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#1 rocker40

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 11:23 AM

Im looking to get upgrade the fairway woods but want to make sure i can hit them well off of the tee and off of the fairway.

Looking for good distance, forgiveness and doesnt launches too high.  Am I asking for too much?

Do i need to look for larger cc fairway woods? Like the G20 orRBZ?  And is the RBZ shaft is too long for a HH?


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Posted 19 February 2012 - 11:28 AM

Tried them all myself recently and went with the Adams F12.  For some reason the RBZ didn't do it for me.  The G20 was boring and not very long.  The i20 was great feeling of the face, but the shaft options didn't work.  The Adams was a surprise and I tested them outdoors so I could see for myself the ball flight.  Absolute baby draws, mid-trajectory and very long for me.  I usually don't find the head and stock shaft working for me, but this combo did.  The surprise second place for me was the Callaway Razr Fit 3-wood...very solid to, but not as consistent for me as the Adams (only missed my target area badly 2-3 times out of 30 balls).  However, one last challenge for you; try the new 2012 Cobra Baffler T Rail 3-wood; stupid easy to hit!

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 11:28 AM

consider the PING K15, but there a lot of good FW's out there.

Edited by pingman1, 19 February 2012 - 11:30 AM.


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Posted 19 February 2012 - 11:49 AM

I,m not touting Taylormade at all but the RBZ works for me.I took out the stock shaft and put an Excalibur fairway wood shaft in it.Great shaft plus a great head = awesome distance.I would try many combos b4 u buy

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 12:20 PM

g20+1


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Posted 19 February 2012 - 12:22 PM

G15 or G20. Anyone can play these clubs.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 12:45 PM

Have you tried the new Nike VR_S fairway wood?

I recently bought their new hybrid and like it thus far and thinking about maybe picking up the 3 or 4 wood.
I hit the 3w on the simulator and saw like 205 which is long for me for a 3w (as I only hit my driver about 200 carry-220 rollout).
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Posted 19 February 2012 - 12:47 PM

View Postpingman1, on 19 February 2012 - 11:28 AM, said:

consider the PING K15, but there a lot of good FW's out there.


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Posted 19 February 2012 - 01:16 PM

What ever you decide OP....get a 75+ gram shaft in it.  If you're a high handicapper...you're not doing yourself any favors by swinging something light as a feather.
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Posted 19 February 2012 - 01:20 PM

g20 :clapping:


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Posted 19 February 2012 - 01:42 PM

Bagging a G15 4 wood right now.  Definitely look into a 4 wood vs 3 wood.  Easier to elevate off of the fairway.

K15 is as easy as it gets from the tee but it's BIG!  From the rough it's not as easy as a smaller club head.

Again, consider a 4 wood.

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Posted 19 February 2012 - 03:37 PM

My vote says i20, if you are a high handicap you really need something you can stand over and feel confident when you look down at the club.  I'm a mid handicap but I strike the ball really well and have found the i20 to beat everything I have ever hit, it knocked my r11 right out of the bag.
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Posted 19 February 2012 - 03:44 PM

I recommend a Ping G15.  Great club and you can get them for $150 now.

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 10:52 AM

Suggest you try out the Tour Edge Exotics Trilogy.... I've got a 5 and 3 on order after a fitting...the 3 launched well for me compared to my current one (R9) and others I tried.

I couldn't hit the R11s or Rocketballz woods off the mat at a launch monitor worth  a darn.  And that included the 17 degree HL three wood, that really is a 4 wood loft. But the Trilogy 3W was great. And I just kept swinging harder and harder as I felt comfortable with it and made consistent contact swing after swing.  (FYI I'm a 19 HC, but mechanics are good I'm told.)

In fact, my fitter  suggested that I either just go with a 5 wood, or start looking at 4 wood only options (often a good option I think) until he had me try the Trilogy 3Wood.

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ps Someone else suggested the Cobra T Rail that has some design similarities with the Trilogy it seems.  I didn't try that, but I did have last year's Cobra  Rail hybrid in my bag last year. It was easy to hit and get airborne, even from the rough. However I always felt I needed to steer it a bit, so I didn't get full distance or have the "go 'for it"  feeling. .

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Posted 21 February 2012 - 11:09 AM

View Postrocker40, on 19 February 2012 - 11:23 AM, said:

Im looking to get upgrade the fairway woods but want to make sure i can hit them well off of the tee and off of the fairway.

Looking for good distance, forgiveness and doesnt launches too high.  Am I asking for too much?
Not to be a downer, but maybe. At least for finding something to hit off the deck.

A fairway wood off the deck is one of the harder shots in golf. It's a longer shaft than an iron. You need a really good lie. It's not designed _specifically_ for hitting off the ground. When I talk to my instructor, the first question he asks me is "how are you hitting your 4W off the fariway." He knows that if I'm doing  that, then I'm hitting the ball all right.

To hit fairway wood off the deck consistently, you really need to understand hitting down on the ball, and if you're a high handicap like you say, you probably don't.  (some people seem to like more of a "sweep" with the FW wood. I don't like that, and it's probably more difficult than just hitting down on it.)

For hitting off the tee, most any club should be fine.  I swing a Callaway 4W that is probably 10 years old. I like the smaller head off the deck.

That said, I've hit the R11 3W off a tee at the range, and I really liked it. I also love my G15 driver, and if I got a new FW wood, I'd probably look at the G15s.


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Posted 22 February 2012 - 11:02 PM

I like my 15 degree F11 TI with 90g Graphalloy Epic tour shaft, BUT I liked almost as much my $25.00 ( no joke ) Adams Insight BUL with stock 75g Adilia.  Both are 240 yards carry off the deck with enough height to stay on the green on those rare occasions I actually hit the green.  Only difference I can tell is the F11ti is very forgiving on thin shots.

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Posted 23 February 2012 - 09:32 AM

View PostCopeSteelers, on 19 February 2012 - 01:42 PM, said:

Bagging a G15 4 wood right now.  Definitely look into a 4 wood vs 3 wood.  Easier to elevate off of the fairway.


Again, consider a 4 wood.

Definitely consider this. I just made the change myself. Golf Digest just did a study on this and found that the average golfer hits the 4w better off the deck than a 3w distance and accuracy wise. I have a few friends who play 4wds and just kill them. I definitely hit mine better than the 3w. I play a Titleist 910.

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