Thanks for the offer; it is much appreciated and I will seriously consider following up on it.
As for my 3 wood. I already have a medium to high trajectory 3 wood, a Big Bertha, which has proven to be a very versatile club. From my experience I can consistently expect 230 yards from the fairway and from the tee, depending upon conditions, I can expect a result in yardage of 245 to 265. I use this club from the tee on numerous occasions as I have a 9 degree driver that can and does hit through fairways on occasion, and I am hitting from the back tees, and I frequently sub my 3 wood for driver in those instances. I played a few H2H matches this afternoon/evening and used the 3 wood from the tee twice at Kiawah, twice at BPB and once at Pinehurst. It is interesting to me that you mentioned choking up on a 3 wood to mimic the characteristics of the Ping hybrid. I have worked on that aspect of my game with less than satisfying results...my caddy and I are still actively searching for several balls that flew over two 210 + par 3’s by about 20 yds. Besides, my hybrid has a great little projection on the back that is perfect for hooking and pulling the pop tops on all the major brands of beer sold in the USA.
However, I am not adverse to looking at replacing the 60 degree wedge I already use with a 64 degree wedge. I’ve been looking at them this afternoon after your initial reply. The ones I researched have a maximum distance of 50 yds. Currently, I have more occasion to have shots in the 60 to 70 yd range than I do in the < 50 yd range. My 56 degree wedge is distance rated at 93 yds so I would have to do some experimenting in the lower distance ranges with this club. I am not adverse to trying this out as most of my practice, besides putting, is with my wedges.
I am interested, though, in your suggestions for throttling back a 3 wood. Like I mentioned above, I have experimented with both driver and 3 wood via varying the force of the hit and the use of backspin, but nothing to write home about. It is interesting to note, though, that with the Ping i25 I can successfully monkey with that club and take off 10 yds without loss of performance. So any insights or suggestions you might have to offer on the “big woods” would be appreciated.
Also I should extend a thank you to the earlier posters who suggested using the flop shot from the greenside bunkers. I have practiced it and had a chance to use it in a tie breaker this afternoon from a pot bunker at St. Andrews during a tie breaker situation. The shot was 21 yds to a flat green. My opponent put it 3 yds from the pin. With a good bit of luck and the benefit of previous practice I was able to hit out to within 2 feet. It works. So, again, thank you.
Thanks for your interest.