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Forum Thread of the Day: “Weak lofted 3-wood a good option?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from ludddy who opens the discussion on the benefits of using a weak lofted 3-wood in his set-up. At the moment, ludddy is currently only using his 3-wood on long par 5s and would like to use it more going forward off the tee. Our members give their thoughts on whether changing to a weak lofted 3-wood is the right move.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Celebros: “I just recently took my 15* out of the bag and replaced it with a 4-5 wood that is adjustable 16-19*. In my case, it was because I usually didn’t need that much club into Par 5s and on tight/shorter Par 4s I typically hit an iron off the tee. The higher loft gives me much gapping into the rest of my set as well.”
  • RacineBoxer: “I’ve gone through this a time or two. There almost comes the point where no matter what you do, you’re going to have a club in your bag that you rarely use. If it’s not the 3 wood, then it’s some sort of driving iron or low lofted hybrid or 4 iron or maybe you carry both a 58 & 62 degree wedges. Maybe the longer and longer you hit it the more you gap your clubs and eventually use everything, but for us mere mortals you’re likely to find a little bunching somewhere. I don’t use my 3 wood much. I find the bigger head of the driver more forgiving. I get more horrible shots with the 3 wood because the head is just so small (talking topping the ball or popping it up for 80 yards types of horrible tee shots). If I need a fairway finder on a short, tight, hole, I’m going 5 wood or hybrid. I’m a straight to fade player, and the 3 wood is a club I’m comfortable getting going a little right to left off the tee, so I’ll use it non-routinely for a hole that calls for that shot shape. But usually, I find going to 4 wood or 4h a safer play to find the middle of the fairway.”
  • Bye: “It’s such an individual thing, that really the only way to find the answer is to play with a few different options. For me, as long as I can put enough spin on it, the 3 wood is the best option. I had a few 4 woods; I just kept fiddling with them.”
  • Boognish: “Loft is generally your friend with fairway woods. Your confidence from the tee should guide your head shape decision if you need it for tee layups. There is a trade-off for deep face (flat flight) tee clubs when you want to use it off the turf. I’m a big 5 wood guy, but they can often launch/spin too high for regular tee use. If you only carry one fairway wood, my recommendation would be a 4-wood with a lower spin shaft.”

Entire Thread: “Weak lofted 3-wood a good option?”

 

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

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  1. Aubrey

    Aug 29, 2019 at 9:00 am

    I follow a fairly strict 4-5 degree gap throughout the bag and I go with a 8.5 driver, 13.5 3 wood, 17.5 4-5wood then 21 3iron continuing through the set. I will monkey with the set up depending on what the course calls for and where I want to be off the tee but that’s pretty much my standard bag.

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WITB Time Machine: Rory McIlroy, Ryder Cup 2014

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In this edition of WITB Time Machine, we take. a look at Rory McIlroy’s gear from the 2014 Ryder Cup when he was still a Nike staffer. 

Driver: Nike Vapor Pro (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S+ 72 X

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3-wood: Nike VRS  Covert 2.0 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 X

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5-wood: Nike VR_S  Covert (19 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 X

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Irons: Nike VR Pro Blades (4-9)
Shafts: Royal Precision Project X 7.0

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Wedges: Nike VR Forged (46, 52, 56, 59)
Shafts: Royal Precision Project X 6.5

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Putter: Nike Method 006 Prototype

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Ball: Nike RZN Black

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Driver: Ping G400 (9 degrees @8.75)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Red 6 X

3-wood: Ping G425 MAX (14.5 degrees @14.25)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder Tour Spec 7.2 X

7-wood: Ping G425 MAX (20.5 degrees @19.25)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Red 9 X

Irons: Ping Blueprint (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (4-PW)

Wedges:  Glide 2.0 Stealth Wedges (50-SS, 56-SS) Callaway Mack Daddy PM Grind (60)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Ping PLD Voss Prototype

Grips: SwitchGrips ER

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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GolfWRX Spotted: 2021 New Ping putter series at WCG Workday

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This week, the PGA Tour is at The Concession Golf Club in Bradenton Florida, and we were on-site Tuesday to spy some interesting things from the grounds and on the putting green where players were prepping for the first round of the WGC – Workday Championship where the purse is 10.5 million dollars!

It’s on the putting green where we spotted a whole line of new putters from Ping, and although we don’t have all the details about the new line there is enough visual technology to draw come conclusions including:

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Don’t forget that you can check out the full image galleries in the GolfWRX Tour Equipment forum.

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To see the rest of the pictures and read what GolfWRXer’s are saying about the spotted putters, check out the entire thread in the forums here: 2021 WGC Workday Championship – 2021 Ping putters

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