What to look for in a fairway wood: buying advice

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The head design of a fairway wood

The face’s shape and size affects the playability of a fairway wood. A deeper face tends to be more effective off the tee, while a shallower face helps launch the ball more effectively off the deck. The more rounded the leading edge, the easier it will cut through rough, while flatter bottom edges help with strikes from tight lies. So, decide when you use your fairway wood the most, and choose your shape accordingly.

What loft should I get on a fairway wood?

You don’t always need to go for the standard 15° in your fairway wood. If you use it as a teeing club, a stronger loft closer to a 4-wood will mean you still get enhanced accuracy without giving up too many yards. But if you hit them predominantly into greens, a higher loft will increase the ball’s stopping power as well as increase accuracy further.

What shaft length is best in a fairway wood?

Shaft length plays a big part in the distance and accuracy of your fairway wood. Generally speaking the longer the shaft, the more head speed you can create, but the shorter the shaft the more control you have. Again, select yours accordingly.