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New on the Tee: 2015 Fairway Woods
By Tom Landers | Published  07/2/2015 | Play Testing | Unrated
The Right Tool for the Job

Fairway Woods
The Right Tool for the Job

For the past few years club designers have incorporated such unique elements into their fairway woods such as slots or channels. Some offer adjustability for loft and face angle. Manufacturers have made fairway woods sleeker profiles, lower centers of gravity, and equipped them with specialized shafts with the sole purpose of helping the player get the ball off the deck and into the air easier.

Today specialty steel alloys allow for faces that are “livelier” and “wraparound” the club head to promote faster ball speeds. Internal weight distribution is being addressed to augment the center of gravity for ideal launch, spin and flight characteristics. More loft options than ever before are being offered to fit specific player’s needs and desired shot shapes.

Whether you’re looking for a “friendly driver” on tight holes or a trusty tool for that long shot from the fairway over water that needs to hold a green, rest assured there is a fairway that’s right for the job.

Fairway Woods



Low Handicap 5 star
Mid Handicap 4.5 star
High HDCP/ Beginner 4 star
Senior 4 star

Bridgestone J15F
www.BridgestoneGolf.com • $200

Unique Features:T he Bridgestone J15F fairway wood features a Flex Action Crown design for increased ball velocities and higher launch angles. Bridgestone’s thinnest fairway wood face creates maximum ball repulsion and increased distance, while an adjustable weight allows for user defined trajectory and weight profile.
Tester Comments: Easy to play a lot of different shots from various lies … Nice high launching long shots … Crown flexes at impact giving more ball speed and a powerful sound ... Great distance and trajectory.




Low Handicap 5 star
Mid Handicap 5 star
High HDCP/ Beginner 4 star
Senior 5 star

Callaway XR
www.CallawayGolf.com • $230

Unique Features:Callaway developed a lighter, thinner, next generation of the Forged Hyper Speed Face Cup. It makes the face up to 36% thinner to increase ball speed. It also boasts a 16% larger sweet spot, a 20% lower center of gravity, 200rpm less spin, and even more ball speed when the weight is moved low and forward. The club has flatter leading edges and a higher toe. Callaway put in the new Project X LZ for maximum shaft load during the downswing for greater energy transfer to the ball.
Tester Comments: Very easy to hit, especially in the middle of the fairway. Its light but not so light that I overswing … It’s one of the easiest clubs I have EVER hit. The ball just pops off the face effortlessly … Great Distance..



Low Handicap 5 star
Mid Handicap 4.5 star
High HDCP/ Beginner 4 star
Senior 4 star

Cobra Fly-Z
www.CobraGolf.com • $230

Unique Features: The Cobra Fly-Z fairway wood features Back CG Zone Weighting to make launching the ball easier. It offers 8 adjustable loft settings to maximize distance and manage trajectory. Crown Zone weighting in the 17-4 Stainless Steel with forged 465 Stainless Steel face insert removes weight from the crown to reposition low it and back in the head for a low, deep center of gravity. An engineered trench surrounds the face to help minimize face thickness and provide increased ball speeds across the face.
Tester Comments:Very classic compact shape … Solid sound at impact … Good distance and direction, even on off-center hits … Very forgiving … Ball height was not as high as others.


Low Handicap .5 star
Mid Handicap 4.5 star
High HDCP/ Beginner 4 star
Senior 4 star

Cobra Fly-Z +
www.CobraGolf.com • $250

Unique Features: The Cobra Fly-Z+ features a 17-4 Stainless Steel with a high-strength 455 Stainless Steel face insert and Front CG Zone weighting to reposition weight low and back in the head for a low, deep center of gravity. It also offers 8 adjustable loft settings to maximize distance and manage trajectory. A “Speed Channel Face” is an engineered trench that surrounds the face to help minimize face thickness and provide increased ball speeds across the face.
Tester Comments: Great penetrating ball flight with less spin than the Fly Z … a good mid – high trajectory … If you are a low handicap then the Fly-Z+ is a great choice



Low Handicap 5 star
Mid Handicap 5 star
High HDCP/ Beginner 4 star
Senior 5 star

Ping G30
www.Ping.com • $250

Unique Features:The face is engineered using Carpenter 475 steel, a material 44% stronger than 17-4 stainless steel. The added strength allows for a thin, uniform-thickness face for maximizing deflection to increase ball speed. The G30 fairway wood offers progressive center of gravity positions to maximize distance. A low and deep CG in the 3-Wood promotes high launch. The CG progresses more forward and lower in the 5- and 7-Woods to keep launch angle and spin uniquely optimized for distance and control in each club head.
Tester Comments: Like the adjustable hosel so I could dial in my specs … great looking matte finish … Turbulators on the fairways worked nicely as an alignment aid … Ball just jumps off the face with a nice solid crack … Above average distance..



