Over twenty years ago I played a 3W because I could not hit a driver. Did not play for over 15 years, started back about 3 seasons ago. I picked up a TM R9 supertri cheap when the R11's first came out. Figured I would give the "new technology" a shot. I could hit the R9 better than I had ever hit a driver in the old days, but I still was inconsistent with it. I had toyed with just going with the 3W again, on and off in my mind all of last season.
Watching Mickelson hit his FrankenDriver and with TM introducing the MiniDriver, I decided it was time to bite the bullet. But I took the cheap way out. I purchased a TM RBZ Stage2 TP strong 3W on clearance for under $100, which is 13 degrees of loft and adjustable up or down 1.5 degrees. I had been playing my R9 at 11 degrees, I can take the 3W down to 11.5 if I need to and if I can still put it the fairway. Accuracy to me, is more important than the approximate 5% distance loss. Rain has limited my on course time to a round and a half so far. The last nine holes that I played I hit 4 of 7 fairways, just missing 2 others, but still with open shots to the green. I had 3 GIR's in those seven holes, there were many times with my driver that I would not have 3 GIR's in an 18 hole round. It's tough to hit greens when you are hitting trees instead.