2011 Buyer's Guide Woods
Woods and hybrids are a breeze to hit
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TaylormadeKey Feature: The new Burner SuperFast 2.0 is a driver in fairway-wood disguise. Its lighter, longer shaft and streamlined aerodynamics increase a golfer's swing speed for more distance.
What We Like: The white color is beautiful, but the real stuff is in how well this fairway wood performs. It's insanely long, just like its daddy (the Burner SuperFast 2.0 driver).
Who It's For: All player types. Better players might prefer the more streamlined TP version.
Specs: Comes in four lofts (15°, 17°, 18°, 21°) with Matrix X-Con graphite shafts (various flexes). L-hand available in 15° and 17°.
taylormadegolf.com | $200
TaylormadeKey Feature: Two ways to adjust: the hosel (Flight Control Technology) for loft adjustments, and the Adjustable Sole Plate for clubface angle tweaks. The result? A fairway wood that can be tailor-made to fit anyone (we had to say it).
What We Like: The Adjustable Sole Plate design is extraordinary, and in our opinion, even more practical with woods than with the driver. As for performance, it worked just as we expected—long and straight with a lot of forgiveness.
Who It's For: There's a combination for all.
Specs: Comes in five lofts (14°, 15.5°, 17°, 19°, 22°) with Fujikura Blur shafts. L-hand avail.
taylormadegolf.com | $230
TitleistKey Feature: SureFit Tour technology that yields dual-angle hosel technology for a custom, precise loft and lie angle fitting.
What We Like: When it comes to fairway woods, we tend to favor more traditional shapes. And well, this one oozes tradition. It's also a solid performer in terms of distance.
Who It's For: Low- to middle handicappers. There's also a 910Fd model with a deep face design that will appeal to golfers who want a more penetrating ballflight.
Specs: Comes in four lofts (13.5°, 15°, 17°, 19°) with MRC Diamana ‘ahina or Project X graphite.
titleist.com | $279
Tour EdgeKey Feature: A beta-titanium, boomerang face design that, according to Tour Edge, helps create the company's most powerful wood ever.
What We Like: The crown and sole are titanium, combo-brazed with a heavier tungsten sole that accounts for up to 65 percent of the head's overall mass. The result is an uber-forgiving and insanely long fairway wood.
Who It's For: Golfers who truly want to bomb their shots high and far from the fairway.
Specs: Comes in five lofts (13°, 15°, 16.5°, 18°, 21°) with Fujikura Motore graphite shafts (various flexes). L-hand available in 15° and 18°.
touredge.com | $299
Tour EdgeKey Feature: Designed for added workability, the CB4 has a more compact, pear-shaped hyper steel body and a titanium cupface.
What We Like: The CB4 has a higher, deeper CG for more penetrating shots, which also creates less backspin for more shotmaking maneuverability. We especially like the Aldila RIP shaft, as it seems to be a perfect fit. And in case you're wondering, this is still an Exotics wood, meaning it's going to be long and forgiving.
Who It's For: Better players who shape shots.
Specs: Comes in four lofts (13°, 15°, 16.5°, 18°) with Aldila RIP graphite shafts.
touredge.com | $299
WilsonKey Feature: Designed with direct input from Padraig Harrington, these new fairway woods have a low CG for a higher launch. The radiused (curved) sole helps golfers hit shots from uneven lies, and the variable-thickness clubface makes the sweet spot a lot bigger.
What We Like: The DXi is an easy-to-hit alternative to the driver, and because one of the most likable guys in golf actually uses it (Harrington), how could you not like it?
Who It's For: All player types.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (13°, 15°, 18°) with Aldila VooDoo VS7 graphite shafts.
wilsonstaff.com | $199
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