2008 Wood/Hybrid Buyer's Guide

What is the freshest category in golf? We think fairway woods and hybrids have benefitted from a ton of new technology, making them more playable and more useful than ever before.

Today, fairway woods have become longer, bigger and more powerful than ever. Hybrids, on the other hand, have become more specific, acting as either long-iron replacements or high-lofted fairway-wood replacements. The key is to begin analyzing your current set makeup in order to determine what’s missing. Need a club that goes 215 yards and stops on a dime? How about a 3-wood that flies almost as far as your driver, albeit a lot straighter? Maybe both? Discerning your needs is crucial to hitting better shots. And with today’s models, it’s hard to go wrong. Choosing the right set of woods and hybrids isn’t as daunting as it looks. With fairway woods, try and look for models that resemble your driver, complete with the same or a similar shaft and look. That will ease the transition from driver to fairway wood and vice versa. With hybrids, simply determine whether you’d like to replace a long iron or a shorter fairway wood. If you opt for long iron replacements, you might favor a hybrid shaped more like an iron. And if it’s fairway woods you want to replace, try a hybrid that looks more like a wood.

Understanding Our Charts
Key Features: What distinguishes this fairway wood from the rest.
What We Like: We have our preferences, too. Basically, what impressed us in our review.
Who It’s For: The type of player this fairway wood is made for.
Clubhead: The material used for head construction.
Clubface: Indicates the material used for the strike area.
Lofts: The lofts available in right-handed models. Left-handed models vary and can be found on each equipment manufacturer’s Website.
Custom Options: Whether or not custom options are available. This includes shafts, grips, weights, etc.
Shafts: The stock graphite offerings from the manufacturer. Other shafts may be available.



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