Fairway Woods Buyer's Guide 2007

Whether it?s a fairway wood or hybrid, knowing what club to hit depends on what clubs are in your bag

Nike SasQuatch 2
(888) 799-NIKE | $239

Nike SasQuatch2 The latest club to enter Tiger’s bag, the SQ2 is already considered to be the best fairway wood ever from Nike.
Features: Not to be confused with a Disneyland attraction, the Monorail sole design of the SQ2 slides through the turf with ease, resulting in less friction and greater clubhead speed at impact. In addition, the PowerBow to the rear helps to place weight farther back for a lowered CG and raised MOI.
Advantages: The Cryo-Steel clubface is very strong, and despite being a member of the oddly shaped SQ line, the SQ2 fairway woods retain a classic look.
Benefits: All players will reap the rewards of this club. Maybe not the same rewards Tiger does, but you get the idea.
What We Like: The ballflight is high and penetrating.
Lineup: SasQuatch 2, Ignite T60
Clubhead: Stainless steel
Clubface: Same
Lofts: 13°, 15°, 17°, 19°, 21° (available LH)
Shafts: SasQuatch Diamana graphite (X, S, R, A); True Temper Speed Step Light steel (X, S, R, A)
Perfect Club Collection
(866) 843-0260 | $100

Perfect Spoon The original Perfect Club was designed to replace 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 is 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 the Perfect Club delivers.
What We Like: The ease of use.
Lineup: Accuracy, Original, Plus, Spoon
Clubhead: Stainless steel
Clubface: Same
Lofts: 15° Spoon, 18° Plus, 21° Original, 24° Accuracy (available LH)
Shafts: 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, which move progressively back in the head as the loft of the club increases, optimize CG location.
Advantages: The large head size provides confidence and added forgiveness. The thin clubface enhances feel and ball speed and, as a result, distance.
Benefits: Golfers who like to hit their 3-wood off the tee will like the larger size, as will those who opt for the 5- or 7-woods.
What We Like: Unique alignment aid on the crown.
Lineup: G5
Clubhead: Stainless steel
Clubface: Same
Lofts: 13˚, 15˚, 18˚, 21˚, 24˚ (available LH)
Shafts: PING TFC100, Aldila NV 75 or Grafalloy ProLaunch 75 graphite (X, S, R); PING JZ steel (X, S, R)
PING Rapture
(800) 4-PING-FIT | $299

PING Rapture The Rapture drivers are already wildly popular and successful. Will the same hold true for the fairway woods? (We think so.)
Features: Each Rapture fairway wood has a plasma-welded titanium face that lightens the load up front and a weight pad located directly below the CG to produce a high initial launch angle and improved overall distance.
Advantages: The all-titanium design of the Rapture afforded PING the luxury of placing weight farther around the perimeter, therefore enhancing the club’s MOI and forgiveness on off-center strikes.
Benefits: All golfers will find the Rapture to be useful in reaching par-5s in two.
What We Like: We like results, and the results are outstanding.
Lineup: G5, Rapture
Clubhead: Titanium
Clubface: Same
Lofts: 14°, 17°, 20° (available LH)
Shafts: PING TFC 909F graphite (X, S, R, A); Custom shafts available
Sonartec GS Tour
(760) 930-2454 | $220

Sonartec GS Tour From the company who quietly became a fairway wood superpower comes a much louder entry into its fairway wood arsenal.
Features: The GS Tour has a driving cavity located in the sole to effectively reduce drag and enhance the club’s natural sweet spot. Known for manufacturing fairway woods that cater to better players, the GS Tour this time has a lower CG and a higher launch angle for greater playability.
Advantages: A refined leading edge makes crisp contact easy.
Benefits: Moderate to better players who know that Sonartec makes great stuff. Let it be known, the GS Tour is even better than before.
What We Like: It’s so long, you’ll wish you hadn’t spent $400 on a new driver.
Lineup: GS Tour, SS-2.5, SS-3.5, LS-99
Clubhead: Stainless steel
Clubface: Same
Lofts: 13°, 14°, 15°, 18°
Shafts: Graphite Design Red Ice (X, S, R, A); Custom shafts available
TaylorMade r7 Fairway Steel
(800) 888-CLUB | $229

TaylorMade r7 Frwy Steel The steel version of the r7 fairway holds its own against the rest.
Features: The r7 Steel fairway woods have a similar shape to the r7 TP and V-Steel models, albeit with moveable weights and a permanent weight plug located in the rear heel of the club. This fixture moves the CG back and low. The weights can adjust the CG to either side.
Advantages: The shallow-face design makes it easy to get the ball airborne. Also, the RE*AX graphite shaft has a soft tip section to get the ball up in a hurry.
Benefits: All skill levels will see improvements with the r7 Steel. Better players might prefer the r7 TP.
What We Like: Every player should be able to find the right fairway wood somewhere in TaylorMade’s extensive offering.
Lineup: r7: FW Steel, FW Ti, TP, FW Draw, V-Steel, Burner: Steel, Ti, TP
Clubhead: Stainless steel
Clubface: Same
Lofts: 13°, 15°, 16.5°, 18°, 21° (15°, 18°, 21° available LH)
Shafts: TaylorMade RE*AX graphite (X, S, R, A); Dynamic Gold Lite steel (X, S, R)

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