Best New Fairway Woods

Golf Digest equipment editors Mike Stachura and E. Michael Johnson discuss the new line of fairway woods on this year's Hot List.

Released on 2/2/2016

Transcript

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I think fairway woods, without a question,
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are the hardest clubs for today's designers to work on.
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Because they have a lot of tools at their disposal,
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but the problem is, you've got, sort of,
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an off-the-tee set of tools that you want to use,
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and then you've got an off-the-fairway set of tools
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that you want to use,
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in terms of designing the club properly.
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But you've kind of got to meet in the middle
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or lean one way and sacrifice the other way
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and I think that's the struggle with fairway woods.
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I think the hard part is,
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most three woods today
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are designed more as the second driver
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than they are off the deck, which is why, as you know,
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I'm a big proponent of a four wood, a 17 degree,
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call it what you will, that's what I have in my bag,
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and you'll remember we ran that test a couple years ago,
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where— using everyday players, forget the robot,
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the robot's going to hit the three wood further,
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but with everyday players, they hit the four wood further
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both off the deck
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and off the tee.
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And the reason for that obviously is,
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you can see a little bit more of the face,
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and they get more confidence with it.
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You can't see the face, you don't have a lot of confidence,
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you tend to come in steep and squirrel it off to the right.
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Right, we talked about the tools before,
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but there's a lot of horsepower in fairway woods today,
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they've done things with thinning the crown to—
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there are several companies that have the thinnest crown
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they've ever had on a fairway wood this year.
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There's lot more work being done inside the club head
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to push the center of gravity lower,
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so you get the benefit of a center of gravity
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that's going to help you launch it higher, and help you
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launch with less spin. Well how about faces
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that are coming up on the COR limit, they're right there,
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they're just like drivers, and we talked about how
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driver design has trickeled down, well yeah,
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if you're trying to make a second driver essentially,
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that's what you do,
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and the faces have gotten to the point where
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there's as much rebound there
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on the center hit almost as much as there is in a driver.
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But the cool thing now is, unlike the old days,
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where you used to buy woods in a set,
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you know, driver, three, four,
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you can pick and choose what you need.
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