Tuesday, May 1, 2007
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
GT Tech Award Frontrunner
Since the days of the original Burner metalwood, the TaylorMade name has been closely associated with top-notch fairway woods. Through the years, the company’s products have changed dramatically, but the dedication to providing premium performance has not, as seen by the impressive new line of Burner fairway woods. Featuring three models, including the Burner Steel, Burner Ti and Burner TP, the Burner family was developed specifically for players who crave distance over all else.
The most impressive feature of the Burner Steel is that, according to TaylorMade designers, it has the highest MOI of any fairway wood currently available. In combination with a shallow clubface design and low and deep CG location, the Burner Steel provides what could be considered the ultimate in forgiving playability. For added distance, the Burner Steel also features TaylorMade’s SuperFast Technology, which consists of a light TaylorMade RE*AX graphite shaft and lightweight grip. The result is a forgiving clubhead that the average player can swing faster than their current fairway wood.
|Titleist PT 906F2|
(800) 225-8500 | $250
Titleist has built a niche around designing clubs for the best players in the world.
Features: The PT 906F2 has a Multi-Relief sole for minimal drag, to ensure the only contact with the ground comes in the front region of the club, not the back. A wide face adds a new level of playability for a Titleist wood.
Advantages: The weight isn’t low and back; instead, it’s a bit more forward, thus reducing the draw bias often desired in other fairway wood models. The square face angle adds a level of shotmaking control that advanced players want.
Benefits: Better players who want a fairway wood that’s more of a scoring tool than one primed solely for fixing slices, distance and forgiveness.
What We Like: The classic pear shape is beautiful. Fast swingers will notice the piercing trajectory.
Lineup: PT 906F2, PT 904F
Clubhead: Stainless steel
Clubface: Carpenter steel
Lofts: 13°, 15°, 18° (available LH)
Shafts: Titleist 4375 graphite (X, S, R); Custom shafts available
|Wilson Staff Df6|
(800) 469-4576 | $130
Wilson Staff’s line of fairway woods feature a load of technology and a traditionally designed 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
Lofts: 15˚, 19˚, 22˚, 25˚ (available LH)
Shafts: Staff Nano Tech graphite (S, R, A)
|TaylorMade Burner Steel|
(800) 888-CLUB | $235
The Burner is back with a vengeance and a solid diversification of clubs.
Features: TaylorMade is already claiming that the Burner Steel has the highest MOI of any fairway wood in golf, even when compared to other TaylorMade clubs! Nevertheless, the oversized Burner Steel fairway woods combine a low profile with a far-back CG to make it easy as pie to hit.
Advantages: The high MOI means the Burner is not just forgiving in terms of direction, it’s also built to retain a powerful transfer of energy through the ball.
Benefits: Moderate- to high-handicappers who prefer straight and long shots over some shotmaking capabilities.
What We Like: We’re happy to see the Burner back and better than ever!
Lineup: r7: FW Steel, FW Ti, TP, FW Draw, V-Steel, Burner: Steel, Ti, TP
Clubhead: Stainless steel
Lofts: 15°, 18°, 21°
Shafts: TaylorMade RE*AX graphite (X, S, R, A); Dynamic Gold Lite steel (X, S, R)
|Tour Edge Exotics CB2|
(800) 515-3343 | $349
We really didn’t think Tour Edge had much room to improve upon the original Exotics fairway, but they proved us wrong. The CB2 is even better.
Features: The Exotics CB2 has the same steel body/Titanium cup-face design of the original; however, this time the titanium is lighter and the clubhead stretched farther back for an even higher MOI and greater forgiveness.
Advantages: The Exotics CB2 has a higher launch angle, making it easier to get the ball airborne in a hurry, even though it has a lower spin rate. What’s that mean? It means the ball travels higher and spins less, for greater distance.
Benefits: Everyone who wants a go-to club from deep in the fairway.
What We Like: It looks great, feels great and is unbelievably long.
Lineup: Exotics, Exotics CB2, Bazooka JMAX QL
Clubhead: Stainless steel, Titanium
Lofts: 13°, 15°, 16.5°, 18°, 21°
Shafts: Graphite Design X-Quad (X, S, R, A); Custom shafts available
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