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Best fairway wood of 2020: GolfWRX Members Choice



What is the best fairway wood of 2020? Is the best fairway metal in golf the longest? The most forgiving? The best looking? Best sounding and feeling? Some combination of all or some of these attributes?

We’ll find out.

At GolfWRX, we take great pride in our online community and the cumulative knowledge and experience of our members. Needless to say, that extends to our GolfWRXers views on the best fairway woods of 2020.

The bedrock of is the community of passionate and knowledgable golfers in our forums, and we put endless trust in the opinions of our GolfWRX members—the most knowledgeable community of golfers on the internet.

No other group of golfers in the world tests golf clubs as frequently or as extensively, nor is armed with such in-depth information about the latest technology.

Read the discussion in the forums here

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You can see the results for the best fairway wood of 2020, as well as quotes we pulled from GolfWRX members about them from our forums.

Best fairway wood of 2020: The top 5

1. TaylorMade SIM

The SIM Ti fairway wood has a Zatech titanium body, carbon composite crown, and an 80-gram steel sole weight. It also offers an adjustable hosel to dial in loft and face angle as well as Twist Face to help golfers that miss shots around the face. This is the all-in-one fairway wood for golfers looking for adjustability, forgiveness, and top-of-the-line ball speed.

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • “The TaylorMade SIM is the hottest 3-wood I have ever hit. I had the M6 all last year and absolutely loved it. I said all last year it was the best fairway I’ve ever played….the SIM is even better. I love the profile at address, and there are times the SIM 3W gets within 1 mph of my driver ball speed.” – Member JoeFrigo
  •  “I bought the 5-wood based on reports the SIM is silly long and low spin, and after my first round today, it absolutely delivered. The 5-wood isn’t too big, and I found it to flight excellently off the tee and off the fairway. It set me up today for birdies on all the par 5s. I have mine shafted with an 80X Diamana Blue, and it is fantastic.” – Member DNice26
  • “I’ve never had a club that was more point and shoot than this. Great off the turf and on the tee. Very happy and might even keep the stock shaft in it (HZRDUS Smoke Black 70g 6.0) instead of hitting the bay for an AD IZ or AD DI.” – Member RobYakes
  • “When I was fit for my SIM 3-wood I didn’t think it stood a chance of beating out my M5, but 45 minutes later, I had a new fairway wood that carried farther and went straighter than anything I had ever hit.” – Member tobybear

Read what others are saying in the GolfWRX forums: Official TaylorMade SIM fairway wood discussion. 

2.Titleist TS2

The TS (Titleist Speed) fairway woods, were re-engineered from the ground up for faster ball speeds, higher launch, lower spin rates, and increased MOI. The crown of the TS2 fairway wood is 27 percent thinner than the previous 917 fairways, which allowed engineers to move weight lower and deeper in the club heads. Also, a new variable thickness face helped to save additional weight from the face and helps to deliver faster ball speeds.

The other key piece of technology is the Active Recoil Channel on the sole to help assist golfers in launching the ball higher.  Since fairways need to hit the ball off the turf, and thus, lower on the face, Titleist believes the Active Recoil Channel is a “crucial technology.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • “I just got my TS2 15 degree Tensei 65. First range session and (I) am thrilled with the club. Over the years, I’ve had the 909, 913, and 917F2 heads, and this one feels better than them all, plus it’s easy to hit off a tee and the deck.” – Member DeBoPGA78
  • “I picked up a TS2 fairway and fell in love instantly. I was playing a Cobra F8 (Atmos Blue 7x/tipped 1/2 inch), which is one of the hotter 3-woods IMO, but inconsistent off the tee and off the deck. The TS2 is a straight bomber. Looks great, feels better than anything I’ve tried in a while, and it’s easy to flight high and low.” – Member ClubChamp88
  • “I bought a 15 degree TS2 this week and road-tested it for the first time yesterday. It replaces my old 910Fd 3-wood, and the distance difference is truly amazing. Seem to go as far as my 917 driver.” – Member Plugger
  • “I have a TS2 HL 16.5° and am very pleased. Tensei Blue shaft yielding me up to 245 off the tee. Also easy to elevate off the deck. Great ball flight, sound, and feel.” Member Lobber
  • “I have a TS2 15° with a Tensei Pro White, and it’s the best fairway wood I have had to date. I went from the original RBZ, G30, G400, XHot, Rogue, 917, and now the TS2. Paired with a low/low shaft with the forgiving head its the perfect flight and forgiveness…..and long…” – Member agood3putt

