2011 Buyer's Guide Woods

Woods and hybrids are a breeze to hit

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By now, you probably carry at least two fairway woods and a hybrid in your bag. Some golfers carry more hybrids or even swap out their irons with iron-woods. If you're reluctant to add these forgiving sticks to your arsenal (or if you're too proud to lug a bag around with lots of headcovers), don't be. Modern-day woods and hybrids have been constructed to deliver big distance and lots of forgiveness, so why make the game any more difficult than it already is? This year, add a couple new woods and hybrids to your lineup and watch your scores drop.

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Our picks for new technologies, hot trends and equipment standouts.
s = steel g = graphite

Speedline F11
Beauty & BrawnKey Feature: Like the driver, the Speedline F11 woods are shaped for maximum aerodynamics, only this time, in the smaller shape of a wood that also can cut through the grass. The Vertical Slot tech is designed to add more spring-like power to every shot.
What We Like: Great looks and a ballflight that pops the ball upward in a hurry.
Who It's For: Golfers who want a long-hitting fairway wood, especially the titanium model.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (13°, 15°, 18°) with Aldila VooDoo VS or Matrix X-Con graphite shafts. Ti, Draw model, and L-hand available.
adamsgolf.com | $199/$299 ti
Bobby Bones
Player Series
Key Feature: The unique shape uses a forged, maraging-steel face insert for added distance and a lower CG for a higher trajectory.
What We Like: The classic-meets-new geometry. Classic lines and curves mask a neo-triangular shape. 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: Golfers who want a sweet-looking fairway wood with an added boost in trajectory.
Specs: Comes in four lofts (13°, 15°, 17°, 19°) with Graphite Design JS shafts.
bobbyjonesgolf.com | $199
Diablo Octane
Distance DrivenKey Feature: Made of stainless steel for rugged durability, these clubs utilize VFT technology to launch the ball off the face with added distance and forgiveness.
What We Like: Big power and a big sole make it easy to hit this club both off a tee and off the ground. The shaping is pure Callaway.
Who It's For: Golfers who want big distance from on or off the fairway. Better players will dig the more neutral Tour version.
Specs: Comes in five lofts (15°, 17°, 19°, 21°, 24°) with Diablo Octane graphite shafts. L-hand available in 15° and 17°.
callawaygolf.com | $199


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