10 Best Golf Woods Reviewed
Golf woods can be an alternative for a driver, long irons, and even short irons. Some golfers prefer them over the hybrids as well, thanks to the higher lofts they have and the forgiveness they offer.
When buying a golf wood it is a great idea to consider what you need it for. Is it long distance, accuracy, forgiveness, versatility or control? Or is it all? Regardless of what you need it for, we have selected the best ten to meet all your needs.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
Manufacturers are getting more and more creative in fierce competition to be the best. The last decade was marked with new releases of golf clubs almost every few months and golfers are capable more than ever, to adjust, customize and fine-tune their clubs in a way that wasn’t imaginable last century. When it comes to features that characterize golf woods, there are as many as there are offers, so we had to go through a very rigorous selection process to be able to single out the most specific and playable clubs that range from high to low handicappers.
There are many unique and patented technologies that each of the companies has developed to mark the company’s production process and to deliver a bit more of something. From carbon fiber head clubs, Cup Face technologies, variable face thickness with specifically placed inserts for better flex, spring-like soles, center of gravity positioned to increase the chances for higher launch and longer ball flights, AI to adjustable hosel and weights, all these features deliver remarkable and one-of-a-kind experience which is characteristic to the golf wood that comes from a specific company. The more such features and the more playability, the higher the ranking of the club.
With this criterion, we encompass not only the accuracy of the golf wood but its ability to deliver long-flying shots that will get the ball to the target. Some might think that accuracy is a golfer’s individual feature and to a certain extent, it is, however, the design of the club can either enhance the accuracy or even further deteriorate it. For high and mid handicappers, it is important to play with highly forgiving fairway woods or drivers that will speed up the ball and deliver more distance even if the shot is off the center. The offset design of the club, larger sweet spot, and different face techniques help to launch long-flying and straighter ball trajectories without low spin. Better players need more feel and control so that the ball gets where it was headed to. So, within this aspect, we rated higher those clubs that are able to provide more help to golfers to be more accurate and precise.
With this criterion, we encompass not only the accuracy of the golf wood but its ability to deliver long-flying shots that will get the ball to the target. Some might think that accuracy is a golfer’s individual features and to a certain extent, it is, however, the design of the club can either enhance the accuracy or even further deteriorate it. For high and mid handicappers, it is important to play with highly forgiving fairway woods or drivers that will speed up the ball and deliver more distance even if the shot is off the center. The offset design of the club, larger sweet spot, and different face techniques help to launch long-flying and straighter ball trajectories without low spin. Better players need more feel and control so that the ball gets where it was headed to. So, within this aspect, we rated higher those clubs that are able to provide more help to golfers to be more accurate and precise.
One of the most important features when looking for good golf woods is their price along with the other qualities they have. Of course, everyone wants to have a good quality metal-wood with all the bells and whistles, but usually those golf woods cost drastically more than the average ones. It is often a matter of a personal choice which type of golf wood you are going to include in your bag, but it is often the budget that dictates the preference. Our buying guide includes metal-woods that are priced below a hundred dollars to more than a few hundreds of dollars. However, as always, the most important thing when selecting the clubs was the value that golfers get for the money, so we made sure that even those that are lower priced represent excellent value for the money.
Top 10 Picks
1. Callaway Epic Flash Fairway Wood
Do you recall what was the groundbreaking news from Callaway at the beginning of this year when they introduced their Epic Flash driver? Those of you who are familiar with it already know what I am talking about since the fact that the face of the driver has been made from an AI computer is hard to forget. So, the designers collected and analyzed the data obtained from the computer calculations and used their insight to create Epic Flash fairways. The same Flash Face Technology is utilized in this fairway wood so that you get much more speed and distance.Read more
Jailbreak technology is one of the key features that mark this fairway wood. It uses two internal bars which make the body stiffer and place more impact load on the face which makes the balls fly faster than they would normally do. Face Cup technology is another aspect of their advancement in technology which blends with the forged 455 carpenter steel construction which makes the sweet spot much larger and forgiving off-center shots, delivering more distance and speed. This fairway wood has redesigned hosel system which is shorter and lighter and this repositions the center of gravity lower so that golfers can launch the ball higher, with a longer trajectory.
