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
|Adams IDEA Pro|
The new Adams IDEA Pro is a popular one, having been used by several of the best players in the world. The reason? No offset, a low CG and high MOI, an adjustable weight and a hot Aldila VS graphite shaft. As for the actual performance, the IDEA Pro delivers shots that fly high with adequate spin to ensure a soft landing. It’s not a game-improvement player’s hybrid; rather, this is the kind of club better players will opt for as a long iron replacement.
Lofts: 16°, 18°, 20°, 23°, 26° (all but 26° available LH)
|Bridgestone GC Hybrid |
Bridgestone is one of few companies that first dedicated itself to better players, only to then later accommodate a wider range of skill sets. The new GC Hybrid uses some of the same technology found in the GC irons, by removing weight from the center of the clubhead and moving it to the periphery via Gravity Weight Pads. This weight scheme makes the GC Hybrids remarkably forgiving, especially from tight lies or from the rough—two places where added MOI helps prevent twisting.
Lofts: 16°, 19°, 22°, 25°, 28°
|Callaway Fusion FT-Hybrid|
Introducing the FT-Hybrid, which features a stainless-steel face and body and a lightweight carbon-composite crown that allows for the repositioning of weight to lower and deeper areas of the clubhead. Like the FT-3 Driver, the FT-Hybrid utilizes Callaway’s OptiFit system, which allows golfers to choose between CG locations that fit their swings: Draw for those who fight a slice and Neutral for those who tend to hook.
Lofts: 14°, 17°, 20°, 23°, 26° (available LH)
|Cobra Baffler PRO |
A Tour-inspired hybrid club? Yes, and it’s from Cobra. Designed to serve as either a long iron or high-lofted fairway wood replacement, the Baffler Pro has a neutral-weighting scheme, a straight neck and an elongated hosel for lie angle customization. Unlike other hybrids, this one is designed to accommodate golfers who want to manipulate ballflight, spin and trajectory.
Lofts: 16°, 18°, 20°, 23° (available LH)
|Dunlop LoCo Dart |
Carbon crowns are rare in hybrids, but worthwhile when considering the strong performance of the new LoCo Dart hybrid. Better yet, this hybrid has adjustable weights in two sole ports for customized trajectory and a Harrison 3.5 D Dart Graphite shaft for exceptional distance.
Lofts: 18°, 22° (available LH)
|Izzo Z-Brid |
From the company that brought you an assortment of bags, training aids and other high-quality golf equipment comes a new line of hybrids called Z-Brids™. With its lightweight carbon matrix crown (a feature that allows more weight to be distributed to the sole) the Z-Brids™ produce a higher, straighter ballflight that long irons just can’t produce. Plus its round sole makes it a snap to escape difficult lies. Available in Izzo’s proprietary graphite shaft (stiff, regular, senior and ladies flex).
Lofts: 16°, 20°, 24° (available LH)
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