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Using a 300 Mini Driver as your only fairway wood – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing using TaylorMade’s 300 Mini Driver in place of any fairway woods. WRXer ‘Dufner’s Waggle’ is considering implementing the strategy and says in part:

“My whole bag is now built around giving me strong options off the tee to get it in play, but based on a very limited sample size, the mini is a par 5 killer off the deck too! I’ll hit whatever club is in that 2nd spot in my bag a max of about 5 times per round off the tee, so why not go for something with a larger head, twist face, great ball speed, etc.?”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts on the idea 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.

  • uglande: “Agree with all of the above. I am considering the mini as my only fairway one, but I need to do some testing with my new irons and also with some of the utilities that are on the market. I’m also intrigued by the UW. So, more to come, but I could definitely bypass fairway woods. The mini is fantastic, and it’s really interesting that you say that you hit a cut when you hit it off the deck. That’s my experience as well. Off the tee it wants to go a little bit left, and off the turf it wants to go a little bit right. But a very stable and powerful club overall that is a lot more versatile than people think. I have abandoned the idea of a two iron, in part because I can just hit low stingers with the mini and accomplishes the same goal.”
  • Poor Mans Ty Webb: “Sorry if this isn’t helpful/relevant, but I cut down an old 320 Ti to 43.5” (10.5*) and play that in a 7 club bag. I get 230-250 off the tee with plenty of control and have very little trouble getting it up off the deck. It doesn’t fly very high, and it wants to go right in the worst way, but I can comfortably carry 190 with it off the deck, and it has a chance to roll out well past 220 with the trajectory. I know it’s not the same, but the philosophy is still there. I did it intentionally so I wouldn’t need to carry two clubs at the top of the bag because I typically only use 3w on Par 5s. And for the hell of it. Because we don’t know what we’re made of until we do stupid things. So yeah, I’d say it’s possible with a newer, more forgiving club for sure.”
  • kthomas: “Interesting this has come up. I’ve been thinking that the higher lofted 300 mini driver would make a perfect driver/3W replacement for those with minimalist setups. If I was to incorporate it, it would get me from 10 clubs down to 9.”

Entire Thread: “Using a 300 Mini Driver as your only fairway wood – GolfWRXers discuss

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Gianni is the Managing Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected].

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  1. Buffner's Tangle

    Feb 5, 2022 at 10:06 pm

    Dufner’s Waggle needs lessons. He’s been on here for years clogging up the boards and changes woods and drivers like socks. Look out for a Mini 300 on the BST within a week.

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WITB Time Machine: Rory McIlroy’s winning WITB, 2014 PGA Championship

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It’s hard to believe it’s been 10 years since Rory McIlroy outlasted Phil Mickelson at the 2014 PGA Championship. It’s even harder to believe McIlroy hasn’t hoisted a major trophy since his 2014 victory at Valhalla.

After a slow start to his final round, McIlroy tallied an eagle and two birdies on the back nine and his fourth major championship. Take a look at the clubs he played a decade ago in Kentucky.

Driver: Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 Tour (8.5 degrees) Buy here.
Shaft: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage XTS 70X

3-wood: Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 Tour (15 degrees) Buy here.
Shaft: Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 X

5-wood: Nike VR_S Covert 2.0 Tour (19 degrees) Buy here.
Shaft: Fujikura Rombax Pro 95 X

Irons: Nike VR Pro Blade (4-9) Buy here.
Shaft: Project X 7.0

Wedges: Nike VR Forged (46, 52, 56, 60 degrees) Buy here.
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Putter: Nike Method 006 Buy here.

Grips: Golf Pride MCC

Ball: Nike RZN Black

Check out more in-hand photos of Rory McIlroy’s clubs from 2014 here.

WITB Time Machine is presented by 2nd Swing Golf. 2nd Swing has more than 100,000 new and pre-swung golf clubs available in six store locations and online. Check them out here.

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Tiger Woods WITB 2024 (May)

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Driver: TaylorMade Qi10 LS (10.5 degrees @9.75)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD VF 6 X

3-wood: TaylorMade Qi10 Tour (15 degrees @13.5)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD VF 7 X

5-wood: TaylorMade M3 (19 degrees @18.25)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ Limited 80 TX

Irons: 2023 TaylorMade P770 (3), TaylorMade P7TW (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: TaylorMade MG4 Raw (56-12TW, 60-TW11)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron Newport 2 GSS prototype
Grip: Ping PP58 Blackout

Ball: Bridgestone Tour B X (2024)

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord 58R

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Titleist launches Pro V1, Pro V1x and Pro V1x Left Dash balls with enhanced alignment

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Titleist has today introduced Pro V1, Pro V1x, and Pro V1x Left Dash golf balls featuring enhanced alignment.

The new Enhanced Alignment aid is an extended alignment sidestamp designed for more precise aim and accuracy. The elongated sidestamp provides a built-in visual aid and measures over 65 percent longer than the standard Pro V1 sidestamp.

“Enhanced Alignment is designed for golfers who are seeking a more detailed, built-in alignment feature on their Pro V1, Pro V1x or Pro V1x Left Dash. We saw overwhelming interest in the single-colored line on Pro V1 Performance Alignment, and this is another alternative for players who prefer a slightly different look.” – Jeremy Stone, Vice President, Titleist Golf Ball Marketing

In addition to Enhanced Alignment, Titleist offers more than 40 different alignment aid designs on Pro V1’s fourth pole – opposite the sidestamp – through custom order on Titleist.com.

Pro V1, Pro V1x and Pro V1x Left Dash Enhanced Alignment golf balls are available to order through titleist.com and at authorized Titleist retailers beginning on May 17 in the United States only. Enhanced Alignment is available globally on July 1. 

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