Fairway Woods Buyer's Guide 2006

Today's fairway woods have tons of technology and an array of features that make them a must from the tee, fairway and rough. Don't miss out.

(800) 841-4358 | $249

Macgregor NVG2 The NVG2 fairway wood is jam-packed with technology that makes a difference.
Features: Cup Face 360° design that plasma-welds high-quality beta-titanium to the clubhead for maximum rebound properties and distance. Quadra Tungsten Weighting is employed to stabilize the clubhead and lower and deepen the CG for higher launch angles.
Advantages: Every technology applied to the NVG2 fairway wood is designed to improve both distance and forgiveness.
Benefits: Any golfer who wants to create driver-like distance with his or her 3-wood.
What We Like: Fujikura Triple Action Shaft really does what it’s supposed to do.
Clubhead: Beta-titanium
Clubface: Same
Loft(s): 12.5°, 15°, 18°, 21°, 24° (no LH)
Shaft(s): Quadra Action graphite by Fujikura (X, S, R, A)

Mizuno F-50
(800) 966-1211 | $200 ($180 steel)

Mizuno F-50 Mizuno applies composite-crown technology to fairway wood design.
Features: A composite crown combines with a steel body to produce a low and deep CG. Speed Plate sole design and Mizuno’s own Exsar graphite shaft round out the features of this top-notch fairway wood line.
Advantages: The use of carbon-composite crown technology moves weight away from the top of the club and toward the bottom, making it easier to get the ball airborne.
Benefits: Golfers who want a technological advantage (and extra distance and accuracy).
What We Like: Use of visible carbon-composite crown without taking away from the classy look.
Lineup: F-50
Clubhead: Stainless steel, Carbon
Clubface: Stainless steel
Loft(s): 13.5°, 15°, 16.5°, 18°, 21° (15°, 18° available LH)
Shaft(s): Mizuno Exsar FS2 graphite (S, R); Dynamic Gold (S, R)

Nike Golf SasQuatch
$240 ($215 steel)

Nike SasQuatch Nike’s PowerBow technology and unique geometry, which features a very deep head and a shallow clubface, are applied to fairway woods.
Features: Unusual clubhead geometry, which moves the center of gravity lower and deeper than is usually the case in fairway woods.
Advantages: Everything about the design of the SasQuatch says game improvement. A deep and low CG, as well as a high MOI for resistance to twisting, make it easy to hit high and straight.
Benefits: Golfers who are particularly accuracy-challenged would do well to give the SasQuatch a try—it’s designed to hit the ball straight.
What We Like: Extremely high-quality shafts.
Lineup: SasQuatch, Ignite T60
Clubhead: Stainless steel
Clubface: Same
Loft(s): 13°, 15°, 17°, 19°, 21° (13°, 15°, 17°, 19° available LH)
Shaft(s): SasQuatch Diamana by Mitsubishi graphite (X, S, R, A); Nike Speed Step Lite by True Temper steel (X, S, R)
Perfect Club Collection
(866) 843-0260 | $100

Perfect Club The original Perfect Club was designed to replace the long irons. Now, the company has developed an easy-to-hit alternative to almost every long iron and fairway wood in your bag.
Features: The Perfect Club collection of woods are designed with shorter shaft lengths, which always means more control. Furthermore, each club features offset to help golfers make square contact more consistently and minimize sidespin.
Advantages: The head has rear weighting for a deep and low CG, promoting a high trajectory and a lot of forgiveness.
Benefits: High-handicappers will appreciate the extra help Perfect Clubs deliver.
What We Like: The ease of use.
Lineup: Accuracy, Original, Plus, Spoon
Clubhead: Stainless steel
Clubface: Same
Loft(s): Spoon—15°; Plus—18°; Original—21°; Accuracy—24° (available LH)
Shaft(s): Perfect Club graphite (S, R, A, L)

(800) 4-PING-FIT | $225 ($180 steel)

Ping G5 PING continues its rise in the wood category with the new G5.
Features: The G5 offers a larger head size than most traditional fairway woods, a welcome development for many golfers. The strength of the steel used in the clubface allows for a thinner, more powerful hitting area, while internal weight pads optimize CG location and spin rates.
Advantages: The large head size provides confidence and added forgiveness. The thin clubface enhances feel and ball speed.
Benefits: Golfers who like to hit their 3-wood off the tee will like the larger size.
What We Like: Unobtrusive alignment aid.
Lineup: G5
Clubhead: Stainless steel
Clubface: Same
Loft(s): 13˚, 15˚, 18˚, 21˚, 24˚ (available LH)
Shaft(s): PING TFC100, Aldila NV 75 or Grafalloy ProLaunch 75 graphite (X, S, R); PING JZ steel (X, S, R)

Precept EZ
(800) 358-6319 | $200

Precept EZ As the name suggests, these woods, and the entire EZ line, are designed to make the game of golf easier and more fun to play for recreational golfers.
Features: Low-profile head with increased offset as well as a low and deep CG location. High MOI design made to help intermediate golfers hit shots higher and straighter.
Advantages: Low CG helps get the ball in the air, while offset and high MOI help reduce slicing and promote straighter shots.
Benefits: Less-accomplished players who need extra help getting the ball in the air and in the general direction of the target. A good choice for anyone who desires a player-friendly club.
What We Like: No-nonsense design with premium components (Aldila shaft, Winn grip).
Lineup: EZ, EC Fuel
Clubhead: Stainless steel
Clubface: Same Loft(s): 15˚ (no LH)
Shaft(s): EZ by Aldila graphite (S, R)


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