Chris Stroud: Equipment - 3 Wood

Chris Stroud discusses the specs on his TaylorMade RBZ 3 wood. It's the most important club in his bag to get it right, and he spent hours doing so. He needs versatility in the 3 wood that allows him to hit the ball with different trajectories and curvature.


Tell me about your three-wood.

[INAUDIBLE] three-wood.

It is a [? hard ?] club to get right for a [INAUDIBLE].

It is the hardest club in the bag to get right. Reason why is because you need versatility like crazy. You need about six or seven different shots. You've got to be able to hit it off the turf. You've got to be able to hit it off a tee, different trajectories. You've got to be able turn it sometimes over, right to left. You've got to be able to fade it. So you've really, really got to a very, versatile.

There's different reasons why a tour player needs is three-wood. For me, I wanted mine to run because I couldn't get to all the par fives. Other years you wanted one that would go up. What does this one do for you?


Oh, good.

This is really interesting.

You've found the--

I have found an incredible head. So it's not that-- I tried for years and years and years. I would go to TaylorMade. I would say, TaylorMade, give me all your heads. Give me six different shafts. My swing weight, my length, bring them out, and especially when you can fix all the necks. Bring me all these different heads, and I'm going to build one myself. And I spent hours, I mean two, three hours hitting three-woods. Go on the golf course when I narrow it down to a couple, because it's pretty easy. You hit a two or three shot, nope, nope, nope.

You can [? find that they're ?] out.

I still, through all those many days I did that, not really happy. I found a couple that were pretty good. The great shots were incredible. But then tee it up, and I'm like, a couple of them, they're real shallow-faced. I'm skying it. And I'm like, I've never skied a ball in my life. Next time, next head, I get in there. I'm chunking it. I'm like, I've never chunked a ball.

So is that something that amateurs, they need to watch out for. You and I talked about this today, which is, you get a club. And you hit it. And you think you made a good swing, a new club, this is. And you don't really get the return on the investment that you think you should be. Ideally, when you make a good swing and you look up, you have kind of an idea that there it is, right? If it's not doing that, I have a rule.

I love that. I mean, that is a really easy rule to follow. There is no reason you should have a big old storage room of clubs because-- unless they're the good clubs. Because there are some clubs that are always close. And those keep. And we're lucky on tour. We get to try a bunch. They may make six three-woods for me. And I like one. But if there's a couple that are decent, I'll hold onto them. The other ones, not take them. And I'll play--

So what model is that one?

This is a really-- I don't even know what year it was made. It's called an RBZ, TaylorMade RBZ. It's a 14.5 degree.

And what shaft is that?

That's a Diamana.

How many grams is that?

And I believe it's an 82 or 85. So all my fairway woods--

Little heavier.

--are a little bit heavier.