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Best Fairway Wood

A fairway wood can be one of the trickiest, yet most important clubs any player can carry at any given time. The difficulty in hitting a fairway wood, combined with the advent of the hybrid iron, have made fairway woods a little less common. That being said, it's still incredibly important to have a good fairway wood in the bag to rip off the tee on those days when the driver isn't going where you'd like. After all, most amateurs can get as much distance off the tee with a strong 3 wood, as they can a driver. The most important factors we considered while evaluating these best men’s fairway woods was the distance you could gain with the club, the forgiveness of the club, and the playability from different lies around the course.

TaylorMade Men's SLDR 5HL Golf Fairway Wood

The TaylorMade SLDR fairway woods are without question the best fairway woods on the market. Flexibility in customizing the specifications of the golf club make this one of the most diverse clubs on the market. This club combines a lower center of gravity, along with Speed Pocket Technology, which enhances club head speed, and ball speed, key for maximizing distance on every shot.

This fairway wood also maintains a very compact profile; when addressing the ball, the player doesn’t feel like their club is out-sizing thereby making the shot more difficult. Combine that with the fact that players can gain exceptional distance with these fairway woods, and it's hard to find another choice that measures up.

PING G30 Fairway Wood

The PING G30 fairway wood is great because it employs many of the same principles of the TaylorMade SLDR fairway woods but this club is incredibly unique in its own right. The G30 employs a uniform-thickness Carpenter 475 face that maximizes and increases ball speed and generates greater distance. This club is big on forgiveness, as it has a taller and wider feeling face.

Additionally, the flexibility of the club allows players to customize the loft of the club up to one degree, both ways, and can offer customized weighting in the back of the club. That said, this club can feel slightly overwhelming if you're used to an incredibly compact design which is very common amongst fairway woods.

Callaway Men's X2 Hot Driver

This is easily the most explosive fairway wood on the list. While there is only a limited amount of forgiveness, and the club offers nothing in the way of customization it still delivers. The club is incredibly powerful, and in personal testing, this was the longest fairway wood of the entries on this list.

This fairway wood also employs Hyper Speed Face Cup technology which increases club head speed and ball speed, and will significantly improve results at moment of impact. The club is lighter with an incredibly compact feel which makes this club ideal for even shots out of the rough, or tougher lies which were previously for you.

Adams Golf Tight Lies Fairway Wood

Adams Golf Tight Lies Fairway Wood

There was a time when the Adams Tight Lies fairway woods were considered club that only hackers should use. Mass produced, and generally inexpensive at stores, they were made to be very simple, and cost effective. However, the Tight Lies fairway woods of today are no comparison to previous generations.

Ghost Slot Technology is the newest addition to the old golfing technology which now makes hitting this fairway wood out of rough, fairway, or even fairway bunkers a breeze. A low profile, high launch angle, and explosive distance this might be the most versatile club on the list, and can easily compete with any of the big names in fairway woods, or drivers.

Nike Golf Men's VRS Covert 2.0 Golf Fairway Wood

This fairway wood from Nike rounds out our list because the club is probably the easiest to simply pick up and launch. While the customization isn't unusual, it does offer a unique cavity in the back which contributes to the balls launch angle. There’s also a lower center of gravity and the club also offers a lower spin rate which is key to gaining more distance, especially when being hit from the fairway. This fairway wood functions well from any position on the course, perfect gaining distance, and offers effective forgiveness for those mishits.

TaylorMade Women's SLDR-S Golf Bonded Fairway Wood

The SLDR fairway wood is by far the best on the market for any gender.  It combines a low profile, with low center of gravity, customization, with explosiveness from any lie, and puts it in a very nice package for any player. The center of gravity isn't just lower though. It's also moved forward, and that does a lot to ensure distance is at a premium with every shot. The customization options will allow players to tune the club right into their swing and give them the perfect advantage when they're looking to reach the green on that par 5.

