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Forum Thread of the Day: “I think my 3-wood needs to go…but now what?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Little Ned who is struggling with the 3-wood he had fitted for him and is looking for suggestions on what he should do now from fellow members. Little Ned only uses his 3-wood once or twice a round and feels like he may be wasting a spot in his bag, our members dish out their best advice on how he could utilize the club more effectively, while also giving alternative options.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • golfingfanatic: “I replaced my 3-wood with a 4-wood, and the difference has been remarkable. I feel like the shorter shaft, and the additional loft helps me a lot off the deck.”
  • dubbelbogey: “A quick and easy experiment would be to see if choking up on your 3w an inch or even an inch and a half makes a difference in your reliability of getting a clean(er) strike. If so, that’ll tell you something useful. It could be as simple as cutting the shaft (and maybe adding a little lead tape, if you’re worried about swing weight – to a lot of golfers it’s a minor factor) or steer you towards another shorter club, e.g. 4/5w or 2h. I do think the relatively small clubface and relatively longer length of a typical 3w are what makes them problematic for many golfers.”
  • reider69: “I just dumped my 3-wood for a 16 degree 2H. On my best hit I may get an extra 15 yards from the 3-wood, but so far I have hit over 10 shots on course with 2H, and all of them were in play and long enough. I can’t believe I didn’t do this sooner.”
  • ohioglfer: “I was inconsistent with 3-wood on fairways until I got a Ping G. Not a strong 3W at 16 degrees, but manageable off the deck most of the time. This improved even more when adjusted to 17 degrees, effectively making it a 4W. Overall, I’m pretty happy with it.”

Entire Thread: “I think my 3-wood needs to go…but now what?”

 

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  1. ~j~

    Apr 30, 2019 at 10:51 am

    All. I cannot state this loud enough, without using all CAPS OF COURSE.

    I’ve hated 3w’s my whole golfing life. Never had one that consistently worked well for all my funky over the years injuries and swings.

    Just after Xmas this year, picked up a Cobra F8+ model of a 4/5w, and set it at 16.5* (A typical 3w HL). I smoke this thing 80-90% of the time 250y+, whereas with my previous 3w (TM Aeroburner black, HL), I’d get what I wanted maybe 3-4 times out of 10.

    The 4/5w, F8+ is 2-3 inches shorter than a normal 3w, and has the feel and versatility of my favoriate hybrid or greenside lob wedge.

    If you generally hate 3w’s, go try this Cobra F8+ 4/5w combo.

  2. Earnie

    Apr 27, 2019 at 6:38 pm

    Tour Edge Exotics Period!

  3. Rick

    Apr 27, 2019 at 10:03 am

    I use a 4 wood with a 3 wood length shaft. When my swing is off a little, I just choke down on the shaft. Hit some good shots, get my confidence back.

  4. Mike

    Apr 27, 2019 at 7:08 am

    I have a strong 3-W in my bag. I can hit it off the deck, but since the lies on my course usually aren’t spectacular, I found that hitting my 3-H (@ 17 deg) instead gives me better overall results. I agree w/ one of the comments above in that when I do “catch” it, I am about 15 yds longer than my best 3H. But as a mid-handicapper, how often do I really “catch” it? My course does have a short par 4 & a long par 3 which is where that 3-W is my go-to club, so I do have a reason to keep it in my bag. Besides, what could I replace it with? As stated, my 3H is 17 deg & already carry a lob wedge?

  5. Q

    Apr 26, 2019 at 2:26 pm

    Quit golf

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Your last ever set of irons?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from Nickc who asks fellow WRXers what they would choose if their next set of irons were the last clubs they could use. Some of our members mention a range of different irons which they would love to splash out on, while others choose between a set of clubs already in their possession.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • cfasucks: “If I had only 1 set to play with for the rest of my life it would probably be my 845s. They are great feeling and forgiving when I’m not at the top of my game, and they’re built like tanks.”
  • kekoa: “At this point, I’d have to choose Seven MB’s. At a price tag of about $4,000 4-PW I wouldn’t be able to afford another set.”
  • bodhi555: “That would be my VR Pros, as they do everything I need an iron to do. Feel awesome, let me get away with not being precisely on the centre of the face, look great and seem to go as far as some distance irons I’ve tried.”
  • Lumberjack627: “Think I’m going to get 790s, and that would be it for me.”

Entire Thread: “Your last ever set of irons?”

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Scotty Cameron Albertsons Boise Open putter covers”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases Scotty Cameron’s Albertsons Boise Open putter covers. The vibrant french fries themed covers have been receiving plenty of love from our members in our forums, with one WRXer calling the new additions their “favorite headcover in a long time.”

Here are a few posts from the thread but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say on the covers at the link below.

  • jschwarb: “Gave up french fries many months ago … this cover makes me happy and sad. I’ll probably grab one for my T22 Fastback.”
  • manVSgolf: “This is my favorite headcover in a long time. Can’t wait to receive mine. Orders are still available for Club Cameron members.”
  • chrisokeefe12: “Those are so sick would love to get my hands on one of those.”

Entire Thread: “Scotty Cameron Albertsons Boise Open putter covers”

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Top 10 most iconic driver and fairway wood shafts of all time

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fujikura golf shaft

If there is one thing we love as golf gear junkies, it’s driver (and fairway wood) shafts!

