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    What's the average distance for a 7/9 wood?

    I need a good 150-160 yard wood. I am sick of how inconsitent I am with my longer irons. I LOVE my 5 wood. So anyway, what are the average distances for a 7 and 9 wood.

    Thanks!

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    A comparable 7 wood will hit about 10-15 yards shorter than your 5 wood, and a 9 wood will hit 10-15 yards shorter than the 7 wood, on average. Remember, there are no standards for what constitutes a 5, 7, or 9 wood. A 5 wood could be 18-20 degrees, a 7 wood could be 20-23 degrees, and a 9 wood could be 23-27 degrees. Staying within a brand should assure at least some internal consistency, but you could buy a 22 degree 7 wood from one company and a 23 degree 9 wood from another, and they probably wouldn't fill the distance gaps as well as you'd expect.
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    Dorkman may have told you all that is necessary. Just in case, here's a little more. I also love my 5 wood, and my carry distance from a tee with that club is typically 190-195 yards. I have a matching 7 wood (21.5 degrees) that I carry 180-185 when teed (depending upon lie, I might hit the ball lower with either club from the fairway). The only experience I have had with a 9 wood is trying out my wife's 26 degree model, but when I hit that club, with an "A" flex graphite shaft at 40.5 inches, my carry distance was at least 170 yards. You could try a custom 9 wood with a shorter shaft (and heavier head to match), or you could try a wood-like hybrid club around 26-28 degrees for the shorter yardage you seek. My point is that unless you're a fairly short hitter, you very likely might hit a 9 wood farther than 150-160. I consider myself dead average when it comes to distance but have no difficulty carrying a 7 iron 150 yards. My 7 iron is 35 degrees loft and 37 inches long, so a 9 wood that's 8 or 9 degrees less loft and 3+ inches longer is certain to put me beyond the 150-160 yard range. There are a few hybrid clubs that come in lofts up to 31 degrees, or even higher, with the shorter shafts associated with irons.
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    I've hit long irons, lofted fairway woods, iron based hybrids and fairway wood based hybrids. Personally, I get the best results with fairway wood based hybrids (like the Taylormade Rescue Mid, Hogan, Mizuno), and prefer them to any of the other alternatives for ease of use and versatility.
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    Yea I just get so frustrated. I have a callaway steelhead III 5 wood that I can slam 220 yards with a good swing off the grass. I would save my average distance is 205 from the fairway. I think the secret is the steel uniflex shaft. Anyway, on Par 5's, i am ok but it's the par 4's that kill me. I'll have a nice 260yard drive and then I am like 160 or so yards away. I can't count the number of times I have taken out a 5 or 6 iron and duffed the ball so bad that it sent squirrels crying. I am just trying to mimic the performance of my 5w with something that won't go as far....

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    I also highly reccomend a hybrid. The Taylormade Rescue is cheaper now and extremely versatile. I say it's still the best hybrid in the game.

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    The Ben Hogan hybrid is also a very good hybrid.

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    7 hybrid/wood Snake Eyes QS 22* (170-190)
    9 hybrid/wood Snake Eyes QS 26* (155-175)

    (5) (155-170) (not in the bag)
    6 iron (150-165)
    7 iron (140-155)

    Depending on the swing, if it goes all arms, only can get to lower bound; if hit pure, can reach some good numbers

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