2009 Woods Buyer's Guide

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They might not be as exciting to hit as drivers, or as fun to collect as putters, but if you master your woods and hybrids, you can keep the golf ball in the fairway and knock it closer to the pin than ever before. Trust us.

If you’ve ever teed off with a 3-wood, you’ve probably gotten some serious ribbing from your buddies. “What? Can’t hit your driver?” they might say. We understand. It’s happened to us too. But we don’t mind, because after we blister our 3-woods down the center of the fairway, we like to turn to the rest of our foursome (who are combing the rough for their drives) and say, “Who’s laughing now?”

Okay, so we admit that fairway woods aren’t the “sexiest” clubs on the market. Heck, it’s possible to go an entire round and not hit one, but with the new materials and weighting technologies in them, they now go farther and straighter than ever. And unless you play the tips at a “Tiger-proof” course, you should tee off with one on any number of shortish par-4s. (We bet you can hit some fairway woods as far as your old driver, but unlike your old driver, you’ll probably hit the fairway too!)

Comb through the following pages and pick a fairway wood and hybrid that match your needs. Keep in mind the “distance gap” between your clubs and how the right club can help fill those yardages.

Adams Insight Tech a4
Key Feature:Resembling the shape of the classic Tight Lies club with a large sole and small crown, this fairway hybrid has Adams’ Boxer Technology, a hot face and a cambered sole.
What We Like: The line between fairway wood and hybrid is blurred even more, making it an easy transition from one to another. Great aesthetics all around.
Who It’s For: Moderate swingers who want a mid to high launch off the tee and from the fairway.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (13°, 15°, 18°) with Matrix Ozik shafts.
adamsgolf.com | $269
Adams Speedline
Key Feature: The Speedline combines the playability of a hybrid and the distance of a fairway wood in one. Boxer Technology makes the MOI 12 percent greater than standard fairway woods for extreme stability.
What We Like: Once again, the looks are razor sharp and so is the paint job.
Who It’s For: Golfers who no longer want to choose whether to play either a hybrid or fairway wood.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (13°, 15°, 18°) with Grafalloy ProLaunch Blue Axis graphite shafts.
adamsgolf.com | $179
Bobby Jones Player Series
Key Feature: The unique shape uses a forged maraging steel face insert for a lower CG and a higher trajectory.
What We Like: The old-meets-new geometry. Classic lines mask a newer, triangular shape. All players can’t help but notice how sharp they look. The high-launch characteristics are ideal
for players who want more carry and distance from their woods.
Who It’s For: Slow to moderate swingers who could use some extra lift.
Specs: Comes in four lofts (13°, 15°, 17°, 19°) with Graphite Design JS shafts.
bobbyjonesgolf.net | $200


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