2011 Buyer's Guide Woods

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Key Feature: A forged composite crown that reduces weight and moves it down toward the sole of the club. The result? More distance and a better ballflight from a great-looking club.
What We Like: The Tour-inspired shaping will appeal to the player who likes to work the ball. But the forgiveness? Seriously, that will help everyone hit better, longer, straighter shots.
Who It's For: For all golfers, although we suspect better players will like it even more.
Specs: Comes in four lofts (13°, 15°, 18°, 21°) with RAZR Hawk graphite shafts (all flexes). L-hand available in 15° or 18°.
callawaygolf.com | $229
Launcher FL
Editors' PickKey Feature: Weight was removed from the shaft and grip (30g's worth), making the Launcher FL produce faster swing speeds, ball speeds and longer carry off the tee or ground.
What We Like: The ball jumps off the face upward in a hurry. Oh, and it never stops going. Really, it's among the longest fairway woods we've every tried.
Who It's For: Golfers who need big-time forgiveness and distance with their woods.
Specs: Comes in five lofts (13°, 15°, 17°, 19°, 22°) with Miyazaki C. Kua graphite shafts (all flexes). L-hand available in 15° and 19°.
clevelandgolf.com | $199
Key Feature: A larger, hotter face that makes this all-steel design produce big distance and exceptional accuracy, even if you occasionally miss the sweet spot (which is huge, by the way.)
What We Like: The oversized profile adds confidence, making it easier to swing aggressively. Also, the stock Fujikura Blur shaft is a good one. They combine to produce a lot of distance. It's a great alternative to the driver on tight holes.
Who It's For: All golfer types.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (13°, 15°, 17°) with Fujikura Blur graphite shafts. L-hand available in 15° and 18°.
cobragolf.com | $169
Prophet ICT
Great Buy!Key Feature: The Dynacraft Prophet ICT series takes our revolutionary, patent-pending interchangeable hosel adapter to the fairway woods. Now with the interchangeable Prophet ICT 8-position adapter, each hosel insertion provides differing lie angles ranging from 2° upright to 2° flat, and face angles from 2° open to 2° closed.
What We Like: The adjustability is very cool, but it's also long and straight from the fairway and off the tee. Also, what a great price!
Who It's For: All player types.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (15°, 18°, 21°) with a variety of shaft options to choose from.
hirekogolf.com | $54
Key Feature: A classic, Tour-inspired shaping that will appeal to shotmakers who want fairway woods that launch the ball up quickly after impact with the ball.
What We Like: These woods are made with a low CG, but they're also workable, thanks to the classic, low-profile styling.
Who It's For: The lofts on the SF-410 woods are carefully calibrated for the average player who wants a higher ballflight. They're also very forgiving, thanks to a high MOI rating.
Specs: Comes in four lofts (16°, 19°, 22°, 24°) with MD-335ff graphite shafts.
fourteengolf.com | $329
Forgiveness SupremeKey Feature: A Hot Metal, maraging-steel face design for distance and Ultimate Dynamic Stability (U.D.S.) tech for improved forgiveness.
What We Like: Like the JPX-800 driver, these woods have a clean, no-nonsense stainless-steel appeal. The beveled leading edge slips across the grass with ease, and the low CG creates a high trajectory. The ball flies straight and far, even if you miss the sweet spot sometimes. (Hey, who doesn't?)
Who It's For: All player types.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (15°, 18°, 21°) with Mizuno FS5 graphite shafts.
mizunogolf.com | $199


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