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What GolfWRXers are saying about carrying two drivers

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the merits of carrying two drivers after WRXer ‘golfer55082’ asked for feedback on the idea in our forum. Per ‘golfer55082’:

“Driver 1: regular driver, 45” long, regular loft, carry about 280 yards. Driver 2: long driver with 47-48” shaft, 7-8 degree loft. Carry about 300-310 yards, with 60-65 wide dispersion. Take out gap wedge to stay at 14 clubs. The long driver would only be used when the fairway is very open, and/or I feel it. I guess this must be a novice and borderline crazy idea. Would it work? I think if the long driver can cut me 1-2 strokes per round, it would well worth the reduction of gap wedge. Thoughts?”

Our members have been reacting to the strategy in our forums with plenty of interesting perspectives offered up.

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.

  • JingleJimbo: “I carry 2 Drivers: one a ‘standard’ 45” Rogue & 10.5* Loft.The 2nd a 15.5* 44* Bertha Fusion driver more akin to a 3-wood/ “thriver” (for Long par 3’s, or those narrow/short par 4’s where control is priority/ easier to hit a draw. ).”
  • Jwags: “I also play two drivers. One a Ping G410+ 10.5 45″ shaft. The second a Taylormade original one Mini driver 13.5 with 44.5″ shaft that I choke down on. My home course calls for certain shapes off the tee. I hit low draws with the Taylormade and forgiving fades with the Ping. I never hit 3 wood off the deck, so the mini is a longer 3 wood off the tee. Are you able to cover all your yardages with the 3 wedges and are you still playing a 3 wood? Maybe dump the 3 wood and get your gap wedge back.”
  • James the Hogan Fan: “You’re basically carrying a driver and 2-wood at that point, right? That used to be quite common; I’d expect it’s not that crazy, especially if you’re turning par 5’s from 3 shotters to 2 or driving the occasional par 4. I imagine you’d be able to work around the dropped gap wedge, especially by picking the driver that doesn’t leave you in the gap.”
  • Rapidcat: “I am also interested in this idea. What could be a suitable 2nd driver that can be ‘playable’ as a strong fairway metal, e.g. deeper face but enough weight low in the clubhead? Always feel more comfortable hitting a deeper face long club off the tee. If I could find such a 2nd driver, I would drop my 15 deg 3 wood (which I hit off the deck ok but don’t love it as a tee club) for this 2nd driver and play a 4 wood or lofted down 5 wood in a 43 or 42.5-inch shaft.”
  • uglande: “I think it’s a great idea. I have toyed with it. I have a mini-driver that I love, although it’s not in the bag at the moment. I like the idea of one driver set up as a shorter-shafted club with more of a high-draw bias and a standard length driver with more of a mid-power-fade setup. But given how important driving is, I think it makes total sense.”

Entire Thread: “Carrying two drivers?”

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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. Dave Plemons

    Apr 27, 2020 at 6:21 pm

    Not a novel idea by any means. I remember Phil Mickelson using a two driver set up a few years back, with some success. I believe his were pretty much set up as one drew, the other faded. As someone in the original post comments stated, you are basically ising a 2 wood as the 2nd driver

    • Warren Stewart

      Jun 15, 2020 at 2:12 pm

      I too use a conventional driver and a mini; keeps me in fairways

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GolfWRX Classifieds (12/4/20): Scotty Cameron X6, Cobra Big Tour, TaylorMade P7MC set

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At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member coreyl – Cobra Big Tour 3-wood

If you are looking for a “big” off the tee alternative, the Cobra Big Tour 3 wood is a great option thanks in part to its larger head size and adjustable loft to get you dialed it.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Cobra Big Tour

Member JoeFrigo – Scotty Cameron X6 CS putter

The Scotty Cameron Phantom series is all about stability, and this X6 CS-center shafted model has been made even more stable with a BGT Stability shaft. With this putter, you’re going to run out of excuses for missing pretty quickly.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Cameron X6 putter

Member TigerInTheWoods – TaylorMade P7MC irons

Here is an almost new set of the hottest irons in golf, the TaylorMade P7MC’s. Going from 4-Pw and ready for your golf bag.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: TaylorMade P7MC

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds

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What GolfWRXers are saying about the oldest club in their bag

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the oldest clubs in their bags. WRXer ‘Joe Jordan’ kicks off the thread with his my Nike VR Pro LTD Edition 3-wood. And our members have been posting their oldest club along with plenty of photos in our forum.

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.

