Thursday, May 1, 2008
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.
Adams Insight XTD a3Key Feature: Is it a fairway wood or a hybrid? According to Adams, it’s both. Made for players who want the playability of a Boxer hybrid with the distance of a fairway wood.
What We Like: The sole design does wonders for minimizing turf drag, which then leads to faster ball speed and ultimately, higher and farther shots. The offset model is great for slicers.
Who It’s For: Depending on what model you pick, there’s a club for everyone. Better players will like the versatile Pro version.
Clubhead: Stainless steel Â• Clubface: Same Custom Options: Yes Â• Lofts: 13, 15, 18 Shafts: Aldila DVS graphite (X, S, R, A)
adamsgolf.com | $199
Bobby Jones Player SeriesKey Feature: The unique shape utilizes a forged Maraging Steel face insert that helps move weight low and deep in the clubhead. The result is more spin and a higher trajectory.
What We Like: The mix of new club geometry and old-fashioned good looks make the Player Series a great pick for most golfers. We like the old-school knit headcovers as well.
Who It’s For: Players who want a higher trajectory and more carry (and hence more distance).
Clubhead: Maraging steel Â• Clubface: Same Custom Options: Yes Â• Lofts: 13, 15, 17, 19 Shafts: Graphite Design JS graphite (X, S, R)
bobbyjonesgolf.net | $200
Bridgestone J33Key Feature: Traditionally shaped for better players, the J33 fairway woods feature an elastomer insert within the clubhead to reduce vibration for a greater transfer of energy at impact. They have a real tour-inspired look too.
What We Like: The classic good looks make the J33 a popular choice among players who like to work the ball from the fairway.
Who It’s For: Better players with moderate to fast swings who want trajectory control and distance when used off the tee.
Clubhead: Stainless steel Â• Clubface: Same Custom Options: Yes Â• Lofts: 15, 18, 21 Shafts: Aldila NV graphite (X, S, R)
bridgestonegolf.com | $179
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