Golf woods exhibit extreme versatility and the selection is usually based on players’ preferences and needs. The range of availability for this model ranges from the most universal and the most frequent to use 3-woods with 15 degrees up to the highest-lofted wood of 25 degrees. As it is the case with the driver, there are three supreme shaft offerings for enhanced performance, such as Project X Even flow Green, Mitsubishi Tensei AV Blue, and Project X HZRDUS Smoke.
Cost and Value
Regardless of what you need the golf wood for, in this versatile offer from Callaway you will find all the ranges that match your performance. The main accent is on speed and distance as the design of the club will provide you with further ball flights off the fairway or the tee box, or any other lie. It is ultimately one of the best golf woods and therefore it is adequately priced.
2. Cobra F9 Speedback Fairway Wood
The two most groundbreaking technologies that Cobra has developed, Baffler and Speedback, have been combined into one of the most revolutionary fairway designs. It is the first golf wood that features precision CNC milling so that you get the fastest, the longest and the most accurate wood. In addition to all these innovations, another particular feature that is characteristic for Cobra only is the integration of Smart Technology which in this club is represented with MyFly8 which features Smart Rail that allows adjustability of 8 loft settings to maximize distance.Read more
There are many features that mark this golf wood as tech optimized. Starting from the 475 stainless steel insert which is CNC milled so that you get the hottest and thinnest face, to Cobra Connect feature that tracks golfers’ performance. The steel and tungsten weight lowers the CG by 10% so that golfers get improved ball speed and higher launch. This has been achieved by the lightweight carbon fiber crown that moves the CG lower, increases forgiveness and reduces the spin.
There are 8 adjustable loft settings that enable players to select their preferred angle so that they can easily manage the spin and the launch for more distance. The Smart Pad Technology maintains the face square at address no matter what the loft setting is. The crown features lightweight polymer trips and steel sole trips which have an aerodynamic position which increases the speed and reduce the drag. Plus, the famous Baffler rail design has been redesigned to lower the CG and provide unmatched turf interaction.
Cost and Value
Cobra F9 has been designed to impress with its cutting-edge design and advanced technology. It is the golf wood that you can utilize for different lies and angles as it is as versatile as you could ever hope for. The price, however, is equally high as the performance features it delivers. So, if you are looking for a good golf wood that will deliver the distance from the fairway or the tee as you have always hoped for, this is one of the most promising fairways.
3. TaylorMade M6 Fairway Wood
Who would have thought that the nonadjustable M6 fairway wood would be currently one of the most sold golf woods? M6 has been designed for forgiveness and all the features that make it distance-enhancing and forgiving are there, from the large head club to the low and deep CG and the lightweight construction and graphite shaft. And there are some more other features, so read below to get a full insight into the club.Read more
This year’s releases have been remarkable, and in just a few months after it was initially released, M6 has gained a lot of popularity among golfers worldwide. The Twist Face technology which was introduced in the M5 and M6 drivers is for the first time present in a golf wood. The face is curved and twisted so that it gets a larger sweet spot and more forgiving shots that fly much further. The all-new TPU insert which is combined with the curved lower face shape and the proprietary Speed pocket make it one of the most playable golf woods of today.
There are four loft options that you can choose from, a 3-wood of 15 degrees, 5-wood of 18 degrees, 7-wood of 21 degrees and a 9-wood of 24 degrees. Regardless of the loft, they all feature a new inertia generator that keeps a lot of weight within the sole so that it creates more speed. The Fujikura Atmos Orange 6 shaft complements the overall playability of the club, making it one of the most forgiving and tech-packed fairway woods on the market.
