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#1 arydolphin

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 09:45 PM

I've struggled a bunch with hitting 3 and 4 woods off the deck recently, and also been a little inconsistent off the tee.  I went to a demo day today and really liked the Ping G15 3 wood, especially with the Serrano shaft in stiff flex.  I was all set to bag the 3 wood, but of course, now that I'm home and looking up specs on the G15 fairway woods, I see that the 3 wood and 4 wood are the same length at 43 inches, and the 4 wood has 17 degrees of loft with the 3 wood at 15.5 degrees.  I've seen a lot of threads weighing in on 3 wood vs 4 wood in the bag, but has anyone compared these 2 clubs side-by-side in terms of distance?  I'm thinking that there wouldn't be a huge difference with 1.5 degrees of loft, and that the 4 wood might actually be better in my bag.  Yes, I should have compared them at the demo day, but I was in a hurry and didn't get to do that.

FYI, I'm guessing my driver swing speed is somewhere around 100 (hasn't been measured in a few years).  Also, I would be using this club more often off of the tee as compared to the fairway based on the courses that I play, but I struggle with hitting fairway woods off the deck which is why I like the shallow face on the G15 woods; I can just tee it low when I use it from the tee box.  Thanks in advance for your replies!


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Posted 07 June 2010 - 09:59 PM

According to testing Golf Digest did, a 17-18* 4 wood will out distance a 3 wood for most golfers.  Probably all but the best golfers should see this result.  For that reason I game only one wood...a G15 4 wood.

I believe their testing was from off the deck though.  I would assume that from a tee the 3 wood would be slightly longer, since it wouldn't be as hard to get in the air as it is off the deck.

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 10:04 PM

I bag the G15 4 wood and have hit my good friend's G15 3 wood a lot at the range.  For me, I'm able to get the 4 wood up the air easier and hit it more consistently.  The 3 wood might be a few yards longer, but I'll gladly take 5-10 fewer yards for more consistent performance.  The 4 wood has been great for me from both the tee and the deck, averaging around 230 and 200ish yards respectively.  FWIW I'm a 15-20 handicap that usually blows up on or around the greens.

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 10:14 PM

I have both the G15 3 and 4 woods.  Since you are mostly using it off the tee, I'd recommend the 3w.  For more use off the deck, I'd go with the 4 wood.  Currently I carry both in the bag (by removing the 5w)-- use the 3w from the fairway, and 4w from the rough.  The woods are pretty new so I haven't compared the distance between the two.  Later I'll probably switch off between the 3w and 4w, and add the Hibore 5w (19*) in the bag.

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Posted 07 June 2010 - 10:24 PM

View PostMinty7890, on 07 June 2010 - 10:14 PM, said:

Currently I carry both in the bag (by removing the 5w)-- use the 3w from the fairway, and 4w from the rough.

Why would you carry two fwy woods of equal shaft length separated by a mere 1.5* ?

I'm guessing that the 1.5* difference is much greater to you mentally than physically.


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Posted 08 June 2010 - 07:04 AM

For all except those with the very high swing speeds, the added loft will get more distance, especially off the deck. I like the 4 wood because I can replace the 3 and 5 woods with it, opening up room in the bag.

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 07:07 AM

Your swing speed suggests the 4 wood would be a much better choice.

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 08:09 AM

get the 4 you won't be sorry trust me


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Posted 08 June 2010 - 08:28 AM

Definitely get the #4 wood. With your SS you will get a higher launch and be more consistent. I switched about three years ago and have not looked back. I actually hit the 4 wood farther because I get get a better launch and carry.

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Posted 08 June 2010 - 08:48 AM

A 4 wood wouldnt be bad using in the fairway. Off the tee, I would much rather have a low lofted 3 wood. I use a 13.5* and in the past used a 14*. The 14* was better off the ground but the 13.5* Titleist is longer of the tee.



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Posted 12 June 2010 - 02:35 PM

When I purchased new G15 woods I decided on carrying a driver, 4 wood & 7 wood. I did not see but a few yards difference between the 3 & 4 and if I choke down I use it as my 5 wood. Both the 4 wood & the 7 wood  are very accurate and versitle. I now carry three woods (Driver-4-7) instead of 4. There is just not enough gap between the 3 - 5 - 7. I have bought but do not care for the hybrids. Unless I hit the driver into the trees or thick rough I can still get to or around most of the par 5s I play. I will never go back to carrying a 3 or a 5 wood.  Wednesday afternoon I hit 4 wood onto the fringe in two. Was too agressive with the eagle putt and missed the one comeing back. I was upset but it was still an easy par. My 4 & 7 woods are my favorite clubs in my bag.



