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.
Callaway FT FairwayKey Feature: Using Callaway’s Fusion technology, the FTs have a stainless-steel face and body, with a tungsten-infused sole. Translation? Callaway really tinkered with its weight.
What We Like: The OptiFit system enables golfers to choose from a draw-, neutral- or fade-producing CG. There’s also a cool Tour version.
Who It’s For: Players who want to take advantage of their natural ballflight and move the ball. Clubhead: Stainless steel, tungsten blend Clubface: Stainless steel Â• Lofts: 13, 15, 17, 19, 21, 23 Â• Custom Options: Yes Â• Shafts: Fujikura Fit-On E-160 graphite (S, R, A); Fujikura Fit-On E370 graphite (FT Tour) (X, S, R)
callawaygolf.com | $249
Callaway Ft-i SquarewayKey Feature: Borrowing from the square-shaped Ft-i Driver, the Squareways are the most forgiving Callaway woods ever. The carbon crown and stainless-steel design helps make hitting from the fairway as much fun as hitting from the tee. What’s next, square irons?
What We Like: The square shape is easy to align. The ball seems to fly a mile!
Who It’s For: Golfers who want maximum MOI (distance and accuracy) from a fairway wood.
Clubhead: Stainless steel, carbon Â• Clubface: Stainless steel Â• Custom Options: Yes Lofts: 15, 18, 21 Â• Shafts: Fujikura Fit-On M graphite (S, R, A)
callawaygolf.com | $299
Callaway XKey Feature: The biggest new wood from Callaway packs a driver-sized punch.
What We Like: The leading edge hugs the ground—a must considering the bigger size of the head. The 44-inch shaft makes the X a venerable alternative to the driver.
Who It’s For: Distance-hungry golfers who want a fairway wood that’d pass as a driver a few years ago. There’s also a Tour version.
Clubhead: Stainless steel Â• Clubface: Same Custom Options: Yes Â• Lofts: 13, 15, 18, 21 Shafts: X Fairway 08 graphite (S, R, A, U); Fujikura Fit-On E-360 graphite (S, R); X Steel (S, R, A, U)
callawaygolf.com | $179-$219
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