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Ditching the 3-wood for a 4-wood – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing fairway woods. WRXer ‘Chadly643’ is considering switching out his 3-wood for a 4-wood and kicks off the thread saying:

“I wanted to hear some stories of folks that have ditched the 3-wood and what they’ve replaced it with. I have an XR Pro 3 wood that’s always been really good to me and held its spot in my bag for a long time now. I just don’t find myself using it all that much though. Off the tee, it’s not too far behind my driver, so I usually just pull driver. 

In the fairway, I’m usually either too far to reach with the 3-wood or close enough to reach with hybrid or less. So it’s this weird spot in my bag that I’m considering changing. What are some paths that others have gone down?”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts and experiences 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.

  • LeftyMatt24: “Yeah I agree fully. 4-wood flies a little higher and lands softer. Fits a better window than a 3-wood which is basically tee only.”
  • WhiteShark: “Needed to drop one club from my bag. Couldn’t decide whether to leave out the 3-wood or the 5-wood. Decided to drop both of them out and replace them with a TE 4 wood (16 1/2 degrees). One of my few good golf decisions.”
  • bryanwmilburn: “I go driver, 4-wood (Sub 70 Pro Tour) then 2-iron. It’s the best decision I’ve made in a while at the top end of my bag. Much better off the turf and still awesome off the tee. Plus controllable distance.”
  • HappyGilmoresBots: “When I bought my woods a few years back, the guy set me up with a driver, 4-wood, and 4-hybrid instead of driver/3/5. He said the combo of driver/4w/4h was generally better or more useful for high handicappers like myself.”

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  1. Tom

    Feb 28, 2022 at 1:47 pm

    Years ago, 2015 I think, Adam Scott went with the 16.5 fwy wood and I asked the question. Gave it a try then also added a 20 hybrid.

    Never going back. I hit it just as far as a 15 with better carry, control, and soft landing.

    • Jim D

      Mar 1, 2022 at 8:41 pm

      I’ve been playing a Callaway XR 4 wood for 6 years. I love it and hit it well. I also carry a Ping G30 7 wood. Especially great when the ball is down in the rough. Comes out with the trajectory of the 4 wood.

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TOUR REPORT: Inside the huge equipment news from the 2022 Fortinet Championship

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Welcome to this week’s Tour Report from the 2022 Fortinet Championship at Silverado Resort & Spa in Napa, California, where HUGE equipment news was going down.

If you’ve been following along to my weekly Tour Reports here on GolfWRX.com, then you know I’ve been reporting on the new and custom gear we see each week out on Tour.

This week, I’m trying something a little different by putting all of the gear news into a video version of the Tour Report. Watch the video at the top of the story to check it out. You’re still getting a look at all of our photos, and I’m still providing information about the equipment discussed…it’s just in a video format.

I’m all about what’s best for GolfWRX fans, though, so I’m looking for feedback on the first Tour Report video. What are your thoughts? Do you like the new format? My goal is to provide the best user experience possible when highlighting the coolest and newest gear that we see on the PGA Tour each week. I hope you enjoy the first Tour Report video from Napa, and if you don’t, let us know why in the comments!

Don’t forget to check out all of our photo galleries from the 2022 Fortinet Championship below. If you want a more extended discussion from the week, listen in to our new Two Guys Talking Golf podcast.

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We’ll see you next week at the Presidents Cup for more gear coverage!

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Rickie Fowler and Hideki Matsuyama make big gear changes in Napa

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Andrew Tursky was on site at the Fortinet Championship this week and got all he could handle in terms of new equipment news. There were new irons, drivers, and even headcovers all over the range, so we had to dig into two of the biggest stories out there on this week’s Two Guys Talking Golf Podcast (give us a follow on Instagram: @tg2wrx).

Rickie Fowler’s new irons

Rickie Fowler has been changing a lot of equipment in his bag as he has struggled to get his golf game back into shape. We have seen him with different drivers, shafts, irons, and putters throughout the 2021-2022 season. Fowler has typically played some form of blade during his career, and Cobra even made him some signature Rev33 blades that were beautiful, but razor thin and intimidating for us mortal golfers.

Rickie showed up to the Fortinet with some brand new, unreleased, Cobra King Tour irons. The King Tour irons look a lot like the current Cobra King Tour MIM irons, and we can only assume that the new Tour will replace the MIM.

The interesting thing about the King Tour irons is that they look a little larger than his preferred blades and that they might have a little more ball speed and distance built into them. From the images you can tell there is a little slot behind the face that might be filled with some type of polymer.

Rickie didn’t get into the tech of the new King Tour irons but did tell Tursky that he was gaining around 3-4 yards on shots that he stuck low on the face. He finished the first round of the Fortinet Championship in the top four, so the new irons have seen some success under pressure. I know many of us hope to see Rickie back to form soon, and maybe these new King Tour irons can be the catalyst.

Hideki Matsuyama’s driver change

The other big story comes from a former Masters Champion testing out some new drivers on the range, Hideki Matsuyama. Matsuyama is well known as a golfer who loves to test and tinker with new golf equipment. Each week there is a good chance that he will have multiple drivers, irons, and fairways in the bag searching for the perfect club that week.

Earlier this week, Hideki was spotted with some new, unreleased, Srixon drivers out on the range in Napa. We spotted a few pros testing the new Srixon ZX7 MkII and ZX 5 MkII LS on the range.

Andrew spoke to the Srixon reps and learned Hideki has been trying the new drivers and seems to have settled on a Srixon ZX5 MkII in 10.5 degrees of loft (and his trusty Graphite Design Tour AD DI 8 TX shaft).

The ZX5 MkII LS looks to have an adjustable weight on the sole that is moved far forward —closer to the face — to possibly lower the spin. We haven’t heard anything specific from Srixon on the new drivers, but with their recent success, we would expect to see some solid performance out of the line.

Check out the full TG2 podcast, below

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Tim O’Neal WITB 2022 (September)

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Driver: Titleist TSi2 (10 degrees @9.25)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X

3-wood: Titleist TSi2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Blue 7 X

5-wood: Titleist TSi2 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Blue 7 X

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2 (18 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black Hybrid 9 TX

Irons: Titleist T200 (4), Titleist T100
Shafts: True Temper Tour White AMT X100 (4), Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 Tour 120 X

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (50-08F @ 51), Titleist Vokey Design WedgeWorks Proto (54-M @ 55, 58)
Shafts: Nippon N.S. Pro Modus 3 125 Wedge

Putter: Odyssey Jailbird PT Customs

Grips: Golf Pride MCC, Lamkin Crossline Cord, Golf Pride Tour Velvet, Golf Pride MCC Align Plus4

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