Friday, March 19, 2010
2010 Buyer's Guide Woods
Today's fairway woods and hybrids are bigger, longer and easier to hit than ever.
Key Feature: A rounded sole design helps add some versatility, and the heel weighting helps make it easier to square the clubface at impact.
What We Like: The S2 doesn’t have a lot of frills; rather it seems they were designed to make matters less complicated. The ball flies long and straight. What else do you want? The offset version is great for slicers, as well.
Who It’s For: All types of golfers.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (17°, 19.5°, 22.5°) with Cobra Fit-On Max graphite shafts. S2 Offset also available.
cobragolf.com | $169
Key Feature: An easy-to-hit design that’s a big confidence-booster behind the golf ball. The weighted screws in the head can be adjusted, resulting in added customization.
What We Like: The adjustability is useful, but it’s the playability we really like. They’re just so easy to hit. We like it set for a fade-bias, actually. Folks in the U.K. love them!
Who It’s For: High- to mid-handicappers looking for a great value.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (15°, 19°, 23°) with a Hippo graphite shaft.
hippo-golf.com | $99
|Mizuno MP Titanium
Key Feature: A better player’s titanium fairway wood, the CG is low on the face but not way back. This means a more piercing ballflight and greater shotmaking ability, both with a healthy dose of forgiveness.
What We Like: All the above. It’s long and the ballflight doesn’t balloon up. It’s among the best driver alternatives we’ve seen this year.
Who It’s For: Players who want distance and shotshaping ability in their woods.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (13.5°, 15°, 18°) with a variety of shaft options.
mizunousa.com | $249
|Nike SQ MACHSPEED
Key Feature: Its streamlined square shape adds more aerodynamics and pushes weight toward the corners for ample forgiveness and a high MOI.
What We Like: Like the driver, it’s square but not that square. It’s super easy to set up with and looks great behind the golf ball. Oh, and it’s long and quite accurate, as well.
Who It’s For: Mid- to high-handicappers who want a high-MOI fairway wood.
Specs: Comes in four lofts (15°, 17°, 19°, 21°) with an SQ MACHSPEED graphite shaft.
nikegolf.com | $199
|Nike Victory Red
Key Feature: The 455 steel face and the Split Compression Chamber work in unison to produce faster ball speeds and longer shots.
What We Like: Looks that come straight from the Tour. A classic pear shape and a ballflight that’s a cinch to manipulate. The STR8-FIT tech is a nice touch, too.
Who It’s For: Better players who want distance control, maneuverability and forgiveness on off-center hits.
Specs: Comes in four lofts (13°, 15°, 17°, 19°) with a STR8-FIT Aldila VooDoo graphite shaft.
nikegolf.com | $249
Key Feature: An external weight is low and deep in the sole, resulting in CG that’s also low and deep. The low profile enables a longer length from heel to toe for more forgiveness.
What We Like: Stainless steel has a great feel, and the ball launches high and far. The draw version is a slicer’s dream.
Who It’s For: Anyone who wants higher and longer shots that fly straight.
Specs: Comes in four different lofts (15.5°, 17°, 18.5°, 21.5°) and two shaft options, including five versions of PING’s stock TFC 149F.
pinggolf.com | $199
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