Friday, March 19, 2010
2010 Buyer's Guide Woods
Today's fairway woods and hybrids are bigger, longer and easier to hit than ever.
|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
|bridgestone J38 Fairway
Key Feature: A low-profile head and a CG optimized for higher- and longer-flying golf shots.
What We Like: The Fuji Motore shaft is a great choice, and the shallow profile makes the face longer for added
forgiveness on off-center strikes.
Who It’s For: Good to better players who want forgiveness from a fairway wood with a perfectly square (no draw bias) clubface angle and weighting setup.
Specs: Comes in three different lofts (15°, 18°, 21°) with Fujikura Motore graphite shafts.
bridgestonegolf.com | $199
|callaway Diablo Edge
Key Feature: The Diablo Edge features extreme perimeter weighting and the highest MOI of any Callaway wood.
What We Like: The VFT (Variable Face Technology) helps make these woods extremely forgiving, not to mention exceptionally long off the tee.
Who It’s For: Golfers who want big distance and forgiveness. Better players will appreciate the Tour version that produces a more penetrating trajectory with a neutral weight bias.
Specs: Five lofts (15°, 17°, 19°, 21°, 24°) with a Diablo Edge graphite shaft.
callawaygolf.com | $199
Key Feature: A carbon- composite crown is combined with a stainless-steel body and clubface with aggressive weighting placed at the heel, toe and rear of the triangular clubhead for a sky-high MOI.
What We Like: Square was so 2009. The new triangular shape makes more sense and is easier on the eyes. It’s crazy long from the fairway.
Who It’s For: Those who want a fairway wood that delivers seriously straight shots from the tee or fairway.
Specs: Five lofts (13°, 15°, 18°, 21°, 24°) with a Callaway FT-iZ graphite shaft.
callawaygolf.com | $299
|Cleveland HiBORE XLS
Key Feature: Bigger than previous versions, the crown section has“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
|Cleveland Launcher DST
Key Feature: The Launcher head was tweaked with a super thin crown, but it’s the new lightweight shaft (64 grams) that’s really turning heads.
What We Lsike: It’s really fast. The light shaft helps beef up clubhead speed, and it does so without making the club feel off balance or too light in our hands.
Who It’s For: Golfers who want a faster swing speed without having to do anything but switch clubs.
Specs: Comes in five lofts (13°, 15°, 17°, 19°, 22°) with Mitsubishi Diamana Red graphite shafts.
clevelandgolf.com | $179
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