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Best sleeper fairway wood of all time.


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#1 High Plains Driver

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 09:49 AM

I have been playing for 30 years now, and fairway woods have been by far the hardest spot in the bag to fill.
My miss is usually left and I am pretty shallow through impact, so closed. deeper faces have always been a turnoff.
I have found numerous iron sets, drivers, wedges, and putters that I felt were perfect in looks and performance, but have always had to settle for 'close enough' in fairway woods. I also believe, and it is my opinion only, that long heel-toe faced, shallow fairway woods are easier to hook in my hands,

A couple of months ago, I picked up a 3 wood on a whim from the used discount rack. I just wanted the shaft, but for giggles I figured that I would hit it a few times before pulling it. The small, not exactly shallow head made me guess it would be an unforgiving, low line-driving hitting machine. I was wrong. Great trajectory, very forgiving (for it's size), and pretty hot at launch is the best way to describe the results.

So, after 30 years of looking, I am declaring the Adams BTY fairway woods the most perfect that I have ever tried (and I have tried a bunch.) Square to open face angles, tall enough to feel at ease of a tee, and easy to launch from the fairway. The smaller head also makes it much easier to hit from less than stellar lies.

If anyone remembers the Cobra Speed Pro X-ST, the BTY is very similar in size, but orders of magnitude better in forgiveness and trajectory.

If you like a shorter heel-toe face length, easy launch without an shallow face, and anything but closed face, then you owe it to yourself to pick up one to try. They can be had for cheap right now and I plan of getting a backup for each of the 3 I have.

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Edited by RighttoLeft, 06 August 2017 - 11:14 AM.

Driver: Taylormade RBZ 9° w/ Diamana D+ 70S
Fairways: Adams BTY 14.5° and 18.5° w/ Diamana S+ 70S
Hybrid: Adams Super Black 21° w/ Diamana D+ 90S
Irons: Taylormade 2012 Tour Preferred MC 4-PW w/ DG S-300
Wedges:
Taylormade Tour Preferred 52° and 58°
Putter: Taylormade Ghost Tour DA-12
Ball: Taylormade Tour Preferred X or TP5X
Bag: Taylormade FlexTech Crossover

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 10:09 AM

I was actually going to say the BTY and the RPM LP. I had both for years.
PING  G400 Max 10.5°
PING  G400 17.5°

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PING  i25 hybrid 22°
Callaway  XHP 5-AW
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Posted 06 August 2017 - 10:15 AM

I have the Strong 3, 3, 4, 5, and 7 wood RPM LP (all neutral) heads in the club graveyard, and I have played them off and on, but they are a little shallow for my liking, especially off the tee.

Edited by RighttoLeft, 06 August 2017 - 10:17 AM.

Driver: Taylormade RBZ 9° w/ Diamana D+ 70S
Fairways: Adams BTY 14.5° and 18.5° w/ Diamana S+ 70S
Hybrid: Adams Super Black 21° w/ Diamana D+ 90S
Irons: Taylormade 2012 Tour Preferred MC 4-PW w/ DG S-300
Wedges:
Taylormade Tour Preferred 52° and 58°
Putter: Taylormade Ghost Tour DA-12
Ball: Taylormade Tour Preferred X or TP5X
Bag: Taylormade FlexTech Crossover

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 10:28 AM

Adams 3446f - but it was not mass produced.

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 10:36 AM

Photosuckit blocked your photo.  I hate those guys.  They want $400 for a service that was free previously.

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 10:39 AM

Callaway razr fit went way under the radar.  I believe it came out about the same time as the RBZ.  The razr fit was just as long, was forgiving, and had a nice small profile.

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 10:50 AM

there are many threads on this... get ready for the V-Steel crowd, the G25 crowd, etc, etc, etc etc

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 10:59 AM

Diablo Edge... it's very close to going back in my bag instead of the newer 915F.
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Posted 06 August 2017 - 11:13 AM

View PostNessism, on 06 August 2017 - 10:36 AM, said:

Photosuckit blocked your photo.  I hate those guys.  They want $400 for a service that was free previously.