Cobra Bio Cell Women's Fairway Wood

The Cobra BiO CELL Women's fairway woods are great because they offer incredible versatility. They're powerful off the tee (should you be using one), and just as strong when you're trying to power through rough or even make a run at the green on a par 5.

The fairway wood employs BiO Cell MyFly8 Technology which increases velocity off the face of the club, and increases ball speed which translates directly to more yards. The face of the club employs the same Forged Bio Cell and E9 face technologies found in other Cobra BiO CELL drivers, and this ensures an incredibly low center of gravity for more distance.

Callaway Women's X2 Hot Fairway Wood

When you hit the X2 Hot from the fairway you will feel like you're hitting it off the tee. This lightweight, user-friendly club launches fast, high, and will give you more distance with the greatest of ease. It's referred to as the longest fairway wood Callaway has ever made, and in personal testing it seems to live up to that claim consistently.

The smaller club head makes you feel as though you have greater control over the ball, and grants the player a lot of leeway in terms of shaping shots around the golf course. This is the perfect fairway wood for anyone looking to do more than just get a few more yards out of their fairway wood.

Callaway Women's Big Bertha V Series Fairway Wood

This club is dubbed the "fastest Callaway fairway wood," and that isn't really an exaggeration. While it will give you the most distance from the fairway or rough, the club also offers some of the best forgiveness. Mishits will be less extreme and come off the club face a lot faster than they will with other clubs. Due to the slightly larger feel of the club head, shot shaping will be a little more difficult with this club but will still offer excellent everyday performance to get the ball down the fairway, or near the green on par 5's.

Ping Lady Serene Fairway Wood

The PING Serene fairway wood is perfect for any golfer. It features a low center of gravity moved far into the back of the club to increase club head speed at the moment of impact. This fairway wood also leads in accuracy since the club incorporates an incredibly large club face with a high profile. The club is offered in a 3, 5 or 7 wood, and is very simplistic in design. However, that simplicity doesn’t take away from the quality, or distance any golfer can gain by using this fairway wood.

Ping G20 Driver 10.5 460cc Golf Club

The PING G20 fairway woods will get any golfer a long way down the fairway, when they're looking to get to that pesky par 5 in two, should that be within the constraints of your game. This club employs some high-end technology, at a very affordable price.

This club has a low, and deep center of gravity, which translates directly to distance. The club also has a high launch angle, and also generates an incredible amount of spin, which is beneficial to golfers with either a low or high handicap. The club is also incredibly lightweight with a very compact, strong design perfect for those looking to utilize the club from anywhere on the course. From top to bottom, in terms of physical playability, this is the best budget fairway wood on the market.

Nike Golf Men's VRS Covert 2.0 Golf Fairway Wood

This fairway wood from Nike rounds out our list because the club is probably the easiest to simply pick up and launch. While the customization isn't unusual, it does offer a unique cavity in the back which contributes to the balls launch angle. There’s also a lower center of gravity and the club also offers a lower spin rate which is key to gaining more distance, especially when being hit from the fairway. This fairway wood functions well from any position on the course, perfect gaining distance, and offers effective forgiveness for those mishits.

Adams Golf Tight Lies Fairway Wood

Adams Golf Tight Lies Fairway Wood

There was a time when the Adams Tight Lies fairway woods were considered club that only hackers should use. Mass produced, and generally inexpensive at stores, they were made to be very simple, and cost effective. However, the Tight Lies fairway woods of today are no comparison to previous generations.

Ghost Slot Technology is the newest addition to the old golfing technology which now makes hitting this fairway wood out of rough, fairway, or even fairway bunkers a breeze. A low profile, high launch angle, and explosive distance this might be the most versatile club on the list, and can easily compete with any of the big names in fairway woods, or drivers.

Nickent F30Ti

Nickent F30Ti

This club features great technology like a high-density tungston sole, and super-hot face which translate to distance and making your second shot on that par 5 that much more doable. The club also features a "turtle back" design, which makes you feel like you're swinging a hybrid, but gives the player far more control than they would ordinarily have over clubs like this. Whether you're a golfer with a high or low handicap, this club will feel as good as some of the other top brands on the market like TaylorMade or PING.

