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.
Nickent 4DXKey Feature: Each 4DX fairway wood has a titanium crown that’s brazed with a stainless-steel body, resulting in added strength where it’s needed and less weight in the crown. Twin XW weights in the rear section of the clubhead bolster the MOI and deepen the CG.
What We Like: Smooth looks and the new Evolver technology makes shaft-swapping easier than ever before.
Who It’s For: All types of golfers.
Clubhead: Stainless steel, titanium Â• Clubface: Stainless steel Â• Lofts: 13, 15, 17, 19, 21 Custom Options: Yes Â• Shafts: UST SG3 graphite (X, S, R, A)
nickentgolf.com | $199
Nike SQ SUMO2Key Feature: A square shape (that, because of its Powerbow weighting, doesn’t look it) jacks up its MOI. The result is a higher launch and greater overall distance.
What We Like: Nike’s repackaging of their popular, similarly shaped driver into a smaller package. It’s also fun to look at.
Who It’s For:Golfers who don’t scoff at interesting shapes and want to hit the ball straight as an arrow. (That includes us.)
Clubhead: Stainless steel Â• Clubface: Cryogenic steel Â• Lofts: 13, 15, 17, 19, 21 Custom Options: Yes Â• Shafts: Diamana graphite by Mitsubishi (X, S, R, A)
nikegolf.com | $230
Nike SQ2Key Feature: The new SasQuatch 2 fairway woods employ a Monorail sole design for reduced turf drag, and the bulk of the club’s weight is placed toward the rear perimeter of the clubhead. This means a high MOI and deep CG, which equals higher and farther golf shots.
What We Like: The cryogenic steel face helps the golf ball pop right off the face.
Who It’s For: If it’s good enough for Tiger Woods, it’s good enough for everyone, right?
Clubhead: Stainless steel Â• Clubface: Cryogenic steel Â• Lofts: 13, 15, 17, 19, 21 Custom Options: Yes Â• Shafts: SQ Diamana by Mitsubishi Rayon (X, S, R, A, W)
nikegolf.com | $239
Ping G10Key Feature: The crown and the sole meet in the back, which means the G10 fairway woods have a low profile and low CG for higher shots.
What We Like: The low leading edge makes it hard to miss the ball, and the playability this club has from just about anywhere on the course rivals anything we’ve tried.
Who It’s For: Ping has a loft and model for everyone, including those of you who need a club with some draw bias.
Clubhead: Stainless steel Â• Clubface: Same Custom Options: Yes Â• Lofts: 14, 15.5, 17, 18.5, 21.5, 24.5 Â• Shafts: PING TFC 129 graphite (X, S, R, A, L)
pinggolf.com | $219
Ping RaptureKey Feature: Each Rapture has a plasma-welded titanium face that lightens the load up front and a weight pad directly below the CG to help promote a higher trajectory for more distance.
What We Like: The all-titanium design combined with discretionary weight toward the perimeter really seems to bolster the MOI, helping to make this fairway wood among the most forgiving you can buy.
Who It’s For: Anybody looking to reach more par-5s in two shots.
Clubhead: Titanium Â• Clubface: Same Lofts: 14, 17, 20 Â• Custom Options: Yes Shafts: PING TFC 909F graphite (X, S, R, A)
pinggolf.com | $299
Srixon Z-SteelKey Feature: Called Impact Power Body technology, the Z-Steel has varying degrees of thickness across the face, crown and backwall for the utmost in energy transfer upon impact. The tungsten nickel insert lowers the CG for a high launch and more stability.
What We Like: This club is designed to promote a high launch with low spin—in other words, just what touring pros want.
Who It’s For: Golfers who want the aforementioned characteristics and low spin.
Clubhead: Maraging steel Â• Clubface: Steel Lofts: 12.5, 14.5 18.5 Â• Custom Options: Yes Shafts: SV-305J graphite (S, SR)
srixon.com | $199
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