Cost and Value
When companies attribute a certain price to a product, it reflects the expenses for the actual craftsmanship, the uniqueness of the product and the investment into research and development. So, it should surprise you the price of this club since it integrates all the factors for being priced on the higher-end. When you can expect if you can afford it is more speed and distance and more enjoyment on the course.
4. Callaway Rogue Fairway Wood
One of the most superior golf woods that was launched last year is Rogue, the ultimate winner in speed, distance, and forgiveness. Before Epic Flash was launched it literally dominated the market sales within this area because it had been the most powerful fairway wood that Callaway has ever created. There is so much much to say about Callaway Rogue, so read below to find out more.Read more
The Jailbreak technology, which we talked about in the Epic Flash wood, was primarily used in Rogue and it was a huge breakthrough for extra speed and distance. It integrates two steel bars which stiffen the body so that the face gets more impact load, increased ball speed and distance. The already familiar Face Cup technology utilizes Carpenter 455 steel face and ultra-thin face design allows golfers to achieve more speed on both off-center hits and center-face hits. Plus, there’s another technology, Internal Standing Wave technology, which had first been introduced in their irons to set the CG with extreme precision. The ISW places the CG forward and low to enhance the distance and lower the spin.
The whole club design is shaped, sized and positioned to increase the air-flow and to enhance the speed. The versatility of this golf wood ranges from the 3+wood of 13.5 degrees to 11-wood of 25 degrees. It is one of the easiest to hit golf woods with great forgiveness, extra feel, and precision. There are multiple graphite shafts that are available to choose from with the order for every golfer’s convenience.
Cost and Value
This is one of the most playable golf woods that you could find on the market, packed with a variety of technologies to deliver enhanced distance, precision, and straight trajectories. Bearing in mind what it is made from and the quality of the design, the mid-price range makes this club a perfect value for the money.
5. Cleveland HB Launcher Fairway Wood
The Launcher HB lineup has been designed to make the launch easier so that the recreational golfers get better performance on the course with more satisfaction and fun. The whole lineup features a technology-packed design which is at the same time combined with extravagant simplicity and playability with focus on more forgiveness, straighter ball flights, and higher launches. So, if you are high to mid-handicapper who is looking for more forgiveness, this is the go-to golf wood.Read more
The proprietary Flex-Fin sole is designed to act as a spring so that it boosts the speed when golfers hit low on the heel and toe, while the Cup Face technology enlarges the sweet spot across the face for faster ball shots. Something that turned out to be very successful was the HiBore crown which also saves weight to position the center of gravity deep and low. This crown has the capacity to compress and decompress during impact which enhances the speed. However, the real weight saver is the redesigned lightweight hosel that saves mass that is repositioned on the back of the clubhead to enhance the forgiveness.
If you are struggling to launch the ball high enough off the tee or from the fairway, Launcher HB is designed to change the way you’ve been playing the game. It is one of the most successful Cleveland’s designs which is designed to boost your performance to a higher level. When it comes to versatility though, it lacks most of the lofts as it comes only in lofts of 15 and 18 degrees. The stock shafts it comes with is Miyazaki C Kua 50 with three available flexes: senior, regular and stiff.
Cost and Value
For many golfers, Cleveland Launcher HB is a problem solver as it has been made to enhance any golfer’s ability to launch the ball from different lie and turfs. It features all the preconditions to help you lower the score and make some real high-launching shots off the tee, or from the fairway. Money-wise, it is mid-priced golf wood that reflects the quality the club has without breaking the bank.