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Posted 12 June 2010 - 03:01 PM

I am curious about the skill levels of the people replying. I'm sure the better/longer players can get away with driver and one fairway wood, then maybe a hybrid to 4 iron. I feel I need two woods to get to my hybrid. Can some of you include your skill level or distances in your replies?

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Posted 12 June 2010 - 03:17 PM

I am currently looking to get the g15 driver in 10.5 then the g15 4 wood as I currently game the Rapture 10.5 and the Rapture 4 wood and it works out great. The other day for instance, we were at the tee for a dogleg left with water to the left, a narrow opening curving left then water straight ahead. I hit my 4 wood straight to take the hazards out of play and didn't really lose much distance at all and then played the 4 wood again from the rough which left me a wedge out on this par 5. I currently fluctuate from a 15 to a 20 and struggle with wayward shots resulting in lost balls. I can shoot an 80 or I can shoot a 90 plus some days. This set up works for me as I have taken the g10 3 wood out of the bag for the most part and carry 4 wedges. Also looking at the g15 hybrids as I hit some in the store the other day and they felt pretty good, but I can hit the 3 and 4 iron pretty solid as well.

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Posted 12 June 2010 - 03:34 PM

View Postbberget, on 12 June 2010 - 03:01 PM, said:

I am curious about the skill levels of the people replying. I'm sure the better/longer players can get away with driver and one fairway wood, then maybe a hybrid to 4 iron. I feel I need two woods to get to my hybrid. Can some of you include your skill level or distances in your replies?

I play to about a 7. I swing 105-108 SS, but I get a little steep. The extra loft of the 4 wood helps to get the ball in the air.

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Posted 12 June 2010 - 07:20 PM

I'm a 5.2 handicap.

I just picked up a G15 4 wood, and it's been great. I hit it farther than the Adams 3 wood I had in the bag, it goes higher, and I'm more confident that it's going to go where I'm aiming it. My next club is a 20* Cobra hybrid then 4 iron.

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Posted 12 June 2010 - 07:45 PM

Me:

Clubhead speed (driver): avg. 98-102 mph
USGA index: 2.3
Testing: Cool Clubs, outdoor fitting with Trackman
Clubs Tested: G15 3wood and 4 wood, various shafts

Results: G15 3 wood avg carry was anywhere from 5 (lowest gap) to 13 yards (highest gap) longer than G15 4 wood off the ground, and 8 (lowest gap) to 17 (highest gap) off the tee.  Fitter said my spin rate was much better (read: less spin) than on the 4.  For some reason I was spinning the 4 too much and costing myself distance.  He said the loft differential explained a small portion of the spin differential, but was unable to detect why I was spinning it so much more and causing slight ballooning compared to the 3.

The 3 wood outdistanced the 4 wood EVERY TIME no matter what shaft I compared (about 7 different shafts tested). Ironically, best combo that produced the widest divergence (13 yards of CARRY off turf and 17 off the tee) over the G15 4 wood was with the basic, stock TFC stiff shaft.

The apex of ball flight with the 3 wood was only 1 foot lower than the apex of the 4 wood off the tee, but almost 4 feet lower off the turf.

I went with the 3 because it fit the gap I needed and was just as easy to hit as the 4.   Both heads were great.  
To my eyes (this is a personal thing), the heads on the 3 and 4 looked of similar size at address, although the exact specs show that the 4 is a few cc's smaller than the 3, I believe.

Just my experience and based on swing characteristics. Everyone else's mileage may vary.

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 01:15 PM

Hey guys, thanks for all of the input.  I went with the 4-wood based on the recommendations given here, and because I wanted to go with one fairway wood because the next club in my bag is a 20 degree hybrid.  I haven't taken it out on the course yet, but I'm hitting it higher and farther at the range than my last 4-wood.  FYI, I'm a 12-handicap, so I'm definitely not as consistent as the most recent poster that chose the 3-wood, even though our swing speeds are pretty similar.

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Posted 13 June 2010 - 06:40 PM

handicap 6.2. i have a g15 5 wood (18.5) and it is a great club. i fly it 235 off the deck and can hit it both directions. i dropped my 3 wood to carry it. i think most higher handicap golfers feel like they hit their 4 or 5 wood further than their 3 wood is because they hit it straighter. the more the loft the straighter it goes, it has less sidespin than a 13 or 15 degree 3 wood. i carry driver, 5 wood , hybrid , then 4 iron and it has been a great set up for me.




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