I am not the best golfer. I try, and have been told I have a natural stroke, but I have trouble knowing what club to use. Until know I had a generic set of irons, with a decent driver, and a 5w, & 3w that I never used, simply because I didn't know when. I have recently acquired a whole lot of clubs, and I could use some advice on what I should keep in my bag. I have a nice array of woods, and an old 9w that has been reshafted. Any advice would be well received. Thank You.
Unedusated golfer needs help with 9w & 7w...
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Many years ago - like in the late 1960s - some smaller golf shops made 7Ws and 9Ws. These woods (with actual wooden heads) had lofts in the mid to upper 20* range. At the club where I caddied back then, one guy bought a 9W on a trip to Florida. Upon his return, he used it a lot. Us caddies charted his rounds, and most of his non-drive full shots came with a 9W.
By the late 1970s, lots of companies made 7Ws for women, and some for men.
In the early 2000s, Callaway's Big Bertha Warbird line added a 9W. The new X Hot FWs feature a 9W. I sure other companies offer them also.
When blending a higher-lofted FW into your club mix, you have to be careful of loft and shaft length within the model of woods. Sometimes the 5W and 7W are only 2* different in loft from each other; other times, there's enough of a loft gap that both might be useful.
As for the 9W that came in the club barrel, you'd just have to try it out.
Higher lofted FWs compete with hybrids for bag space. Depends on which one you hit better.
In my bag, I carry a 3W HL (high-launch, really a 4W) and a 7W. I considered adding a 5W but it was way too close in loft to the 7W.
IF you rarely use your 3W and 5W, you might take a lesson and see if you can fit them into your game. Many average golfers find a 4W is easier to hit then a 3W. Or, a different 3W and 5W model might fit your swing better.