Getting the right fairway wood or woods into your golf bag is a very difficult thing to do. It helps to go and test different models for yourself and have a professional club fitter assist you along the way. This Guide will you understand some of the critical differences of the most advanced fairway woods on the market and give you an idea of where to start.
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Top 10 Best Fairway Woods for 2020
Along with compiling a list of this season’s top fairway woods, we explain the different parts of the golf club and how you can find the model that is best for your game. Understand more about yourself and your golf swing can help you make more informed buying decisions.
What are the most important parts about our new fairway woods?
Fairway woods, or fairway metals as they can be called, must be versatile. As the longest club you will likely be hitting from the ground, they must be high launching and forgiving. Players that use these clubs to reach greens on long par-4s and par-5s have to have enough height and spin to land and stop as well. Golfers that want a fairway wood to replace their driver on narrower golf holes may be best suited for a different style all together.
Understanding things like loft, lie, center of mass, head weight or swing weight, and shaft and grip partners will help you to build and test the perfect fairway for your game. Loft and the center of gravity work together to provide the launch and spin conditions of your golf ball when you strike it. Higher loft will create more launch and spin. A lower, further back center of mass will do the same. Less loft and further forward center of mass will create a more penetrating flight than can be used to create more distance.
The lie of your fairway will influence the directional control you have with that club and the head weight will allow you to return that club to the golf ball more efficiently. Matching your delivery pattern with a complementary shaft and grip will help you strike the golf ball more effectively and get your best performance more often.
Distance or Forgiveness?
Generally speaking, the larger and higher lofted the fairway wood is the more it will be built for forgiveness and higher launch. These models can be perfect for golfers that use their fairway woods almost exclusively from the ground. Lower lofted models, tour versions, and fairways with a more forward center of mass will often produce more distance off the tee but not as much accuracy from all over the course. Begin first with how you will use your fairway then build your fit around these two ideas.
How do I know when I have found my best fit?
Fitting a fairway wood should not be a distance contest. Remember, you want your fairway wood to go a specific distance every time. You also should be testing your fairway wood from both the ground and the tee if you think you’ll be using it from both places. Don’t be seduced by the club that goes the furthest. Instead, take a look at which clubs are the most consistent and then build those to fit the gaps in your golf bag. Keep in mind that you will likely hit a fairway wood further from a tee than from the ground and being able to add versatility to your golf bag can be an advantage once you find the proper setup.
Top 10 Best Fairway Woods for 2020
PING G410 Fairway Wood
Breaking from the last few cycles of Ping fairway woods, the G410 is one of the longest in this year’s fittings. The G410 fairway wood uses a center of gravity that has been force aligned to give players higher launches and lower spins. The result is longer carrying shots that fly higher and roll out further. A high-density tungsten weight is positioned in the rear of the G410 fairway to increase stability and make the G410 forgiving on your worst swings. For the first time in several generations, players no longer have to choose to give up the distance to get the forgiveness benefits of a Ping fairway wood.
Callaway Mavrik Standard Fairway Wood
Callaway’s fastest fairway wood is built for confidence with a large and expansive hitting area. It incorporates a single, visible, fixed weight in the sole, center-back, to pull the CG low and back in the head for high launch and flat trajectory. The progressive leading edge geometry adds to the ball speed design, and a generous heel camber is suited for versatility. MAVRIK provides numerous weighting options to provide different launch angles, spin-rates and neutral or draw bias for a wide range of players.
Titleist TS2 Fairway Wood
One of Titleist’s newest woods, the TS2 Fairway Wood is a finely tuned work of craftsmanship that sets out to deliver you ball to victory. Developed in the Titleist Speed Project, the TS2 fairway wood was made with the ultimate goal of speed performance.
Forgiveness and accuracy across the face, with explosive speed. Offers adjustable swingweight and low & deep CG.
TaylorMade SIM Max Fairway Wood
Unlock a combination of explosive distance and forgiveness with the TaylorMade SIM Max Fairway. The reinvented V Steel™ sole design delivers precise and consistent turf interaction, while adding enhanced versatility from any lie. Revolutionary Twist Face technology utilizes face curvature with corrective face angle on off-center hits for side spin reduction and straighter shots. A Speed Pocket flexes at impact to generate incredible ball speed off the face for increased player performance.
Cobra Speedzone Fairway Wood
Experience what the highest level of performance feels like while playing the Cobra KING Speedzone Fairway Wood. The traditional model fairway wood is constructed with back weighting and a slightly shallower face to generate a combination of power, speed and distance. A CNC Milled Face helps to ensure the face is machined to precise specs for optimal performance. Dual Baffler rails allow clubs to effortlessly glide throughout the turf by providing incredible stability and speed.
TaylorMade SIM TI Fairway Wood
Unveil a new twist on titanium with the TaylorMade SIM Titanium Fairway. Equipped with Twist Face technology, the fairway utilizes revolutionary face curvature with corrective face angle on off-center hits for side spin reduction and greater accuracy. A new, larger 80g sole weight creates a seamless sole contour for smoother turf interaction. Specifically designed Next-Gen Speed Pocket technology creates a larger COR area and better off-center performance, especially on low-face strikes.
Ping G410 SFT Fairway Wood
Accurately attack long par 5s with the PING G410 SFT Fairway Wood. The Straight Flight Tec (SFT) model provides fade correction by placing weight more heel side, increasing the club head profile and weakening the loft as compared to the standard G410 Fairway Wood. The forged, maraging steel face features a 3-tier variable face thickness design to produce more flexing and increased ball speeds. High-density Tungsten weighting places more weight to the perimeter for greater MOI and stability through impact.
Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero Fairway Wood
Gain player preferred flight while playing the Callaway MAVRIK Sub Zero Fairway Wood. Engineered with remarkable technologies, the Sub Zero was designed to equip betters golfers who like to work the ball both ways with optimized performance. A smaller, compact head shape combines with an adjustable 14g and 2g weight to promote ideal launch and spin. New A.I. designed Flash Face SS20 is constructed with Forged C300 Maraging Steel for optimal ball speed and spin performance.
Titleist TS3 Fairway Wood
It began with a challenge from the game’s greatest players. A mission to solicit speed from every detail of the driver, embarked on by a collection of uniquely-gifted R&D minds. The “TS” project is a peerless pursuit of speed where every micron and milligram matter. Two letters that mark the way to the future of Titleist speed.
It’s not one thing, it’s everything. Our new Speed Chassis is the result of a two-year mission to deconstruct the driver and then design greater speed into every detail. Now available in two designs, each born to bring the future of Titleist speed to your game.
PXG 0341 X Gen2 Fairway
Fast, fierce and on point, PXG 0341 X GEN2 Fairway Woods are a low spin golf club for supercharged distance. Featuring Hot Rod Technology inspired by the look and extreme performance of American muscle cars, the golf clubs feature a variable thickness carbon fiber crown and weight-forward design. These elements work together to dramatically reduce energy loss creating blazing fast ball speeds.
Many times the fairway wood section of the golf bags has the oldest club in that players bag, apart from possibly the putter. This is often due to the fact that once players find a club, they love in a fairway wood they have a hard time letting it go. Treat getting your new fairway wood as an opportunity to fill in a gap in your golf bag that can replace a driver when needed but also set you up for birdies and eagles on longer golf holes. Do not simply match your fairway woods to your driver of choice and think this is always best. It may be, but a fairway wood is a tool all-its-own and should be considered as such. Go out and hit some for yourself and let us know what fairway wood you game!