Most of us struggle at times with a fairway wood in our hands. It’s a difficult shot; we are far from the green, trouble is often lurking around the layup area or putting surface, and the traditional shape of the clubface, with its low loft, has not exactly inspired confidence at address.
Well, club makers continue to take some of the fear out of the fairway wood. Various metals have been used in the design of the clubhead to allow the placement of more weight in an area of the head that lowers the center of gravity lower for easy launch and more forgiveness. Face inserts create variable thickness to increase flex, ball speed, and distance. And shafts have lighter weights to enhance clubhead speed for extra ball carry.
Wilson has included Power Hole technology on its X330 fairway wood to add forgiveness by expanding the sweet spot and protecting ball speed across the face. Cobra designed a Progressive Baffler Rail system on its F8 to reduce contact with turf and prevent chunked shots. Ping’s G400 fairways feature a cascading sole design that helps the face to flex more at impact and allow the club to sit lower to the ground so that players naturally strike the ball higher on the clubface. Conversely, TaylorMade’s M3 has a Speed Pocket for more flexibility and ball speed on shots coming lower off the face. A heavier movable weight on the M3 provides more personalization to create a preferred shot shape.
These are just a few of the state-of-the-art design features found on today’s fairway woods. Let’s take a look at what else leading manufacturers are up to in order to take the fear out of the fairway wood.