7 Wood laughs at hybrids and long irons
Review by Richard Dean Johnson, 3 months ago.
“None of that shallow face stuff which made hitting the Ping 410 3 Wood and 5 Wood difficult to me. OK, being a 25 handicap probably didn’t help either. Anyway, I recently traded in both those Used Ping clubs at my local golf superstore for store credit and purchased the Cleveland Launcher XL Halo 3 Wood and 7 Wood. The 3 Wood as a fail safe for my driver off the tee and the 7 Wood for a 175-200 club off the deck so I don’t have to lean heavily on my Srixon U85 4-6 irons. It’s a crowded golf bag as as I experiment, but this 7 Wood is just what I needed to improve those Strokes Gained stats on Approach. It doesn’t stop at 200 yards when solid contact is made from fairway or rough, but you can also dial the power back a bit on longer par 3s off the tee. 21 degrees of loft with regular flex shaft. Easy to swing and just enough “forgiveness” to go straighter and farther than expected. It’s a club that can at times outdistance my driver when hitting it off the turf. Not really what we want, but a pretty darn good rescue club without it being a hybrid or a tricky iron in the 3-4 range. I’ve tried a couple different 4-hybrids at 22 degrees, but this club is way more useful and productive. The 3 Wood is no slouch either, but at 15 degrees it can be chunked in the fairway when getting a little anxious. Probably could slip their 18 degree 5 Wood into the equation, although the 7 Wood performs so well it could be considered overkill on long clubs. If you struggle to hit fairway woods, this 7 is a good place to start to turn your luck around. Also trying out Cleveland’s new adjustable driver set to 12 degrees. A work in progress, but what driver isn’t when you struggle to make solid contact. Cleveland tends to be less expensive than other brands and takes pride in helping the mid-high handicap golfer. A local company in Huntington Beach so I’ve kind of morphed into a Cleveland/Srixon customer as the CBX2 wedges are quite good and Srixon 585 7-PW irons are fantastic ”
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