2013 Best Fairway Woods

by   |   June 3, 2013

600 fw best

Golfers love fairway woods that allow them to hit long, straight shots off the tee and off the ground. But fairway woods are not only some of the hardest clubs to hit consistently. They’re also some of the toughest to fit.

We surveyed six of the top-ranked clubfitters in North America to identify the best fairway woods on the planet, which are longer, straighter and better looking than the fairway woods of the past. Click here to read the specifics on the voting committee and how we picked the best.

Start with these five top-ranked fairway woods in your next fitting session and we guarantee that you’ll be on your way to hitting more fairways and greens in no time.


Callaway X Hot
RBZ Stage 2
Tour Edge Exotics XCG6
Adams LS

callaway x hot fairway
Callaway X Hot: The X Hot Pro has a more forward CG than the standard model, giving it a flatter trajectory with less spin. Both models feature a modern version of Callaway’s warbird sole for enhanced turf interaction from less-than desirable lies.

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TaylorMade RBZ Stage 2: TaylorMade was the first major OEM to break ground into the high-COR fairway wood category with the original RocketBallz, and we applaud the company for making the second generation of those fairway woods longer and more playable.

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Exotics XCG6: The XCG6 is the longest Exotics fairway wood yet. It has a 15-3-3-3 beta titanium cup face, a high-density steel body and a tungsten sole plate that are combo-brazed for the ultimate in power and forgiveness.

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PING G25: The G25 has more ball speed than the G20, with a higher launch, and more forgiveness. Their smaller size and matte black finish makes them look as good as they perform.

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adams ls fairway wood
Adams LS: The titanium face and crown, combined with a stainless steel sole creates an exceptionally low center of gravity and thin, fast face. That means gains in speed and trajectory.

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Click here to see the “Best of” winners for other club categories.


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  1. tyler

    June 3, 2014 at 1:05 am

    The Callaway X Hot Pro is the real deal. I was a bit concerned about the lack of adjustability and initially I was hooking it pretty good, but after spending some time with it I have to say it is the best fairway I’ve ever owned. It feels and sounds perfect and the sole is perfect from any lie. The “compression channel” thingy on it is legit. It really does go so much farther than any fairway I’ve owned. My advice is not to be worried about going with a stiffer shaft in this because it gets the ball up no problem and the stiffer shaft is nice for control.

  2. Jon

    November 4, 2013 at 1:44 am

    Cobra amp cell should be on this list…

  3. spencjah

    July 28, 2013 at 1:17 pm

    How about the 3deep. I found it really good. Off the tee and off the deck. Best 3 wood I found. Club is for better players but the best I have tested.

  4. Frank

    June 5, 2013 at 12:32 pm

    g25?! i would think the anser beats them out their people playing the anser woods that arent even with ping

  5. Zak Kozuchowski

    June 4, 2013 at 10:15 am

  6. Charles

    June 4, 2013 at 9:39 am

    Yes, what puts the covert outside the winner list. Really like the lofts’ choice on one club.

    • Ryu

      June 4, 2013 at 10:45 am

      The sound and feel of the covert is ridiculous! It’s just like hitting plastic golf clubs, The people also don’t like the ‘SWOOSH’ logo on the clubhead. For me the swoosh is okay but the sound and feel is just horrible.

  7. Kyle

    June 4, 2013 at 12:03 am

    Not sure how the covert didn’t make this list. Tested mine against everything and it came out on top

    • Steve

      June 4, 2013 at 8:26 am

      Clubs work different for everyone. I hate the Covert, but love the 913F. The club works for me, but not for everyone. Different strokes for different folks.

      • Rob

        June 5, 2013 at 1:27 pm

        Yeah, same here. Hated the Covert too, and the AMP Cell just flat outperformed for me over the Covert and the RBZ Stage 2.

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