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4-wood vs 7-wood vs hybrid – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing optimal setup at the top of the bag. WRXer ‘Layts14’ is torn between going 4W, 7W or hybrid, and explains his predicament to begin the thread saying:

“Recently won a fairway metal or hybrid and struggling to choose what to get. Currently have driver, 3W, 5W, 23* hybrid. I am tempted to try something new in the bag like a TSi2 4W or 7W. 

Another option is to upgrade the hybrid to a 24* TSi2 or a G425 26* hybrid to gap between 5i and 5W. 

Is it time to experiment with a new fairway loft? And if I go 7w, so I go 70g shaft like 3W and 5W or bump up to 80g since shaft length is decreasing?”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts in the thread.

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.

  • bazinky: “I’d vote for the 7 wood. I plan on experimenting with one soon since it seems that Par 5 approaches and the longer par 3s on most course now often require something that stops faster than a long iron or hybrid.”
  • Billfitz: “I got rid of all my fairway woods, replaced them with hybrids (in my signature). The hybrids are just as good off the tee, better off the deck, and they handle the rough. I’d stopped carrying my 3w for a long time, as I almost never used it. I use my 2H on average four shots every round.”
  • hammergolf: “I can tell you for me, putting a 7wd in the bag has been one of the best decisions I’ve made. Much better than my previous 3 hybrid. GREAT at coming out of the rough. I still carry a 4hy, but I play 3wd, 7wd. I just hit shots with my 7 wood that I can’t hit with a hybrid. As crazy as it sounds, I look at my 7 we as a scoring club now. I’ve lost count of how many birdies I’ve made with it. My playing partners hate to see it come out of the bag….”
  • buynagame: “I have 4 wood then 19 and 22 G410 hybrids. Works great for me. The shorter shafts on hybrids make them more accurate. The 4 wood is used on the short tee shots and rare trying to hit par 5 in 2.”

Entire Thread: “4-wood vs 7-wood vs hybrid – GolfWRXers discuss”

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  1. Matt

    Sep 15, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    I personally play a strong 5 wood, strong 7 wood, and a short heavy 5 hybrid before going into my irons at 5 iron. Current driver swing speed around 112. I took out one of my wedges to add a club at the top end of my bag and I have never scored better. Long par 3s are no longer a scare due to my hybrid and I have multiple options for 2nd shot an par 5s in addition to multiple options for positioning off the tee. It’s my belief that more people would benefit from having more options at the top as long as they are properly fit and gapped.

  2. Jorge

    Sep 15, 2021 at 10:25 am

    Love my 7 wood Ping G425… and it’s perfect for clipping over the corner trees of a dogleg, it goes high and gives me the same distance as my 5 wood. I know that sounds odd, but I think the 7 wood is lighter and I can get higher club speed.

    Considering a hybrid to replace my 3 and 4 irons that wound up in the lake. Accidently.

  3. Donn

    Sep 11, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    Such problems. Have fun go 7 wood. With today technology it probably is groovy.

  4. MattS

    Sep 9, 2021 at 5:30 am

    Can’t comment on player’s question without knowing his yardages and gapping and dispersion variances for the clubs in his bag. However, one should choose correct gapping and not concern oneself with the number showing on the bottom of the club.

  5. James

    Sep 9, 2021 at 1:17 am

    What’s the loft of a 4-wood?

