Back in the 70's all the tour pros were using 2i's, and a bunch using 1i.
Lou GWhile I do agree that a 3 wood is not one of the easiest clubs to hit, I find that I can get better distance with a 7 wood vs an 18 or 19H. Even a 16H has a minimal difference in distance for me vs a 7W. There are some times when I hit a 7 wood as far as or farther than a 3 wood - so I took the latter out. Also, a 7 wood is easy to work because the shaft length is rather short for a fww (41-42"). 3W aren't exactly the easiest to control because the newer ones almost have the same length as an old persimmon driver.
I consider a 5H a very potent weapon, so much so that I removed the 6 iron and hit a half choke shot with the hybrid. A 5H also works better than a lofted fairway wood.
There are some pros that use a 7 wood (Stuart Appleby comes to mind and one or two others on "Playing Lessons From the Pros").
There are some 2H and 3H that approach a fairway wood in shaft length.
Great advice and well said Jakes - finding your distances adn adjusting the set to fill the gaps makes a huge diffrence. It's almost funny to note how many people's clubs go almost the same distance.
I have actually noticed a lot of pros going back to a 2 iron, many the 503i (Stallings, Stanley & Woodland). As pros are becoming stronger (due to S&C techs) we may see a few more back on tour. Myself I havnt been able to find a hybrid that I can keep down.
I have a golfing partner that can't hit a hybrid at all but can launch a 3 iron off the fairway with ease.
For me, anything above a 20H is not worth carrying because I smoke my 7 wood [it has blown away one of those new-fangled multi-adjustable 2/17 hybrids, several 3 and 4 woods (including a Sumo SQ 4, a G10 Draw 4, and even a 2007 Burner 3W)].
Thats why I've gone to a 2 iron, I prefer just a slice of metal!
This would probably change if titleist offered a heavy low spin shaft like the matix hm2 Lt, diamana thump or rip 105, I hit moon balls with my 21* 910H V2 104x.