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Forum Thread of the Day: “High launching, low spinning 3-wood”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from XHILR8N who is on the lookout for a new 3-wood. XHILR8N is on the hunt for a metal wood which will offer him a combination of a high launch and low spin rate, and our members have been offering up their suggestions in our forum.

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.

  • Thinnedit: “Adjust your current club up to its highest loft setting. You’ll be surprised how a bit more loft can help.”
  • Nixhex524: “I would think the TS2 would help with some height having that weight further back. That, or go to a 4 or 5w with a higher launch shaft.”
  • colleje26: “Another +1 on the ping G400. I struggle to elevate it and ever at the std setting 14.5 I launch it well of the deck.”
  • bladehunter: “Checkout the ping 400-410 sft. With the 410 lie adjustment, it’s not nearly as draw bias as people think. But has a shallow profile and weight back. Super easy to elevate. But isn’t hitting moonballs. Cannot say enough good things about ping fairways and hybrid this year. Best kept secrets in equipment, in my opinion.”

Entire Thread: “High launching, low spinning 3-wood”

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  1. joro

    Jul 14, 2019 at 12:59 pm

    At 80 i of course can’t get a 3 wood off the ground until I got the Mizuno ST180. Set it at 15 and up it goes and when it hits the ground it is a Rabbit. I have a Reg flex shaft.

  2. Stu

    Jul 11, 2019 at 7:14 am

    Look at the tour edge when it comes to 3 woods. I got an ex10 with a tour ad shaft for $65. I have never hit a wood so well and confidently. Out of rough or fairway,it goes.

  3. Dan W

    Jul 9, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Responding to the comment by nixhex524 in the article. A higher launching shaft adds spin. The low spin is achieved by a smaller front weighted head and low launching shaft then couple it with high loft. Any attempt to launch it high with the shaft or low/ back weight or shallow face adds spin. All manufacturers know how to get the combination. Look up what’s in the bag of tour pros and you’ll see the proper combination of parts to do it. There’s a reason the tours littered with old 2017 m2 tour heads and Callaway Sub Zero heads , they are smaller front weighted heads. If your lucky mabye a shallow back weighted high launching head can spin low if you strengthen the loft enough but that’s a harder way to achieve it

  4. Fan W

    Jul 9, 2019 at 3:51 am

    Everyone, the thread is high launching, low spin 3wd. Just adding loft won’t turn your 3 Ed into a low spin settup. Also for all the Ping comments, Pings are great but all their woods are the highest spinning woods made, its no secret, adding loft makes it worse. They are too high a moi and to shallow faced to work. You need a smaller deeper faced front weighted head. The shaft needs to be low launching too( meaning it’ll spin low.) Couple that with high loft and you’ve got it. Best options- Taylormade 2017 M2 Tour HL 16.5 loft, TS3 16.5, Callaway Epic, Rogue, or Epic Flash Sub Zero in 15 deg then add loft. Even the XR 16 Pro in 16 deg is good. Just look at the bottom of the head for a front weight or an option to move it foward. Best bets are the TM and original Epic Sub Zero.

  5. Greenberg Joseph

    Jul 8, 2019 at 2:19 pm

    Go to EBay for Honma 737 13 degree 3 metal with Red Type A shaft (low kick/ high launch without excessive torque). I have it in stiff. Can launch at any angle. Forgiving. Not unbelievably long in air due to low spin but consistent and accurate, which is my goal for long fairway metal. Low spin due to forward weight (unlike this year’s model. BTW, my new one (though marked used) was $79

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Tommy Fleetwood’s bag is as awesome as he is (Tommy Fleetwood WITB)

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I’m obsessed with this guy. If there was a movie about his life, Aaron Taylor Johnson would play him…can we make that happen?

His bag has taken over for my past obsession with Charles Howell III, David Toms, and Rocco Mediate. I’m drawn to players that tweak a bit, it keeps it fun for me on Getty Images at 3 a.m.

Much like a Bernhard Langer, there is no telling what OEM sticks will land in Fleetwood’s bag. It’s awesome and a sign of the non-contract “eat what you kill” mentality shared by some of the biggest names out there (BK and Patrick Reed to name a couple).

Tommy has messed around quite a bit in the past two years with his bag and the fun part is, he’s not afraid to shake it up.

Here is a partial list of clubs that were previously in the bag since ’17 leading up to his current setup

  • TaylorMade M3 driver (Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 70X shaft)
  • Titleist 917 D2 driver (@ 8.5 degrees) (Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 70X shaft)
  • Nike Vapor Fly 3-wood (13 degrees) (UST Mamiya VTS ProForce Red 7X shaft)
  • Nike Vapor Fly 5-wood (Mitsubishi Diamana Blue 80TX shaft)
  • Titleist 917 3-wood (14 degrees) (UST Mamiya VTS ProForce Red 7X shaft)
  • Titleist TS3 3-wood (12.75 degrees) (UST Mamiya ProForce Black 7X shaft)
  • Nike VR Pro Blades
  • Callaway MD4 wedges
  • Ping G410 3-wood (14 degrees) (UST Mamiya ProForce Black 7X shaft)
  • Ping G410 7-wood (18 degrees) (Mitsubishi Diamana BF 80T shaft)
  • Odyssey 2-Ball (plumbers neck)

His grips are also a fun one, he goes Blue Golf Pride TVC in his woods, Iomic Sticky in his irons, and black Golf Pride TVC in his wedges. God, I love this guy!

