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What GolfWRXers are saying about ditching their driver for a strong 3-wood

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the merit of dropping their driver in favor of a strong 3-wood. Struggling with consistency with the big stick, WRXer ‘grisham’ says his accuracy off the tee has improved dramatically by using a strong 3-wood and asks have any fellow members taken the same approach.

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.

  • Myherobobhope: “I’ve tinkered with ideas like this… but I think having a driver in the bag and confidence with it on the course is important to shooting your best possible score. It might be a 44-inch 13-degree driver… but I think you need to find a way to maximize length while minimizing risk. Step one is getting the ball in play, and step 2 is hitting the ball as far as possible while managing step 1…”
  • BMC: “Swing speed plays a big role. Sub 95 mph, go with 44 inch/ 14*. Could be labeled a 3 wood or driver. Swing shape plays a role too. I use an OG Rapture 3 wood and can hit a high draw with it for max distance.”
  • Newgs: “I go back and forth between my 3w and my driver as my top club. One thing I have noticed is I get in a lot less trouble with my 3w than with my driver, and that makes my round a lot more fun. What distance I lose, which isn’t much, is made up easily with more fairways instead of rough or worse. My thing is I tend to over swing with my driver, which, as noted above, is more between the ears than anything else. Go with what works for you at the end of the day though.”
  • bubbagump: “I’ve been rocking a SLDR mini since it came out, and have zero regrets in using it as my main tee club. I do agree, that even if you mash it and are within say 10-15y of your driver you are leaving likely at least 1 club out there each hole which can add up fast, but accuracy can never hurt either, and if you are comfortable with some longer approaches in some cases, it equals out. I used the mini almost exclusively off the tee because most the courses I played it was all I needed but when I would play longer holes or courses the difference of a driver could really be handy. I really began to work on driver, and get it into shape, and now I am comfortable pulling it but still use the mini often as course management requires it the better club. I have kept the mini in also because I use it as a 3w, so I hit it both off the deck and tee, so its not just a boutique luxury club taking a spot in the bag. If you can find your way around most courses with a strong 3w, 2w or mini I would say go for it and see how it works for you.”

Entire Thread: “Ditching the driver for a strong 3-wood”

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  1. Scans

    May 23, 2020 at 3:45 pm

    I made the switch to a Taylormade Burner at 13.5* stiff shaft in 2008. I have been the best driver in my group since. It occurred to me that every time I got on a tight hole I pulled a 3 wood. Why not try a high lofted driver. It works great for me. My club is a tree lined tight driving course. Finding the fairway is required to score well. Far easier to hit than the 10.5* driver I had. Just switched to a Taylormade M6 at 12* adjusted to 13.5*. Honestly not sure it’s any better than my 2008 Burner but both are much easier than lowers lofted drivers. Give it a try.

  2. 15th Club

    May 23, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    I am as anti-driver as anybody. And I am sympathetic to this idea. But I wouldn’t drop driver from my 14-club set. (Driver is the first club tossed out when I walk with a Sunday bag and 7 or 8 clubs.)

    Rather, I’d keep thedriver, and a strong 3w, and a fw, but adjust my long iron lifts to widen the loft gaps and drop the 3-, 4-, or 5-iron. Or else limit my wedges.

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GolfWRX Classifieds (08/03/20): PXG Proto, Bettinardi putter, and one very expensive Scotty Cameron

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member jeffbang62 – PXG 0811X Proto driver

In the case of the new prototype PXG driver, fewer weights actually means more adjustability. So if you are looking to do some adjusting to your long game, this could be your new weapon off the tee.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: PXG Proto 

Member Wannabescratch – Bettinrdi SS8 Center Shaft 

Here we have a Bettinardi Studio Stock SS8 CS with deep etched Bettinardi Jumbo Grip. If you know putters, then you know Bettinardi means business—and this wand means business.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Bettinardi Center Shaft Putter

Member TheBoomer – Rare Timeless Scotty Cameron

In the age of social media, the phrase “now that’s something you don’t see every day” has, in some ways, lost a bit of its meaning, but in the case of this putter, it applies.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Scotty Cameron GSS

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds

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Srixon launches new Soft Feel Brite golf balls

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Srixon has introduced the second generation of its Soft Feel Brite golf balls which arrive in highly visible orange, green and red color codes.

The new additions from Srixon feature the brand’s softest FastLayer Core to date, with the core beginning soft in the center and transitioning to a firmer perimeter in design to offer equal parts distance and feel.

Srixon’s matte visual performance technology aims to provide improved visibility on the new Soft Feel Brite balls, while the ball’s 338 Speed Dimple Pattern is designed to reduce drag at launch and increase lift during descent.

The Soft Feel Brite balls also feature a soft, thin cover which bids to provide more greenside spin and softer feel on all pitches, chips and putts.

“Soft Feel Brite delivers all the benefits of the Soft Feel golf ball with additional matte color offerings. With the addition of the FastLayer Core, Soft Feel Brite provides the total package of enhanced distance, feel and visibility.” – Brian Schielke, Marketing Director at Srixon.

The Soft Feel Brite balls are available to purchase now at Srixon.com and cost $21.99 per dozen.

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What irons do you play? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the irons that they currently play. WRXer ‘Vater’ asks members which brand they have in the bag and why, and you can see the results so far after 189 survey participants.

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.

  • Vater: “I use Titleist 718 AP1s because they cost less new than some used clubs, haha. In all seriousness, I love the quality overall, and specifically, I was looking for a set with a good GW – and most of all, I wanted to play a 4 iron again, and the 4 and 5 irons in the 718 AP1s are beastly.”
  • aadadams: “I use Taylormade Speedblades for about the last 6 years, they still work great for my game, and I don’t see a change in the near future.”
  • Celebros: “Cobra Forged Tour.”
  • jholz: “I am Cleveland, but towards the latter end of the glory days – CG7 Tours. About as good a club as money can buy. Wish I could find some CG7 Tour Concepts!”
  • gripandrip: “Srixon 745’s. Most likely may be looking to the ZX7 as a possible replacement. Love my Srixon irons.”

Entire Thread: “The irons used by GolfWRXers”

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