I think the glued in hosel is both to make it easier/cheaper, and that 3Ws at least seem to be a set it and forget it kind of club. I.e., once you find one that works, people tend to stick with them. But see, Titleist’s sure fit hosel (which works just fine on my 5W) and others.
It’s minorly annoying. I wanted a Whiteboard profile, but I wasn’t confident that this Whiteboard was going to be The Whiteboard for it. Right now, I can’t really make a decision if I’m going to hook everything anyway.
I plan on using it almost exclusively off the turf. The 425 Max I have is accurate enough that I can’t see this club dethroning it. Maybe a hole requiring 230 and/or a draw (because while I was hooking my driver too yesterday, I can’t really draw), but other than that… Not hitting the G off the deck though, and while I like my 5W, it only goes 225-230 now, and doesn’t have a lot of roll. Ergo, a fairway wood that will roll.
There’s not a lot of backspin that I can tell. Haven’t Trackman’d it, but I’d be shocked if it was more than the 3400+ RPM I was seeing with the ST LS 3W. The head looks smaller, no idea if it is. Mishits don’t totally go off-line, but I lost quite a bit of zip. You can keep your contact w/in a nickel on the club face, you’ll have a good time. If you can’t?..
Dunno about your case, but in mine, I was/am pretty flippy on my release. I did not deloft at impact, at all, with dynamic loft usually equaling, sometimes exceeding static loft. Yay, open clubface! My launch angles reflected this. So did my spin rates. I’ve seen launch angles in the 50s from my full wedges on a GC2 and Quad. Not everytime, but more than the obvious mishit.
It’s a little better, but I class it as a flaw for me. I lose ball speed through less efficient smash, I have spin that I don’t need to hold the greens I shoot at. (7700 RPM on a 49 degree descent, with a 7 iron, is just excessive.) Swing lessons help and so have stiffer shafts, and clubs like this new one.
Agree on the losing long game part with age. I can see it. The explanation I’ve liked, (hat tip Monte Scheinblum), is that most golfers’ swings are a mish-mash of motions, held together with a variety of compensatory movements that require precise timing. As we get older, our control over those movements gets less precise, we become unable to compensate anymore, and our swing falls apart. Ideally, we have a swing that requires fewer compensations to make work.