2012 Buyer's Guide Woods

Are the new fairway woods as long as your driver?

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Air Force One DF
Key Feature: Like the new Air Force One DF driver, this hybrid model features a nitrogen-charged clubhead, which eliminates the need for internal bracing. With a high-MOI head, it's easy to launch the ball high and far from any kind of lie.
Who It's For: Golfers who need some extra distance with their hybrids.
Specs: Available in 20°, 23° and 26° lofts. The clubhead is made from 17-4 stainless steel and has a stock Fujikura shaft. Available in fairway woods, too.
powerbilt.com | $120
RocketBallz Rescue
Key Feature: A lightweight shaft and grip that promote increased swing speed, and a large and deep face with the CG moved low and forward. Add it all up and you've got a club that promotes a faster ball speed, higher launch angle and lower spin rates.
Who It's For: Built for every kind of player who wants to add extra length to his rescue clubs.
Specs: Comes standard with a 65-gram shaft in four flexes and four lofts, 19°, 21°, 24° and 27°. TP version available, too. (LH available)
taylormadegolf.com | $199/$229
Key Feature: High launch with less spin for more control and consistency—thanks to the clubhead profile with a more squared toe, offset and optimized CG location. The new SureFit Tour, dual-angle hosel gives you the ability to adjust the loft and lie independently of one another for a custom fit with no compromises.
Who It's For: Better players will really like the classic shaping, but we think it's forgiving enough for anyone.
Specs: Five lofts including a new higher-lofted 27° model and a new Mitsubishi graphite shaft at just 60 grams.
titleist.com | $229
Tour Edge
Exotics XCG-5 Hybrid
Key Feature: A strong maraging-steel cupped face that launches the ball faster and with less spin. This is aided by a high-density, tungsten-steel sole that moves the majority of the club's weight into the rear heel and toe. We loved its sound and feel, which were improved by two internal weight pads. It's monstrously long, as well.
Who It's For: Everybody can play with it, but better players will appreciate it more.
Specs: Comes with either a Fujikura Blur or Aldila RIP Sigma 80 shaft and four lofts (17°, 19°, 22°, 25°).
touredge.com | $200
Gold Series
Key Feature: Is it an iron, wood or a hybrid? It's all the above! The new Gold Series combines the accuracy and control of an iron with the power of a fairway wood in a simple, clean, hybrid design. The maraging steel face is extra hot for added distance and the graphite shaft has a unique "Nickel Flex Weave"at the kickpoint for a tremendous energy transfer into the ball. Adios long irons!
Who It's For: Mid-to-high handicappers.
Specs: Comes in four lofts (16°, 19°, 22°, 25°) with a Wedgewood proprietary graphite shaft.
wedgewoodgolf.com | $129
Zero Friction
Key Feature: 17/4 stainless-steel with a PVD tungsten-chromium-nitride subfinish sealed with a catalyzed clear top coat creates a sleek performance look to these new clubs to the market. They're easy to launch and—bonus—won't break the bank.
Who It's For: Value-minded golfers of all skill levels who are looking for a premium-performance product.
Specs: Comes in the most playable 24° loft with Zero Friction High Modulus Low Resin Graphite Shafts and ZFAdvantage Premium All Weather Grips.
zerofriction.com | $149

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