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REACH FOR THE SKIES – AND PAR FIVES – WITH THE LATEST EASY-LAUNCHING FAIRWAY WOODS
CALLAWAY GBB EPIC
While the Epic fairway woods do not feature the Jailbreak Technology used in the driver, they are made from the same triaxial carbon, which increases MOI by 11% over the XR 16 equivalent. They also feature a Hyper Speed face and a Speed Step crown to enhance forgiveness, power and accuracy.
The Sub Zero model features two interchangeable weights in the sole to adjust launch angle and spin rate. Installing the heavier weight (22g) up front and the lighter weight (3g) in back lowers spin and launch conditions, while putting the heavy weight back delivers mid-level spin, a higher launch angle, and raises MOI for easier launch. They are available in 3+ (14°), 3 (15°), 5 (18°), Heavenwood (20.5°), 7 (21°), 9 (24°). Sub Zero: 13.5°, 15° and 18°.
COBRA KING F7
The King F7 fairways feature a progressive dual rail sole, which enhances interaction with the turf. The 3/4-wood has a low-profile rail for a sweeping angle of attack, while the 5/6 and 7/8 boats a more pronounced rail to reduce digging in order to retain clubhead speed through the contact area.
Weight ports in the front and back of the sole can be switched to produce differing ball flights, while Cobra’s MyFly 8 with Smartpad technology enables adjustable loft settings to manage trajectory and fine-tune launch. Available 3/4, 5/6 and 7/8 heads, it is fitted with Fujikura’s Pro 65 (R and S flex) as standard, and comes in black/orange, silver/yellow and blue/red colour options.
The G woods showcase a number design changes over the G30, including a lower leading edge, which sits closer to the ground and raises the impact position on the face by 12% to make getting the ball airborne easier. The use of thinner steel in the variable-thickness face increases flexing at impact to increase ball speeds and create a higher launch, while an internal cascading sole engages more of the structure at impact, resulting in a large spring-like effect.
A 25% thinner crown has enabled 7g of weight to be repositioned to move the centre of gravity lower and further back in the 169cc head, resulting in higher initial launch. Available in 3 (14.5°), 5 (17.5°) and 7 (20.5°) in standard head, 3 (16°) & 5 (19°) in SF Tec head, and 3W (13°) in Stretch, they come with Ping Alta 65 shafts (SR, R, S, X); with options for the Tour 65 & Tour 80 (R, S, X).
The new M1 fairway wood, which is a complete re-working of the earlier model, features a stainless steel body, a nickel-cobalt alloy face and a crown made from six layers of carbon fibre. By removing weight from the top, the centre of gravity has been further lowered to aid forgiveness and higher launch.
The weight track on the sole has been move backwards to make room for a new open channel located directly behind the face, which flexes at impact to deliver more ball speed and more forgiveness. It is available in 3 (15°), 3HL (17°) and 5 (19°), with MRC Kuro Kage Silver TiNi 70g shafts (R, S and X flex).
TITLEIST 917 F2/F3
Titleist produces two different heads for its fairway woods. The F2 (179cc) is the larger, higher-launching and more forgiving model, while the F3 (169cc) is smaller, with a deeper face, and offers more workability. SureFit technology allows golfers to change the CG and draw/fade bias using interchangeable weights, while a 16-way adjustable hosel offers independent adjust loft and lie settings.
A new active recoil channel, which sits behind the face, is filled with elastomer, and helps produce more ball speed across the face and lower spin, while distance is also enhanced on off-centre hits by a variable thickness face insert. Loft options are 13.5°, 15°, 16.5° (F2), 18° (F2) and 21° (F2)
MIZUNO JPX 900
The JPX 900 woods claim to offer close to driver distances in a more forgiving head thanks to the new Shockwave sole, which expands and contracts at impact to generate ball speeds that closes the gap between the performance of a driver and a fairway wood.
A sliding 15g weight system in the sole alters the club’s centre of gravity to manipulate shot trajectory and spin rates, while Mizuno’s Quick Switch hosel enables loft adjustments of up to four degrees. It is available in 3 (15°), 5 (18°) and 7 (21°) with Fujikura Speeder Evolution 2 shafts (S and X flex).
LYNX GOLF BLACK CAT
The new Black Cat fairway woods feature adjustable head that will allow you to play lofts between 13 and 17 degrees, so that you can effectively carry a 3- or 5-wood in your bag. A moveable weight bar on the sole allows the launch and spin characteristics of the club to be altered. Positioning the High Weight setting closer to the face reduces spin and keeps the flight lower.
The Low Weight setting moves more weight to the rear, increasing spin for a higher launch. A two-piece cupface increases ball speed and forgiveness and results in a longer, straighter ball flight, even on off-centre strikes. Available for full custom fitting, they come with a premium Grafalloy ProLaunch graphite shaft as standard in lite, regular, stiff or extra stiff flexes.
SRIXON Z 65
The Z65 fairway woods benefit from Srixon’s Ripple Effect technology, which maximise distance and control off the tee and from the fairway. A Power Wave Sole absorbs more stress at impact for maximum energy transfer to generate a higher ball speed and more distance, while a new stretch flex cupface has been extended farther around the crown and sole to create a larger sweet spot.
A strategically-placed crown step lowers the clubhead’s centre of gravity to promote a high launch and low spin. It is available in 3+ (13.5), 3 (15°), 4 (17°) and 5 (19°) lofts with Miyazaki Kaula Mizu 6 shafts in R and S flexes.
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