  • EaglesGolf99: “Miura CB-57 Irons. They made their debut in early 2015 and have held off a handful of challengers the last 5 1/2 years. They will be challenged again in 2021….”
  • SmashGolfBall: “Bridgestone J33 wedges. They came out in 2005.”
  • MV8980: “My one, and only, putter:  Ping Anser3, purchased new in 1986.”
  • philly2kuk: “My Taylormade rescue dual, 16 years and counting. Just bought the tp version in brand new condition as well – can’t wait for lockdown to end!”
  • jeff657756: “Adams hybrid. just too consistent to take it out.”
  • byoshio82: “My putter Taylormade TP collection Juno. Everything else changes like the wind!lol!”

Entire Thread: “The oldest club in your bag?”

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Golf 101: 5 Tips to building your golf bag with CH3 (+ Charles Howell III WITB)

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I think at this point it’s safe to say that Charles Howell III is the adopted son and patron saint of WRX.

Not only is he a member of the site and visits regularly, but he’s also an avid club nerd and tester. I’ve become friends with CH3 over the past couple of years and have had some fun gear geek sessions with him. Want to know the coolest thing of all? He’s still as passionate and curious about gear as we are and not just Titleist (who he is on staff with) he’s curious about it all.

So who better to ask about how to build a great golf bag than with a man who knows it, does, and plays for his livelihood week in and week out?

These are 5 Charles Howell III golden nuggets that any golfer can learn from—and oh yeah, his take on the future is spot on.

Rule #1: Stability over speed no matter what

“Even for the guys on tour, stabilizing the clubface is paramount to good driving. One of the reasons I love testing shafts so often is to see if there is that magic combo of speed and control. However, the stability of the clubhead and shaft have to be there—I could find a combo that’s 20 yards longer, but if it’s something I can’t control, it doesn’t have a place in my bag. Extra yardage is fun until it isn’t.”

Rule #2: Find wedges that can do it all

“I chose the Vokey SM8 M Grind in the 56 and 60, because as the grind spectrum goes, they fall dead in the middle for me but everyone is different. I discovered that finding a middle ground grind wise solves the “different wedges for different grass problems” some players find themselves in. Even at Augusta, there was more Bermuda sticking out than normal which made shots from behind 15 different for example a little trickier. Not only are you chipping back towards a downslope with water behind, but it’s also now into the grain. Knowing I had wedges to combat either scenario made it that much easier. As a player, you have to put all the grinds through the paces and see what one checks off the most boxes. It might be something you never considered.”

Rule #3 Forgiveness looks different for every player

“Iron set makeups have changed so much in recent years. Pay attention to the soles when choosing your irons, even in the longer irons. It would be easy to think that bigger heads wider soles would be a no-brainer to hit, but to be honest, it’s not that simple. Sometimes finding a sole that will help the club get in and out of the ground easily will get you that center contact you were looking for. Although guys on tour may choose beefier long irons, it’s pretty rare to find one with a really wide sole. Soles that large encourage a player to try and sweep it off the turf which is counter-intuitive with an iron in your hand. When getting fit, pay attention to attack angles and center contact with your longer clubs; you may find that thinner soles help you more than anything else.”

Rule #4 Enjoy the process of learning and testing

“Obviously playing for a living gives me the advantage of testing a ton of stuff, but it’s just as fun doing the research at home (online) and understanding what certain equipment can do and the idea behind it. I still rely on testing as much as I can to see what works but it’s the pursuit of knowledge that keeps it all fresh week in and week out. Technology is so good these days but like anything you have to ask questions, look around try some stuff and then make a decision. Remember it’s your golf bag, take some pride in demanding that every inch of it works for you.

Eyes on the future…

“I think as we go down this Bryson/distance chase, the ultimate result on tour will be a lot of two driver bags. Look at it this way, having a 47-inch driver for long bombs, and a 44.5 inch for tighter drives, and a 4-wood isn’t all that hard to imagine. Players can tweak lofts in the irons and wedges easily to adjust to gapping. It’s not rocket science, and I don’t think we are that far from seeing multiple players on tour doing it that way.”

Charles Howell III WITB

Driver: Titleist TSI3 (10.5 degrees, A1 SureFit setting)

Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD XC 6 TX

3-wood: Ping G425 LST (14.5 degrees)

Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Black Tour Spec 8 X

7-wood: Ping G425 Max (20.5 degrees @20)

Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Black Tour Spec 9 X

Irons: Titleist T100 (4-6) 620 MB (7-9)

Shafts: Project X LZ 6.5 (hard stepped)

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (48-10F @47, 52-12F, 56-08M, 60-08M)

Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron 009M

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Align

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