Re: 14/15 degree hybrid, 3 wood, or lob wedge?
Originally Posted by kilbyman
I suppose we all have bag configuration issues. I'm sorta weighing my opotions now, as well....how to fill that 14th slot.
I also went with 5 iron through 4 wedges. I guess we differ at the long end of the bag.
Struggling with the driver isn't an unusual quandry. I was in a local golf store the other day and heard the owner comment that he sold more drivers and putters than any other single type of club. He said the amounts were way ahead of anything else. I'm not sure of what time frame he was talking about. Anyway...thing is that many people make changes with the two lowest lofted sticks in the bag quite often.
It seems odd that your driver swingspeed is 90mph yet you are getting 150 yds from your 8 iron. That is a long 8 iron for a 90mph driver swingspeed. What is your trajectory like?
I can't tell you what to do, but I can stress that the correctly fitted 3 wood can work magic for your game. You can swing smoothly off the tee and get some great placement in the fairway. It can add some nice trajectory on those tee shots. It can also work wonders eating up distance from the ground on long par 4's and 5's. You'll be thrilled when you see the ball rocket off the face and eat up the distance to the pin from way out.
Getting the right fit is huge. Look at the shape of the clubhead. Get a 3 Wood that is made to launch the ball up for you. Get one with a forgiving shaft that will complement the head design and get the ball up quickly and provide lots of carry. I'd stay away from the deep faced heads that seem to be nice off the tee but don't do so well off the deck. Get the stick that inspires confidence off the deck. You can always tee it very low for tee shots.
A properly fitted 3 wood will give you options that you simply will grow to rely on heavily. Tee shots on tight par 4's and 5's, long par 3's, long approach or positioning shots. It can be quite liberating.
Looks like from your signature line that you've got the wedges covered. I don't recommend the low lofted hybrids as they would require tremendous clubhead speed to gain anything more of them than you are getting from your higher lofted hybrids.
I really think the right 3 wood would help you a lot. I've been very pleased with the Taylor Made Burner. Mine is one of the 2007 models that you can find at Dicks, TGW.com and other places for $129. There is always ebay, too. These sticks are really easy to hit from any lie. The stock "superfast" shaft is very, very light but still has some degree of spine. My misses with mine are high left misses. I can aim down the right side of any fairway (tee box or from the ground) and know that I've eliminated the right rough. The ball is gonna hold true and then draw a bit. I maybe should have gone with the next flex up. I've been toying with the idea of adding a 5 wood.
Cleveland Launcher Fairways come highly recomended, too. Check out the 17 degree high launch 3 wood. It's a great "one wood does it all" choice for many golfers.