Fairway Woods Bring Balance to Your Game
Made principally of titanium or steel, fairway "woods" are a gentle reminder of the days when clubheads were built by master clubmakers from a single block of persimmon. Today, they provide the critical bridge between the driver and long irons or hybrids.
Used mostly for shots to the green on par-5 and long par-4 holes, fairway woods provide more forgiveness than an iron. This is due in part to the sweeping motion required to hit them effectively.
More experienced golfers looking for versatility tend to enjoy woods with adjustable loft and face angle technology, features that top brands like TaylorMade® and Cobra® perfect season after season.
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With countless options available from all of the major brands, selecting the right fairway wood for you is a matter of understanding the strengths and weaknesses of your game.
Newer or senior players will benefit from higher-lofted fairway woods, mainly 5 and 7-woods, as direct replacements for the longer irons in the bag, principally the 3, 4, and 5-irons.
Players seeking maximum distance will find that companies such as Adams and TaylorMade® have developed a series of fairway woods with built-in speed slots, designed to reduce drag while increasing clubhead speed.
The first step to consistent play from the fairway is to understand that the swing required for a metal wood, unlike an iron, is dependent on a shallow angle of attack. While iron play requires a steep angle of descent (better players strike the ball first and follow with a divot through the turf), fairway woods require a sweeping motion and little or no divot.
To give yourself the best opportunity for consistent contact each time, position the ball a few inches inside your left heel. It's particularly important to trust club's loft to get the ball airborne; many amateurs make the mistake of swinging too hard in hopes of gaining a few extra yards.