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Today from the Forums: “3-hybrid or 7-wood?”

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Today from the Forums, we take a look at a discussion on whether a 3-hybrid or 7-wood is a more beneficial club to carry. Our members have been arguing their case in our forums, with many making compelling cases for both.

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.

  • uglande: “If you get a 7-wood it will be your favorite club after about three rounds.”
  • 596: “All depends on your gaps at the high end of your bag. I’ve played 2 different loft 7-woods. I had to change between the two depending on the irons I was playing at the time. 1 7 wood is 20.5, and one is 22. Even with that, the newer 20.5 goes 10 to 15 yards further than the 22. You need to decide what gap you can manage with a specific 7-wood or 3-hybrid. I find the 7-wood very good even from the rough. It replaced my 4-iron and gapped to my 4-wood to also eliminate my 5-wood.”
  • Golf64: “Never hit a 7W before till my Ping rep handed me one. I am a believer! Couldn’t believe how easy it was to hit?! I would game one in a heartbeat(if I had the funds)!”
  • FmaxTurboSi: “I usually hook hybrids like crazy, so I’ve never gamed one. But it looks like manufacturers are starting to fix that problem with their hybrids. I recently went to a PXG fitting and was able to hit a hybrid, 3* flat, with all weights on toe for a fade bias. I was pleasantly surprised. I also heard some good reviews on the Callaway super hybrid. It comes with Tensei pro orange shaft stock, which I really like. Really nice, stiff, low spin, low launch, counterbalanced premium shaft. So I decided to order one. Only downside is 4-6 week backorder. So I’m patiently waiting.”
  • Davidv: “3 Hybrid, a bit more versatility compared to a 7-wood.”

Entire Thread: “3-hybrid or 7-wood?”

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8 Comments

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  1. Dustin

    Apr 7, 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Unfortunately hit the ball way to high for both. To give you an idea I hit my 3 iron higher than most people hit their driver and that’s with Project X 7.0’s in my irons.

  2. Jim

    Apr 3, 2020 at 5:39 pm

    After tossing out about 7 different Hybrids I finely bought an off brand (Golf Works) 7 wood about 3 years ago just to see how that worked….100% improvement over any Hybrid I ever used..after using it as my 3 iron replacement I even bough a 9 wood of the same make to replace my 4 iron, have not looked back. When you get older and your swing speed drops its great to have clubs you can hit in the air 190 and 180 yards fairly consistently…

  3. kn95

    Apr 2, 2020 at 1:57 am

    Very nice article, hi. I hope you will print again sort of post.
    Thank you!
    King regards,
    Balle Hessellund

  4. roho

    Mar 30, 2020 at 10:14 am

    Picked up an old Cobra 7 wood at a flea market, great shape. From the first time I hit it to now it’s been one of my favorite clubs in the bag. It’s the old school size not the large modern fairway woods of today.

  5. Karsten's Ghost

    Mar 20, 2020 at 5:25 pm

    One other point…

    Just like loft creep in irons, a 20-degree fairway wood is, in not so long ago terms, a 5-wood.

  6. Karsten's Ghost

    Mar 20, 2020 at 5:22 pm

    Same as Mike.

    Hybrid is usable in more situations, doesn’t fly as high. Not as prone to wind. Putting a fairway wood shot on a green is some magical stuff, and doesn’t happen enough to justify a 7-wood.

    If you need to get the ball up more, sure. Great club to elevate. But if you can swing over 100, you probably want as low-flighted shaft as you can get… and still wouldn’t recommend for most.

    • 3 putt par

      Apr 4, 2020 at 9:47 am

      Hybrids have a higher trajectory than woods. Learn how to hit a ball

  7. Mike

    Mar 19, 2020 at 8:32 pm

    While the 7-wood I’m sure would work for some people in some places, I play at a very windy course. Good luck w/ that 7W in the wind. And please no BS about ‘flighting the ball down’.

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Peter Malnati WITB 2021 (May)

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Driver: Titleist TSi3 (9 degrees) (A1 hosel setting, SureFit weight H2)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 6 X

3-wood: Titleist TSi3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD IZ 7 X

Hybrid: Titleist 818 H2 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI 85 X

Utility: Titleist U500 (4, 23 degrees)
Shaft: True Temper AMT X100

Irons: Titleist T100 (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper AMT X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8 (45-10F, 52-12F, 56-12D, 62-08M)
Shafts: True Temper Tour AMT (45, 52), True Temper Tour Issue S400 (56, 62)

Putter: Scotty Cameron Studio Select Fastback 1.5

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Phil Mickelson WITB 2021 (May – Wells Fargo Championship)

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Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (8 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X (@47.5 inches)

2-wood: TaylorMade “Original One” Mini Driver
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X

4-wood: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 8 X

Irons: Callaway X-Forged UT (16), Callaway X21 UT Proto (19 degrees @20.5, 25), Callaway Apex MB ‘21 (small groove) (6-PW)
Shafts: (16) MCA MMT 105 TX (4-PW) KBS Tour V 125 S+

**(Callaway X-Forged 16 degree driving iron also in the bag and could be rotated in)**

Wedges: Callaway PM Grind ’19 “Raw” ([email protected], [email protected], 60-12)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125 S+

Putter: Odyssey Milled Blade “Phil Mickelson”
Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT Tour

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X w/Triple Track

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A closer look at Bryson DeChambeau’s low-lofted fairway wood

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Editor’s note: We filed this piece for PGATour.com’s Equipment Report

This week’s Wells Fargo Championship is Bryson DeChambeau’s first start since the Masters. DeChambeau, who’s won twice this season, is always experimenting, so it should be no surprise that he was seen on the range this week with a unique club built specifically to handle the tremendous swing speed he creates.

The new club is a custom Cobra RadSpeed Big Tour Proto B fairway wood. The ‘B’ stands for Bryson. It only has 10.5 degrees of loft – the same amount as some players’ drivers — with a fixed long hosel. The standard RadSpeed features an adjustable hosel to change the lie and loft.

The original Cobra Baffler was built in the 1980s as one of golf’s first utility clubs. The rails were designed to help the head glide through the turf.

On Dechambeau’s club, the signature Cobra Baffler railed sole has been modified to have the rails towards the front of the head, closer to the face. The club also has an adjustable weight in the sole.

“We started with a custom head and I added small rails via welding after the fact,” said Cobra tour manager Ben Schomin. “(The club) worked OK before rails and much better after thanks to improved strike consistency with the rails.”

Read the full piece at PGATour.com.

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