A look at some of the best performing fairway woods on the market – versatile clubs to suit differing golfing requirements.

Best Fairway Woods

The fairway wood has evolved in recent years to be one of the most versatile clubs you can buy. With enhanced materials and technologies, the best fairway woods can help you find distance and consistency from the tee, they are also playable from the short grass and can even be effective from the rough or around the greens.

This is often the toughest part of the bag to fill. We know what type of driver we like the look and sound of and irons can soon be fitted into position but, if you’re able to find some insurance off the tee (and some of these might outpace your current driver) and/or some more lofted woods, then you can look at your home course through new eyes.

Below we have looked at some of the best fairway woods currently on the market as well as created a video to help you narrow your search.

Alternatively we also recommend taking a look at our other guides on the most forgiving fairway woods, the best fairway woods for mid handicappers, or the best women’s fairway woods.

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Titleist TSi3 Fairway Wood

Titleist TSi3 Fairway Review

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Lofts: 13.5° (RH only), 15°, 16.5°, 18° (RH only)

+ Varied adjustability
+ Great for shaping and improved acoustics
Lacks off-centre forgiveness

This is more for the player who wants speed and accuracy. There is an adjustable weight track on the back – you can move to the heel, toe or keep it neutral – and they have moved away from simply moving it to the heel for a draw and toe for a fade etc They’ve now repositioned it to help with the CG placement so if you are more of a consistent striker, and you always hit it in the heel, you can now move the CG to move your sweet spot.

The beauty of the track is the attention to detail. They have worked with a screw vendor so in the space of just two clicks it will come all the way out and, two clicks later, it is back in place.

When you are stood over the ball it’s hard to decipher which is the TSi2 or the TSi3, both classic and smallish looking, which says a lot about the genius of the design as they offer different benefits. Unquestionably one of the best fairway woods on sale right now.

Titleist TSi3 Fairway Wood Review

US Buy Now at Worldwide Golf Shops for $299.99

UK Buy Now at Scottsdale Golf for £269

TaylorMade SIM Fairway Wood

Best Fairway Woods 2020

RRP: £369 | Lofts: 14°, 15°, 19°

+ Driver-like feel
+ Very high launching
Expensive

Joining the new SIM drivers are three fairway woods, the SIM, SIM Max, and SIM Max D-Type, all of which sit atop the tree when discussing the best TaylorMade fairway woods. The iconic V Steel design has been reinvented with the new 180cc SIM fairway with an 80g sole weight creating an extremely low CG that allows for increased ball speed, higher launch and improved forgiveness on low-face hits. It also features a new Zatech titanium face which is the first time TaylorMade has used this rare and ultra-strong material in a metalwood.

TaylorMade SIM Fairway Woods Review

US Buy Now at Worldwide Golf Shops for $399.99

UK Buy Now at American Golf for £329

TaylorMade SIM Max Fairway Wood

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RRP: £269 | Lofts: 14°, 15°, 18°, 21°, 24°

+ Comes in draw-biased version
+ Contrasting crown makes it easy to align
Larger size makes it more difficult to strike from the deck

The larger 185cc SIM Max steel fairway woods feature a C300 face material and is designed for higher launch and peak trajectories, with extremely long distance and improved playability. Finally, the oversized 190cc SIM Max D fairway has been optimised for forgiveness and golfers seeking a draw- bias design.

US Buy Now at Worldwide Golf Shops for $299.99

UK Buy Now at American Golf for £229

Callaway Mavrik Fairway Wood

Best Fairway Woods 2020

RRP: £269 | Lofts: 13.5°, 15°, 16.5°, 18°, 21°

+ Hot feel and high launch
+ Three models to suit different player types.
No loft or lie adjustability

Along with the standard Mavrik fairway that has generous heel camber for versatility, there’s the draw-biased Max model, which is a new shape that is larger and 30 per cent more forgiving than Epic Flash and has a lower leading edge for better results from the deck. There’s also a Sub Zero model that features a tour profile and adjustable front/back weighting.

Much like the Callaway Mavrik drivers, the Mavrik fairways also feature A.I.-designed Flash Faces specific to the three models, promoting optimum speed and spin. A high-strength C300 Maraging Steel face combined with Jailbreak maximizes ball speed.

Callaway Mavrik Fairway Woods Review

US Buy Now at Worldwide Golf Shops for $299.99

UK Buy Now at Scottsdale Golf for £249

Ping G410 Fairway Wood

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RRP: £275 | Lofts: 14.5°, 17.5°, 20.5°, 23.5°

+ Focus on forgiveness
+ Three models to suit different player types.
Unorthodox looks may not suit your eye

The G410 is one of the best Ping fairway woods in the current range. It has a slightly shallower face than its predecessor the G400 and is designed to deliver higher ball speeds through a re-positioned centre of gravity closer to the face and sole. It’s estimated that it might carry an extra five yards over the G400.

All three G410 models feature an adjustable hosel with eight settings so you can change both your loft and lie and the emphasis is on stability and forgiveness.

The 3-wood comes with 14.5˚ of loft but can be adjusted to 16˚ and if that’s not enough you might want to think about the 5-wood and take a bit off it. There is also a 7 and 9-wood option.

US Buy Now at Worldwide Golf Shops for $259.99

UK Buy Now at Scottsdale Golf for £239

Mizuno ST200 Fairway Wood

RRP: £239 (TS version £279) | Lofts: 15°, 18° (TS version 13-17°)

+ Impressive ball speeds
+ Three models to suit different player types
Dirt may gather in the sole

As you might expect from Mizuno this is a great looker which sits and aligns perfectly behind the ball. And it’s powerful, really powerful. Any tests on this model and the stand-out comment is the really high ball speeds that it produces. This is done by using new titanium and high-strength alloys which is both stronger and more flexible than previous iterations.

