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I'm gonna use the Mini 1.5 on course for the first time tomorrow. Weather is going to be windy and rainy so I'll leave it in 12 degrees and see how it goes. I pulled my 3 wood out to put this in the bag so I'll still have driver if needed and hybrid in case. Stoked!
You nailed it when you said that this club feels like swining a 3 wood. I set the tee height the same as I would with my 3 wood off the tee and I swing at it the same as when I hit my 3 wood off the tee. I just get an extra 40-50 yds out of it.
I went to try this out yesterday and ended up buying it. I'm not a big hitter with the driver, I average 220-230 total yards with about 200 carry. I brought my driver to hit in comparison. With the Mini 1.5 I was launching at 14.5 degrees and getting about 250 total yards off a small tee. I was way more consistent with it as well.
As for hitting it off the deck, its gonna take some practice. I hit it "well" about one out of three swings and would get 220 yards or so out of it when I did. When I mistruck it, I averaged 170. My current 3 wood is easier to hit off the deck but I only get about 200 off the deck.
In the end, I'm replacing my 3 wood with the Mini and I'll take it to the range to work on the off the deck scenario.