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July 2012 Editors Choice- Best Fairway Metal
The GolfWRX Editors’ Choice Awards recognize the very best in gear. We tested, fitted and debated to develop the list in lieu of spending countless hours in the GolfWRX forums obsessing, reading, writing, buy and selling as we and up to 800,000 others do every month. See how we select the winners.
Best Fairway Metal
Adams Speedline Super XTD Fairways- Don’t count your chickens till they hatch but we told you first this and its hybrid brother could be fw and hybrid of the year. The Speedline Super XTD fairway is a high performance fairway wood engineered using a new multi-material construction method of fusing a titanium body to an ultra-thin titanium crown. With the combination of the crown and chassis, the precision milled tungsten weights located in the sole and the Velocity Slot Technology – golfers now have a premium fairway wood that is as hot as a driver. Click here to see more pics and a tech review video
TaylorMade Mens RocketBallz Fairways- Can you say TaylorMade making some buzz? We tested and this all metal fw went in testing 14 yards longer than its steel counterpart from last year. Now if you compare to a titanium (higher priced) fw you might not see those results. But steel to steel you cant beat the results. A Speed Pocket running parallel and just behind the face boosts ball speed dramatically for more distance. It’s perhaps the first steel fairway to approach max allowable COR for fairway woods. Click here to see a video review, more photos and discussion in the forums
Nike VR S- The face insert, made from a lightweight stainless-steel alloy, is constructed in an L shape, and its concentric oval geometry features a series of tapered thicknesses. This variation is designed to improve the springlike effect for shots hit lower on the face. The NexCOR infinity design creates a bridge for ultra-thin, ultra-hot faces and unmatched ball speed. In addition, L-Face Technology positions the weld on the sole to allow for an expanded maximum COR zone from the middle to lower on the face where the majority of fairway shots are struck. Click here to read review
Ping i20- With shotmakers in mind, designers reduced the club’s resistance to twisting around the shaft axis by 17 percent (compared to the G20) to make the club easier to manipulate through the downswing. The CG location is intended to enhance the trajectory for higher swing speeds. Flat black paint to match the Driver and Hybrids make you stop and stare. Awesome looks, great sound and top of the list for all you GolfWRX readers to try. Click here to see a video review and more pics in the forums
Callaway RAZR Fit- The adjustable hosel is designed to produce a face angle that should accommodate everyone—from 2.2-degrees open to 1-degree closed. The open setting decreases loft by 1 degree, and the closed setting increases loft by 1 degree. The stainless-steel head has a low leading edge that allows the club to travel lower to the ground.
Tour Edge Exotics XCG-5- Tour Edge combines a heavy, tungsten-infused soleplate, a lightweight titanium crown and a cupface with a beta-titanium face insert. The sole, which accounts for 68 percent of the head weight, is joined to the titanium by a brazing technique that fits the parts to within .001 of an inch.