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Forum Thread of the Day: “How do you go about choosing a 3-wood?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from kcd38 who opens the discussion regarding WRXers approach to choosing a 3-wood. Our members discuss what they want from a 3-wood and how their driver often plays a pivotal role in deciding what they need and want from their 3-metal.

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.

  • HappyGilmore22: “I bought a 3-wood based on whichever low spin combo I could get the best value out of because I’ve tested ten 3-woods and can’t decide between any of them. Went with TS3 and stock shaft in an 80-gram weight class with x-flex, added bonus they fit for the proper swing weight I like. The M5 was my favorite, but with the correct shaft and specs it would have run me over $700, and I wasn’t about to be paying that for a 3-wood that I rarely hit when my $300 one is just as good.
  • Yuck: “3-woods are tough to get one you like under all conditions. I have had 3 of them over the last 40+ years. A Macgregor persimmon from the late 70s till early 90’s. A TM burner bubble tour spoon from the early 90, till 2004. And a TEE CB 2, still in my bag for the last 15 years.”
  • RichieHunt: “I go to a fitter that has a lot of club head options. I find it difficult to get a good 3-wood because they are not easy to hit well and they usually either go long, but suck to hit off the deck, or they hit off the deck well, but don’t go as long as I would like. So that’s why I try to get as many head options as I can to find the best one for me. Then I go to Fujikura and get fitted for a shaft. I also find that 3-wood heads wear down much more quickly than driver heads. So you finally get a head you like and after a short while it’s not performing like it once did, and the new model heads come in.”
  • AG12: “I’ve found for me that when trying to find the right amount of spin and height I got with a mid-low launch/low spin shaft in the brand’s more forgiving head if they have two (M4 over M3, TS2 over TS3, Flash over Sub Zero) and it seems to be a good recipe for launch, forgiveness and stopping power.”

Entire Thread: “How do you go about choosing a 3-wood?” 

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at gianni@golfwrx.com. Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Christopher Hansen

    Sep 1, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    Focus on the shaft. Modern 3-wood head design is not that different from one manufacturer to the next. Once you find the right shaft, make your big investment in the shaft and swap heads as needed.

  2. s

    Jul 13, 2019 at 5:30 pm

    Spotted someone hitting MP-001 at the range. The head looked beautiful. Found a brand new one at my local pro shop for $120. Could hit it with my eyes closed. That was back in 2007. Still in my bag.

  3. Distance Compression Dude

    Jul 13, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    Does it produce my desired trajectory?
    Does it make the ball spin enough?
    Does it neutralize my misses?
    Is it easy to hit off the deck?
    Is it easy to shape the ball flight with it?

    If the answer is “yes” to all of those, then I found my 3 wood.
    But, alas, I haven’t found the right one yet.

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GolfWRX Spotlight: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue review

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TaylorMade on the tech features of the TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue

  • V Steel Sole design

    The v-shaped sole allows for clean turf interaction and provides additional versatility when playing from tight or difficult lies

  • Twist Face

    Uses corrective face angles designed to overcome inherent golfer tendencies on mis-hits and to produce straighter shots

  • Thru-Slot Speed Pocket

    Our breakthrough Thru-Slot Speed Pocket technology delivers enhanced sole flexibility to create additional ball speed as well as improved forgiveness on low-face mis-hits

  • C300 Ultra-Strong Steel Face

    High-strength C300 steel allows for a stronger, faster face engineered for explosive speed performance *Only SIM Max Fairway and Rescue

How it looks: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue

I’ll be honest here: I hate hybrids. They look goofy and I hit em high and left 101 percent of the time. However, every once in a while I’ll find one that I can warm up to. It’s happened twice in the last five years: PXG Gen 2 and SIM Max. I’m not sure what it is exactly, but this hybrid looks like it’s gonna get into the turf and I’m actually gonna hit a good shot. The color scheme is clean and simple. The lines are sleek and not boxy, which is always a bonus. Sometimes hybrids look like a brick on a stick to me. This one does not.

How it feels: TaylorMade SIM Max hybrid

This is where I got really intrigued: the feel. It’s solid. Really solid. Now, I must say that TM didn’t reinvent the wheel with this thing, but the SIM Max is just a simple solid hybrid that is easy to hit and gets through the turf. The V Steel helps that I reckon. It has a nice heavy hit which is good since this is supposed to transition from woods to irons.

Overall: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue

It’s a winner. Not hybrid of the century or anything, but a club that could stay in the bag for a while and produce solid results. Look, we have 14 slots to play and they all have a job to do. You cannot go wrong by giving this one a slot in the starting lineup!

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What GolfWRXers have spent more money on – Drivers vs Putters

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In our forums, WRXer ‘2down’ has got our members talking about their purchase history and whether drivers or putters have taken more of their money. For ‘2down’ the answer is putters, who has a respectable seven flat-sticks sitting around his home, and our members divulge their history with drivers slightly edging it so far.

  • getitdaily: “Putters, but I change drivers more frequently…how does that make sense? When I change putters I will go through 7-10 of them until I find my bride. Then I stick with my bride for a while. I’ve had 2 brides…an old scotty newport beach studio stainless. Took about 10 putters to find it and then played it for like 12 years. Current bride is a spider tour plumbers neck. It’s been in the bag for 1.5 years now. Took about 8 putters to get to it, including a somewhat long term relationship with a 2ball fang. Since 1996 I think I’ve had 10 drivers total. 4 in the last 4 years.”
  • platgof: “I would say 24 drivers and 12 putters thereabouts. Took a long time to find what I wanted. I am still looking all the time though, it’s a disease, totally incurable. Now it is the wedges, and the SM7’s have my eye for now!”
  • CDLgolf: “Thats a really good question. At the moment I have 4 putters and 2 drivers. Over the last 25 years I’d have to say I’ve bought more drivers.”
  • Ray Jackson: “Definitely drivers as have used the same putter for at least the last 5 years. In that time frame I’ve probably had 4 drivers.”
  • dekez: “Drivers for sure. I go 6 – 7 years before even thinking about a putter switch.”

Entire Thread: “Your history – Drivers vs Putters”

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WITB Time Machine: Phil Mickelson WITB, 2016 Waste Management Phoenix Open

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  • Equipment is accurate as of the Waste Management Phoenix Open (2016).

Driver: Callaway XR 16 Sub Zero (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Fubuki J 60 X (tipped 1 inch, 45.5 inches)

3-wood: Callaway X Hot 3 Deep (13 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Fubuki J 70 X (tipped 1.5 inches)

Hybrid: Callaway Apex (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S Hybrid 100 TX

Utility iron: Callaway Apex UT (21 degrees)
Shaft: KBS Tour-V 125

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro ’16 (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125

Wedges: Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind Wedge (56-13, 60-10, 64-10)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125

Putter: Odyssey “Phil Mickelson” Blade
Grip: Odyssey by SuperStroke JP40

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft (2016)

Grip: Golf Pride MCC Black/White

WITB Notes: Mickelson uses the rearward weight setting in his XR 16 Sub Zero driver.

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