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#1 Nej1140

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 01:32 PM

I have a rbz 4 hybrid (should have bought 3) and was wondering if a 5 wood would be around the distance of the 3.

If a par 3 is long I dont have a club. I can't hit my hybrid at all and have more success with my friends 5 wood.

What do you guys think? What 5 woods are your favorite? Was thinking of picking up the burner 2.0's.

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 01:35 PM

I carry a 3-iron and 5-wood here. Great combination. I do not like hybrids.

 Nej1140, on 19 July 2012 - 01:32 PM, said:

I have a rbz 4 hybrid (should have bought 3) and was wondering if a 5 wood would be around the distance of the 3.

If a par 3 is long I dont have a club. I can't hit my hybrid at all and have more success with my friends 5 wood.

What do you guys think? What 5 woods are your favorite? Was thinking of picking up the burner 2.0's.

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 01:38 PM

I get about 15 - 20 more yards out of my 5w vs. my 3h.  

FYI, my 5w is a Ping G15 and 3h is a TM 09 Rescue 19*.



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Posted 19 July 2012 - 01:59 PM

Play the hybrid a little bit more back in your stance, and hit down on it like an iron. I would be willing to bet, you try to sweep the hybrid.....
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Posted 19 July 2012 - 02:11 PM

I'm a big proponent of 5-woods, especially for most golfers!

Hybrids were specifically created to give players an alternative to hitting their long-irons from poor conditions. Slowly the hybrid market has developed into different 'flavors' if you will. Some hybrids are still designed to produce low trajectories like irons but sweep through thick rough more efficiently than an iron.

Other hybrids tend to act more like fairway metals--shallow faces and deep, low centers of gravity for higher launches, big, flat pancake bottoms to resist digging into the ground and stronger lofts with lighter shafts for added distance.

What makes a 5-wood easy to hit are all of those same things. They typically launch nice and fly straight. Some hybrids do that but not all, so finding the 'right' hybrid for a player's particular taste can be tricky. What's even more complicated is that depending on the design of the hybrid, it might go a little farther than a 5w or come up a little shorter than a 5w. There's no general rule, there.

I'll say this, if you want ease of use and high, straight shots...I can't describe my Nike SQ 5w any better! By comparison, my Adams A7 hybrids have more penetrating trajectories which can curve more if I'm not careful. ;)

It's hard for me to believe most golfers wouldn't have more fun with a good, 'ol trusty 5-wood! :D

Edited by MelloYello, 19 July 2012 - 02:14 PM.


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Posted 19 July 2012 - 02:18 PM

i hear that sweeper are better off with a wood.

i have both 5w and 19*/3h. I would use 5w more though. Any distance i can't reach with my 4h/24* i just use my 5w. I have however used 19*/3h during winter seasons when it gets real windy here in Houston. 5w is great for getting it up in the air and landing it soft from 230-240yards but when windy you just don't know what your distance is going to be. It becomes unpredictable. In order play different situation, you must learn how to use the hybrid. I had trouble but after couple session at the range, its got easier to get it up in the air. The key is hitting down on the ball not sweeping. i always had trouble hitting thin at the ball but its been corrected now. I hope this helps and good luck with your search.

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 02:21 PM

I am about to replace my 5w with a 3h. We'll see. I'm hoping the 3h will give me better iron-like control even if I scarifice some distance. I would use it mostly for longer par 3's teeing it up. I currently love my 4h from any lie, so I'm hoping the same for the 3.

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 04:19 PM

I carry both a 3h and a 5 wood.  The 5 wood is 10-15 yards longer and higher launch.  The 3h is a tad lower launch and rolls a tad more.  Both are extremely easy to hit and I can work them either way.  I carry a K15 19* 5 wood and a G15 20* 3h.  I dropped the 60* wedge for the 3h, there was too large a gap from the 4h to my 5 wood.

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 05:03 PM

Your RBZ 4 hybrid has a loft of 22*, a RBZ 3 hybrid's loft is 19*. Most 5 woods are around 18* with longer shafts, so most 5 woods will be longer than a 3 hybrid. I have the RBZ 3 hybrid and it is not as long as my older '07 TM Burner 5 wood.

I guess the real question is what are your gaps between whatever you use before and after the 4 hybrid?

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 05:12 PM

 MelloYello, on 19 July 2012 - 02:11 PM, said:

I'm a big proponent of 5-woods, especially for most golfers!

Hybrids were specifically created to give players an alternative to hitting their long-irons from poor conditions. Slowly the hybrid market has developed into different 'flavors' if you will. Some hybrids are still designed to produce low trajectories like irons but sweep through thick rough more efficiently than an iron.