Tour Edge Bazooka Max-D45 Driver Regular 10.5 D

Tour Edge is really starting to get in on the action, when it comes to fairway woods, and drivers. They utilize variable face thickness to enhance the rebound of the club, and in using this club it definitely limits the number of mishits. Bad shots will be mitigated, and made less extreme than with other clubs.The Bazooka Max-D45 is made with a low, deep center of gravity to create a lot of spin, and launch balls very well. It also has a very nice design so you'll feel like you're carrying a $250 tour quality fairway wood in your bag.

The club was also designed to have a high moment of inertia which translates to stopping the club from spinning, or twisting in your hands while you're making contact. This is something that happens regularly to golfers with higher handicaps, and is a major reason for poor shots, especially with fairway woods. But, this technology makes those shots happen less, and makes it entirely possible to safely navigate the fairways of long par 5's.

Adams Golf Tight Lies Fairway Wood

Adams Golf Tight Lies Fairway Wood

There was a time when the Adams Tight Lies fairway woods were considered club that only hackers should use. Mass produced, and generally inexpensive at stores, they were made to be very simple, and cost effective. However, the Tight Lies fairway woods of today are no comparison to previous generations.

Ghost Slot Technology is the newest addition to the old golfing technology which now makes hitting this fairway wood out of rough, fairway, or even fairway bunkers a breeze. A low profile, high launch angle, and explosive distance this might be the most versatile club on the list, and can easily compete with any of the big names in fairway woods, or drivers.

Adams Golf Clubs XTD Driver

If you're a new golfer (or just have a higher handicap) and are looking for a club offering flexibility as well as greater distance off the tee or in the fairway, this is the fairway wood for you. This club is both easy to hit and amazing to customize. With adjustable weights and adjustable loft you’ll achieve a greater launch angle and distance, when looking for that command on your second shot. This is a club that will grow with you as your game evolves and improves.

Callaway Big Bertha V Series Heavenwood

Callaway Big Bertha V Series Heavenwood

This club is without question the highest launching picks on our list. Callaway fairway woods are famous for having an effortless feel to them and being incredibly well-built. At the end of the day, when you play with this club, distance will be your biggest gain. While you won't be hitting this out of the rough, or from a very bad lie, this club can be played very well from the fairway, and can even be subbed out for your driver on occasion without missing a beat.

PING G30 Fairway Wood

The PING G30 fairway wood is great because it employs many of the same principles of the TaylorMade SLDR fairway woods but this club is incredibly unique in its own right. The G30 employs a uniform-thickness Carpenter 475 face that maximizes and increases ball speed and generates greater distance. This club is big on forgiveness, as it has a taller and wider feeling face.

Additionally, the flexibility of the club allows players to customize the loft of the club up to one degree, both ways, and can offer customized weighting in the back of the club. That said, this club can feel slightly overwhelming if you're used to an incredibly compact design which is very common amongst fairway woods.

2014 TaylorMade Golf SLDR S Driver

2014 TaylorMade Golf SLDR S Driver

This fairway wood takes all of the technology inside the TaylorMade SLDR fairway woods and drivers to create a fixed loft version that’s absolutely perfect for high handicap golfers. This club is so lightweight, when you play with it, you'll feel like you're swinging a hybrid than hitting with a fairway wood.

Limiting the customization isn't necessarily a concession in distance, or usage. In fact, it simplifies the overall experience and gets significantly improved technology in the hands of a high handicap golfer. Easily played from multiple types of lies and conditions, this will be a club you can play with years down the line without making any concessions.

Josh Durso
Previously employed by Nike, Adidas, and Puma I am constantly testing the newest, and most popular golf equipment on the market. I've been playing for 21 years, but use my connection to the brands, as well as the industry to learn about new technology, new products, and new methods.
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