Best Fairway Woods 2019
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We recently tested a wide selection of the best fairway woods of 2019, including those in the picture plus some additional models, on the launch monitor and the driving range to pick out any standout performers in different categories. We gathered data from shots hit from the deck but also hit them on the course off the tee.
Best for Looks
Much of this comes down to personal preference. If you like a clean classic looking wood, you’ll likely steer towards the Titleist TS3 or the Mizuno ST190. If you’re seeking more alignment assistance, the TaylorMade M5 and M6 offer that. Some brands, like Cobra and Callaway, offer smaller-headed, lower spinning options that faster swing speeds may prefer.
Best for Distance
The two longest on test were the Mizuno ST190 and the Callaway Epic Flash with the Mizuno just edging it. It produced the fastest average ball speed at 151.4 mph and the longest carries, partly down to it also generating the lowest spin, which could be a slight concern when hitting into greens. While we probably struck it better overall, it was pleasing to see the more solid strikes rewarded with ball speed and distance.
Best for Versatility
The turf interaction of the Cobra King F9 Speedback was excellent, the Baffler rails helping the sole glide through the turf extracting the ball from good and bad lies with ease. It also produced fairly low spin off the tee, providing control without losing too much distance compared with a driver. The flat, smooth soles of the TaylorMade M6 and Ping G410 pushed it very close.
The TaylorMade M6 combined a light yet powerful feel with good turf interaction and excellent distance. At £279, it also offers very good value and is a must-try if you’re looking for a new fairway wood in 2019.
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