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#1 semi

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 06:01 AM

Hi - I can find a list of non-conforming driver heads but nothing for 3 woods or fairway woods...I find it hard to believe that all fairway woods (3 woods) are conforming.  I have purchased a second hand 3 wood and I would like to check and make sure it is conforming before I put it into my son's bag.  Does anyone have any information with regards to this?

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 06:13 AM

You know I could be wrong with this I believe there was never a COR rule made for fairway woods but something keeps telling me that it`s not correct, I think there was a conversation about that some years back, anyway someone will come in with the correct info.

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 02:27 PM

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 02:40 PM

Im not sure how you can make a nonconforming 3 wood.  Make it 49", w a 500cc head, shave the face and name it a 3 wood maybe.

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 02:54 PM

Rumor is the TEE 3 woods would be non-conforming if there was a test


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Posted 10 September 2011 - 03:23 PM

Maybe I'm wrong but I thought 3 woods fell under the same rules as drivers.  I know Wishon had some 3 woods at the COR limit, but I'm not aware of any over.

And speaking of the COR limit, it's more difficult to get the spring effect off a small sized face such as on a 3 wood.  Even if the club head does approach the limit, only the very center would do so.

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 04:02 PM

 RRFireblade, on 10 September 2011 - 02:27 PM, said:


Thanks for the reply and link but this site only checks clubs for conforming groove limits - that's the way I understand it.  

What I don't get is...if there are no say 3 woods that are non-conforming, why don't they just say it somewhere?  

Very frustrating!

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Posted 10 September 2011 - 04:26 PM

 semi, on 10 September 2011 - 06:01 AM, said:

Hi - I can find a list of non-conforming driver heads but nothing for 3 woods or fairway woods...I find it hard to believe that all fairway woods (3 woods) are conforming.  I have purchased a second hand 3 wood and I would like to check and make sure it is conforming before I put it into my son's bag.  Does anyone have any information with regards to this?

Thanks
I found this mentioned on some website that they were talking about non-conforming 3 woods...the funny thing is that's the club I purchased.  I have also read that any club with a degree of 15 & 13  or less had to meet the standards...but this is just what people are saying - I'd like to see some hard facts...

Every club, so you can theoretically make .830 9-iron.

If there are nonconforming woods then it will likely be titanium  faced. The Tour Edge Exotics XCG fairway wood is maxed at .830 COR.  


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Posted 13 September 2011 - 10:52 PM

 semi, on 10 September 2011 - 06:01 AM, said:

Hi - I can find a list of non-conforming driver heads but nothing for 3 woods or fairway woods...I find it hard to believe that all fairway woods (3 woods) are conforming.  I have purchased a second hand 3 wood and I would like to check and make sure it is conforming before I put it into my son's bag.  Does anyone have any information with regards to this?

Thanks

Hi everyone,

I am very surprised that it is that hard to find information on whether a club is conforming or not...one would think that this information would be readily available...it's a bit unbelievable to me! I guess if other people have questions about conforming clubs and can't find an answer  just play them or buy something new...

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Posted 13 September 2011 - 11:37 PM

 wfrogge1, on 10 September 2011 - 02:54 PM, said:

Rumor is the TEE 3 woods would be non-conforming if there was a test

Highly doubtful.

If it's true, then I can kiss my chances of playing in the US Open goodbye.


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Posted Yesterday, 12:20 PM

I have a basic question.   Initially I thought that it was the spring-like or trampoline affect in some driver heads that cause them to be above a 0.830 COR and thus be non-conforming.   But if a club's COR is also dependent on a clubface's hardness couldn't that also make a club non-conforming?   I remember some old infomercials touting certain fairway woods (and other clubs) as having some new space-age material called "maraging steel".   Would they not be non-conforming if their numbers exceeded .830? I personally own a couple fairway woods made from another peculiar material that allows me to "punch a hole in the sky".   It was a fairly well known brand that even had a few tour pros endorsing them.    Unfortunately the company went belly up a number of years ago but I'm still able to find their products on eBay.

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Posted Yesterday, 12:53 PM

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Posted Yesterday, 01:11 PM

That "maraging steel" stuff is killer strong.  Because of that a thin face can be fashioned that will flex on impact, thus increasing COR due to the "trampoline effect".  A hard but thick face would not flex on impact, thus no trampoline effect would occur.  I tend to doubt any of the older 3-woods exceed the COR limit.  It's only been fairly recently that club manufacturers have been applying spring face technology to fairway woods at all.

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Posted Yesterday, 05:28 PM

This is the only one I know of, but I haven't read any reviews.

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