I am just getting back into golf after a 6-8 year hiatus (law school, marriage, baby, etc.). Back when I was playing my best (8-10 years ago) I was about a 10-12 handicap. I am now getting back into it and have been upgrading my clubs, how having replaced almost my whole bag.
The biggest difference I have encountered is Hybrids. Back when I was playing a lot, there was no such thing as a hybrid, now they are everywhere. Along with that is the make-up of a set of irons. Again, back when I played a lot, a set of irons meant 3-PW. Now, many iron sets come in 4-PW or even 5-PW, with the difference being made up by hybrids.
I was recently fitted for irons at my local PGA Superstore and purchased a set of Cleveland CG16 irons (5-PW). At the recommendation of the guy that did the fitting, I also got a Cleveland Mashie Hybrid (21.5*) instead of a 3-4 iron. I love the Mashie and am considering getting the 15.5* Mashie as well, which leads me to my question.
Would it be worth it to have a 15.5* Hybrid to hit from the fairways and a traditional 3-wood to hit off of a tee? My driver is often erratic and I am more consistent with a 3-wood off the tee, so my thought is that I should get a good 3-wood to hit off of the tee and a 15.5* hybrid for the fairway.
In your experience, would I get more distance with a traditional 3-wood off the tee or should I just use a hybrid off the tee as well? Finally, what 3-woods would you guys recommend for hitting almost exclusively off of the tee?