2011 Buyer's Guide Woods

Woods and hybrids are a breeze to hit

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Exotics XCG-4
Key Feature: A strong and thin maraging-steel cupface and crown—combined with a heavy 133g tungsten sole—helps launch the ball with less spin and faster speed than stainless steel. Most of the weight is in the rear heel and toe of the tungsten sole, so it's below the ball. That helps the clubface square at impact for more accuracy. Two internal weight pads improve sound and feel, as well.
What We Like: Like the Exotics woods, this hybrid flies a long way. It's super-powerful.
Lofts: 17°, 19°, 22°, 25°
touredge.com | $199
Unsung HeroKey Feature: The DXi hybrids mimic the performance of the DXi woods in terms of technologies like variable face thickness, a radiused sole for enhanced playability and an Aldila VooDoo graphite shaft.
What We Like: Padraig Harrington had his hands in the design of the hybrids too, meaning they're designed not just for the average player looking for some alternatives to long irons, but also to play at the highest level.
Lofts: 19°, 22°, 25°
wilsonstaff.com | $159

What's old is new...and improved. Cleveland's Mashie hybrid brings to mind the metal woods of the 1980s (check out its Gliderail sole, small head and matte finish), but it's designed with the modern technology that makes new utility clubs easy to hit. The lighter, longer Miyazaki C. Kua 59 Series yields shots that fly 5-10 yards longer than before. It's the best of both worlds.

Looking for a fairway wood with a high MOI that produces straight, high, forgiving shots? PING's K15 achieves all three with its larger profile and clubface. With a center of gravity positioned away from the face, and the company's Straight Flight Technology (SF Tec) that places weight in the heel, you have a club that launches the ball straight, high and long. Comes in three different lofts.


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