2010 Buyer's Guide Woods

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

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Mizuno MP-CLK
With a Hot Metal 1770 stainless-steel maraging face, this hybrid is both easy to hit and versatile for greater shotshaping control. The Drop Down Crown design (which allows for some club adjustability) and a 67-gram sole weight both greatly lower the CG, meaning the ball pops up in a hurry and lands incredibly soft. The shaft is a Mitsubishi Rayon MRC Fubuki graphite.
Lofts: 17°, 20°, 23°
mizunousa.com | $199

With a square-like design like the woods and driver, the SQ MACHSPEED has a thin 455 stainless-steel face for greater distance. Couple that with an extreme perimeter-weighting scheme, and these hybrids are both forgiving and long. We found the aerodynamics cool, but the stability of these hybrids is what we liked the most. The SQ MACHSPEED stayed square even when hitting from tough lies such as long rough or fairway bunkers.
Lofts: 15°, 18°, 21°, 24°
nikegolf.com | $149

Powerbilt Air Force One
Also filled with nitrogen to 150 psi, the Air Force One Hybrids are primarily designed to do two things: fly high and far. The face insert is a Ni-Maraging Steel design that makes the hybrid not only forgiving but also very long (longer than most hybrids we’ve tried). As for the shape, it’s made to be versatile on tight lies, but it’s also big enough to serve as a trusty option from the tee box. Shafts include a Fujikura Speed-Rated graphite shaft.
Lofts: 20°, 23°, 26°
powerbilt.com | $249
Taylormade Raylor
The all-new Raylor is specifically designed as a club for handling shots from out of the rough. Its pointed leading edge and compact size work together to help lower the CG and the face area, helping to make it easier to make contact with the ball. We wished they made a lower-lofted model, but we can say that hitting from the rough has never been easier than with a Raylor.
Lofts: 19°, 22°
taylormadegolf.com | $179
Taylormade Rescue
The all-new Rescue club indicates that TaylorMade went back to its roots and designed a hybrid that’s extremely easy to hit. Gone are the adjustable weights; instead the Rescue has a compact shape, a lowered CG and a low-friction sole that helps the club slide through the grass. The TP version (shown), has FCT Tech so you can orient the clubface angle and so forth.
Lofts: 17°, 19°, 22°, 25°
taylormadegolf.com | $199-$249

Titleist 909H
Designed with “flow” technology and a Carpenter steel face, the 909H hybrids are progressively designed with CGs optimized for the different lofts and lengths available. Resembling a fairway wood more than an iron, the 909H is the most playable hybrid from Titleist to date, thanks to a lowered CG and either an MR Diamana Blue or Aldila VooDoo graphite shaft.
Lofts: 15°, 17°, 19°, 21°, 24°
titleist.com | $189
Tour Edge Bazooka GeoMax 2
The Bazooka GeoMax 2 features a concave crown that moves weight away from the clubface and increases its MOI (and makes it extremely forgiving). To boost distance, it boasts a super-thin Custom 450 maraging-steel face that offers the maximum allowed COR. And with four weighted cavities in the sole, its low CG keeps the clubhead aligned even on off-center hits. The game just got a lot easier.
Lofts: 17°, 19°, 22°, 25°, 28°
touredge.com | $129
Tour Edge Exotics XCG-3
The XCG-3 has a heavy tungsten sole that creates a very low CG that aids in promoting not only a lot of distance but also a low-spin, high-trajectory ballflight. The sole is then combined with a maraging-steel crown and face for an explosive mix of power and added forgiveness. Other cool features include internal weight pads for added stability and a stock Fujikura Motore graphite shaft.
Models: 16°, 18°, 21°, 24°
exoticsgolf.com | $199


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