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Best Fairway Wood Loft To Fill The Gap

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My club set up currently is 10.5 driver, 16.5 3/4 wood, then the GAP needing to fill, then 4-iron (at 21 degrees) to my wedges and putter. I have tried a 19 degree hybrid but keep turning it over left and am wondering if a 5/6 wood may fill the GAP. But at what loft?

Thanks for any suggestions that are given.

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1 hour ago, Smoothus said:

My club set up currently is 10.5 driver, 16.5 3/4 wood, then the GAP needing to fill, then 4-iron (at 21 degrees) to my wedges and putter. I have tried a 19 degree hybrid but keep turning it over left and am wondering if a 5/6 wood may fill the GAP. But at what loft?

Thanks for any suggestions that are given.

What are the distance gaps? For me, my 4 wood is around 205 and my 4 iron 180. So I have a 3 hybrid (21) in that gap, which is around 190. I would say try a 5 or 7 wood and see if you meet the gap requirements. If your woods are adjustable for loft, you can also dial them in a bit.

As for the 19 degree hybrid, you could also try a different shaft. I found the lighter shafts that came stock a bit too light. I picked up a heavier shaft on eBay and it helped a lot.

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As a 72 year old with a handicap that's moving in the wrong direction, I'm not sure I can help the OP, but I carry 3-5-7 (distances about 205, 190, 180) woods, but my 3 wood is a weaker than normal 15 degrees, almost a 4 wood.  I just put the 3 wood back in my bag halfway through last season.  Every year I seem to lose a little more distance.

Like the OP, I have had to drop hybrids from my bag because when I miss with them, they go far left, and usually dead.  Since my "normal" shot is a fade, anything that turns unexpectedly left is going to be a problem for me.

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If you have a shop with a monitor you could take your 4i and 3/4 wood. Hit them on the monitor, get distances, then try out other clubs to fill that gap

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You might look at getting a stronger 3w and working off of that. A strong 3w can also be useful off the tee.

I’m 74. My setup for the past few years has been:

15* 3w

18* 5w

21* 7w (sometimes I substitute a 20.5* 4i)

The gaps have remained fairly consistent at about 10 yards.

I play a fade and have trouble hitting hybrids.

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Thanks for your input and suggestions. My 3hl wood carry is 200-205 and my 4-iron carries 175-180. I’m leaning toward a 5hl wood (21 degrees) over a 19 degree hybrid due to: (1)the high trajectory and softer landing will benefit me more on my home track; (2)I’m not an overly long hitter and would like to hit some of our long par 3’s and 5’s when into the wind.

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i enjoy reading the comments and banter on here, all the way from Australia. Keep up the great work and thanks again. 

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