10 HYBRIDS AND FAIRWAYS
Exotic metals are powering today’s woods and hybrids
Advancements in metals have led to even better fairway woods and hybrids.
If you want to know why today’s fairway woods ( left page) and hybrids produce longer shots, brush up on your science. Speci cally, metallurgy. Many new designs use exotic steel alloys in the face to improve ball speed. Their names (455, 475, HT1770, C300) and geeky ingredients (molybdenum, anyone?) might sound dull, but their properties are white hot. These metals have what’s called “high tensile strength,” which means they can endure a lot of stress (sometimes 2.45 megapascals) before failure.The greater the strength, the thinner companies can make a clubface, which means more ex and less weight. (That saved weight can be used to preserve stability on o -centre hits, control spin and enhance energy transfer.) Those are good reasons to like these metals, but here’s a better one: Some are used in missile casings and jet ghters. Here are 10 new metal woods to help you launch a few of your own: