2012 Buyer's Guide Woods

Are the new fairway woods as long as your driver?

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Key Feature: Three clubface positions (open, square, closed) make these woods ideal for fine-tuning just about anyone's preferred ballflight. Tack on Callaway's Variable Face Technology and a shape that was designed with input from Tour players and you have a set of woods primed for scoring from just about anywhere on the course. And hey, they're quite forgiving, too.
Who It's For: Golfers who want a customizable fit for their woods, i.e., shotmakers from the fairway.
Specs: Two lofts (15°, 18°) with RAZR Fit gr. shafts. (LH)
callawaygolf.com | $249
RAZR X Black
Key Feature: A stealthy black finish and a stainless-steel construction that's durable, powerful and forgiving. Variable Face Technology makes the sweet spot huge, resulting in a healthy dose of forgiveness.
Who It's For: Callaway's fairway woods have long been popular because they're so forgiving. The RAZR X Black woods are no different, so we suspect all golfers who want a forgiving set of woods to gobble these up.
Specs: Five models/lofts with RAZR X Black graphite shafts. (LH available)
callawaygolf.com | $199
CG Black
Key Feature: The CG Black woods are a lot like the driver bearing the same name, replete with a lightweight, Speed Crown Design. The low CG launches the ball up in a hurry, resulting in longer and straighter shots both off the fairway and from a tee. And who wouldn't love a Limited Edition Miyazaki C. Kua graphite shaft? We sure do!
Who It's For: Fans of the CG Black driver, and those who want a handsome fairway wood that's a top performer.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (16°, 19°, 22°), with a Miyazaki C. Kua graphite shaft. (LH available)
clevelandgolf.com | $229

Mashie Fairway
Key Feature: We've been smitten with the Mashie's Retro-Raw finish and superior performance, and can't help but be thrilled to see it in a new fairway wood design. The Gliderail sole sweeps across the turf with minimal drag, and the Ultralite shaft/grip combo really adds power.
Who It's For: Aggressive players who want a long, rugged and versatile fairway wood that gets the job done from tough lies once reserved for hybrids. Sweet!
Specs: Comes in a variety of lofts with a Miyazaki C. Kua 59 graphite shaft. (LH available)
clevelandgolf.com | $179
AMP Fairway
Key Feature: Advanced Material Placement (AMP) that places weight low and away from the face, and Adjustable Flight Technology for a custom-fit trajectory. The high-strength titanium face has a huge sweet spot, meaning shots fly high and far, even off the center spot.
Who It's For: Look, Cobra is back in a big way, and the creative looks and colors in these woods further cement that fact. They're a breeze to hit.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (15°, 16.5°, 18°) with Adila RIP graphite shafts. By the way, we love that orange grip!
cobragolf.com | $199
Baffler T-Rail
Key Feature: The Tungsten Rail Sole glides across the turf with ease, making it a cinch to get the ball airborne from the fairway and light rough. The shallow face design effectively lowers the CG, making the ball pop off the face and get airborne quickly, with plenty of distance to boot.
Who It's For: Golfers who like low-profile fairway-wood designs and who occasionally like to go for the green in two from not just the fairway, but also the light rough.
Specs: Comes in four lofts (13°, 16°, 18°, 20°) with Graphite Design Tour AD graphite shafts. (LH available)
cobragolf.com | $179


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