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Have you met someone who uses 7 &/or 9 woods?

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I know they make woods down to the 9 woods, but I've never seen them used. Because he can't hit as well, My grandpa uses a Driver, 3 wood, 5 wood, and the rest of his clubs up to the 7 are hybrids. but he said even he wouldn't replace a hybrid with a 7 or 9 wood. Why would someone use them? is it solely for distance gapping?

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I use a 7W. It's my "go to" club for a variety o9f shots. If I could find one, I'd carry a 9W for the same reaons. 

I have nothing against hybrids. I just don't need one. 

 

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I used to carry a 7 wood.  I used it instead of a 3W or 5W because I could get it airbourne more easily.  I could get about 215 or so which was good enough.  Problem was it had a closed face which wood go left too easily.

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Used one for a short bit because it was part of the fairway wood set I bought. I replaced it with a hybrid, because I wanted the 'out of the rough' features of a rescue club.

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My Father in law uses a 7 & a 9.

 

He is 74 years old. His driver only goes about 230.

On some par 3's he is on and putting for birdie.

 

His usual score 70-76, for 18 holes.

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10 minutes ago, Jackal66 said:

My Father in law uses a 7 & a 9.

 

He is 74 years old. His driver only goes about 230.

On some par 3's he is on and putting for birdie.

 

His usual score 70-76, for 18 holes.

Probably top 1-2% for his age in distance. (and handicap)

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7 hours ago, freshmanUTA said:

I know they make woods down to the 9 woods, but I've never seen them used. Because he can't hit as well, My grandpa uses a Driver, 3 wood, 5 wood, and the rest of his clubs up to the 7 are hybrids. but he said even he wouldn't replace a hybrid with a 7 or 9 wood. Why would someone use them? is it solely for distance gapping?

I was in a tournament with a random old guy last year. We were struggling a bit and he had a 120 yard shot to the green and he pulled a wood out. I thought to myself what the hell is this guy doing? He then proceeded to knock it on and left an easy 5 footer which we made. After his shot I said "Pete, that was an awesome shot but what the hell did you just hit?" Turned out to be a 9 wood. I'd never seen one before. He said he liked it because he could get it up in the air. 

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I remember seeing a bag about 40 years ago that had all woods.  The shafts were wood.  The putter was all wood.  Beautiful red oak in color.  The highest number wood was a 24.  It looked to be what a LW would be.  There looked to be more than 14 clubs, but I didn't count.

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I use a 7 wood and have had it in my bag for about 3 years. It is a Maltby 7 wood and I use it quite a bit for shots around 215 yards. It's also built to help get the ball out of deep rough and I use it in fairway bunkers when I need distance and a little pop. If I need a safe tee shot that's my go to club.

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Actually thinking about adding a 7-wood to the bag this year.  Reason?  Can't hit a 3-wood off the deck so I use a 5-wood to eat up yards on par-5s and into wedge range and on long par 4s to get around the green.  The 5-wood is a consistent 180-190 club for me.

Would be nice to have a a 165-175 club in the bag that ISN'T a 4-hybrid.  Not real consistent with that club and feel a Ping G30 7-wood might be the answer.

A guy on my league has a 9-wood that he uses on par two par three holes that play 140 and 160.  He chokes down on the club for the shorter club and says about 165 is the clubs distance limit.  Works for him, I guess.

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I have an old Wilson Wild Thing 9 wood that I throw into my bag every now and then depending on where I play. There are some 150 yd par threes where I have found that teeing off on these 150 yd holes with the 9 wood gives me better loft than the 5 iron I would normally use which results in better sitting potential when the ball lands on the green

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I have a 7 and 9 wood, and may carry one of them during a round. I don't have trouble getting a 22 Hybrid in the air, but the higher lofted fairways have a better feel off the ball. I am experimenting with gripping down on them for better consistency.

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I think if a player with moderate speed wants to use the 7, 9 or even 11 woods, to go with a heavier, lower launching shaft than the typical 54g, low kick stock shaft and cut down the stock length. One can go 41 in in a 7 or 40-40.5 in a 9 wd. The heavier shaft will lower the already high ball flight and will give one an opportunity for decent balance (swingweight).

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I debated a 7-wood a few years ago when I didn't like my hybrid or woods.  A friend of mine had an old one that I borrowed for a round or two.  Instead I went with improving my swing, and I just happen to have a hybrid now, so I guess I never revisited it.  I'm probably replacing my 3-hybrid (and getting a 4-hybrid) before I change woods, so the concept of a 7-wood has to wait a few years for me.

12 hours ago, dave s said:

A guy on my league has a 9-wood that he uses on par two par three holes that play 140 and 160.  He chokes down on the club for the shorter club and says about 165 is the clubs distance limit.  Works for him, I guess.

Your course has par two holes? ;-)  

Either way, sounds like the guy in your league did what is needed:  got a club for a desired and useful distance and uses it effectively. 

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I haven't seen a 9 wood in quite a while, but I know that I've played with a couple of people that have had one in the bag. IIRC, I even played with a guy with an 11 wood, but I'm not positive on that.

7 woods are definitely still around. I wrote an article earlier today covering the new PING G series and they have a 7 wood available.

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