Other hybrids tend to act more like fairway metals--shallow faces and deep, low centers of gravity for higher launches, big, flat pancake bottoms to resist digging into the ground and stronger lofts with lighter shafts for added distance.

What makes a 5-wood easy to hit are all of those same things. They typically launch nice and fly straight. Some hybrids do that but not all, so finding the 'right' hybrid for a player's particular taste can be tricky. What's even more complicated is that depending on the design of the hybrid, it might go a little farther than a 5w or come up a little shorter than a 5w. There's no general rule, there.

I'll say this, if you want ease of use and high, straight shots...I can't describe my Nike SQ 5w any better! By comparison, my Adams A7 hybrids have more penetrating trajectories which can curve more if I'm not careful. ;)

It's hard for me to believe most golfers wouldn't have more fun with a good, 'ol trusty 5-wood! :D

Somehow I agree with everything you write M-Y, in this and other threads as well.

I will add that my Nike SQ MS 5W is my favorite club in the whole bag.

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 05:18 PM

I replaced a 5 wood with a 2 hybrid and it was similar distance.

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 11:24 PM

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 11:28 PM

I don't believe in hybrids and have yet to find one I like. I had the super fast 2.0, the taylor, the 910, the 909, and a callaway big bertha. I don't know what the cause is, but for some reason I cannot hit one ( not to brag or talk myself up, but I can play. 1.6 index last year, low round of 68)  I carry a Callaway Steelhead III 5 wood. This is ancient and probably not approved for the forum since it's so old, but I love the thing. Possibly could be my favorite club. I've hit a 910 and burner 5 wood, and had the same result.  Actually in the market of picking one up just to add some spice to the bag. I recommend 5 wood over hybrids any day!

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Posted 19 July 2012 - 11:33 PM

 rafal, on 19 July 2012 - 05:12 PM, said:

 MelloYello, on 19 July 2012 - 02:11 PM, said:

I'm a big proponent of 5-woods, especially for most golfers!

Hybrids were specifically created to give players an alternative to hitting their long-irons from poor conditions. Slowly the hybrid market has developed into different 'flavors' if you will. Some hybrids are still designed to produce low trajectories like irons but sweep through thick rough more efficiently than an iron.

Other hybrids tend to act more like fairway metals--shallow faces and deep, low centers of gravity for higher launches, big, flat pancake bottoms to resist digging into the ground and stronger lofts with lighter shafts for added distance.

What makes a 5-wood easy to hit are all of those same things. They typically launch nice and fly straight. Some hybrids do that but not all, so finding the 'right' hybrid for a player's particular taste can be tricky. What's even more complicated is that depending on the design of the hybrid, it might go a little farther than a 5w or come up a little shorter than a 5w. There's no general rule, there.

I'll say this, if you want ease of use and high, straight shots...I can't describe my Nike SQ 5w any better! By comparison, my Adams A7 hybrids have more penetrating trajectories which can curve more if I'm not careful. ;)

It's hard for me to believe most golfers wouldn't have more fun with a good, 'ol trusty 5-wood! :D

Somehow I agree with everything you write M-Y, in this and other threads as well.

I will add that my Nike SQ MS 5W is my favorite club in the whole bag.

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Posted 20 July 2012 - 03:49 PM

I hit my 4 hybrid so well (22* A7), and my old 5-wood so poorly (F11 18*), that I picked up a 19* A7 3 hybrid and have never looked back.  I'm sure the shorter shaft has made it easier for me to control, but I hit it pretty much the same distance as I did the 5-wood, too.  It may have just been a case of the wrong shaft in the F11, but I just wasn't very consistent with it.  Growing up, 5-woods were my favorite clubs, but I just never got along with this last one, and the A7's are just so good.

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Posted 24 July 2012 - 03:26 PM

I prefer my 3 hybrid, more versatile

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 05:48 PM

 m4tTy333, on 19 July 2012 - 11:28 PM, said:

I don't believe in hybrids and have yet to find one I like. I had the super fast 2.0, the taylor, the 910, the 909, and a callaway big bertha. I don't know what the cause is, but for some reason I cannot hit one ( not to brag or talk myself up, but I can play. 1.6 index last year, low round of 68)  I carry a Callaway Steelhead III 5 wood. This is ancient and probably not approved for the forum since it's so old, but I love the thing. Possibly could be my favorite club. I've hit a 910 and burner 5 wood, and had the same result.  Actually in the market of picking one up just to add some spice to the bag. I recommend 5 wood over hybrids any day!
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Posted 20 August 2012 - 06:09 PM

I like my 5-wood also. Tempted to get a 7-wood to replace my hybrid 3. It's the only hybrid I have and I hit my actual 3-iron well so it doesn't serve much of a purpose.

