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#1 tkkgale

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Posted 06 June 2019 - 12:11 PM

Getting the 3 wood out of the bag cos it's so frustrating - I just can't get the ball up in the air.

I'm looking to put in a 5 wood instead for to help with fairway shots that actually fly a bit....

I'm looking at a higher launching option and something that suits a mid/high handicap.

Looking at:

Taylormade M4

Cleveland Launcher

Cobra F Max

 

Anybody got opinions or reviews on these?

 

Cheers



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Posted 06 June 2019 - 02:01 PM

It does depend on how your swing reacts with the club/shaft combo. All things remaining equal, the Ping woods rate quite highly for getting the ball up in the air. With Ping releasing the new 410 model range into the market, the superseeded 400 models should be cheaper.

 

As a side note, hitting a 3w off the deck is probably the hardest club to hit well. Not many can do it consistently.


Edited by FairwayBomber, 06 June 2019 - 02:03 PM.

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 12:04 AM

The current Titleist 917F 21 degree 5 wood is hard to go past. Looks fabulous, sits on the ground really well and goes hard. Easy to work, shape and flight. Plenty of good mid to mid/high launching shafts to choose from in the stock shafts section too. Not a bargain but might have come down in price now as it's been on the shelves for a year or so already.
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Posted 07 June 2019 - 08:29 AM

The current Titleist 917F 21 degree 5 wood is hard to go past. Looks fabulous, sits on the ground really well and goes hard. Easy to work, shape and flight. Plenty of good mid to mid/high launching shafts to choose from in the stock shafts section too. Not a bargain but might have come down in price now as it's been on the shelves for a year or so already.
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21* is a 7 wood. 18* is a 5 wood.



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Posted 07 June 2019 - 12:58 PM

Have a look at keeping a 3w shaft with a 5w head or loft on it. Ive done this and is a nice improvement on getting the ball up in the air but generating the same swing speed as the 3w. Velocity helps the ball get up too...


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Posted 07 June 2019 - 01:28 PM

21* is a 7 wood. 18* is a 5 wood.

 

Are you wearing a hard hat??? :lol:



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Posted 07 June 2019 - 04:55 PM

21* is a 7 wood. 18* is a 5 wood.

From the Golf Smith handbook circa 1996 ( one of the bibles of club making )

 

Traditional                  Average

3 wood - 16*                   15*

4 wood - 19*                   18*

5 wood - 22*                   21*

6 wood - 25*                   23*

7 wood - 28*                   25*

 

The number on the bottom doesn't accurately indicate the lofts from the current OEM :)

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 05:18 PM

I recently purchase a F9 speedback 3-4 wood. Even though I am not blessed with a fast swing speed, I am getting the ball to fly well off the deck. Distance and accuracy are good. I have it set at 16 degrees.


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Posted 07 June 2019 - 05:52 PM

I went the 16.5 degree titleist fairway wood option as it is a bit easier to hit than a traditional 3 wood but I think gives me the option of the ease of a 5 wood to hit and nearly the length of a 3 wood but you might have to demo a couple clubs to find what works best for you.

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 05:54 PM

The current Titleist 917F 21 degree 5 wood is hard to go past. Looks fabulous, sits on the ground really well and goes hard. Easy to work, shape and flight. Plenty of good mid to mid/high launching shafts to choose from in the stock shafts section too. Not a bargain but might have come down in price now as it's been on the shelves for a year or so already.Jon...

Has the same loft as a 3-iron? 5-woods must be getting weaker lofts. Ten years ago 19 degrees was the standard 5-wood loft.

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Posted 07 June 2019 - 07:19 PM

I have a 915F that is 21° and it is labelled as a 7 wood.



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Posted 07 June 2019 - 09:28 PM

Getting the 3 wood out of the bag cos it's so frustrating - I just can't get the ball up in the air.

I'm looking to put in a 5 wood instead for to help with fairway shots that actually fly a bit....

I'm looking at a higher launching option and something that suits a mid/high handicap.

Looking at:

Taylormade M4

Cleveland Launcher

Cobra F Max

 

Anybody got opinions or reviews on these?

 

Cheers

Out of those choices, I'd opt for the M4 .... last of the 3.

 

In a 5W you really want a low profile, and a deep body, in order to get the centre of gravity low and back from the clubface as far as you can, This is what helps with ease in launching the ball.

 

So, a low and wide face, and a long body from front to back.

 

I'd check out the Ping 400, as it sits nice with a low profile face, and its deep from front to back.

 

If you use those two principles as a guide, you'll find a few choices that fit the bill better than the others. (The Ping is but one example)

 

Just my thoughts …. 


Edited by GPJ_Longdriver, 07 June 2019 - 09:29 PM.

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 05:11 PM

... the Ping woods rate quite highly for getting the ball up in the air. With Ping releasing the new 410 model range into the market, the superseeded 400 models should be cheaper.

 

I have a Ping G400 5W 17.5*, it's my favourite club. A real 'grip it 'n rip it' club that I find so easy to hit consistently well. I have no problem launching the ball and I even prefer hitting it without a tee off the tee box.They seem to have become quite scarce after being run-out at $299.

 

My son uses a Srixon Z355 4W 17* and smacks it a long way - it has quite a heavy D4 swing weight with a pretty decent shaft . The Z355 5W is good value at $129

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Posted 12 June 2019 - 07:25 AM

Getting the 3 wood out of the bag cos it's so frustrating - I just can't get the ball up in the air.

I'm looking to put in a 5 wood instead for to help with fairway shots that actually fly a bit....

I'm looking at a higher launching option and something that suits a mid/high handicap.

Looking at:

Taylormade M4

Cleveland Launcher

Cobra F Max

 

Anybody got opinions or reviews on these?

 

Cheers

 

There a number of reasons you cannot hit your 3 wood. correctly and one of them is probably not the club itself.

 

A lesson or 2 from a pro (outlay approx $200) would help  help you understand why your swing is not presenting the club face at the correct angle to the ball to get a 3w (or a 5w) off the ground.


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Posted 12 June 2019 - 10:47 AM

There a number of reasons you cannot hit your 3 wood. correctly and one of them is probably not the club itself.

A lesson or 2 from a pro (outlay approx $200) would help help you understand why your swing is not presenting the club face at the correct angle to the ball to get a 3w (or a 5w) off the ground.

I agree. If he can't see a pro then check that the lumber spine is not tilting towards the target during the backswing. This is a major fault (except with long bunker shots and some shots from deep rough.
This fault comes from a reluctance to turn away from the ball and wanting to see too much of it. It's not going anywhere so there is no need to panic if the focus view changes. The important thing is to keep the left side of the face to the right of the ball and swing around the spine. The head moves when the right shoulder contacts the chin during the follow-through.

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