Tommy Fleetwood WITB @The Open

Driver: TaylorMade M6 (9 degrees @7.5)
*has lofted up a bit, his driver has been down to 6.5 I’ve heard.
Shaft: Mitsubishi DF 70X (45 inches)

3-wood: TaylorMade M6 (15 degrees @14)
Shaft: Mitsubishi DF 70X (42.5 inches)
*was in a Ping G410 until the Scottish Open where he switched into the M6.

Irons: TaylorMade GAPR Lo (@18.75), Srixon Z785 (4-iron, 23 degrees), TaylorMade P7TW (5-9)
Shafts: GAPR: Project X 6.5 (39.5 inches), 4-iron: Project X 6.5 (38.5 inches), 5-9: Project X 6.5 (38.5 inches @ 5-iron, minus inch from there) (26, 30, 34, 38, 42 degrees)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (47, 52, 55, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Wedge notes: 48.10F (bent to 47) Tour chrome finish
52.08F raw
56.10 (bent 55) raw
60.08 raw

Putter: Odyssey White Hot Pro #3
Grip: Super Stroke Mid Slim 2.0


Quick thought: I do see a specific trend when it comes to free agents, and it’s mildly telling. Keep in mind I understand that it’s not 100 percent, but the trends are there.

In woods and wedges specifically, TaylorMade seems to be a popular choice in the overall woods category for non-signed players and Vokey is hands down the wedge of choice. Makes sense in my opinion, I’m not a big “best company” guy, but I do understand the choice. Both companies make and have made extremely high-performing sticks for many years. Consistency in anything is a hard opponent to beat. When Nike bounced out of clubs Rory, BK, Casey, and a few others put Vokeys straight in, and a BK and Casey put TM woods in the bag. (Just an example for context)

Anyway, Tommy Fleetwood is four back going into the final round. I have a weird feeling if it blows he could be holding a trophy.

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Tiger Woods opts for lead tape on his Newport 2 rather than a heavier putter: Here’s why it makes sense

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After days of speculation about which putter Tiger Woods might end up with an attempt to tame the greens at Royal Portrush, we now officially know he settled on his old faithful GSS Scotty Cameron but with a twist—some added lead tape.

The whole reason the speculation was in high gear early in the week was because of Tiger was spotted with a new custom Scotty that had the Studio Select weights in the sole to increase head weight to help with slow greens, something Tiger has talked about in the past—especially when it comes to the greens at The Open Championship.

We can even look back a few years ago when Tiger finally put a Nike putter in play, the original Method (those were nice putters) and talked about both the increased head weight and the grooves on the face to help get the ball rolling on slower greens.

The decision to stick with the old faithful with added lead tape goes beyond just a comfort level, even if the two putters look the same at address, it’s about feel and MOI around the axis.

Let me explain. Sure the putter heads weight the same, but depending on where the mass is located it will change the MOI. The putter with the Select weights vs. lead tape in the middle will have a higher MOI because there is more weight on the perimeter of the head—it’s like a blade vs. cavity back iron. Sure, two 7-irons can weigh the same but the performance will vary significantly.

For a player with such deft feel like Tiger Woods, any change like that can could cause doubt. Tweaking an already great putting stroke and on the eve of the last major of the year is not really something you want to do, which is why it isn’t surprising he stuck with his legendary Newport 2.

Lead tape in the middle allows Tiger to increase the head weight with very little change to the natural rate of rotation for hit putter and hopefully manage the slower Portrush greens better.

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Forum Thread of the Day: “Your optimal wedge set-up?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from ClevelandKyle who brings up the subject of wedge set-ups. In the thread, our members discuss what wedges they like to carry as well as answering ClevelandKyle’s question: “If you had to carry two wedges for the rest of your life, what would they be (degree, make, model) and why?”

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.

  • SEP1006: “PW / GW – 0311P PXG GEN 2, same as irons. 54/12 and 58/06 – Ping Glide Stealth 2.0: best wedges I’ve ever played by far, very versatile.”
  • cardoustie: “Like the OP, I keep going back to old school Vokey sm2’s .. 50/54/60. TVD m grinds. No wedge spins it as well or feels as good. I am ordering a Glide 3.0 eye 2 58 though.”
  • manoagolfer: “Vokey 48, 54, 58 and 62. Just added the 62 for the short stuff around the greens and steep faced bunkers.”
  • BCULAW: “RTX4 Raw 46 mid, 50 mid, 56 full, 60 low. After playing Vokeys almost exclusively for the last ten years or so, these Clevelands have been a real eye-opener. Spin is greatly increased, and the grind on the 60 is stellar. Highly recommended.”

Entire Thread: “Your optimal wedge set-up?”

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