said:

Did it about a year ago and pulled my 5w and 7w out of the bag. Added a 3hy back into it along with a 2 super hybrid. Already have a 4hy so the transition was easy. Best choice. Lost minimal distance but added consistency and more utility with the hybrids over fairway woods.

Oooh what's a super hybrid?

Driver: ping.png.006bacb76d65413e66b9c8eb1b47f592.png G20

3W: cobra2.png.60653951979ca617ca859530a17d0a2d.png King Speedzone (adj loft +1.5 to 16 deg) 

Irons: ping.png.006bacb76d65413e66b9c8eb1b47f592.png i200 (3 thru PW & UW)

Wedge: Ray Cook 60 deg

Putter: Spalding TP Mills 3

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2 hours ago, HikingMike said:

Oooh what's a super hybrid?

Callaway came out with a super hybrid several years ago. Was suited for higher ball speed players but had driver technology in an oversized hybrid. They released an epic super hybrid that was more forgiving and brought out the UW or Utility Wood for better players (phil and xander played it). Now they have the Paradym super hybrid which is an absolute rocket launcher for distance as a hybrid.

Also Cleveland came out with the Hy-wood, their version of an over sized hybrid to replace FW. Theirs is much more game improvement biased but still a great option for those who struggle with FW.

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:cleveland-small:3+ Hy-wood 17°

:cleveland-small:4+ Hy-wood 20°

:ping-small:4 Hybrid 22°

:srixon-small:Zx5 mkII 5i-P

:cleveland-small:CBX 48°, CBX FF 53° & 58°

:cleveland-small:Frontline Elevado 

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