2012 Buyer's Guide Woods
Are the new fairway woods as long as your driver?
DynacraftKey Feature: The Prophet ICT's interchangeable head has an 8-position adapter for different lie angles and face angles, depending on the shot shape you're looking for.
Who It's For: Dynacraft clubs aren't new, but often they're overlooked because of their extremely affordable prices. Trust us, these clubs are solid performers, and the Prophet ICT is worth trying if you want shot customization from the fairway. And at that low price, it's worth a shot.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (15°, 18°, 21°) with a variety of shafts to choose from.
hirekogolf.com | $54
Fourteen GolfKey Feature: Key Feature: Designed for better players who tend to prefer lower-lofted fairway woods, the SF-511 has a compact shape and U-shape sole that handles shots fired off uneven lies just as well as from the fairway. The thin-cupface design ensures solid contact across a greater area of the face, and even though it's made for better players, it still retains a high level of forgiveness.
Who It's For: Better players who want lower lofts.
Specs: Comes in two lofts (14°, 17°) with MD-350gf graphite shafts.
fourteengolf.com | $329
MizunoKey Feature: Like the driver bearing the same name, these titanium fairway woods are made to be long and versatile to help better players control their shotmaking. That said, Mizuno couldn't help but make it an exceptionally long club as well.
Who It's For: Golfers who don't want any draw bias in their fairway woods and who want Mizuno's best blend of distance and control in a pear-shaped wood.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (13.5°, 15°, 18°) with Fujikura Orochi 75 FW graphite shafts.
mizunogolf.com | $249
NikeKey Feature: The VR Pro fairway woods use a variable-compression channel that runs along the sole behind the clubface. This adds more distance across more points on the clubface. Also, the compact design allows better players some real shotmaking opportunities. It's a cinch to hit high or low shots, including the infamous "stinger."
Who It's For: Good to better players who want a long-hitting fairway wood that also has some maneuverability.
Specs: Four lofts (13°, 15°, 17°, 19°) with Project X graphite shafts. (LH available)
nikegolf.com | $229
PingKey Feature: These woods are designed like the driver, in that they help golfers hit it higher and farther. Again, the external weight toward the lower back region of the sole deepens and lowers the CG, resulting in extreme forgiveness and distance, especially on off-center hits.
Who It's For: Golfers who want a long, high-hitting fairway wood with a low profile. Also, they do a great job at reducing sliced shots, as well.
Specs: Comes in four lofts (15°, 16.5°, 18°, 21°) with a PING TFC 169F (169F Tour for a flatter launch) gr. shaft. (LH)
ping.com | $299
PingKey Feature: These compact stainless-steel woods have a handsome matte-black finish (like the driver), and were engineered to give better golfers control over their shot trajectories and shapes. They're so pretty we wanted to hang them on our wall…until we hit them. Now we can't get them out of our golf bags. They're just too cool.
Who It's For: The smaller head, square address and neutral weighting are ideal for better players.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (14°, 15°, 18°) with PING TFC 707F or Project X Black graphite shafts. (LH available)
ping.com | $220
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