2011 Buyer's Guide Woods
Woods and hybrids are a breeze to hit
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Nike GolfKey Feature: A Compression Channel behind the clubface—along with variable face thickness—creates a hot clubface for more distance and control. The sole camber is flatter on the lower lofts for tighter lies, and deeper on the higher lofts for more versatility.
What We Like: It's long and very workable. Again, the Project X graphite is a great choice.
Lofts: 15°, 18°, 21°, 24°
nikegolf.com | $169
PingKey Feature: Part of a blended set with multiple-metal K15 irons, these high-launching hybrids are for golfers who want maximum forgiveness. Made of stainless steel, two of the hybrids (5H and 6H) replace traditional 5- and 6-irons, while the 3- and 4-hybrids ensure higher-launching shots for slower swing speeds. Each hybrid has patent-pending technology that reduces spin and increases launch.
What We Like: The high-launch/low-spin combination helps the ball land soft.
Lofts: 20°, 23°, 27°, 31°
ping.com | $159
PowerbiltKey Feature: An ultrathin clubface is on the high-MOI steel clubhead that's filled with nitrogen gas. Theory is: The pressure inside the clubhead provides support, which allows for an ultrathin face with no internal bracing. This helps all swing speeds.
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What We Like: Don't worry, it won't explode. But we found the ball to explode off this face high and in a hurry. It's a great bargain, too.
Lofts: 20°, 23°, 26°
powerbilt.com | $119
TaylormadeKey Feature: The contrasting white crown and black clubface of the 2011 Rescue allows you to better see the ball and clubface angle at address—don't underestimate its importance in straightening out your shots. The club launches the ball smoothly and reduces ground contact at impact. The club adjusts to eight different ballflight settings.
What We Like: The white looks fantastic against the fairway, rough or even sand. It also makes it a cinch to swing and hit high, far shots.
Lofts: 16°, 18°, 21°, 23.5°
taylormadegolf.com | $189/$219 (TP)
TaylormadeKey Feature: Just like the matching Burner SuperFast 2.0 driver, it features a nonglare white crown and black clubface for easy alignment. A long shaft and light overall weight promote a faster swing speed for more distance, while a built-in draw bias promotes distance-enhancing ballflight. Clubhead size is just 110cc or 115cc, depending on loft, and is triangular-shaped for better optics and perimeter weighting.
What We Like: In one word, everything.
Lofts: 18°, 21°, 24°, 27°
taylormadegolf.com | $159
TitleistKey Feature: Generates high launch with less spin, for more control and consistency—thanks to the clubhead profile with a more squared toe, offset and CG location. Its large clubhead has optimized weight distribution, for a higher MOI and enhanced control. The new SureFit Tour, dual-angle hosel gives you the ability to adjust the loft and lie independently of one another, for a customized ballflight.
What We Like: We like the adjustability, but needless to say, this hybrid is exceptionally forgiving. (Surprised us too.)
Lofts: 17°, 19°, 21°, 24°
titleist.com | $229
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