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
|PING Rapture |
Technology reigns supreme in the new Rapture hybrid, replete with a tungsten-nickel soleplate, a steel body and a super-strong steel face. The three-piece design maximizes the performance of each material, producing added weight low and deep for a low CG, high launch and low spin, combined with an enhanced clubface for faster ball speed. Shots fly high, land soft and perhaps most importantly, travel straight. We’ll take that any day, wouldn’t you?
Lofts: 18°, 21°, 24° (available LH)
|Srixon AD |
The new AD is a well-constructed and engineered hybrid. This highly versatile club features an ultra-thin maraging-steel clubface with a high COR for increased ball speed and distance, as well as tungsten-nickel weighting that lowers the CG to produce high, soft shots.
Lofts: 18°, 21°, 24° (no LH)
|TaylorMade Rescue TP |
Designed with Tour professionals in mind, the Rescue TP is a more compact version of the Rescue and has a CG placement more forward near the face to promote a low, penetrating trajectory. The shape also affords greater shotmaking and ball maneuverability, a trait requested by those who play golf for a living. The shaft on the Rescue TP is the popular RE*AX TP by Fujikura. Steel is also available.
Lofts: 15°, 17°, 19°, 21° (available LH)
|TaylorMade Burner Rescue|
The Burner is both bigger and longer than the Rescue Dual, replete with a shallow-face design to lower the CG and promote shots that fly high and land soft. Also, like all Burner clubs, the Burner Rescue is built with SuperFast Technology that’s geared to help golfers increase swing speed and distance. Unique and also new, the finish includes a rugged and aggressive decal that also serves as great protection on the crown section.
Lofts: 19°, 22°, 25°, 28° (available LH)
|Tour Edge Exotics CB2|
Should a hybrid be iron-like or wood-like? In this case, it’s the latter, as the Exotics CB2 packs a powerful punch. Equipped with the same technology found in Exotics fairway woods (a titanium cupface and steel body), the Exotics CB2 is billed as a hybrid that produces the distance of a fairway wood with the accuracy usually found in a hybrid. Either way, it’s a long and powerful tool from the tee or the fairway.
Lofts: 16°, 19°, 22°, 25°
With sleek looks and a handsome profile, it’s hard to believe the Dh6 is made to get dirty. Featuring a low CG and a forgiving clubface that’s designed to transfer energy back into the ball, this hybrid is designed to launch the ball quickly from good and bad lies. Better yet, the Aldila NVS-DL shaft helps to increase clubhead speed and initial launch angle for shots that manage to land softer than long irons ever could.
Lofts: 19°, 22° (available LH)
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