These New Fairway Woods Are Ready for Play

The latest fairway metals on the golf market

What's new in the fairway woods marketplace? Many golfers would be better off hitting fairway wood off the tee rather than driver: they are easier to control. But, hey, we understand - all golfers want to bomb it off the tee. So fairway woods (or fairway metals, as some companies prefer to call them) are clubs most commonly used for long approach shots off the fairway.

Here's a look at some of the newest fairway woods to hit pro shops recently. (New releases are added to the top.)

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Cleveland Launcher HB

Cleveland Golf's Launcher HB fairway wood
Cleveland Golf

Aimed at golfers "who prefer forgiving clubs that launch the ball high and straight" - code for recreational golfers, mid- and high-handicappers, anyone who targets distance - the new Launcher HB fairway woods from Cleveland Golf have their official launch on Sept. 15, 2017. (Browse Cleveland fairway woods on Amazon.)

An updated HiBore crown compresses more at impact and helps deliver a high-launch, low-spin trajectory. The Launcher HB fairways have an ultralightweight hosel. The clubs are free from adjustability features that, Cleveland says, often add excess weight and just confuse the golfer.

See clevelandgolf.com for more details. The MAP is $219.99 per club.

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Ping G400

Ping G400 fairway wood
Ping Golf

The Ping G400 fairway woods now provide an extra option over previous generations of Ping fairway woods: a 9-wood is available. There are also three G400 SFT fairway woods, where "SFT" stands for "straight flight," and the models are designed to help golfers keep shots online. But, wait, there's more! There's also a Stretch 3-wood, what many golfers would call a strong 3-wood ot 3+ wood to deliver more distance.

In all, lofts range from 14.5 degrees in the 3-wood (or 13-degrees if you want to start with the Stretch 3) to 23.5 degrees in the 9-wood, and those lofts are adjustable +/- 1-degree.

All the G400 fairways have maraging steel faces on stainless steel bodies. The MSRP is $287.50 per club. Visit ping.com for more info.

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Miura Hayate

Miura Golf's Hayate fairway wood
The Miura Hayate fairway head, right (next to a driver head). Miura Golf

Miura Golf's latest is the Hiyate fairway wood. (That's pronounced "hi yaw tay," and the Japanese company explains that translates to "the sound of the wind.")

These fairways have a one-piece, titanium construction. The shallow clubface and low center of gravity promote a higher launch angle and increased forgiveness.

Golfers can also configure this fairway metal for a draw or fade bias by adjusting weights in the heel and toe.

The Miura Hayate fairway woods come in lofts of 15 and 18 degrees, with an MAP of $539 each. MiuraGolf.com

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PXG 0341X

PXG 0341X fairway wood
The clubface and toe of the PXG 0341X fairway wood. PXG

The PXG 0341X fairway woods are an extension of Parsons Xtreme Golf's original 0341 models. The company says they complement the original as "a club option for players who desire ultra-low spin, without sacrificing forgiveness."

The 0341X fairway woods are available in 2-, 3-, 5-, and 7-wood models (lofts of 13, 15, 18 and 21 degrees, respectively). They have a lightweight fiber carbon crown and a honeycomb TPE insert that optimizes feel and sound. The weight-forward design helps lower the spin rate.

The adjustable hosel can increase or decrease the stated lofts by up to 1.5 degrees. And the nine adjustable weights in the sole can optimize launch conditions or be set for a fade or draw bias. The MSRP is $640 each. pxg.com

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XXIO Prime

XXIO Prime fairway wood
XXIO Prime fairway wood, 2017 model. XXIO

The XXIO Prime line (compare prices on Amazon) is a family of ultra-premium golf clubs, including fairway woods.

The XXIO Prime fairway woods are ultra-lightweight, have titanium cup faces, and the clubhead aerodynamics and weighting properties help promote a higher launch angle.

These clubs come with the XXIO SP-900 graphite shaft and are built to promote what XXIO calls "a powerful" draw bias.

They come in 3-, 5- and 7-wood models and debuted with a price of $579.99 each. XXIOUSA.com

Tour Edge's newest family of clubs is the Exotics EX10 line, and that line includes two fairway woods. One is the standard model, the second is the EX10 Beta fairway wood. (Browse Exotics fairway woods on Amazon.)

What's the difference? The EX10 Beta model is just a little bit more aimed at better golfers and uses just a little bit more premium materials. Which means it costs more, of course. Some of the specific differences:

  • The standard EX10 fairway has an HT 980 Steel cup face; the Beta model has a 910 Beta TI (titanium) cup face.
  • The standard model has an aerodynamic clubhead profile with a tapered design; the Beta model has a more traditional pear-shaped design.
  • The standard model has 21-grams of weight (in a changeable sole weight and a fixed weight pad) in the deep heel area, helping golfers achieve a higher launch angle. The Beta model has 18 grams of additional weight in the sole.

The Exotics EX10 standard fairway wood comes in five models, from 3-wood through 7-wood (including a 3+), ranging from 13 degrees of loft to 21, and each club has an MSRP of $249.99. The Exotics EX10 Beta fairway wood comes in four lofts, from 13 to 18, with an MSRP of $299.99. touredge.com

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Bridgestone TourB XD-F

Bridgestone TourB XD-F fairway wood
The Bridgestone TourB XD-F fairway wood. Bridgestone Golf

The XD-F fairway woods are part of Bridgestone Golf's ultra-premium TourB family of clubs. (Browse Bridgestone fairway woods on Amazon.)

The XD-F has a shallow face and compact shape, designed to appeal to better golfers. One of its tech features is called "Power Rib Technology." It's used to dampen vibration and tune in a more pleasing impact sound.

The TourB XD-F fairway woods come in 3-wood (15 degrees of loft) and 5-wood (18 degrees). They are priced at $399 each at issue. bridgestonegolf.com

What are those little doohickeys on the crown of Wilson Staff's D300 fairway woods? The company calls them "micro vortex generators." It's a design trick to disrupt the airflow around the clubhead during the golfer's swing in a way that helps the club go just a little bit faster into impact. (What will they think of next, eh?)

The D300 fairways have thin, maraging steel face inserts that produce a high CT measurement, meaning a springier face. The available lofts are 15 degrees (3-wood), 18 degrees (5-wood) and 21 degrees (7-wood).

The stock shaft is the Matrix Speed Rulz A-Type 49 graphite shaft, and the grip is a Golf Pride Tour 25. The MSRP is $219.99.

TaylorMade has updated its fairway wood lineup for 2017 with new models of the M1 and M2. What's the difference between the two?

  • M1 fairway: The 2017 M1 model will appeal to golfers who love adjustability. It has a sliding weight on the sole that can help a golfer achieve a draw or fade bias. The M1 also has a loft sleeve to adjust the loft angle up or down.
  • M2 fairway: There are no adjustability features on this model, but the M2 targets distance and forgiveness through the use of TaylorMade's signature driver tech, the Inverted Cone. Also mimicking the company's newest drivers, the M2 fairway boasts what TM calls "Geocoustic design" to help improve sound and vibration.

The MSRP on the M1 is $299.99, on the M2, $249.99. taylormadegolf.com