2011 Buyer's Guide Woods

Woods and hybrids are a breeze to hit

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Idea Tech V3
Forgiveness SupremeKey Feature: The newest iteration of the popular Idea Hybrid family is easy to hit, thanks to an ultrathin clubface and tungsten weighting in the stainless-steel heads. A V-shaped, four-way cambered sole and recessed heel and toe areas reduce turf drag for playability and versatility, which reduces turf interference. Finished with choice of nickel chromium plating and physical vapor deposition (PVD) black finishes.
What We Like: Smooth lines and high shots.
Lofts: 19°, 22°, 25°, 29°, 33°
adamsgolf.com | $199
Key Feature: Callaway's new Zero Roll Design translates to a high launch and long shots, even those struck low on the clubface. Those shots also will have a softer landing. Increased clubhead size on the standard model means more forgiveness, clubface thickness increases the sweet spot, and offset hosel helps square the clubface at impact. The Tour model has less offset to enhance workability.
What We Like: The high flight and soft landings. That's exactly how a hybrid should perform.
Lofts: 21°, 24°, 27°, 30°; 18°, 21°, 24° (Tour)
callawaygolf.com | $159
Editors' PickKey Feature: This is a throwback-looking utility club—look no further than the Gliderail sole, small clubhead and matte finish. That said, it's also very 2011 with a state-of-the-art lightweight shaft and grip that help you achieve outstanding clubhead speed and thus more distance from the fairway, rough or just about anywhere you wish to hit a miracle shot.
What We Like: The retro looks are awesome! The performance of the Mashie is anything but retro, however. This is Cleveland's best hybrid ever. It's so darn easy to use.
Lofts: 15.5°, 18°, 20.5°, 23°, 26°
clevelandgolf.com | $149
S3 Max
Key Feature: You can buy this low-profile hybrid alone or with the S3 Max irons in a set. Ideal for mid- to high-handicappers who want forgiveness and high launch, it features a railed sole that eases impact—no matter the lie—so no power is lost along the way. Look for this hybrid to help prevent sliced shots, too.
What We Like: The choices in the set are nice, but this hybrid is strong enough to stand on its own. It's very, very playable.
Lofts: 20°, 23°, 26°, 29°
cobragolf.com | $127
Key Feature: This utility wood is designed to get the ball out of thick, dense rough or any bad lie. The moderately sized steel clubhead has a 455 steel cupface and an elevated CG that generates shots that fly high, land softly and hold the greens. A U-shaped sole with heel and toe relief enhance shot consistency.
What We Like: A hybrid that's designed for better players. (This doesn't happen very often.)
Lofts: 17°, 20°, 23°
fourteengolf.com | $250
Versatile WonderKey Feature: It uses the company's Hot Metal face technology and Ultimate Dynamic Stability design that increases vertical MOI. Along with horizontal MOI, it helps amp up ball speed and distance across the clubface. Internal weighting and a Drop Down Crown deliver a low/deep CG for great trajectory. A speed bevel helps maintain clubhead speed through the turf.
What We Like: The beveled sole really adds a lot of versatility to this hybrid.
Lofts: 17°, 19°, 22°
mizunogolf.com | $169


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