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



MacGregor NVG2 UT3
macgregorgolf.com
$160-$180

MacGregor NVG2 UT3 MacGregor’s proprietary plasma-welding technique allows for a Cup Face 360° design that removes any welds from the clubface and increases strength as well as the size of the effective hitting area. Another noteworthy feature of the UT3 is the TriPlane sole that effectively reduces turf drag and increases versatility. A proprietary Fujikura Triple Action shaft helps increase clubhead speed.
Lofts: 17°, 20°, 23°, 26° (available LH)
Mizuno FLI-HI CLK
mizunousa.com
$165-$195

Mizuno FLI-HI CLK Ready for liftoff? The Mizuno FLI-HI CLK combines a titanium clubface and steel body to produce a low and deep CG that produces a high, soft landing ballflight. The variable thicknesses of the clubface delivers exceptional distance control.
Lofts: 17°, 20°, 23°, 26° (available LH)
Nickent 3DX DC Utility
nickentgolf.com
$199

Nickent 3DX DC Utility A special plasma-welding process was used to create the 3DX DC, which features a significantly thinner clubface than previous Nickent hybrids, as well as more weight distributed to the extreme perimeter of the clubhead. Through the application of two tungsten-polymer fused inserts, approximately 40 grams of weight were moved down and back in the head to optimize CG for greater forgiveness and a higher initial launch angle.
Lofts: 14°, 15.5°, 17°, 18.5°, 20°, 21.5°, 23°, 24.5°, 26° (available LH)
Nike Golf Slingshot Hybrid
nikegolf.com
$179-$199

Nike Slingshot Slingshot Hybrids feature an extremely low CG location due to a carbon crown and Nike Golf’s Slingback design, similar to that used in the line of Slingshot irons. According to Nike Golf, these two elements reposition 70 percent of the clubhead mass below the equator of the ball, making it that much easier to get the ball airborne. Generous offset and a choice of a Diamana graphite shaft by Mitsubishi or Speed Step steel shaft from True Temper complete the Slingshot Hybrid’s impressive list of features.
Lofts: 17°, 20°, 23° (available LH)
Perfect Club 347
theperfectclub.com
$129

Perfect Club 347 The popular Perfect Clubs seem to grow in number every year, and in 2007, they’re joined by the 347, which is the most hybrid-like offering in the bunch. An easy-to-hit replacement to your 3- or 4-iron or 7-wood, the 347 is designed with a low CG and a specially engineered shaft by Grafalloy to ensure high launch and longer flight. An offset hosel should help tame your slice.
Lofts: 21° (available LH)
PING G5
pinggolf.com
$199


PING G5 The G5 line of hybrids feature a 455 steel face that’s machined and robotically plasma-welded, a technique that allowed PING engineers to reposition a significant amount of weight toward the sole to optimize spin rates and launch angles. A sloped crown and compact head design helps lower and deepen the CG location and help improve playability from all lies.
Lofts: 16°, 19°, 22°, 25° (available LH)




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