I've been watching Hank Haney's free videos this summer. He's been pushing the concept that most amateurs should be hitting an 18 degree 3 wood because they can't get their shots off the fairway high enough with their "old standard" 3 woods. I love my G10 14 degree 3 wood. I can get plenty of height on the ball at the range, but I've had trouble hitting it consistently off fairway lies. It has not been a big deal because for most of my 250 yard plus shots I was happy to lay up and have a wedge shot to create a birdie opportunity. That's the smart play right? I can hit my 18 degree hybrid 240 on a good shot, but play it for 220. But as I lowered my handicap this summer I was getting more opportunities in the 220 plus range where I was wishing I had a club that would give me a consistent enough shot to go for it. I was thinking to get a 3 wood head shape and an 18 degree loft, with a driver length shaft made up, but I found a Callaway X2 hot 17 degree 3 wood for $80 and decided to give it a try. I've had it in the bag for 3 rounds now and have decided Haney may be on to something. It's much too short off the tee to replace my regular 3 wood, but by choking down on the shaft I can use it to replace my 18 degree hybrid. I've had a few miscues with it, but I've hit enough good shots that I think Haney may be on to something.
Has anyone else been experimenting along these lines?