Low Handicap 4 star
Mid Handicap 4.5 star
High HDCP/ Beginner 5 star
Senior 5 star

Powerbilt Air Force One DFX
www.Powerbilt.com • $180

Unique Features: Compressed nitrogen provides support to the club face for a claimed “maximum C.O.R., maximum C.T., maximum Trampoline Effect, and Maximum Smash Factor.” A 17-4 Stainless Steel Aerodynamic Head Shape along with the company’s FFT Face Flex Technology makes the AirForce One unique.
Tester Comments: If you like straight, then you need to hit this fairway ... Has a unique sound with a conistent mid-high launch and better than average distance without swinging hard ... This club gave me back some of the distance I have been losing with age..



Low Handicap 4 star
Mid Handicap 5 star
High HDCP/ Beginner 4 star
Senior 5 star

TaylorMade Aeroburner
www.TaylorMadeGolf.com • $199

Unique Features:The TaylorMade AeroBurner features a new aerodynamic shape that includes a shallow face, raised center crown, and new hosel fin designed to reduce drag for faster swing speeds. The new Speed Pocket increases the size of the sweet spot and reduces spin for longer, more forgiving shots on off-center hits. This club also features a new matte white finish, black PVD face, and linear AeroBurner crown graphic that makes alignment easy.

Tester Comments: A good mid-sized head offering a lot of forgiveness … It’s a little deeper front to back than the R15 fairway and the other main difference is that there is no adjustability … Nice and light … Very powerful and the ball leaves on a great mid-high trajectory



Low Handicap 5 star
Mid Handicap 4.5 star
High HDCP/ Beginner 4 star
Senior 35 star

Tour Edge e8 Beta
www.touredge.com • $300

Unique Features:The Tour Edge E8 Beta features an improved, slightly smaller head shape based on Tour player feedback. The head also includes a slightly deeper face to produce a slightly lower, more penetrating trajectory and improved performance from the tee box. The smaller club head size allows the center of gravity to move closer to the face for trajectory control and low spin and is aimed toward players with higher swing speeds. A Tour-inspired matte black finish reduces glare at address.

Tester Comments: A Tour level fairway for better players that comes in a compact 150cc head … The speed and feel from the face was excellent and the sound was very good … a lower spinning club, so you will need a decent swing speed to get the ball on a higher trajectory.



Low Handicap 4 star
Mid Handicap 5 star
High HDCP/ Beginner 4 star
Senior 5 star

Wilson Staff D200
www.WilsonStaff.com • $200

Unique Features: The Wilson D200 fairway woods feature Wilson’s “Right Light” technology, designed to ensure faster swing speeds without extra effort. The faces of the D200 fairway woods are made of high-strength Carpenter 455 steel and are designed to be larger in the low toe and low heel, increasing the trampoline effect..
Tester Comments: Very easy club to get in the air … When it comes for value for money then the Wilson D200 fairway is probably the leader in the clubhouse … Very good forgiveness.



Low Handicap 5 star
Mid Handicap 4.5 star
High HDCP/ Beginner 4 star
Senior 4 star

Yonex eZone Tri-G
www.Yonex.com • $380

Unique Features:Featuring a Concentric Weight System the EZONE Tri-G fairway woods can be fine-tuned to give you “the perfect launch to add spectacular distance.” The EZone Tri-G features the new lightweight Nanometric carbon shaft with a mid-low kick point and low torque. With the Tri Weight system on the sole of the club, the player is able to adjust the way the weights are stationed depending on how they would like the natural flight to be.
Tester Comments:All I can say is WOW, really solid & powerful feel, great distance and workability .... This performs as good as it looks ... Forgiving and was able to tune to my specifications, great fairway



Low Handicap 4 star
Mid Handicap 4.5 star
High HDCP/ Beginner 4 star
Senior 4 star

Yonex eZone XP
www.Yonex.com • $199

Unique Features: The EZone XP features the Yonex Dual Tungsten Power System. The newly designed DTP System, features tungsten in both the grip and club head that works in conjunction with the Lightweight Shaft. The result is claimed to deliver “a swing that delivers an explosive power breakthrough with the same effort, adding more yards to your game. The Quick Adjust System allows you to refine launch trajectory and club face angle through 8 settings.
Tester Comments:Reasonable overall length ... Easy to hit with a high, repeating ball flight ... From the tee, the larger club head gave the confidence typical of a ‘mini-driver’ but was a little harder to hit from the fairway


Low Handicap 4 star
Mid Handicap 4.5 star
High HDCP/ Beginner 4 star
Senior 5 star

Yonex Z-Force
www.Yonex.com • $200

Unique Features: Yonex’s new Octaforce technology reduces weight in the crown of the fairway wood, repositioning it where it really makes a difference, lower and deeper in the club head for “optimum distance enhancing ball flight with maximum forgiveness. The SUS630 Stainless Steel Precision Casting in both the body and face is incredibly strong so you can be confident the club will generate incredible power and distance when striking the ball.
Tester Comments:Very easy to hit and forgiving ... It you are looking for a club to help get the ball in the air better and for added distance, then this club is perfect ... This is a a perfect game improvement tool.