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.
| Sonartec SS-2.5/SS-3.5
(760) 930-2454 | $250
Sonartec’s Driving Cavity design lives on in the company’s two standard offerings, both of which provide explosive power at impact.
Features: Driving Cavity technology creates a CG that provides low spin rates and a powerful, boring trajectory. A Fujikura Tour Platform shaft is standard.
Advantages: The weighting scheme and compact head size make for one of the most powerful fairway woods ever made. The SS-2.5 features a more low-profile design and lower CG, while the SS-3.5 has a deeper face for more boring shots.
Benefits: Accomplished players can really make the most of Sonartec’s technology.
What We Like: Subtle technologies that provide impressive power and distance.
Lineup: SS-2.5, SS-3.5, LS-99
Clubhead: Stainless steel
Loft(s): 13˚, 14˚, 15˚, 17˚, 19˚, 21˚ (2.5 only), 22˚ (3.5 only) (no LH)
Shaft(s): Fujikura Tour Platform graphite (X, S, R, A)
| TaylorMade r7 Ti
(800) 888-CLUB | $400
TaylorMade brings the company’s Movable Weight Technology and titanium Pull-Face construction to fairway wood design.
Features: Two TLC ports that house 16 grams of movable weight consisting of a two-gram cartridge and a 14-gram cartridge. Pull-Face titanium construction and cold rolled, very thin titanium clubface.
Advantages: Movable Weight Technology allows for customized feel and performance, while perimeter-positioned TLC ports increase MOI for greater stability. Ultra-thin titanium clubface provides increased ball speed and distance.
Benefits: Golfers who like to hit 3-wood off the tee, or anyone who likes to tinker.
What We Like: Advanced technology.
Lineup: r7 steel, r7 ti, r7 TP, V steel
Loft(s): 15˚, 18˚, 21˚ (no LH)
Shaft(s): TaylorMade RE*AX 60 graphite (X, S, R, M, L); Custom shafts available upon request
| Tour Edge Exotics
(800) 515-3343 | $399
High-end Exotics line from Tour Edge offers a 3-wood with tons of technology and lots of pop.
Features: Hot-forged, beta-titanium cupface and a body that’s precision-cast from hyper steel, all of which are fused by a Combo-Brazing process that reduces the need for extra welding.
Advantages: The cupface, hyper-steel clubface and Combo-Brazing process makes for a club that produces extremely high ball speed and tons of distance, both from the tee and the fairway.
Benefits: Any golfer looking primarily for distance from a fairway wood. The Exotics are as hot as they come.
What We Like: The distance—the Exotics really flies.
Lineup: Bazooka JMAX QL, Exotics
Clubhead: Hyper steel, Titanium
Loft(s): 13˚, 15˚, 16.5˚, 18˚, 21˚ (15˚, 18˚ available LH)
Shaft(s): Tour Edge Exotics graphite by Fujikura (X, S, R, A)
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| Wishon 515GRT
(800) 470-0072 | $229
Fairway woods with a unique face radius to provide consistent performance.
Features: GRT (Graduated Roll Technology), which creates an unusual face radius with zero inches of roll for more consistent launch angles. True forged cupface construction utilizing extremely strong Carpenter steel for maximum .830 COR and highest possible ball speeds.
Advantages: A clubface that features zero inches of roll radius produces similar launch characteristics regardless of where on the face the ball is struck, more or less, which means greater consistency for all types of golfers.
Benefits: Distance-hungry golfers.
What We Like: High-performance, high-COR fairway woods that make the ball “fly like an eagle.”
Lineup: 915CFE, 915HL, 730CL, 515GRT
Clubhead: Stainless steel
Clubface: Carpenter steel
Loft(s): 15˚, 18.5˚, 21.5˚ (available LH)
Shaft(s): Full range of custom shafts available