2012 Buyer's Guide Woods

Are the new fairway woods as long as your driver?

Labels: EquipmentWoods
a12/a12 OS
Key Feature: The Velocity Slot is quite popular in 2012, as it's the standout feature on these hybrids. The a12 utilizes it to generate more ball speed and a higher launch, while the oversized OS version does the same, this time with a 14% bigger footprint. The results in both cases are a powerful, slight-slice-correcting pair of hybrids.
Who It's For: Those looking for extremely long and very playable hybrids. The OS is screaming to be swung hard!
Specs: Comes in four lofts (17°, 19°, 22°, 25°), a12 OS in (28°, 32°), both with UST ProForce VTS shafts. (LH available)
adamsgolf.com | $169
Idea Super XTD
Key Feature: They ain't cheap, but make no mistake, these hybrids have loads of technology to make up for it. The multimaterial head has a titanium crown and face with a steel sole and Velocity Slot Tech. The result? A radically low CG and super hot clubface that yields high, powerful hybrid shots from anywhere on the golf course.
Who It's For: Golfers who want an extremely long and very forgiving hybrid club. Boom, they go far.
Specs: Three lofts (17°, 19°, 21°) with Fubuki AX graphite shafts. (LH available)
adamsgolf.com | $349
Bobby Jones
Classic Hybrids
Key Feature: These Classic Hybrids aren't new, and by the looks of it, they're going fast. Designed by Jesse Ortiz, with classic good looks and a unique, modern-day triangular design, these hybrids are extremely easy to hit from almost any type of lie. Really, it was hard to find a lie that didn't work well for this club.
Who It's For: Folks who want a really good-looking club that performs exceptionally and is easy to hit.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (21°, 25°, 30°) with Graphite Design JS shafts.
bobbyjonesgolf.com | $65
Key Feature: The J40 has a larger profile than previous B-Stone hybrids and a CG that affords higher launches and longer carries. Okay, so what's that really mean? It means these hybrids are really, really good, and it's only a matter of time before more people notice. Balls hit flew as far as needed, and straight as a string.
Who It's For: Some might say these are made for better players, but we disagree. They're just too easy to hit.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (18°, 21°, 24°) with Project X graphite shafts.
bridgestonegolf.com | $179
Key Feature: The Variable Face Technology makes the face hotter in more areas, and the zero-roll design basically means that shots hit lower on the face fly higher and land softer. Cool, huh? We think so. The Tour model differs in its CG placement, which is closer to the face for more shotmaking capabilities.
Who It's For: All golfers who want a very playable and very versatile hybrid. The Tour model is for better sticks.
Specs: Comes in a variety of lofts for both models with RAZR X graphite shafts. (LH available)
callawaygolf.com | $160
Key Feature: Like the RAZR X, the HL model has a zero-roll face design, only in this model, there's more hosel offset (to both counteract slices and add more loft at impact). The result is a higher, straighter launch with softer landings. Put it this way: It's the easiest-to-hit Callaway hybrid we've ever tried.
Who It's For: Average players who want more forgiveness, distance and a higher trajectory.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (21°, 24°, 27°) with RAZR X HL Hybrid graphite shafts. (LH available)
callawaygolf.com | $159


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