6. Titleist 915F Fairway Wood
Even though it all started with a ball, over the years Titleist has grown to become one of the most influential companies in the world of golf. Characterized by rigorous testing and innovative design, their clubs can be seen in many Tour golfers’ bags proving that their supreme quality is highly appreciated. This incredible golf wood has been equally sought today as it was when it was first launched about five years ago. If you wonder what makes it so special, we’ll just tell you that it is one of the most accurate fairway clubs which deliver enough distance and playability and which is among the most versatile ones.Read more
There’s one feature that is a constant in all Titleist clubs, that’s the incredible feel and feedback on the center shots which produce extremely long distance and high flying trajectory with very low spin. Actually, the way the company advertises the club is “distance without compromise from the tee and turf” and that’s what the club delivers, literally. There is a speed channel that enables the face to flex more which increases the speed and lowers the spin. The crown is lightweight too and there’s added weight that is positioned on the sole which brings the CG down and low. When it comes to the face, it was the thinnest that they had made until then, and with its variable thickness, it creates faster and more forgiving ball flights.
The adjustable hosel brings forth a variety of lofts from 13.5, 15, 16.5, 18, 21 degrees to change the angle and the lie. There is an option to choose the stock shaft, so golfers can choose from Aldila Rogue Black or Mistubishi Diamana, which are graphite shafts, lightweight and very easy to launch the ball higher, with more control. So, the combination of the shafts with the attractive sole and the revolutionary ARC (Active Recoil Channel) which is situated behind the clubface, guarantee a superb distance, playability, and control.
Cost and Value
If you are a better player looking for premium golf wood that boasts versatility, accuracy, feel and distance with utmost feedback and perfect sound, this is the club you’ve been looking for. Despite being an older model, it is still very attractive since it brings forth everything that a golfer might look for in a golf wood. However, this is one of the most expensive clubs even though it was released a few years ago.
7. Mizuno ST190 Driver
No other company is as associated with irons, especially forged irons, as Mizuno is, so seeing a whole lineup of metal woods, for some golfers, might be very intriguing. And, indeed, may golf experts were so looking forward to testing them after they had been announced. The initial findings for this aesthetically attractive golf wood reveal that it is easy to launch, it delivers low spin and longer distance ball flight which is the reason why we have placed it on our list.Read more
The carbon fiber gloss crown, the deep face, and the rounded sole give it a traditional look. Speed Wave Sole technology is what stands out in this golf wood, even though the design itself is not strikingly impressive, neither innovative. The thing is that they made and remade, adding and removing here and there to get one of the fastest fairway woods of this year. To achieve more speed, they used SP700 Beta Titanium face which delivers explosive, up-to-the limits speed and CT Ribs located behind the face at the top and the bottom of the clubhead, which stiffen the back so that it doesn’t extend the speed limit. The Wave Sole delivers a trampoline effect to the face making, so even if the ball does not strike the center, it can still get high speed and long-distance.
The standard offer of the ST190 comes in two head lofts of 9.5 and 10.5 degrees. They can be adjusted up and down to two degrees. The carbon composite crown allows the weight to be moved low within the clubhead, while the Quick Switch Adaptor enables golfers to set the loft and the lie settings. The stock graphite shaft is Atmos Red 5R for easy launch off the tee.
Cost and Value
Mizuno is a company that never goes with aggressive campaigns and advertisements to convince you that their products are premium. The sole fact that there isn’t a Tour player that doesn’t have a Mizuno club says a lot. And back to our driver, we can say that it is the best of everything the company has made so far within the metal-wood range and knowing that the materials and everything that is included in its design is of premium quality, it comes as no surprise that it is very highly-priced.
8. Tour Edge Exotics EXS Fairway Wood
The Exotics lineup that Tour Edge launched a few years ago turned out to be a real success and every new upgrade brings the company substantial appreciation and, of course, more income. There are a variety of clubs within the Exotic lineup, the EXS is intended to meet the needs of the average golfer. This golf wood is larger, more forgiving with alignment indication and much more lightweight. It allows weight repositioning in two alternate FTS settings so that golfers acquire greater MOI and increased playability.Read more
The oversized carbon fiber construction which houses the quench hardened steel cup face is made thinner but stronger with the special heating technique. For faster speed and more forgiveness, thick and thin compartments have been strategically positioned on the face, making the off-center shots very successful ones. The proprietary Flight Tuning System which integrates weight ports in the rear of the head and the heel, allows golfers to exchange 3-gram and 11-gram weights in order to make draw-based or a natural ball flight. There is the possibility to purchase 6, 9 and 14 grams separately.