Other than being explosive it is also a great all-rounder, being easy to launch from the fairways which might bring some par 5s more into range and the feel too is just what you’d like. Great club.

Mizuno ST200 Fairway Woods Review

US Buy Now at Worldwide Golf Shops for $169.99

UK Buy Now at Scottsdale Golf for £199

Cobra King Speedzone Fairway Wood

RRP: £229 | Lofts: 14.5°, 18.5°, 22.5°

+ Rails aid turf interaction, especially from poor lies
+ Three models to suit different player types
+ Excellent value for money
Limited improvements over previous generation

This club accounts for 80 per cent of Cobra’s fairway wood sales and is a great all-rounder. Cobra say it will work for anyone with a handicap of 5-25 and it’s quite high spinning but, with a good fitting, it should work wonders for you.

This might also be the best looking member in the family and it works beautifully through the turf – the hollow split rails flex more than solid rails which creates a 70 per cent larger sweet spot so it’s great for off-centre hits. They are also, interestingly, different depths depending on what model of the three – the standard here, Tour or Big Tour – that you go for.

Cobra King Speedzone Fairway Woods Review

US Buy Now at Worldwide Golf Shops for $229.99

UK Buy Now at Scottsdale Golf for £229

Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo Fairway Wood

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RRP: £199 | Lofts: 15°, 18°

+ Easy to hit
+ Excellent value for money
Limited lofts and no adjustability

This focuses on what most of us need in a fairway wood and, as the name suggests, it really helps to launch the ball. The Hi-Bore crown lowers the centre of gravity and the cup face technology does the same as in the driver which is to deliver more speed across the entire face.

Another interesting aspect is that the ultra-light hosel and counter-balanced shaft design provides higher MOI and so more forgiveness. So there’s more weight in the hands for control.

US Buy Now at Worldwide Golf Shops for $229.99

UK Buy Now at Scottsdale Golf for £179

Honma TR21 Fairway Wood

RRP: £309 | Lofts: 15°, 16.5°, 18°, 21° 

+ You’ll love the premium look and performance
– You’ll need to be a strong player to make the most of this

Honma have recently extended its premium performance line with the introduction of the TR21 family, TR standing for Tour Release, and this is aimed at the better player.

The sleek profile will also likely appeal to the low handicapper with the ability to further control your launch and spin with the adjustable sole weights.

Furthermore to the custom-fitting options a patented non-rotating hosel means the loft and lie can be altered without changing the position of the shaft’s spine so it remains in the six o’clock position when you’re making your adjustments.

UK Buy Now at American Golf for £309

Srixon ZX Fairway Wood

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RRP: £249 | Lofts: 13.5°, 15°, 18°, 21° (13 and 21 both RH only)

+ You won’t struggle for distance with this club
– There’s no adjustability help here

Srixon say this is their most advanced fairway yet thanks to their ‘rebound frame’ technology. This provides a more efficient transfer of energy by focusing more energy into the ball. Put simply(ish) it works by layering alternating zones of flexible and stiff material which then transports the correct energy into the ball.

This comes in four options with the 3+ and 3 using a lightweight carbon crown to push the MOI up and increase forgiveness in the lofts where you may need it.

At address this looks classy, clean and simple.

UK Buy Now at Scottsdale Golf for £249

Callaway Big Bertha B21 Fairway Wood

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RRP: £279 | Lofts: 15°, 18°, 21°, 24° (24 RH only)

This easy-to-hit fairway wood features a shallower face, progressive lengths and an oversized Bertha shape to promote consistent contact and smooth turf interaction. The extra offset helps combat your slice while the advanced A.I. design promotes faster ball speeds across a wider area, so you can get away with a poor swing. We like this model so much it also featured in our best fairway woods for high handicappers guide too.

Callaway Big Bertha B21 Fairway Review

US Buy Now at Worldwide Golf Shops for $299.99

UK Buy Now at American Golf for £249

PXG O341X Gen 2 Fairway Wood

Best Fairway Woods 2020

Similar to the PXG 0811x Gen 2 driver from PXG, the new fairway wood also has a multi-level, variable thickness carbon crown along with the Honeycomb TPE Insert which helps reposition weight around the head so that launch conditions are optimised while improving sound and feel. Additionally the eight weighted screws allow you to move significant mass around the head to create your ideal club in terms of head weight, spin and ball flight.

UK Buy Now at Scottsdale Golf for £450

Callaway Epic Flash Fairway Wood

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Like the Callaway Epic Flash drivers, the fairway woods also have their new Flash Face Technology which is designed to give more ball speed to all levels of golfer. The product of an $8m super computer and Artificial Intelligence, the face is totally unique and the results are two of the best Callaway fairway woods available right now. The internal mapping consists of dozens of subtle ripples flowing from heel to toe. Though the size, height and configuration of the ripples appears random, they in fact work together. To go along with that, the clubs have Callaway’s Face Cup to produce high COR across a large area, as well as their Jailbreak technology to connect the crown from the sole to stabilise those two regions of the clubhead.

US Buy Now at Fairway Golf USA for $199.99

UK Buy Now at Scottsdale Golf for £199

Wilson Staff D7 Fairway Wood

New to 2019, Wilson Staff’s D7 crown comes with a layer of DuPont Kevlar sandwiched between two layers of carbon fibre to save weight. Thin-cast weight saving pockets are also featured along with a stainless steel face to improve distance. Given its modest retail price of £139 this is a good choice if the budget is a tad tight.

US Buy Now at Worldwide Golf Shops for $149.99

UK Buy Now at American Golf for £139


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