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 4DX Ironwood
With 10 different lofts to choose from, one of Nickent’s 4DX Ironwoods could easily replace one-third of your iron set. But what really sets Nickent’s newest offering apart from all the rest is its construction. The steel crown was replaced with titanium and that was fused via a patented brazing technology. This cut the crown weight down to four times less than the 3DX DC.
Lofts: 14, 15.5, 17, 18.5, 20, 21.5, 23, 24.5, 26, 29
nickentgolf.com | $150
Nickent 4DX UT
Like its drivers and fairway woods, the Nickent 4DX UT hybrids feature XW inserts made of tungsten and polymer. Used to reduce vibration and optimize discretionary weight low and away from the clubface, the XW inserts help produce a higher MOI and lower CG. Also like the fairway woods, the 4DX UT has a brazed titanium crown and a stainless-steel body. The Ironwood model is available for those who prefer more of an iron look at address.
Lofts: 13, 15, 17, 19, 21
nickentgolf.com | $179-$199
Nike SUMO2 Hybrid
Nike’s newest hybrid offering is a (much) smaller version of its Square SUMO big stick. Like its big brother, the SQ SUMO2 Hybrid positions the CG deep and low to increase its MOI. Its lightweight face gets thicker the closer it gets to the middle, thus producing a more consistent ball speed, big distance and major forgiveness. Comes with a True Temper Dynalite Gold Steel shaft or Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana graphite.
Lofts: 15, 18, 21, 24
nikegolf.com | $150

Ping G10
Featuring six models that range in loft from 15 to 32 degrees and can replace clubs from a 1- to 6-iron. That means all those hard-to-hit long and mid-irons can finally be retired. It comes in so many different lofts, you’ll never have to touch anything more than a 7-iron again. The G10 features a crown that slopes down and away from the clubface, a move that positions the CG deep and low thereby creating a high MOI.
Lofts: 15, 18, 21, 24, 28, 32
pinggolf.com | $150
Taylormade Burner Rescue
The Burner is both bigger and longer than the Rescue Dual, and comes 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 their 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
taylormadegolf.com | $199
Taylormade Rescue TP
Like other TP clubs designed with Tour professionals in mind, the Rescue TP is a more compact version of the Rescue and has a CG placement near the face to promote a low, penetrating trajectory. The shape also affords greater shotmaking trajectory control and ball maneuverability, a few traits 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
taylormadegolf.com | $245


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