High Loft FW Woods vs Hybrids

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Hi folks:

This is my first original thread as a member of HP :act-up:

I am seeking the opinion of those familiar with the idea of replacing long iron hybrids with high lofted FW woods...i.e. the 4 hybrid iron is replaced by a 7 wood and the 5 hybrid iron is replaced by the 9 wood.

I defintely find I get better distance with the woods but sacrifice accuracy. I am a senior golfer, been playing for 6 years and have an 18 handicap....like so many seniors, I live and die with my short game -especially putting and have made this move in an attempt to improve my distance...and this switch has helped me get "somewhere" near the green sooner but it seems to be a rather long process to return to my old scores-although now improving after some 15-20 rounds of effort and disappointing scores back in the 90's ......anyone else toyed with this or some other distance inducing variation in the bag? I would also welcome the input of other more experienced players and club builders.

Oh, yes , one other thing. I have used the on-line club wizard fitting system and been informed that due to my height (5-6") my clubs should be shortened by 1/2 inch. While I do cut down my putters to between 32 and 33 inches I have not dared do so with my other clubs. Any thoughts about height and club shaft length would be much appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
 

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How many yards are you gaining with the woods and just how much accuracy are you losing? I would rather be 20 yrds shooter in the fairway than in a green side hazard.
 

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I recently swapped my 4 iron for a 7 wood and i gain about 20 yards with it and alot more confidence,im currently gaming a 16* hybrid which im thinking of swapping out for a 3 wood in a high loft,as it stands i like the yardage gap between my clubs but feel a wood is more confidence inspiring than my hybrid at the minute which is why im thinking of dropping the hybrids all together.
 

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I have a friend that is almost 70. He has older Callaway woods that include 7 & 9 woods. He hits them great and will not replace them with hybrids. Everyone likes different things.
 

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I'm gaining 20 plus yards I'd say....for example before the change I really didnt have an effective 180 yard club in the bag ...now I do....so I'm definitely leaning toward the woods staying ..and just sharpening my "up and down" play. seems like a fair enough swap off so long as the hazards are dry ones. Otherwise I'll just lay up with less club. LOL
 

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I have a friend that is almost 70. He has older Callaway woods that include 7 & 9 woods. He hits them great and will not replace them with hybrids. Everyone likes different things.

Yes the 7 and 9 wood are much better distance clubs than the 4 and 5 hybrid irons, I find.
I've even tried an 11 and 15 wood but didnt care for those as much as the hybrid versions.

When you're getting so close that you need a 15 wood methinks 'tis more effective to simply swing a 7 hybrid or 8 iron.
 

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I am definitely partial to the hybrid. They give me alot of confidence vs a fairway wood.
 

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Because of back surgery which limits the amount of bending I was advised to swap all of my irons (except sw) for high angle FW wood. Enables me to keep playing and I love hitting the 19 wood (wedge) Sounded crazy at first but it really works when you get the hang of it. I do carry one Adams 4hybrid for trouble but find I get more distance with the FW woods with little loss of accuracy. Only problem is I sometimes need a crowbar (ha ha)to pull out some of the woods (very crowded bag with head covers).It works and keeps me playing at 72.
 

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While I do see a little more distance with the woods, I have more confidence and more consistent with hybrids. So I personally opted for slightly less distance for better accuracy. I am still contemplating on a new 5w for certain courses I play that have very wide open fairways.
 

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The longer the shaft the more problems I have, choke up a lot on the three wood. Think I will end up with 2-6 hybrids and no woods.
 

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I believe control in golf is more important than distance. If you are using a club to try and hit the green you want control. If you are laying up on a par five you may want distance. To me the club than is the most consistent will win out every time. I use a 5 wood and three hybrids between my driver and 7 iron. I love the hybrids, they hit the ball high and land it softly on most every type of green I have played. But what is important to you is what feels good and fits your eye at address. If there is doubt I would go to a golf store and hit both hybrids and woods and find out what works for you, it may just be a compo of both.
 

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Will be replacing my 3 hybrid with a 5 wood soon. I can hit a poor shot with a hybrid just like a fairway wood.
 

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Fairway woods over hybrids all day long for me. Bad hooking issues with every hybrid I have tried.
 

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My dad did this; he carried no iron longer than a 6 and had a bag full of lofted fairway woods. He didn't like hybrids for some reason...
 

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My great uncle used to have fairway woods down to about a 6 iron (which is a 7 iron with today's lofts). He had this ugly little half swing, but he used the momentum he created well. He had a killer short game and was very straight, so he shot below his age well into his late 80s.

This past season I toyed around with the hybrid, fairway wood line. I've found I really like 7 woods, and feel very confident with them. Below that (i.e. 9 or 11 wood), and I want a hybrid. I'm just more accurate with very similar distance (though those high 11W bombs are a thing of beauty).
 

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i was told by a fitter that often times someone is a good fw player, or a good hybo player, but rarely both. i didn't ask him to expand why, but i wonder whether it's aoa. completely talking out of my a$$, but i would think steeper aoa would do well with hybo, and shallower aoa would do well with fw.
 

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i was told by a fitter that often times someone is a good fw player, or a good hybo player, but rarely both. i didn't ask him to expand why, but i wonder whether it's aoa. completely talking out of my a$$, but i would think steeper aoa would do well with hybo, and shallower aoa would do well with fw.
I don't believe you're either or. Fwiw, I want to take a divot with both FWs and hybrids. I never try to pick either clean.
 

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i was told by a fitter that often times someone is a good fw player, or a good hybo player, but rarely both. i didn't ask him to expand why, but i wonder whether it's aoa. completely talking out of my a$$, but i would think steeper aoa would do well with hybo, and shallower aoa would do well with fw.
I have always been a sweeper with FW woods which is how I was taught to use them. Late in the season last year, I ditched my 3 and 5 wood (for now) over hybrids in the same lofts and could not be happier. Not a lot of distance lost and a lot more accurate. With hybrids, I will swing a little steeper and take a divot if the shot calls for a quick stop, but for the most part, I play the longer 2 more like woods (sweeping) and the shorter two more like irons. Just depends on how I want the ball to finish, into the wind, downwind etc.

Everything in golf like life is subjective.
 
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Fairway woods over hybrids all day long for me. Bad hooking issues with every hybrid I have tried.
Same here. For me hybrids hook and woods do not.
 

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I too carry all FW woods 7,9,11,13,15,17 19 because of back surgery. 19 FW wood is my pitching wedge and I am happy with distance and direction (for my ability)of all. The only problem I have with all of those woods is finding a bag that has enough separation to easily remove and replace each wood after each shot. With the head covers on (even though I sometimes take them all off at the beginning of the round) It takes too much time to find a slot to insert them in. My bag is 9.5" x 7.5" (inside dimensions at top) but it is takes too much time replacing the club following each shot. I am looking at Sun Mountain C130 which is I think, 10.5" x 9.5". I use a cart bag and will not go to a staff bag. You just don't think about such things if you have never experienced them.
 

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Oh my God, a 19 wood. What company, and I must find.
 

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I've topped every 3w I've ever tried, so I quit trying.

Very happy playing a 15 degree 2 hybrid instead.
 

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I much prefer hybos. For me, more solid contact and lower trajectory (I play in a lot of wind). The Titleist 913H hybrids are about the best, most consistent hybrids I've ever played.
 

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I too carry all FW woods 7,9,11,13,15,17 19 because of back surgery. 19 FW wood is my pitching wedge and I am happy with distance and direction (for my ability)of all.
I have a 9 & 11 xhot woods but I have never seen a 13, 15, 17 or 19. Where in the world did you find them?
 

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