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 SS-3.5 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
Clubface: Same
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)

Srixon W-403AD
(888) 4-SRIXON | $225

Srixon W-403AD Srixon’s solid attempt to bring a traditional yet technologically advanced fairway wood to the mass market.
Features: Elliptical high-COR area that extends from high toe to low heel, as well as a low CG placement and thin and strong maraging-steel clubface.
Advantages: The W-403AD is designed to provide forgiveness on heel and toe strikes, as well as a powerful, driving shot trajectory due to the use of maraging steel in the clubface.
Benefits: For those who prefer a traditional-looking clubhead, the W-403AD fits the bill and also provides top-notch performance with solid distance for a relatively wide range of golfers.
What We Like: The hot maraging-steel clubface and powerful feel.
Lineup: W-403AD
Clubhead: Stainless steel
Clubface: Maraging steel
Loft(s): 14.5˚, 18.5˚, 20˚ (available LH)
Shaft(s): Srixon SV3000 graphite (X, S, R, A)

TaylorMade r7 Ti
(800) 888-CLUB | $400

Taylormade r7 Ti 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
Clubhead: Titanium
Clubface: Same
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

Tour Edge Exotics 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
Clubface: 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)

Wilson Staff Df6
(800) 469-4576 | $130 (graphite)

Wilson Staff Df6 Wilson’s new Staff line of fairway woods features a load of technology and a traditional look.
Features: Designed with ETF (Energy Transfer Frame) Technology, which harnesses lost energy at impact and redirects it to the clubface to create a larger effective hitting area. This is accomplished by structurally reinforcing the area behind and around the clubface without adding weight.
Advantages: The ETF Technology is designed to produce greater ball speed and distance, while the addition of the nickel-tungsten screws is meant to help golfers produce higher trajectory shots on a consistent basis.
Benefits: Those who want a large sweet spot and a hot face.
What We Like: Wilson’s dedication to innovation.
Lineup: FwC, Df6
Clubhead: Stainless steel
Clubface: Same
Loft(s): 15˚, 19˚, 22˚, 25˚ (available LH)
Shaft(s): Staff Nano Tech graphite (S, R, A)

Wishon 515GRT
(800) 470-0072 | $229

Wishon 515GRT 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


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