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Are you a fair­way wood or driv­ing iron kind of golfer?

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Fair­way wood or driv­ing iron?

In golf, some of us are Clark Kent and oth­ers (a few) are Su­per­man. Con­sider the choice of fair­way wood or driv­ing iron on a nar­row par 4. To­day’s flex­i­ble-face fair­way woods of­fer help in all the right ways: larger head for dis­tance, longer shaft for club­head speed and a ten­dency to slice less. Driv­ing irons are for those who pre­fer con­trol and a ball flight that’s higher than a typ­i­cal iron but lower than a fair­way wood. Our ad­vice: Choose the one you’re com­fort­able hit­ting off a tee and off the ground, cape or no cape.

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PING G30 This fair­way wood seeks to max­imise dis­tance in two ways: a Car­pen­ter 455 steel face that’s thin­ner and more flex­i­ble and drag-re­duc­ing ridges on the crown for bet­ter aero­dy­nam­ics. R2 999

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TAY­LORMADE SLDR S The SLDR S is more for­giv­ing than the orig­i­nal SLDR, and its larger head and shal­lower face help launch shots higher. Also, the low, more-for­ward cen­ter of grav­ity pre­vents the higher lofts from pro­duc­ing too much spin. R2 499

ADAMS TIGHT LIES The bar­bell-shape sole and crown slots (the lat­ter is hid­den by a unique poly­mer filler) work to im­prove the spring­like ef­fect of the face. R2 499

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MIZUNO JPX-850 The dis­tinct waves on the front of the sole al­low the thin, high-strength steel face to give more at im­pact. The crown is thinned out by an in­ter­nal waf­fle pat­tern to help move weight low and re­duce ball spin. R2 999

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