2017 Best Fairway Woods

One dozen fairway woods earned a spot on the Hot List this year. Why are they the best? Because they can help you – yes, even you – hit those pretty, high, towering shots. There are a number of technologies that go into making this possible.

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One dozen fairway woods earned a spot on the Hot List this year. Why are they the best? Because they can help you – yes, even you – hit those pretty, high, towering fairway woods. There are a number of technologies that go into making this possible.

This year, we saw more carbon fiber crowns than ever before. This helps you, because carbon fiber is light. Engineers are able to take this weight saved in the top and put it low in the club to help you launch it higher. Having weight low in the club also reduces spin. This is particularly helpful if you're someone who likes to use a fairway wood off the tee. High launch and low spin is the combination you like to see off the tee is you're looking for distance. And who isn't?

An issue a lot of people have with fairway woods is catching it too low on the face. A lot of these clubs have wrap-around face structures that help make the whole face hotter. So, even if you're catching it on the bottom line, you still have some hope.

Several of these fairway woods also have slots near the face. These slots let the face flex as close to the USGA limit as possible, so that your ball launches off the face. Obviously it's best if you can catch it in the center, but with ball speed increased across the whole face, even your mishits will be playable.

For those of you who know how to get down after a fairway wood off the deck, several of the clubs on this list have technology on the bottom to help the club cut through the grass. These technologies help the club stay stable through the turf, delivering a square clubface at impact.

With all of these technologies, combined with the amount of adjustability available to control loft and shot shape, we'll be very impressed if you can't find something that's just right for you.