2013 Buyer's Guide Woods
PingKey Feature: The steel clubhead features progressive CG positions as you go through the set to optimize distance, control and playability from all lies. Its traditional shape is slightly large, for forgiveness. The clubface's lower portion is extended and squared off, making aim more accurate, MOI higher and spin rate more optimized.
Who It's For: Every type of golfer.
Wow Factor: PING hit a home run with this one. Trust us.
Specs: Four lofts (17°, 20°, 23°, 27°), also in lefty models, with a TFC 800H shaft.
ping.com | $230
PingKey Feature: Traditionally shaped (more like a wood than an iron), these stainless-steel hybrids promote a high launch with minimal spin. The heel and toe regions are lowered, making it more forgiving on hits off the center of the face.
Who It's For: Everyone. The progressive CG in the differing lofts helps mid- to high-handicappers, especially.
Wow Factor: We love the matte finish. It looks awesome. But know what? We'd love them no matter how they look.
Specs: Five lofts (17°, 20°, 23°, 27°, 31° ), also in lefty models, TFC 189H shaft.
ping.com | $199
TitleistKey Feature: Adjustable, golfers can set loft and lie independently to optimize flight higher or lower, and for more draw or fade. The CG is positioned low, and weight is low and deep to maximize distance through reduced spin while providing stability and forgiveness.
Who It's For: A Titleist hybrid that's for everyone.
Wow Factor: They don't balloon the ball. That's good with us.
Specs: Five lofts (17°, 19°, 21°, 24°, 27°) in a variety of Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana shafts and Titleist Bassara graphite shafts. Also available in a low-spin, 913H.d model.
titleist.com | $259
Tour Edge ExoticsKey Feature: Two outer rails and one wider inner rail on the sole make this club versatile from most lies. They also help stabilize the club at impact for forgiveness. Variable face thickness adds feel and power on nutted shots and off-center hits.
Who It's For: Zealous golfers who want to be heroes from anywhere on the golf course.
Wow Factor: The easiest hybrid we've tried from the rough.
Specs: Four lofts (17° 2H, 20° 3H, 23° 4H, 26° 5H), Graphite Design G-Series 64 graphite shaft.
touredge.com | $179
WedgewoodKey Feature: The 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. Adiós, long irons!
Who It's For: Mid- to high-handicappers.
Wow Factor: Is it a wedge, iron or wood? All the above!
Specs: Comes in four lofts (16°, 19°, 22°, 25°) with a Wedgewood proprietary graphite shaft.
wedgewoodgolf.com | $129
Zero FrictionKey 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.
Who It's For: Value-minded golfers of all skill levels who are looking for a premium-performance product.
Wow Factor: Great value and performance are always in style.
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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