2013 Buyer's Guide Woods
AdamsKey Feature: A new sole slot and refined crown slot get the ball up without increasing spin, so you'll get plenty of carry. Its spring-like effect is nearly at the USGA maximum, meaning overall distance should be huge. Face angle, length and swing weight are adjustable.
Speedline SUPER LS
Who It's For: Anyone wanting more distance from the fairway and rough. Who needs a driver anyway?
Wow Factor: Holy moly, this club is loooooong!
Specs: Three lofts (13°, 15°, 18°) as well as lefty models, Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage graphite shaft.
adamsgolf.com | $299
CallawayKey Feature: "Speed Frame" clubface has an enlarged sweet spot that generates high ball speed across the clubface for distance. An adjustable hosel allows you to tune shot shape and trajectory for those long par-5s.
RAZR X Fit Xtreme
Who It's For: All golfers, especially those who have liked Callaway's fairway woods for a while. (We have.)
Wow Factor: It looks awesome and sounds powerful. We mean, it sounds awesome and looks powerful—both work.
Specs: Four lofts (3-wood, 4-wood, 5-wood, 7-wood) with an Aldila Trinity graphite shaft.
callawaygolf.com | $269
CallawayKey Feature: A forged "Speed Frame" face, Warbird sole, and a new Internal Standing Wave (which lowers the CG) combine for, you guessed it, explosive distance.
Who It's For: It's for all types of players, especially those who have trouble getting their wood shots off the ground.
Wow Factor: Not long ago, this type of long-distance tech would have been more suited for drivers. But now it's in woods. Wow, hitting fairway woods never felt so...manly!
Specs: Comes in six lofts (15°, 17°, 19°, 21°, 23°, 25°) with Project X Velocity graphite shafts. Also available in X Hot Pro version.
callawaygolf.com | $229
ClevelandKey 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.
Wow Factor: It's light, but doesn't feel too light. We like that.
Specs: Comes in three lofts (16°, 19°, 22°), with a Miyazaki C. Kua graphite shaft. (LH available)
clevelandgolf.com | $199
ClevelandKey Feature: Variable face thickness makes for a huge sweet spot that increases your odds of hitting it on the screws. In fact, the entire clubface is large. The CG is deep, promoting a mid-high launch and low-spin ballflight.
Who It's For: Golfers who want a big clubface in their woods.
Wow Factor: The sleek black clubhead looks lethal and performs even better. We bombed driver-like hits with it.
Specs: Three lofts (16° 3-wood, 19° 5-wood, 22° 7-wood) as well as lefty and women's models, Miyazaki C. Kua 39 Limited Edition shaft. (LH available)
clevelandgolf.com | $179
Adjustable loft on the steel clubhead means you can change your trajectory for any weather or course conditions, and customize your distance gaps. The "SmartPad" sole protrusion squares the clubface.