Mid and high handicappers can see an increase in their distance with this fairway wood, as it is one of the lightest and the most forgiving on the market. The incredibly stable and the same time lightweight stock shaft MCA Tensei Blue CK with five different flexes that it comes with makes it easier to launch the ball producing straighter and longer trajectories. There are also five available lofts (13, 15, 17, 18, 21 degrees), which makes your long game easier and more accurate with low to mid-spin.
Cost and Value
Tour Edge is not notorious for having its clubs highly-priced, and the EXB series is designed to appeal to average golfers who, at least most of them, wouldn’t like to spend hundreds of dollars on just one club. This doesn’t mean that EXS is cheap, it is far from being so, but it isn’t the most expensive one in the range.
9. Pinemeadow PGX Fairway Wood
The PGX series is one of the most sold clubs that Pinemeadow has created and the reason is very simple. These clubs have been made with the offset and anti-slice technology which allows golfers to correct their slice and the same time square the ball much better at the address. These features normally appeal to average, recreational golfers who look for decent golf wood that will deliver improvement in the long game and more control and accuracy within the mid-range.Read more
What does an average golfer hope to find in a golf wood? The first thing is always the forgiveness, as that is a guarantee for enjoyable play. This is achieved with the larger sweet spot and the offset design. The offset design is not a new concept, but it is reintroduced with the PGX series which considerably helps to square the face at the address that leads to straighter ball flights. This anti slice technology delivers more forgiveness and low spin trajectories. The 431 stainless steel clubhead is lightweight and easy to hit with fast face and low center of gravity.
This is also one of the most versatile golf woods that range from 3, 5+, 7+, 9+, 13+ and 15+-woods with corresponding lofts of 16, 19, 24, 28, 31, 34 and 37 degrees. Many golfers claim that fairway woods are much easier to hit compared to irons and specifically PGX has been extra forgiving and playable. The stock shaft it comes with is the tour-grade Project X graphite shaft that is easy to hit.
Cost and Value
According to many golfers, the offset design appears to make the wood playable like the irons and wedges, which helps them make fewer adjustments to the angle of the swing plane and the alignment. It is very helpful with the slice reduction, so you can expect incredibly straight ball trajectories. When it comes to its price it is on the budget range, making this golf wood an excellent value for the money.
10. Wilson FG Tour M3 Fairway Wood
Most of the golf woods that we have reviewed in this buying guide are intended to appeal to high to mid-handicappers, so we selected this Wilson model to offer an excellent possibility for “feel and control” golfers who need more refined feedback from the clubs they are using, which means, it is a club for better players. The classy design with the compact head and several Wilson technologies utilized in this metal-wood craftsmanship still make it a very popular golf wood even though it isn’t a recent one.Read more
The key feature of FG Tour M3 is the Multi-Fit System that allows changing the weights in the sole with weights of 11, 7 and 3 grams, the standard weight being one of 7 grams. This change of the weight will provide you with a very subtle feel, but it also influences the trajectory and the speed of the clubhead.
FG Tour is actually the first Wilson Staff’s range of adjustable golf woods which change the lofts across the range of 3 degrees in one to half-degree increments. There are six available loft settings that are controlled using hosel screw which is adjustable and easy to use. It is good to note that when changing the lofts the lie changes too. It comes with Aldila Phenom shaft which is very lightweight and stable and delivers perfect high-launching ball flights off the tee, from the rough and in the fairway.
Cost and Value
This is a very solid club that is designed to appeal to low-handicappers that look for customization, feel and control. It might not have all the bells and whistles of this year’s designs, however, the possibility to adjust the lofts and the sole weights make it worth to consider. Plus, the price it has is within the mid-range, so for a premium club that delivers such features, it is well worth the money.
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