A look at some of the best performing fairway woods on the market in 2018 – versatile clubs to suit differing golfing requirements.
Best Fairway Woods 2018
The fairway wood has evolved in recent years to be one of the most versatile clubs you can buy. With enhanced materials and technologies, they 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.
With a wide selection of fairway metals to choose from, each delivering varying features and benefits, we take a look here at some of the best-performing on the market. Some are premium models targeting experienced players, others are aimed more at the improving golfer. Some offer advanced levels of adjustability, others simply a solid set-up designed to help you get the best out of your long game.
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Below are some of our favourites. With some of the products you’ll see a ‘Buy Now’ link. If you click on this then we may receive a small amount of money from the retailer when you purchase the item, but this doesn’t affect the amount you pay.
Titleist TS3 Fairway Woods
One of the more traditional-looking fairway woods on the market with a simple, glossy black finish. It has a relatively compact, classic profile with full-face grooves assisting alignment. Active Recoil Channel 3.0 extends further into the head, producing greater face flexibility and faster ball speeds, especially low on the face. Additionally, a thinner crown saves weight, while SureFit CG allows shot shape to be adjusted.
TaylorMade M4 Fairways Woods
The M4 wood line has less of a focus on adjustability compared to the M3 and has been made even more user-friendly across the board. It features a stepped crown that lowers the CG and increases launch while use of more carbon fibre throughout improves clubhead efficiency on strikes across the face.
TaylorMade M3 Fairway Woods
The M3 fairway wood doesn’t feature Twist Face like it does on the driver, but it does boast a heavier sliding weight (29g vs 25g on 2017 M1) on a track that has been made longer and moved 3.5mm further forwards to reduce spin thanks to a smaller screw head. Use of more carbon fibre throughout has also improved the overall forgiveness by saving 8g of weight.
Callaway Golf Rogue Fairway Woods
A change from Callaway’s Epic range sees Jailbreak included in its two Rogue fairways (standard and Sub Zero) for added performance. The 3mm rods are made of steel rather than titanium and are not hour glass shape. They are joined by an ultra-thin, fast Carpenter 455 steel face, which Callaway says is made faster by Jailbreak. Meanwhile, Callaway’s Face Cup promotes more speed which is also meant to help golfers achieve fast ball speed and long distance on both centre-face hits and off-centre hits.
PING G400 Fairway Woods
Designed to achieve faster ball speeds without sacrificing any forgiveness, PING’s G400 fairway woods feature a maraging steel face that flexes 30 per cent more than the previous design, assisted by the cascading sole to increase carry distances and launch from shots struck lower on the face. Available in standard, SFT (draw biased Straight Flight Technology) and Stretch (larger head) versions.
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Mizuno Golf ST180 Fairway Woods
The new ST180 fairway woods share much of the driver’s technology including the hugely amplified Wave sole technology that reduces spin, assisted by the weight saving of the Internal Waffle Crown. They feature a thinner 1770 Maraging Steel Face to further increase ball speeds and deliver a flatter, more efficient ball flight. The head’s larger footprint generates a bigger-than-average profile that both looks, and is, highly forgiving. In addition, all ST180 metal woods feature a Quick Switch Adjustable Hosel that allows four degrees of loft adjustment and three degrees of lie adjustment.
Mizuno Golf GT180 Fairway Woods
The GT180 fairway woods promise a new law of gravity on account of the ultimate customisation they offer, providing the scope to vastly reduce or increase spin rates as the situation demands. Evolution of both the Mizuno Wave sole and sliding weight technologies reduces the lower end of spin rates for a more efficient trajectory at higher ball speeds. The adjustability options are plentiful with 17 grams of sliding weight that create a wider potential span of spin rates to fine tune ball flight, with the Quick Switch Adjustable Hosel allowing 4˚ of loft adjustment and 3˚ of lie adjustment.
Cobra Golf King F8 Fairway Woods
With the Cobra King F8, the brand has created an affordable range that doesn’t skimp on performance, providing maximum playability from all lies. The fairways continue to feature the Baffler rail system on the sole to improve turf interaction. The F8 and F8+ also boast the same 360˚ Aero trips as the driver that maximize club speed and has the 5-ply carbon crown that creates more efficient clubhead weighting.
Wilson Staff C300 Fairway Woods
The C300 (‘C’ for crossover) fairway wood features Power Holes around the club head (two on the crown and four on the sole and toe) for the first time ever, creating a larger sweet spot on the face for maximum forgiveness on off-centre hits. A Carpenter Custom 455 Stainless Steel face insert combined with Power Holes and FLX FACE Technology increases Face Deflection by 5 per cent across the entire clubhead resulting in increased ball speeds and distance. Adjustability is made possible with Fast Fit Technology 3.0 creating six loft options on the standard setting available (13.5°, 15° and 18°) along with Multi-Fit Adjustability 3.0 that includes the same weight options as the driver.
Srixon Z F85 Fairway Woods
With a slightly larger profile at address compared to the others this list, Srixon’s Z F85 offers a forgiving look as well as a more triangular shape to it. After testing we noticed it produced a slightly higher pitched sound when striking the ball.
The wood features a lightweight carbon crown which is to help move the mass to the perimeter of the club. This is to help gain distance despite off-centre hits.
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