From the early years to today’s modern designs, materials, and profiles, there are some shafts that have maintained steady popularity—like a Ping Eye 2 lob wedge. There are a lot of graphite shafts that have stood the test of time, and they bring back memories of great driver combos gone by.

This is my top 10 list (in no particular order) of the most iconic driver shafts of all time.

Fujikura 757 Speeder

Fujikura golf shaft

Launched more than two decades ago, you could arguably say it’s the shaft that started the shaft craze. Built from advanced materials in a profile that was designed to work for stabilizing larger driver heads of the time—you know when 300cc was HUGE. The Speeder 757 was an instant hit among PGA Tour players, most notably Fred Couples, who used the shaft for over a decade and was said to have at one point remove all the remaining stock from one of the equipment vans for his personal use.

Aldila NV

Aldila NV Green golf shaft

One of the very first “low-spin monsters,” the Aldila NV took the PGA Tour and retail by storm when it was introduced. The unique green paint made it easily recognizable, and thanks to the many weights it was offered in, it was just as popular in fairway woods as it was in drivers. Honorable mention goes to its cousin the NVS (orange version) that was softer in profile and easier to launch. At a time when most off the rack drivers had three shaft options (low, medium, and high flight-promoting shafts), the NV was the staple as the low-launch option in many OEM offerings.

Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board

Diamana Blue Board - Tiger shaft

Originally very hard to find, the Diamana Blue Board was a shaft that fit a large variety of golfers. Its name was derived from the blue oval that surrounded the “Diamana” on the all silver/ion painted shaft. Just like others on the list, the Blue Board came in a variety of weight options and was made particularly popular by Tiger Woods. Best known by most shaft junkies as being extremely smooth, it is one of the first sought after shafts in the aftermarket.

True Temper EI-70

True temper graphite EI70

It’s hard to picture a classic 900 series Titleist Driver without an EI-70 shaft in it. The EI-70 was lower torque—when that was a big talking point in shaft design—and it had a fairly stout profile, which in turn made it very stable. Unlike others on the list, it was much more subdued as far as its paint and graphics, but the green shaft was a mainstay for many years on tour and in the bags or recreational golfers.

Graphite Design Tour AD DI-6/7

Tour AD Di7 Tiger orange shaft

It’s hard to figure out if it was the design and performance of the shaft or the performance of a certain golfer (a certain Mr. Woods) that to this day makes the Tour AD DI-7 so popular. Painted BRIGHT orange with a bend profile that offered a lot of stability and playability for a variety of player types, it can still be spotted on tour every week. You could call the DI-7 the grandchild of the YS6/7, which should also get an honorable mention for its well documented smooth feel.

UST ProForce

UST golf shaft gold graphite

The aptly nicknamed “Lakers Shaft” because of its original gold and purple paint job, this was another shaft that was just as popular at the retail level as it was on the PGA Tour. As driver head sizes were going up (400cc ), players were looking for stability and this offered it. The most notable player to use it was Jim Furyk, who won the 2003 U.S. Open with one in the bag.

Grafalloy Blue

Blue graphite shaft stenson

Henrik Stenson and the Grafalloy Blue in his 3-wood. Name a more iconic duo…(I’ll wait). An updated and stiffer version of the Prolite, the Blue stood out for a couple reasons—its color, and its extremely low torque. Most golfers wouldn’t consider the Blue a very smooth feeling shaft, because it took a lot of speed and a quick tempo to maximize its performance, but it did birth another shaft for average player: the Prolaunch Blue, which is still available to this day.

Matrix Ozik TP7HD

1000 golf shaft Matrix

$1,100 bucks! That was the original asking price for the Martix Ozik TP7HD. Matrix thought of this design as a concept car of shafts and threw everything they had at it including exotic materials like Zylon, and the fact that it was wrapped on a 16-sided hexadecagon mandrel. Some golfers said it had a fluid-like feel (we golfers can sure be weirdly descriptive) but it still had a LOT of stability thanks to the materials. Although never as popular as many on the list, if you did spot one of these in the wild you knew its owner was VERY serious about golf gear.

True Temper Bi-Matrix

bimatrix Bubba golf shaft

Bi (two) matrix (a surrounding medium or structure). The first and only truly notable shaft to be made from putting two very different and distinct pieces together. The bottom portion of the shaft utilizes a steel tip section that serves to add stability and additional weight. This shaft is quirky, which is something that could also be said about Bubba Watson, who has used this shaft for over a decade now in MANY different Ping drivers (although Tiger did give it a go for a short period).

Accra SE-80

ryan palmer accra 5 wood shaft

This shaft might seem like the underdog of the bunch, but if you talk to any longtime club builder and get into “vintage” aftermarket shafts, undoubtedly the Accra SE-80 is going to come up at some point. Originally launched in 2006, the SE-80 combined a very low torque rating with an active tip section to help increase launch—yet feel extremely stable. Even though this shaft design is officially a teenager now, you can still find it in the bag of PGA Tour winner Ryan Palmer, who uses it in a TaylorMade R15 5-wood.

 

Editor’s Note: Let us know any shafts you think should be included in the comment section, WRXers!

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