Tuesday, February 28, 2012
2012 Buyer's Guide Woods
Are the new fairway woods as long as your driver?
ClevelandKey Feature: The retro-looking Mashie has been a favorite of ours for a while now, thanks to its versatile Gliderail sole design that seemingly makes any lie feel like butter. No really, this club works from anywhere!
Who It's For: All player types who want to really go after the golf ball, no matter what the lie. And, well, for anyone who wants an easy-to-hit long-iron alternative. We love the Retro-Raw finish! Sticks will love the sweet Tour version.
Specs: Comes in five lofts (15.5°, 18°, 20.5°, 23°, 26°) with Miyazaki C. Kua 59 graphite shafts. (LH available)
clevelandgolf.com | $399
CobraKey Feature: The all-new AMP has practically all the features of the AMP woods and driver, all packed into a compact hybrid design. Stuff like Adjustable Flight Tech for a customized trajectory, E9 Face Tech for a hot face and Advanced Material Placement for a low and deep CG. Really, what more could you ask for? It's a great club.
Who It's For: The AMP satisfies virtually any player type, thanks to its adjustability factor.
Specs: Available in three lofts (17°, 19°, 22°) with Aldila RIP graphite shafts. (LH available)
cobragolf.com | $299
CobraKey Feature: The popular Baffler is back with a unique Tungsten Rail Sole design that makes it easier to use this club from a wide variety of lies. Its shallow face design and alignment aids on the crown encourage golfers to make aggressive swings, knowing that the ball will fly high and land soft. It's über-forgiving, to say the least.
Who It's For: Those looking for maximum distance and forgiveness in their hybrid clubs.
Specs: Comes in various lofts (17°, 19°, 22°, 25°, 27°, 28°, 31°) with Aldila RIP graphite shafts and a cool green grip.
cobragolf.com | $299
Fourteen GolfKey Feature: We're not sure why the name is so confusing either, but this is still one of the coolest hybrids we've seen in a while. The small, compact, hollow-body, iron-like head is basically like a long iron on steroids. Perfect for those who just aren't ready to adopt a wood-like hybrid yet. It's perfect for serious shotmakers.
Who It's For: Better players who prefer irons over traditional hybrids, but who want more forgiveness.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (19°, 21°, 24°) with MD-370i graphite shafts.
fourteengolf.com | $229
PingKey Feature: The G20 hybrids are awesome long-iron replacements, making it easier than ever to hit shots from 175-215 yards. The added offset helps increase trajectory and counteract any tendencies you may have to slice. The flat lie angle just feels right, and the face yields high shots that land soft. What more could you ask for? Seriously...
Who It's For: Middle to high-handicappers who want some added lift and slice correction when it comes to hybrids.
Specs: Five lofts (17°, 20°, 23°, 27°, 31°) with PING TFC 169H (or 169H Tour for flatter shots) gr. shafts. (LH available)
ping.com | $159
PingKey Feature: Like the i20 fairway woods, the i20 hybrids have a compact stainless-steel head that's set up square. Except they're smaller and higher lofted…naturally.
Who It's For: All hybrids are meant to act as rescue clubs, and these are no different. No matter what the lie, you'll launch the ball high and far in a hurry. You'll benefit if you're a middle to low-handicapper, since these allow players to hit creative shots from all over the course.
Specs: Three lofts (17°, 20° and 23°) with PING TFC 169H (or 169H Tour for flatter shots) gr. shafts. (LH available)
ping.com | $229
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