2010 Buyer's Guide Woods
Today's fairway woods and hybrids are bigger, longer and easier to hit than ever.
Key Feature: Its modern shape not only deepens the club’s CG but increases its stability, as well.
What We Like: The 909F3 has a smaller, deeper face—just the thing better players like to see at setup.
Who It’s For: Lower handicappers who can (and like to) control their ballflight.
Specs: Comes in three different lofts (13°, 15°, 18°) 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
|Tour Edge Exotics XCG-3
Key Feature: A heavy tungsten sole (accounting for 63 percent of the head’s weight) is paired together with a stainless-steel face and crown.
What We Like: Major distance! Really, we were wondering if it was legal (it is), considering we added about 25 yards on average to our 3-wood shots. The 16° 4-wood is already in the bag.
Who It’s For: Really? Do we need to tell you? It’s for raw-distance gluttons.
Specs: Comes in five lofts (13°, 15°, 16°, 18°, 21°), with a Fujikura Motore Exotics shaft. (Tour version also available.)
exoticsgolf.com | $299
|Wilson FYbrid HS
Key Feature: Hybrid-like versatility from a fairway wood, thanks to a Heavy Sole design that yields a high MOI and low and deep CG.
What We Like: The 3FW and 5FW are definitely fairway woods worth considering. They’re super easy to hit. Just be sure to swing them like a wood, not an iron.
Who It’s For: Those who want to bridge the gap between driver and hybrids.
Specs: Comes in seven models from 13° to 27° with UST ProForce AXIVCore graphite shafts.
wilsonstaff.com | $149
||Adams Idea a7
The IDEA a7 (and a7OS) line doesn’t disappoint. The cambered (a fancy way to say rounded) sole makes for more versatility on uneven lies and reduces surface contact through the hit. The a7OS is bigger and has a wider sole for a deeper CG and a higher ballflight. It comes with a Grafalloy ProLaunch Axis shaft; the a7 has a UST Proforce AXIVCore shaft.
Lofts: 17°, 19°, 22°, 25°, 28° (a7OS)
adamsgolf.com | $149
||Bobby Jones H2 Hybrid
Using the same technology as the fairway metals, Bobby Jones hybrids are designed to replace the hard-to-hit long irons. Rather than designing hybrids that look like irons, Jesse Ortiz’ philosophy takes advantage of the fairway metal’s low and deep center of gravity, its wide-bodied triangle of stability (TOS) and its versatile contoured sole. Jesse Ortiz has created a more traditional-shape hybrid.
Lofts: 17°, 19°, 21°, 25°, 30°, 35°
bobbyjonesgolf.net | $149
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