Tuesday, March 5, 2013
2013 Buyer's Guide Woods
CobraKey Feature: A shallow, high-strength steel clubface and low CG act together to boost trajectory, right off of impact. Tungsten sole weights generate high and long ballflight.
Who It's For: Golfers wanting higher, more penetrating ballflight from their fairway woods. Which speaking of, have a very low profile to help inspire confidence.
Wow Factor: Any Baffler club is great. This is the best yet.
Specs: Four lofts (13° 3+-wood, 16° 3-wood, 18° 5-wood, 20° 7-wood), as well as lefty and women's models, Graphite Design G-series shaft.
hirekogolf.com | $179
Fourteen GolfKey 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.
Wow Factor: The "highlight film" makes the head look sharp!
Specs: Comes in two lofts (14°, 17°) with MD-350gf shafts.
fourteengolf.com | $329
MizunoKey Feature: The multi-thickness, steel clubface, thin crown and thick sole combine to deliver an easy launch, high ball speed and consistent distance. A square clubface angle and internal weighting translates to mis-hit stability, while a beveled sole eases turf interaction.
Who It's For: Anyone needing help producing meaningful long shots from the fairway.
Wow Factor: A much, much higher launch than we expected.
Specs: Two lofts (15° 3-wood, 18° 5-wood) in right-handed only, Fujikura Orochi Blue Eye 65 graphite shaft.
mizunogolf.com | $199
NikeKey Feature: The adjustable club's "High Speed Cavity Back"—covered by the crown yet visible from the sole—moves weight to the corners, which boosts forgiveness and mis-hit distance. Dual Axis adjustment allows you to choose loft and face angle independently of each other.
VR_S Covert Tour
Who It's For: Better players wanting several loft options in one clubhead. (There's also a nonadjustable version.)
Wow Factor: Love the adjustable loft and red color.
Specs: Two Lofts (13°/17° 3-wood, 17°/21° 5-wood), as well as lefty models, Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage Silver 70 shaft.
nikegolf.com | $199
OrlimarKey Feature: Designed to fight the fade, this stainless-steel clubhead features a precisely located tungsten weight, 2° closed face, offset hosel and strong maraging clubface. A low CG helps lift the ball.
Who It's For: Golfers on a budget who want a bona-fide slice-killer from the fairway.
Wow Factor: It has good DNA; the brand has a great history of producing outstanding fairway woods. Nice price, too.
Specs: Comes in two lofts (3-wood, 5-wood) with an Aldila graphite shaft.
orlimar.com | $199
PingKey Feature: Loft is adjustable by +/-1/2°, which essentially gives you three fairway woods in one clubhead. That allows you to tune distance and accuracy. The compact steel clubhead has rear sole weighting, which helps generate low-spin ballflights for awesome distance.
Who It's For: All golfers, from hacker to Tour pro wanting some loft flexibility in a great wood.
Wow Factor: Cool looking, the performance is outstanding.
Specs: Three base lofts (14.5° 3-wood, 16.5° 4-wood, 18.5° 5-wood), Anser TFC 800F graphite shaft.
ping.com | $249
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