anybody playing driver-5 wood, no 3-wood ?

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I like playing 3 wood off the tee boxes. From the fairway, unless the lie is level and just about perfect, I rarely swing a 3-wood.
I am considering changing up my bag set up to have driver, then 5 wood, and after that either a hybrid or driving iron.
My thinking is that the modern 5-woods have such long shafts, and relatively low lofts, that today's 5-woods strike the ball nearly as far as a 3-wood, so maybe the 3-wood is not necessary.
Anybody here no longer carry a 3-wood ?
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I carry Driver, a 17* fairway, and 20* hybrid. The 17* would actually be a 4-wood, and the 20* hybrid would be a 3 with a bit (1*) more loft than many. I've just always hit a 4-fairway better than a 3, with little or no difference in distance.
 

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I have carried Driver/4wd before, but, for some reason, I don't get along with the 5wd much. I'd think if you're good enough to square up a driver that you should be good enough to square up a 3wd reasonably. You should get more distance out of a 3wd than a 5wd. I think a modern 5wd may hit as far as an older 3wd, but definitely not as far as a same generation 3wd.
 

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Yeah I do that some. My course has par 5s that my drive ends up on a downward slope... 3 wood launches too low so i use 5w instead. Other times i carry 5w if i need that yardage (225) for dogleg tee shots. Just depends on the course.


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My 3w is a HL model further lofted up, coming in at 18degrees. Still a typical length 3w shaft. The resulting franken wood fits my yardage gaps nicely.
 

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I play driver, 3i. I don’t have fairway woods anymore, and can’t for the life of me hit a hybrid.
 

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I struggle with the newer 3 woods that have a flatter sole. I really like the sole to have more of a v shape to it for hitting off the deck. This is even more true when the lie is uneven or out of light rough (I never hit a wood out of deeper rough or other lies).
 

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I have a very nice 3W and 5W but I currently don't use my 3W or my 5W. My next go to club in my bag after my driver is my 3H.
 

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I hit driver (11.5*), 5W (set at 16.5*), 3h (19*), although I use the 5W so infrequently I could probably remove it from the bag and not notice.
 

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I don't carry a 3W. I went to a 4W in 2014 and haven't looked back. I get almost the same distance as a 3W off the tee and more distance off the deck than a 5W.
 

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I used to have a 3w and while I could hit it good off the deck it just wasn't consistent off the deck, this year I have the 5w though will adjust it to a loft more of a 4w, last year was first time in a while I carried a 3w instead of 5w, I'm way more consistent with a 5w either off tee or the grass than the 3w.
 

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Although I don't use it as much as my 5 wood due to the distances I need to achieve at my course, I do carry a 3 wood. I actually use the 3 wood fairly often to get out of trouble. Choke down on it and hit low bullets to get out of the trees and a decent distance down the fairway. It is also about the only club in my bag that I can fade at will.
 

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You bring up the biggest dilemma in my bag. The 3 wood slot. I do carry a 3 wood but it’s usually there to hold my head cover. I never use it off the tee. If it’s a tight shot I’ll pull out the 3H. The only 5W I was ever able to hit consistent was a Powerbilt 5 wood. As in real wood with three brass inserts. Lol.
Have heard the newer 4W or 5W goes as far as older 3W. If that proves correct and I can hit the darn thing with any consistency then will opt that way.
Driver 210-230
3H 180-190
So need that 200ish off the deck.


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I like playing 3 wood off the tee boxes. From the fairway, unless the lie is level and just about perfect, I rarely swing a 3-wood.
I am considering changing up my bag set up to have driver, then 5 wood, and after that either a hybrid or driving iron.
My thinking is that the modern 5-woods have such long shafts, and relatively low lofts, that today's 5-woods strike the ball nearly as far as a 3-wood, so maybe the 3-wood is not necessary.
Anybody here no longer carry a 3-wood ?
All replies welcome.
I carry driver, 3w, 5w. I use the driver and 3w off the tees, and my 5w for most fairway shots in to par 5's. Rarely do I swing the 3w from anything other than the teebox.
 

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My next fairway wood is going to be a 5-wood length fairway wood...whether that means a de-lofted 5 wood or a shortened 3-wood depends on fitting, but I need consistency more than I need distance at this point.
 

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I'm thinking about it, but I'm currently so please with both the 3w and 5w... that and I'm unsure where I would add another club... maybe 2nd driver if I 86'd the 3
 

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Interesting discussion --

Most 5 woods I've seen (but I haven't looked in a year) are 18 degrees. I could see someone going 43 inches in a 5 wood to make it more like a HeavenWood.

But I have a 16.5 4 wood and 18 degree 5 wood - and have sufficient separation between the two with both at 42.5 inches. I think it depends on what you want - I am launching the 16.5 higher this year, and may try a 15 degree - my decision will depend on carry and the flight window. I like carrying a distance wood like a 15-17 fairway, and a 5 wood (18-19 deg) as an approach wood that gives me great height, proper descent and will stop on the green.

But for a single fairway, a 43 inch 5 wood would be intriguing - you could grip down if needed.
 

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I play driver, 3i. I don’t have fairway woods anymore, and can’t for the life of me hit a hybrid.
This should change very soon.
 

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My next fairway wood is going to be a 5-wood length fairway wood...whether that means a de-lofted 5 wood or a shortened 3-wood depends on fitting, but I need consistency more than I need distance at this point.
For my swing and game 43" shafted clubs are fine from the tee box. Off the ground , especially is the lie is sloped or in any way less than ideal, playing a 42" or 42.5" seems to be significantly easier than 43" length.
 

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I play driver (8.5°) 4/5 Wood (17°) hybrid (21°)

This setup covers all the shots on the top end I'm comfortable with hitting.
 

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For my swing and game 43" shafted clubs are fine from the tee box. Off the ground , especially is the lie is sloped or in any way less than ideal, playing a 42" or 42.5" seems to be significantly easier than 43" length.
I think you're correct - you'll have better consistency at a shorter length - I've toyed with 1 inch separation between 3,5, 7 woods in the past.

If I have a ball that is far above my feet, forget the heroic fairway shot - I'm getting a shorter club or I'm going to punch a fairway. Heck, maybe a punched driver for loads of roll.
 
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I carry driver(10.5*), 3w(15*) and 5h(25*). The hybrid is for rescue/rough. I don't struggle 3w of the deck but I'm pondering either 5w or 3h to close the gap. Not sure which one, but I have a feeling that I cannot manage without 4th wood(w/h). Could probably manage choking 3w as well, so... This is all speculation, haven't tested this setup on the course yet. Winter, grrr.
 

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driver 11.5, heavenwood 21.5 is next, steelhead xr a little deeper faced than some works fine for me
 

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I often play rounds without touching my 4 wood essentially using driver (10.5*) and 19* hybrid. I think the gap between driver and fairway wood/hybrid is the least important spot in your bag.
 

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