2010 Buyer's Guide Woods

Today's fairway woods and hybrids are bigger, longer and easier to hit than ever.

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Looking to finally reach that long par-5 in two? How about actually hitting the green from 200 yards away, in the rough? With this year’s offering of new fairway woods and hybrids, we suspect you’ll be hitting shots you never thought possible.

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Choosing the right club—that too has gotten a lot easier. We think fairway woods, in general, have become much easier to hit. All you have to do is dial in the right loft and shaft and you’ll be ready to scorch up the par-5s and hit more fairways on those tricky short par-4s. Check out our picks for the best new fairway woods and hybrids of 2010.

Acer XDS Insider
Key Feature: A Square Optical Alignment System designed to help each club sit squarely behind the ball, regardless of loft. The crown has variable thickness for better energy transfer and a higher MOI.
What We Like: They’re a cinch to align and, dare we say, among the best value of any club we’ve seen in 2010.
Who It’s For: Players looking for straighter, more consistent shots with their fairway woods.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (16°, 19°, 22°) with custom shaft options. hirekogolf.com | $19.95 (clubhead)
Adams Speedline Fast 10
Key Feature: A new cambered sole for added versatility and a weight pad located in the heel for a higher MOI.
What We Like: Is it a hybrid or a fairway wood? Could be both. It’s easy to hit and slips through even the thickest turf with a lot more ease than a traditionally shaped fairway wood does.
Who It’s For: All players, especially those who prefer the looks of a more compact hybrid.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (13°, 15°, 18°) with Aldila Wasabi or Matrix HD graphite shafts.
adamsgolf.com | $199
Adams Speedline 9032Ti
Key Feature: An ultralight crown, ultralow CG, a titanium body and a whopping 80 grams’ worth of tungsten weights in the sole.
What We Like: The weight port allows for slight weight adjustments, but what we really like is the shape. It too has hybrid looks, but with one crack, it proves itself as a distance leader in fairway woods.
Who It’s For: Players who want to launch it a mile off the turf (distance freaks).
Specs: Comes in three lofts (13°, 14.5°, 18°) and uses Aldila VooDoo NV graphite shafts.
adamsgolf.com | $329


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