WOOD YOU BE MINE?
many of us have gotten away from playing fairway woods the past few years in favor of easier-to-hit hybrids that have covered the distance just fine. enter the latest
lot of fairway woods: they have lighter and longer shafts in them, many have adjustable
clubheads with aerodynamic shaping, and the weighting is such that the clubs are now as
easy to hit as hybrids but gain you an extra 15 or 20 yards.
If this all sounds familiar, it’s because it is pretty much the same technology that’s
catapulted drivers. It’s a proven recipe for faster clubhead speed, which in turn
generates more distance and forgiving ball flight. with the emphasis on distance,
some manufacturers are also pushing 3-woods with unique clubheads and lower lofts
that can even double as drivers for those wary of the tee box.
on tour, pros are also using longer fairway woods this year, too. For example, jim Furyk,
Camilo Villegas, padraig harrington, retief Goosen and jason day have been playing
taylormade’s SuperFast 2.0 3-wood (all 13º to 15º models); justin rose a 13º r11; tim Clark is
competing with titleist’s 910F 15º wood; thomas bjorn and Stuart appleby play Callaway’s
diablo octane tour 15º 3-wood; phil mickelson the big bertha diablo 15º 3-wood; ryan
moore and tom watson are both playing the adams Speedline F11 fairway woods; and
Graeme mcdowell (13º), boo weekley and Skip Kendall (both 14º) use Cleveland’s FL
Launcher Ultralite. Surely, one of the new models can really help your game, as well.
new generation of fairway woods generate speed and distance
x TITLEIST x
adjust the loft and lie independently
on titleist’s 910F ($249). the versa-
tile clubhead has a thin crown and
high-performance weighting, helping
generate a medium shot trajectory,
straighter ball flight and mid-to-low
spin, which adds distance.
x TAYLORMADE x
taylormade’s Burner SuperFast 2.0
($199.99) is lightweight, sports a long
shaft, and has new low-drag aerody-
namics that speeds up your swing for
more distance. a fresh clubhead shape
helps you easily launch longer-
x CLEVELAND x
each Cleveland Launcher FL Ultralite
($199.99) has a lightweight miyazaki
premium graphite shaft and feather-
weight Lamkin grip, which reduces the
total club weight by 30 grams for
faster clubhead and ball speed, and
thereby longer shots.
x CALLAWAY x
Callaway’s new RAZR Hawk ($229)
combines a light and strong Forged
Composite crown with aggressive
Variable Face thickness technology, to
generate more distance and nice, solid
feel. the tall hosel helps stabilize shots.
x ADAMS GOLF x
adams Golf’s Speedline F11 ($299.99/
titanium, $199.99/steel) comes in
steel or lightweight titanium clubhead.
Slots in the crown and sole boost ball
speed off the face for extra distance.
the deeper face in the titanium model
further enhances distance for high-