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#1 ry1808

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 12:32 PM

What is the general consensus when it comes to 3-wood launch dynamics?

I know the rule of thumb for a driver is high launch low-spin, however what should people look for in the 3-wood?

Should you look for low launch (13.5 degree 3+ wood) with a higher spinning shaft, or high launch (15 degree 3 wood) with a low spinning shaft, as you typically would in a driver.

It'll be interesting to hear people thoughts on this...


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 02:52 PM

I go mid-launch mid-spin. I personally don't get the benefit of having super low spin on a 3-wood, as crazy low-spin tends to get me in trouble with the driver. With my 16.5 915f and my 80g B Series, I have no doubt I'm leaving 5 yards on the table, but it's becoming a super reliable club off tie tee when I need to stay in the fairway and 250 is an acceptable distance. I recently tried out the 917f2 and saw no real distance gains (despite an apparent 200rpm decrease in spin), and prefer the 915f shape, so I stuck with it.

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 04:47 PM

I'm a high ball hitter and I have a 15 degree 3 wood with a low spinning shaft. If I need to hit it lower and have it run, I can play a going draw with it. A normal off the deck shot will hold a green. I used to carry a stronger 3 wood but no longer. I never understood, looking back of course, on why I had a stronger one. 15 is very versatile.
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:50 PM

I am just now ditching my low spin Sub Zero 3W as it just doesn’t work when needed. Mis hits go short, and it’s just not worth the flight risk. I was getting incredible ball speeds and nice roll, but 1700-2100 is just not good for me. Switching to a Ping G 3W with great launch, forgiveness, goes straight, and spins 3k-3400. Would have liked to find something in between, but when it carries consistently and is easy to hit you kind of stop getting too picky.
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Posted 12 February 2018 - 09:51 PM

I'm also a mid/mid but I tweak my lofts between 13* & 15.5 depending on the length of the par 5s and the firmness of the fairways. I'll play higher loft on firm fairways, because of the added roll-out. But if the par 5s are over 650 yds I need all the length I can get.

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Posted 12 February 2018 - 11:09 PM

Great question.

Im a mid launch mid spin guy in a 15*. I can hit a 13* as well but its almsot redundant in pushing the driver.

My personal observance is guys who can hit 3 woods well tend to be decent players and generally will have a mid launch shaft and higher swing speed tend to be high kick point shafts.

To me, its an oxymoron to have a low kick point 3 wood shaft because a segment struggling to launch a 3 would do better in a 4 wood or strong hybrid.

You can search a dozen nonsense threads on how guys cannot hit a 3 wood lol and propagate 4 woods and 17* hybrids.


Edited by Chuck905, 12 February 2018 - 11:13 PM.


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Posted 12 February 2018 - 11:26 PM

A shallow faced low launching armor piercing bullet would be the ticket in a 3 wood for me personally. Nothing wrong with zeroing one in off the tee, just tee it up a little lower. The deep faced 3 woods are over rated. Just my preference.

Edited by Striker Ace, 12 February 2018 - 11:28 PM.


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Posted 13 February 2018 - 06:27 AM

I have  dodged this problem by using a 17deg 4W with the stock stiff shaft. Easy enough to elevate from the ground and not too much distance loss from the tee. But I am a high spin player anyway so...
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 06:58 AM

It comes down to what it is going to be used for. A max distance from the deck / back up to your driver then the low spin option is the way to go. These things go nearly as far as a driver now. For positional play or approach shots to par 5's it makes no sense to have a low spin option as the knuckle ball that goes 15 yards further can be a card wrecker.

It's the hardest spot to fill in the bag because there is a fine line between too much spin and not enough.

It also depends on how someone hits a driver, if they are not optimised, I.e. hit down on it then there is a good chance the gap between driver and 3 wood will be small.



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Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:05 AM

I've played 3-4-5 woods from 20* to 13.5*, the best results came from the 4 wood at 16.5*, then my current player 3 wood at 14.5*, I get the forgiveness and accuracy from the 4 wood then add the distance from the 3 wood, I have been playing the best I have in a while, teeing off with the 3 wood and getting over 250y straight and forgiving is the best feeling ever...

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:33 AM

Epic SZ.5w set 1* strong (17*) with 42.5" shaft gives me all the length I need in an easier to elevate Fairway wood.

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 07:41 AM

I use a 13.5 degree 3 wood primarily off the tee although I can hit it decently off of the turf. It is fairly low spinning I guess but I hit it high.
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 08:40 AM

I play a 4 wood. Normally have trouble hitting woods high enough, but this one is money

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 10:24 AM

I play :
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815 3 wood set to 14
2014 BB 3 wood set to 17
2014 BB 5 wood set to 20

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 10:34 AM

I like a mid-launch w/ mid-spin combo like what I have.

To me, 3-wood is so much about good contact and letting the club do the work. I don't want to balloon one a mile high and let the wind, or the curvature caused by me take it way off line. I also don't want to launch a bullet out that has zero chance of holding a green.

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 10:54 AM

Is there an optimal 3W spin rate based on SS? I swing the 3W about 91-92 mph and the Epic SZ at 14.5* would launch very nice and roll but was spinning in the 1900-2100 range. Any mishit and the thing would drift badly, or be really short. The Ping 3W I just picked up launches very straight, even on mishits at 14.5*, but spins about 1k rpm higher. It is obviously shorter because of this but much easier to hit. Sacrificing about 15 total yards for a bit better off the deck. Maybe dropping to 13.5* setting will gain a few more yards and lower spin a bit without sacrificing the easy to launch nature.


Is the sweet spot somewhere in between there?
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Posted 13 February 2018 - 11:28 AM

My 815 3 wood has the weight set for high launch.
I only  hit it off of a tee, or from a good lie.
From a tight lie the other woods are used.

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 11:55 AM

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Posted 13 February 2018 - 09:52 PM

Go for best contact first.

Ive hit two dozen 3 woods before I settled on my steelhead xr Tensei Blue.

Personally, a 3 wood is about vicinity to target not launch and spin rate lol

View PostBelmont148, on 13 February 2018 - 10:54 AM, said:

Is there an optimal 3W spin rate based on SS? I swing the 3W about 91-92 mph and the Epic SZ at 14.5* would launch very nice and roll but was spinning in the 1900-2100 range. Any mishit and the thing would drift badly, or be really short. The Ping 3W I just picked up launches very straight, even on mishits at 14.5*, but spins about 1k rpm higher. It is obviously shorter because of this but much easier to hit. Sacrificing about 15 total yards for a bit better off the deck. Maybe dropping to 13.5* setting will gain a few more yards and lower spin a bit without sacrificing the easy to launch nature.


Is the sweet spot somewhere in between there?


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Posted 14 February 2018 - 09:02 PM

Wish I would have read this thread about two months ago.  I put a ADTP7x into an Epic 13+. I had it butt trimmed to 42.5".  Because I live in the great white north I won't get to hit off turf for a few months yet. After reading this I would have looked more closely at the launch/spin question.


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