Their interface sucks as well.
Fixed.
Driver: Taylormade RBZ 9° w/ Diamana D+ 70S
Fairways: Adams BTY 14.5° and 18.5° w/ Diamana S+ 70S
Hybrid: Adams Super Black 21° w/ Diamana D+ 90S
Irons: Taylormade 2012 Tour Preferred MC 4-PW w/ DG S-300
Wedges:
Taylormade Tour Preferred 52° and 58°
Putter: Taylormade Ghost Tour DA-12
Ball: Taylormade Tour Preferred X or TP5X
Bag: Taylormade FlexTech Crossover

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 11:16 AM

G25 crowd whoop whoop

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PING G25 3H/20°
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Posted 06 August 2017 - 11:29 AM

View PostNessism, on 06 August 2017 - 10:36 AM, said:

Photosuckit blocked your photo.  I hate those guys.  They want $400 for a service that was free previously.

Use imgur.com

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 11:40 AM

Anything with the Adams name. Callaway X '06
Driver: Taylormade M2 '17 10.5*; Accura Tour Z Pink, 85 M5 (285, can get one or two to carry 300+ if needed)
Fairway: Taylormade Aeroburner TP 15*; Diamana Blueboard 72x (255)
Hybrid: Adams IDEA Super XTD 17*; UST Mamiya Proforce VTS 100HX (240, can 260+ if needed)
Driving Iron: Titleist 712U 2 iron; Aldila VS Proto "By You" 85X
Irons: Nike Vapor Pro Combo 4-AW; Aldila VS Proto "By You" 100x
   4-5; 38", 61* lie, 5 iron weight (220, 205) 6-8; 37", 62* lie, 8 iron weight (190, 180, 170) 9-AW; 36", 63* lie (160, 145, 130)

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L Wedge: Maltby Third Wedge (Custom Grind) 62*; Dynamic Gold S400 Onyx; 35", 64* lie: THIS IS MY BUNKER CLUB, HARDLY USE FROM OUTSIDE 40 YARDS!!
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Posted 06 August 2017 - 11:41 AM

View PostNessism, on 06 August 2017 - 10:36 AM, said:

Photosuckit blocked your photo.  I hate those guys.  They want $400 for a service that was free previously.
hot-linking is your friend
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Posted 06 August 2017 - 11:50 AM

I'll name one that NOBODY else will name: the Ping Zing 2, Ping's original metal wood.

For those of you that are a bit older, you'll remember that Ping waited a LONG time before they came out with a metal wood, and when they did, the Zing 2's were considered by most to be intensely ugly compared to others of the day; I don't think they ever sold in large numbers, and it took Ping a long time to become a big deal again in the metal wood market.  But they were really easy to hit, especially off a tight lie and the few of us that tried them stayed with them for quite awhile.  Until the TiSi's came out...

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 11:57 AM

Orlimar Trimetal

Geek DCT 11.5* Enzo Zone 70
SMT 3390 16* Grafalloy Epic FWY
Maltby KE4 Tour 19* AXE XCaliber
Maltby KE4 Tour HDI 21* S300
Maltby DBM 5-GW S300
Maltby Tour Grind MG 56* 60* R300
Odyssey Works Versa 1W
Z-Star
Clicgear 3.5/Callaway ORG. 14l

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 11:59 AM

Diablo Octane Tour.
Callaway Rogue 9.0*
Taylormade M2 16.5* fairway wood
Mizuno JPX 900 3 and 4 hybrids
Mizuno MP-55 irons 5-P
Scotty Cameron AOP Newport Custom
Cleveland RTX 2.0 50*, 54* and 58*

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 12:01 PM

Sonartec NP-99
Callaway Fusion 9* Project X Handcrafted Hzrdus Black "60" 6.0
Adams A12 Pro hybrids, 16*, 20*, 23*, Aldila VS Proto Stiff
Ping G20 5-P, DG S300
TaylorMade Hi-Toe 58* SW & 64* LW
Callaway Indianapolis EXO

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 12:02 PM

There's isn't a best fw of all time, it's the one that works best for you that is the greatest,and it's different for everyone.

