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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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