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2017 Fairway Woods

The fairway wood can be the most versatile club in a golf bag. For some golfers, however, choosing the right fairway wood, or honing their shot accuracy on the greens, can be a daunting task. Fortunately, this buying guide is here to offer advice, hints and tips on which fairway wood is best for each golfers’ handicap, and explains just what exactly a fairway wood is, as well as its multitude of uses.

Some of the newest and best golf fairways on the market now include the Cobra Golf King F6, which has been designed for all swing types by combining loft adjustments with front and back CG settings--resulting in forgiveness with distance through optimum spin and higher golf ball speeds.

The TaylorMade M2 2017 Fairway Wood offers incredible forgiveness thanks to the incorporation of a recessed 6-layer carbon composite crown, Inverted Cone Technology and a new Geocoustic sole design. The golf club also has a low CG resulting in faster golf ball speeds thanks to the longer, more flexible Speed Pocket and lighter fluted hosel. This design creates incredibly long, high-launching golf ball flight with lower spin.

2017 Fairway Woods

What is a Fairway Wood?

The fairway wood is similar in loft to irons, but golfers generally use it to hit the golf ball further thanks to it having a larger head and more power packed into the swing.

Fairway woods are used most on the on their namesake (the fairway), but sometimes golfers will play off the tee from tighter holes, where it is important to be accurate rather than trying to maximise distance.

More information about fairway woods and their uses on the golf course can be found by visiting one of our American Golf stores, where you can speak one-to-one with a PGA Pro, who will be happy to help with any questions you may have about any aspect of the game.

High-Handicap Fairway Woods

Golfers playing with a high handicap need a fairway wood in their bag. Most golfers play with a 3-wood and 5-wood, but 7-woods are also popular. A great deal of high handicap golfers find their trajectory off a fairway is much higher than that of a driver – meaning the golf ball will land softly. This should be kept in mind when it comes to picking clubs for the bag.

Another thing to note for high handicappers is that the fairway wood is useful for second shots onto the green, as well as for teeing off shots when the driver fails to get the job done with his or her driver.

Starting with at least one fairway wood in the bag is generally considered to be good practice. In regards to which model put in the bag, that is a choice solely in the hands of the player, though there are a good few options, including steel, titanium and graphite. Most golfers would recommend graphite when playing as a high-handicapper as it offer more forgiveness, but the choice is open.

The TaylorMade M2 2017 Fairway Wood, Callaway Golf GBB Epic Fairway Wood, Cobra Golf King F7 Black Fairway Wood, Wilson Staff D300 Fairway Wood and Titleist 917 F2 Fairway Wood are perfect for high handicap golfers, and offers excellent trajectory for players still gaining a grip on their game.

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Mid-Handicap Fairway Woods

Still a way from pro level, mid handicap golfers should be proficient with a golf club and understand the benefits of working a good quality fairway wood. Though not quite ready to make the leap to low handicap just yet, mid-level golfers are still pretty good on the greens. The below golf clubs should be comfortable for players at mid-handicap, with some offering a little more forgiveness than others.

At this stage, a golfer should be thinking about letting go of the old clubs in their bag and moving onto more high-calibre kit. A nice starting point for a mid-handicap golfer are the Mizuno Golf JPX900 Fairway Wood and Callaway Golf GBB Epic Sub Zero Fairway Wood, while the PING G SF Tec Alta 65 Fairway Wood and Wilson ProStaff HDX Fairway Wood have a wealth of deep technologies to allow golfers to tune into the distance they want.

Low-Handicap Fairway Woods

Low handicap golfers have mastered their golf clubs by tried and tested means, and now feel entirely comfortable in what they use on the greens. Low handicap golfers are able to tap into fairway wood technologies, although playing at this level also means seeking greater performance options.

The PING G Tour 80 Fairway Wood and Wilson Staff FG Tour F5 Fairway Wood have a wealth of deep technologies to allow golfers to tune into the distance they want.

At American Golf we stock a great range of Fairway Woods from all the biggest brands, including Callaway, Titleist, Cobra, TaylorMade, Nike, PING, Wilson Staff, Benross, Mizuno, Fazer, Wilson, Yonex, US Kids.

We are dedicated to helping you improve your game. Matching you with the right equipment from the widest range in the UK needs the latest swing and ball analysis technology. Every one of our American Golf stores is ready to help you hit longer and truer.

We advise lots of customers in-store and every one of them has a different style to their play. This is why we believe that getting to grips with latest technologies is the best way to advance your game and find the right golf equipment for you.