If you’re a beginner or have a high handicap, you may be finding that a fairway wood is one of the trickier clubs to hit. Many beginners find that launching the ball off the fairway is one of the most difficult aspects of the game.
But that doesn’t necessarily have to be the case.
A lot of beginners decided that fairway woods are not for them, perhaps because their length can seem intimidating. Hybrids have become very popular in recent years, and you might feel that they are more comfortable to use than a fairway wood, with their shorter shaft, denser head and lower centre of gravity.
But it’s definitely well worth giving a fairway wood a try.
The purpose of a fairway wood is to get you close to the green on long shots. Some players purchase them to use as a driver replacement off the tee, whereas others tend to use them more off the fairway. You’ll find that not only will the longer shaft and larger head give you more distance, going further and straighter than a lower lofted wood, but they also work better than a hybrid out of the rough (and they’re great when playing a shot into the wind or under a low-hanging branch).
They might take a bit of getting used to, but once you master using a fairway wood you’ll soon see it as an essential piece of your golfing kit.
How to choose a fairway wood
So, you’ve decided to give a fairway wood a go. But which should you choose?
Golfers have so many choices these days, it can be tricky to know where to start. Consider your budget of course, but also see this as a good investment; choose wisely, and you’ll find that a quality fairway wood will last for years.
What you need is to find the most forgiving fairway wood you can - one that reduces spin, and has the weight positioned low and at the back of the clubhead (to give it the most launch possible).
Also consider the loft. The more loft a club has, the more forgiveness it has; so the higher the loft, the shorter the distance. Take your particular needs (and your swing speed) into consideration; if you’re intending to use your fairway wood as a driver replacement, choose one with a loft of around 17 degrees. You could even look out for an adjustable loft, that lets you alter your shot trajectory based on your swing.
Make sure you choose the right length shaft for your height, and the right amount of flex or stiffness for your swing speed. The slower your swing, the more flex you’ll need - and so as your swing speed gets faster you may need to change to a stiffer shaft.
What about using a persimmon fairway wood?
Rather than take our word for it, here’s what one of our customers, Nick B, has to say about playing with our V-Classic wood. He says, “I thought I would give the V-Classic a go. What an inspired decision. I can now pick the ball up beautifully off tight fairways and the flight of the ball is both penetrating and strong.”
Patrick W was also impressed with the performance of the V-Classic, enthusing that it “Holds the line in flight. Excellent out of the rough. You do feel you can bend a shot in a way that's difficult with metal.”
Take a look at our selection of fairway woods here.