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 weighting scheme that actually has a fade bias. This is so better players can more easily manipulate the trajectory and hit a variety of shots.
What We Like: It’s forgiving, but also really responsive. We aren’t pros, but hitting high, low, fade or draw shots was easy to do with this shotmaker.
Who It’s For: Better players who like to shape shots, but also want forgiveness from an all-stainless-steel design.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (14°, 15.5°, 18.5°) with PING TFC 700 or UST Mamiya AXIVCore graphite shafts.
pinggolf.com | $229
|Powerbilt Air Force One
Key Feature: Like the driver, these woods have pressurized nitrogen (up to 150 psi) for added strength without any extra weight behind the face.
What We Like: Besides the nitrogen, these are actually remarkably easy to hit and launch the ball high in a hurry. Could Powerbilt be making a comeback? We sure think so.
Who It’s For: Anyone who wants some woods that are easy to hit and sneaky long from the fairway or tee.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (15°, 19°, 21°) with Powerized graphite shafts.
powerbilt.com | $199
Key Feature: Weight is placed in the perimeter of the clubhead for major forgiveness and a high MOI. The maraging-steel face has variable face-thickness tech that’s hot practically everywhere you can hit it.
What We Like: We weren’t expecting it to be so incredibly long and easy to it.
Who It’s For: They may have been designed for better players, but just about everyone will fall in love with these woods.
Specs: Comes in two lofts (15°, 17°) with an MR Diamana graphite shaft.
srixon.com | $249
|Taylormade Burner HL
Key Feature: Its dual crown helps save weight in the clubhead and lower the CG 35 percent more than the previous Burner fairway model.
What We Like: Its very deep CG means it’s forgiving and easy to launch. Its SuperFast technology promotes a faster swing speed.
Who It’s For: Average Joes who need to get the ball airborne. A Tour model gives “sticks” a lower launch option.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (15°, 18°, 21°). Shaft options include the RE*AX 70 FW and RE*AX SF 49 FW.
taylormadegolf.com | $199
Key Feature: Adjust the hosel to adjust your shot shape with Flight Control Technology that results in up to 36 yards of differing trajectories.
What We Like: We like the FCT, but how ‘bout that head shape? It looks great and feels sweet behind the ball.
Who It’s For: People who want adjustability from a fairway wood. Also, those who like the benefits of pull-face construction for a hotter clubface. Better players will dig the R9 TP version.
Specs: Comes in four lofts (13, 15°, 19°, 21°) with Fujikura Motore shafts.
taylormadegolf.com | $229
Key Feature: A round profile and large face yield high-launch/mid-spin shots.
What We Like: Its modern shape creates a deep CG. Its larger, longer face gives a confidence boost. The Carpenter steel insert increases ball speed.
Who It’s For: Golfers who need help getting the ball airborne.
Specs: Comes in three different lofts (13.5°, 15.5°, 18.5°) and two stock shafts (Diamana Blue 75 and Aldila VooDoo). Body constructed from 17-4 stainless steel; features a 275 Carpenter steel face insert.
titleist.com | $199
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