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Driver: Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond LS (9 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue White 130 M.S.I. 60 TX

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3-wood: Callaway Mavrik (15 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Silver 110 M.S.I. 70 X

Utility wood: Callaway Apex UW (19 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Black 130 70 TX

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Hybrid: Callaway Apex 2 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black 100 6.5

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Irons: Callaway X Forged CB (4-9)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

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Wedges: Callaway MD5 Jaws (46-10S, 52-10S, 56-10S)
Shafts: Project X Rifle 6.5

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Putter: Odyssey Toulon Azalea Stroke Lab
Putter Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT 2.0

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Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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Driver: Srixon ZX5 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 70 TX (44.5 inches, tipped 1 inch)

3-wood: TaylorMade M2 Tour HL (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 TX

Irons: Nike Vapor Pro (3), Srixon ZX7 (4-PW)
Shaft: Fujikura Pro Tour Spec 95 X (3), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (4-PW, 38 1/4 cut on 4i)

Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore – Tour Rack Raw (52 Mid, 56 Mid, 60 Low)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (Standard length/lie)

Putter: Scotty Cameron T10 Select Newport 2 Prototype

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord (Midsize) round

Ball: Srixon Z Star Prototype

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2021 GolfWRX Holiday Gift Guide: Golf gifts for the Purist

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It’s that time of year again, GolfWRX members, the moment we start filling our wish lists with the golf gear we want this holiday season.

The GolfWRX Holiday Gift Guide was created to ensure that our readers give (and hopefully receive) the very best golf gifts on the planet. These gift ideas will suit any budget, and each item was hand-picked by our staff.

In an effort to provide more value and tailored recommendations, we’re targeting “the purist,” “the gearhead,” “the value seeker,” “the golfer looking to get better,” “the clothes horse,” and “the big spender.”

You know the purist by his/her love forged irons, natural fibers, and Golden Age golf courses.

Here are our best recommendations for “the purist” in your life.

The Making of Pacific Dunes by Tom Doak – $50

In The Making of Pacific Dunes, Doak shares his experience in building the second course at Bandon Dunes Golf Resort. Doak recounts his journey from the first day, explaining how he found each hole and put the routing together, and what his crew did and didn’t do to build this “distractingly beautiful and unfailingly challenging golf course.”

Buy here.

Artisan Wedges – $300 each

As seen in the bag of the likes of Abraham Ancer on tour, Artisan wedges are handcrafted to fit the profile of each individual and are a must-have for all golf purists.

Wedges start at $300 each for a Satin raw finish, standard Dynamic Gold shaft and standard Tour Velvet grip, with a trip to Texas required for the fitting process which includes a morning or afternoon hitting balls with the Artisan team so that they can understand your short game in order to truly customize each wedge to your game.

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Titleist Pro V1, Pro V1x: $49.95

The No. 1 ball in golf, yes. Most widely played on the PGA Tour by a wide margin, yes — no doubt the performance of the Titleist Pro V1 is best-in-class. But for the purist, there’s nothing in the golf ball space quite so iconic as the “Titleist” script stamped on the Pro V1. 

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Fore Ewe Headcover – $55

Purists will love For Ewe’s headcovers, which are all made from start to finish in Portland, Oregon using 100 percent wool yarn. All of the yarn is spun and double waxed to ensure that it knits smoothly and lasts, while each cone is skein dyed to make sure the colors are rich and consistent.

This holiday-themed set features a charcoal, dark red, and white color scheme with the covers starting from $55.

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8″ Leather Mac Mackenzie Bag – $1,055

No purists collection is complete without a Mackenzie bag. The 8″ Leather Mac is made from navy leather, trimmed in red and white leather. The bag features a white & red split bottom and has an 8” opening with just the solo pocket.

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The Golfer’s Journal: $75/year

Do you subscribe to The Golfer’s Journal? If you consider yourself a purist, it’s surprising if you don’t. And if you’re buying a gift for the purist in your life, TGJ is the perfect pick for superb reading material, best-in-the-golf-media photography, and of course, as a coffee table adornment that signals your aesthetic sensibilities are as high as your appreciation for our maddening game.

Buy here.

National Custom Works custom forged irons – Varies

Hand-ground from Japanese forgings by the legendary Don White, NCW’s entirely made-to-order blades have quickly become the purist’s gold — or steel — standard. And they’re not just for show; these things perform, as evidenced by Jason Dufner putting a set in play in 2018.

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