Originally Posted by TourSpoon
As long as you have a decent swing speed you should be hitting driver if you have the skill to hit it reliably. With a lower swing speed a 3 may be longer than a driver because you can't take advantage of the lower loft (the same could be said of the 3 and 4 iron too) and your distances are similar. If swing speed is not the issue and it is your shaft, then you should try to correct that so that you can pick up 15-20 yards. Why wouldn't you?
Each club has a job, and I contemplated a strong 3, but couldn't justify it and went with the 15 degree. The strong 3 was just a few yards shy of the driver but produced a slightly flatter trajectory that would make it tougher to hold the greens. With the 15, I gave up 10 yards from there but got a club that would do the job from the fairway and the tee. My driver carries @ 255-260, the 3+ was 245-250, and the 3 was 235-240. Here is a post I made in my blog about the experience.
Now, the other day I put the driver away and played the last 5 holes with the 3 wood. I hit every fairway, but had longer clubs in, and resigned myself to play the par 5 as a three shot hole. It was nice to be able to do that, but it would have been better if I could have hit the driver on a couple of holes, especially the par 5 and the holes that were playing into the wind.
something recently caught my attention and just a second ago i made the connection between these two thoughts..
i hit my drives very well. i know i have faults but in a none arrogant way, i assure you my swing is not at fault in terms of distance with my driver. i manage to hit range balls with my driver further than my 3 in most cases. i think that might be only because of the ball itself is alot like the hard "top rocks" of yesteryear that were hard and flew VERY far. but thats neither here nor there.
i know for a fact that the stock shaft is hurting my capabilities with this club. at contact it feels like i could use the 65g Motore "Exotics" reg flex shaft to tag a 8 point buck, like a bow and arrow. (im referring to how much bend the club has as contact...its rediculous!) ive been looking around for new shafts from the fuji rombax, motore f1/f3 and motore speeder, to the aldila rip alpha/beta/gamma shafts but my top hope is the projectX 6.0 shaft. im nervous about the pricing though considering im a college guy and money is tight. i will probably end up getting a print out on a launch monitor, find out the motore exotics stock is wrong for me, and use the numbers to find the best fit from any number of those shafts i just mentioned.
THE BIG THOUGHT i had though, was technology itself.
drivers are held back by the chains of a USGA regulation. a regulation on the COR. now i dont even remember what the abbreviation stands for other than "restitution" but in short it took away the spring like faces that companies were developing in drivers not long ago. most of the time people can find japan versions of each US model that doesn't conform to the USGA C.O.R. regulation. most recently i was looking at a mizuno mp-001 "C.O.R."...in short a non-comforming driver.
BUT, all 3 woods by USGA standards are NOT held back by a C.O.R. regulation...which is why they feel a bit heftier and more explosive.
now there are driver shaving processes that you can use but those make clubs illegal. i find clubs that aren't shaved, but are made with "spring like" tendencies are considered NON-COMFORMING ...not illegal although they are considered such. and illegal clubs are the clubs that have SHAVED FACES...
again...neither here nor there.
my last note is on the company that makes the 3-wood i play now. tour edge exotics cb2.
has anyone actually hit a tour edge exotics fairway? i know many have...but to the people who haven't...you dont know what your missing...
i feel as if they truly make the longest fairway club today. and that includes clubs that have adjustability like titleist 910F or even the hideous TM r11..
you havent truly experienced any sensation of power, feel, explosiveness, distance, or control in any other club. which is why i think using one of their 3+ woods is still in my mind...3 woods without a COR limit with the R&D dept. of Tour Edge Exotics...they make fairways as long as drivers...in some cases...LONGERRR..
just some opinions of mine...im not here to put down your information because i have made notes of it and hope to look into it further down the road....but for now i'll be kicking the driver out of the bag until i...A. get shaft fit for it...orrr...B. get a strong 3wood (13*) to replace it.