Alturnative to a 4 Wood???

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DON
Alturnative to a 4 Wood???

A few years ago I heard a few golf insturctors saying on TV that most gtolfers would be better off to trade in their 3W and their 5 W for a 4 Wood. One club to replace two, which would upen up a spot in your bag for maybe one more wedge to help with your short game around the green. While this is a pretty good idea, the problem I found with this 4 wood replacement, is that it's VERY hard to find much in the way of a 4 wood today. Most all 3 woods are 15* and most 5 woods are either 18* or 19*. so a 4 wood would need to be either 16.5* or 17* to fit in the middle. Problem I found was that their just weren't many 4 woods on the market.

Now I have found a way to solve this problem. What I found recently online is that both Taylormade and Callaway are selling what they call a Mini Driver that is about 150CC in size and they come in a few lofts, one of which is 16*. The clubs are about 42.5" longs, so they are just about the same as most fairwaay woods. The Callaway even comes with an adjustable hosel so you can change the loft up or down a degree or two. so if you want a 17* loft, you can have it.

While NOT exactly a 4 wood, it could be close enough that it would be a great FIT for a lot of golfers out there. And right now you can find them at a pretty decent price on E-Bay. Brand new ones can be had for $100 if you look or LESS Going by the customer reviews I've been reading on these Mini Drivers, they are a good club to replace the longer and bigger headed 460CC drivers of today that many golfers just can't hit well. MORE distance than a standard 3 wood if you go with the lower loft options, and easier to hit than the standard size drivers. NOT perfect for ALL golfers, but worth thinking about for those looking for a 4 wood OR a club to replace their driver off the tee.

Scott Rushing
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Don

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I've not hit one of the mini's yet...curious to see how they do.    I went a slightly different way with the 3/5W's..I felt could ditch my 3I.  So I have the driver, 3W, 5W 4H, 5H, etc.  That gives me room to add one more wedge to my bag and still be legal.    Now I'm sure there's probably a larger gap in my lofts between the 5W and the 4Hybrid than would be perfect, but I hit the 5W, 3I, 4H clubs so rarely that I'd ratehr have the extra wedge in the bag

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DON
From what I've read in the

From what I've read in the customer reviews for the two Mini drivers, one from Callaway and one from TaylorMade, a lot of the reviews are saying the Mini drivers for them are Longer than a 3 wood, easy to find the fairway than with a Driver. Needless to say, What LOFT you get with the Mini would have a big effect in what kind you distance you would get with it. Lofts vary from arould 12* up to 16*, so that's a lot of difference that would effect your distance. Most 3 woods today are 15*, so a 16* Mini Should be a little shorter than a standard 3 wood, while a 14* should be a little longer. And the 12* should be even longer still, a little more than one of those Strong 3 woods that have 13* of loft. Right now I'm bouncing around between getting either a 12* or a 14* Mini to try. My thinking is that with a 14* Mini I should be able to get a few more yards that I get with my 15* 3 wood. If I get a 12* Mini, I'm thinking I would get ALMOST as much yardage as I get with my driver, and MAYBE hit a few more fairways in the bargain. Since I developed a way to change the loft of any wood to just about what I want, I'm thinking that IF I don'w like to results I get with the Mini I buy, I can always change to loft either up or down and try again. I have found a source of Mini Driver heads online, so buying just the head is also an option, but then I need to add a shaft and grip to the cost of the head to get a total cost of the club. I have shafts and grips on hand so it's not really an issue, and since I most likely would replace the factory shaft in any Mini I got, it's not really much of an issue for me. More Time and work, but not really a cost issue.

Don

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DON
Just purchased a NEW TaylorMade 14* MINI driver

Okay, here's an update on my looking at buying a Mini Driver. I just won an auction on an Aeroburner 14* Mini Driver. Brand new in the wrapper with a Stiff flex factory shaft. So my current plan is now to take it out to the driving range and hit it "As Is". I plan to check the FLO alignment of the shaft after my first range session, and then pull the shaft a do both a Spine and FLO alignment on the factory shaft, and then repeat the range session. After the second test< i'll see IF I like the factory shaft or not and see if I want to install a better shaft or not. Then I can see if I want to change ther loft up or down, most likely down if I change it. My current thinking is 12* loft would be ideal for more distance than a 3 wood, and maybe NOT lose too much compared to my driver. I'll let you know more when I get the club and have a chance to hit it. Wich my luck.

Don

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I've never had a problem

I've never had a problem finding a 4W.  Lots of the major OEMs make them, although they aren't always available OTR from retailers.  Callaway has always made 4W and I have two at present with a Diablo Octane in my modern bag and a Big Bertha War bird in my vintage bag.  I have also owned Nike and Taylormade 4W in the past as I have played a 4W/7W combo for years.

DON
Hard to find in the US stores.

I don't know about up in Canada, but in the US where I live, I have only seen ONE 4 wood in a retail store. I it was a Mizuno. None from any other OEM so far has shown up in the Denver area.

Don

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scomac
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Interesting Don; I usually

Interesting Don; I usually figure that selection up here would be somewhat less than available down south.  Whether I'm at a course pro shop or a big box retailer there is usually one 4W in a display of fairways, so the ratio would be 10:1 3W to 4W.  Even 5W and especially 7W are getting harder to find with the growth in hybrid usage.  I think most modern 3 hybrids are getting to be pretty much interchangeable with a 5W more than a 7W.

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I don't think I've seen one

I don't think I've seen one recently in stores.  I see 3W's and some 5W's but never a 4W....But some of that is because the newer adjustable clubs probably allow you to dial in the equivelant of a 4W loft now.  Most of the woods I see are almost always adjustable by 1-2 degrees which gets you close to that 16-17 degree range of the 4w....

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scomac
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Taylormade has been making a

Taylormade has been making a HL 3 going back to the RBZ Stage 2.  It's 17° loft with a 3W length shaft.  Call it a modern version of the old Callaway 4+ from back in the Steelhead days.  You always see one or two of those new TM fariways in a given display.  The current version would be the M2, previous being Aeroburner and Jetspeed.

DON
Got my Mini driver in.

I got the Mini Driver I purchased off E-bay in and it looks pretty nice. It has a 253CC head with a 42.5" length, so it looks a lot like a somewhat bigger 3 wood when you set it down behind the ball. Most 3 woods are in the area of 170 to 180 CC's, with the biggerst one I've seen at 200CC, so it's a nice look behind the ball. Black club face and White crown looks real good behind a White golf ball, so that's nice also. Now I just have to get out and hit it and see how it performs for me. Wish me luck.

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.