2009 Woods Buyer's Guide

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Cleveland HiBORE XLS
Key Feature: Bigger than previous versions, the crown section has new “stability foils” for enhanced alignment. In addition, the MOI is high, making these woods very stable at impact.
What We Like: The looks take no getting used to. Hitting par-5s in two though—that’s another story.
Who It’s For: Golfers looking for the ideal blend of distance, trajectory (high) and spin (moderately high) from a classy-looking fairway wood.
Specs: Four lofts (13°, 15°, 19°, 22°) and Gold/Red Fujikura Fit-On shafts.
clevelandgolf.com | $179
Cobra S9-1
Key Feature: A nine-point face that lends a huge sweet spot for maximum distance and accuracy.
What We Like: The smooth looks and the lighter weight makes this club very easy to swing. It performs exceptionally well from the tee, short grass and even the rough.
Who It’s For: Golfers who want a fairway wood that’s long and forgiving. Better players will like the all-black S9-1 Pro.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (15.5°, 18°, 21°) with Aldila DVS-HL shafts. S9-1 M Offset and S9-1 Pro also available.
cobragolf.com | $179
Hippo Hex2
Key Feature: The Hex2 fairway woods have a carbon crown that’s fused with a maraging steel clubface, wrapped up in a cool and unique hexagonal shape.
What We Like: These fairway woods have a draw bias, helping golfers not only hit it farther, but straighter as well. The club sets up really well (considering the draw bias). Nice price, too.
Who It’s For: Golfers who want to eliminate slicing as well as make good use of some innovative new technology.
Specs:Comes in two lofts (17°, 21°) with a proprietary Hippo CP4 graphite shaft.
hippo-golf.com | $99


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