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Posted 20 August 2012 - 07:44 PM

I'm a digger by nature, so I always thought hybrids were what would work best for me. After trying them for 2 years I've given up and switched to woods. I now play 5 and 7 woods and it's been the best thing for my game that I could have done ( aside from playing a 44" driver now ). I played yesterday and hit almost all my local courses par 5's in 2. 1 was 5 yards short into the wind and 1 rolled 2 feet off the back with the wind.
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Posted 21 August 2012 - 03:39 AM

I had a 5 wood for a while, replaced it with a 3h.  I gave up a bit of distance, but got a more versatile club that is easier for me to hit from a variety of lies.  My hybrid ends up being my tee shot a few times a round on shorter par 4's, as well as being used from the rough on bad drives, or playing a little punch under tree limbs that goes between 70 and 120 yards.

The 5w was great for me off the tee, and off of the fairway.  But I never got down with it out of the rough or hardpan lies.  The 3h just does more for me.


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Posted 21 August 2012 - 07:37 AM

Interesting...I just replaced my Hybrid with a Fairway Metal this week!  I like the accuracy of the Hybrid but I can get a few more yards in versatile situations when needed so the 4 wood is now the go to club! IMHO

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 07:43 AM

I've experimented with 5 wood vs 2/3 hybrids and have found that the 5 wood works best for my game.  From a decent lie in the fairway, my 5 wood flies higher and is easier for me to hit compared to lower lofted hybrids, and it is great off the tee for short/narrow par 4's.  From the rough, however, the hybrids are much better.

I'm still a fan of hybrids and have both a 4H and a 5H.  Everyone's game is different and you should just experiment to find out what works best for you.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 07:45 AM

I would work with that RBZ 4h a bit more. I demoed a 4 h and it was about 15 yds shorter than my r1 4w.  Had an RBZ 3 h for a week, and was hitting it jut as far as my 4w.   Onc you get the feel for that hybrid, you can't make a bd shot with it
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Posted 21 August 2012 - 07:48 AM

A 5w would be equal to a 2 hybrid and a 7w would be equal to a 3 hybrid. The woods will go a little further because they have longer shafts.
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Posted 21 August 2012 - 07:52 AM

I took my 5w out of the bag in favor of the Superfast 2.0 hybrid 3. More or less the same distance for me, and I can hit the hybrid much easier from the fairway.


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Posted 21 August 2012 - 08:06 AM

In true GolfWRX fashion, I have three clubs for that one spot: an 18* 5W, a 19* hybrid, and a 19* 2 iron. It'll depend on the course I play and how many wedges I carry. Does it help my score? Maybe, maybe not, but it sure is fun having options. LOL.

But seriously, the two factors I consider are 1. consistency and 2. yardage gap.

Consistency - that's a club that I will hit off the tee at least once or twice a round on short, narrow par 4s, so I need something that I'm confident I can hit straight and is relatively forgiving if I put a bad swing on it.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 08:23 AM

I play two hybrids in my setup, I play a 23, which fills in for the 3i, and a 19 that is a 5w/2i combo. I prefer the hybrid for the variety of shots you can hit with it, and also it comes out of the rough relatively easy.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 08:57 AM

I play a burner 2.0 hybrid. Last year I started golfing and I couldnt hit a fairway wood or driver to save my life. I bought the hybrid and would use it on the tee and then for my 2nd shot on every hole almost except for par 3's. It has become the easiest club for me to hit. I have since learned to hit my 3 wood and driver(somewhat) but my hybrid is my most trusted club in the bag still
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Posted 21 August 2012 - 09:14 AM

I think it is just a matter of individual prefernce. Have to try both for awhile and decide what works for you. Personally i prefer hybrids. The shorter shaft makes them easier to control. I don't get much more distance with the 5w even though it has a longer shaft. They tend to upshoot with too much spin, even with a deep faced club.

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Posted 21 August 2012 - 09:18 AM

 DJ412, on 20 August 2012 - 07:44 PM, said:

I'm a digger by nature, so I always thought hybrids were what would work best for me. After trying them for 2 years I've given up and switched to woods. I now play 5 and 7 woods and it's been the best thing for my game that I could have done ( aside from playing a 44" driver now ). I played yesterday and hit almost all my local courses par 5's in 2. 1 was 5 yards short into the wind and 1 rolled 2 feet off the back with the wind.

I think if you're really a digger, it's best to stick to irons. Anything steep or deep about someone's swing is going to pop up most hybrids just as surely as it will pop up a fairway wood. Which sounds like basically what you found.

For me, the longer shaft of the fairway wood flattens out my swing and slows down my tempo. Both of those things minimize my steepness or digging tendency. Something like a 39-1/2" or 40" hybrid really isn't much longer than a 3-iron or 2-iron and they're lighter to boot, so I end up swinging it like an iron anyway.


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