FAIR­WAY BLOCKS

Call­away, Ping and Tay­lorMade are be­hind the best driv­ers cur­rently on the mar­ket, but how would their fair­way of­fer­ings stack up?

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Fair­way woods are of­ten over­shad­owed by their driver big broth­ers but find­ing the right one or two for you can be a gen­uine game-changer. Whether it’s hit­ting more fair­ways with­out giv­ing up too much dis­tance off the tee or en­abling you to hit and hold the greens on par 5s and long par 4s, the shots an ef­fec­tive fair­way can add to your arse­nal can re­ally im­prove your scor­ing. While most fair­ways share tech­nolo­gies with their equiv­a­lent driv­ers, the ap­pli­ca­tion of these in a smaller head and the dif­fer­ent range of shots you need to hit with the more lofted sib­ling mean find­ing the best club for you isn’t as sim­ple as repli­cat­ing the same head, shaft and set-up you have for the driver. You should treat buy­ing your fair­way woods as in­di­vid­u­ally as you would your irons or wedges.

Be­fore you hit any clubs and de­cide which is

right for you, you need to iden­tify what you want the club to do. Are you look­ing for a pow­er­ful sec­ondary driv­ing club off the tee or some­thing that’s go­ing to launch eas­ily off the fair­way and stop on a green – or a com­bi­na­tion of the two? Call­away, Ping and Tay­lorMade have dom­i­nated the woods mar­ket in performance and sales in re­cent years so we wanted to com­pare each man­u­fac­turer’s most pop­u­lar cur­rent model – the Rogue, G400 and M4 re­spec­tively. A quar­tet of testers – former World and Euro­pean Club­fit­ter of the Year Derek Mur­ray, PGA pro Luther Black­lock, Golf World ed­i­tor Nick Wright and equip­ment ed­i­tor Kit Alexan­der – took the three clubs and the Track­man 4 launch mon­i­tor to La Reserva de So­togrande in Spain. This is what they dis­cov­ered.

Au­gust 2018 Golf World 93

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