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 12:03 PM

View PostNessism, on 06 August 2017 - 10:36 AM, said:

Photosuckit blocked your photo.  I hate those guys.  They want $400 for a service that was free previously.

View PostRighttoLeft, on 06 August 2017 - 11:13 AM, said:

View PostNessism, on 06 August 2017 - 10:36 AM, said:

Photosuckit blocked your photo.  I hate those guys.  They want $400 for a service that was free previously.

Yeah, they've got some nerve wanting to be paid for services rendered. :taunt:

Their interface sucks as well.
Fixed.

I hope fixed means 1 picture 'cause the 2nd one still shows blocked (or whatever), at least on my screen.
Callaway Fusion 9* Project X Handcrafted Hzrdus Black "60" 6.0
Adams A12 Pro hybrids, 16*, 20*, 23*, Aldila VS Proto Stiff
Ping G20 5-P, DG S300
TaylorMade Hi-Toe 58* SW & 64* LW
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Posted 06 August 2017 - 12:06 PM

Yes. I just attached the photo and didn't delete the link.

Driver: Taylormade RBZ 9° w/ Diamana D+ 70S
Fairways: Adams BTY 14.5° and 18.5° w/ Diamana S+ 70S
Hybrid: Adams Super Black 21° w/ Diamana D+ 90S
Irons: Taylormade 2012 Tour Preferred MC 4-PW w/ DG S-300
Wedges:
Taylormade Tour Preferred 52° and 58°
Putter: Taylormade Ghost Tour DA-12
Ball: Taylormade Tour Preferred X or TP5X
Bag: Taylormade FlexTech Crossover

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 12:36 PM

View Postnsxguy, on 06 August 2017 - 12:01 PM, said:

Sonartec NP-99

For performance and quality of build, this is an all timer.
Beautiful clubs that performed as good as they looked.

Basically a JDM Royal Collection made for the U.S market.
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TEE EX10 Beta 16.5* / Fuji Platinum Speeder 6-S
TEE EX10 19* / Attas 4U 7-S
TEE EX9 22* / Attas 4U 7-X
TEE EX9 25* / Attas 4U 95-X

Adams XTD Forged / 28* 6 iron thru 44* pw
Recoil Prototype 95 F4 / Soft stepped twice

Piretti Forged wedges             Piretti Putters in rotation
48* / Recoil 110 F4               1/1 GSS High toe,deep faced Potenza II
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Posted 06 August 2017 - 12:45 PM

Kasco KP99
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Posted 06 August 2017 - 12:47 PM

Callaway squareway!!
Ping G400 MAX 9* HC Project X Even Flow Black 75 6.5X
Taylormade M1 15* Diamana B80X
Taylormade M1 21* Pro White 100TX
Srixon Z765 4-PW KBS C-Taper 130X
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PXG Operator  
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Posted 06 August 2017 - 12:56 PM

View PostUofU02, on 06 August 2017 - 11:59 AM, said:

Diablo Octane Tour.

Is Stenson still hitting this one?
DRIVER: PING G  LS Tec - 10.5 w/PING Tour shaft
FAIRWAY: PING G30 3W
HYBRID: PING G30 19*
IRONS: PING G30 - 4-U
WEDGES: Callaway MD3 56* and 60*
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot Pro - V-Line
BALLS:Titleist Pro V1x and Callaway Chrome Soft X

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 01:54 PM

Nike Vapor Fly.

The Blue Thunder: Nike Vapor Fly - 9.5 degree - Speeder Evolution 757X
The Stenson: Nike Vapor Fly 3W - Diamana Blueboard 70S+
The Butter Knife: Nike Blade 1 Iron - DG S400 Shaft
The Blades: Nike VR Pro 4i - PW - DG S400 TI Shaft
The Rusties: Nike Engage 50, 54 Square Sole, 58 Toe Sweep
The Putter: Scotty Cameron California Del Mar - 34"
Balls: Nike RZN Tour Black/Platinum
Bag: Sun Mountain Four Five

Also in Rotation:

Spare Driver: Nike Covert Tour - Kuro Kage 60X
Fairway Woods: Nike Vapor Fly 5W - Diamana Blueboard 70S+
Putters: Yonex Super A.D.X Tour Forged / Scotty Cameron Newport Oil Can / Hogan Radial P51

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 02:21 PM

Wishon 929
COBRA LTD w. Hzrdus Red
WISHON 919 w. Hzrdus Red
TAYLORMADE Issue Aeroburner w. Tensei Blue
PING G25 w. Tensei Blue
PING I200 w. AWT 2.0
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SGC 902

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 02:25 PM

Adams Fast 10.  Thank me later.
Taylormade TI M4 9.5* / White Tie 55g Stiff
Taylormade M3 HL MFS5 White Tie 60S -0.75" (42.5")
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Cleveland RTX 3.0 V-MG - 54*
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Posted 06 August 2017 - 02:27 PM

DIablo Edge Tour
Callaway Apex 4-P KBS $-Taper 120
Callaway Rogue 3 Iron Steelfiber i95
Callaway MD4 48/54/58 DG Tour Issue Onyx S400
Callaway Rogue 15* HZRDUS Yellow
Callaway Rogue 8* Evenflow Black
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Posted 06 August 2017 - 02:27 PM

XR 3deep. If a 55.5 lie angle and open face angle + deep head suit your eye. The matte black finish is lovely. No alignment aid

This rocket launcher is world class and was heavily slept on. But it has to fit what you're looking for. I got what would resemble tour van specs for what I needed in a retail head. Paired with Tour Ad TP. It's as good as a fairway will get for me. I have hit distances and flights with this club that I never hit even in my best days.

Its just a solid club. Only reason I haven't moved over to an M2 tour. 3 years thus far as firmly in my bag, easily will get 3 more.
Cobra LTD Pro  --  Tour AD TP 7TX
Rogue SZ 3+  --  Diamana B 80X   or   XR 3Deep  --  Tour AD TP 8X  
P790 UDI (2)  --  Black Tie HM4 105X   or   X Forged UT (2)  --  Tour Green 105TX
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TM Spider Black 34"  

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Posted 06 August 2017 - 03:19 PM

Agree on the Callaway Pro heads in several models. XHot Pro, X2Hot Pro or the XR Pro. Players fixate on whether the club looks open or closed. I find lie angle is as big if not a bigger factor. So many upright fairway woods made to accommodate swings coming down above the plane and designed to reduce the slice by raising your hands and aiming the club more left at impact. I find them awkward to hit consistently and easy to duck hook.

Give me a 55 or 56 degree lie angle and I won't hook it. Beyond that I don't go for shallow face or too deep. Like them moderate so I can like the look off turf or tee. That's why I am eyeing the new Steelhead 3+ or 4+, both of which are 1.5 to 2 degrees flatter than the standard 3 or 5. I bet I will have no trouble elevating that 13.5 degree 3+ because these clubs tend to get the ball up anyway. And I am a fan of the cambered sole.

Ping G400 9 degrees, Ping Tour stiff shaft, 65 grams
Callaway XHot2 Pro 3 wood, 15 degrees, Aldila Tour Green stiff shaft
Callaway XHot2 Pro 5 wood, 17 degrees, Aldila Tour Blue stiff shaft
Titleist 816 H1 hybrid, 19 degree set to 20, Diamana Blue 60S shaft

Miura CB57 5-PW, Nippon Modus 125 stiff shafts, soft-stepped
Ping i200, 4-PW, power spec lofts, Dynamic Gold 120 stiff shafts
Mizuno S5 50-degree gap wedge, Nippon 1150 stiff shaft
Callaway Mack Daddy 2 54-degree wedge, S grind, DG wedge shaft
Callaway Mack Daddy 4 Raw, 58-degree wedge, X grind, DG S200 shaft
Edel Rogue putter (thick blade), 34 inch, 71 degree lie, 2 degrees loft, 100-gram round Pure grip
Argolf Avalon (small, semi-circle mallet) 34 inch, 71 degree lie, 2 degrees loft, 100-gram round Pure grip.

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