Read what others are saying in the GolfWRX forums: Official Titleist TS2 fairway discussion

3. Ping G410

The Ping G410 fairway woods utilize maraging steel to create a stronger and more flexible face, which Ping believes helps golfers generate faster ball speeds and launch shots farther and higher. The other new technology addition from Ping is a low-back CG and high-density tungsten weight positioned at the extreme boundary of the head which provides greater stability and forgiveness on all shots.

Just like the driver, the Ping G410 fairway woods include a lightweight adjustable hosel which offers golfers the choice of implementing loft (0, +1º, +1.5º, -1º, -1.5º) and making lie adjustments (including up to 3º flatter than standard) with the aim of optimizing ball flight.

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • “I’ve had the G410 3W with the Tour shaft since April. Definitely one of the most versatile 3W I’ve owned. I had the G400 Stretch—while it was good on the monitor and practice range, it just had too many mini driver characteristics (look and feel). I initially thought I’d seamlessly move into the G410 LST, but my fitting session didn’t give me any confidence and consistency with that club. The standard G410 3W was just easier to launch and work the ball.” – Member RoughingIt
  • “The feel is so solid. It was easy to launch and was probably the best fairway for consistency in striking that I have ever hit. With the ability to adjust the lie 3 degrees flat, it was a no brainer for me.” – Member TGG27

Read what other golfers are saying in the GolfWRX forums: Official Ping G410 fairway wood discussion.

4.TaylorMade SIM Max

The new 2020 SIM Max is a bonded hosel fairway wood designed to get the ball up quickly and with less spin. It uses a C300 steel face and body paired up with a carbon composite crown to keep the center of gravity low and to boost forgiveness. Both the Sim Max and SIM are built on the famous V-Steel sole to reduce friction and make it easy to get under the ball and through any lie you might experience on the course.

It also has TaylorMade’s Twist Face, and speed pocket to keep shots more online and going further.

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • “The SIM Max is a rocket launcher. Low spin missiles. It doesn’t seem to balloon up on mishits, and when you square one up, you’ll be taking a long walk down the fairway.” – Member gevans24
  • “Sim Max w/ Tour AD IZ 7x… unreal, picked up 20 yards” – Member rangewarrior83
  • “I’ve really liked the larger footprint of this fairway wood so far although I’ve only hit it inside on a simulator. I have a SIM 15 degree w/Ventus Black; I’ve seen 3-4 mph speed increase and 10 yards from my M5 with an old Speeder Evolution 757x. This fairway is hot!” – Member TK3309
  • ” I picked up a SIM Max 3, 15 degrees with the Ventus Blue shaft, and it is a beast!!” – Member J_L_35

Read what others are saying in the GolfWRX forums: Official TaylorMade SIM fairway wood discussion. 

5. Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero

Callaway Mavrik sub zero fairway 2020 sole angle

This is the Mavrik fairway wood for faster players who desire workability and need lower spin. It uses a two-weight system to allow golfers to move weight front to back in the head to alter spin, and adds speeds by using C300 maraging steel in the face and body to provide strength and weight saving.

From a looks perspective, the Mavrik Sub Zero differentiates itself from the others in the Mavrik line by having full-face scoring lines on every head and a more open face angle from the address position—something better players are generally looking for in a fairway wood.

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • “Love the way the Mavrik SZ sits behind the ball… After three months of owning the SZ, I’ve never driven the ball better and my confidence off the tee is unbelievable. – Member Dingerz
  • “SZ three wood might be the best-looking fairway wood out this year. – Member getair32
  • “Mavrik Sub Zero has a traditional rounded look with a deeper face that traditionalists should appreciate. The Sub Zero’s hot face, flatter trajectory, and lower spin produce long shots off the tee or turf that can easily be worked right and left. Moving the heavy sole weight to the back of the head can add forgiveness while also increasing the launch for those of us who need it!” – Our very own Brian Knudson

Read what others are saying in the GolfWRX forums: Official Callaway Mavrik wood discussion. 


Rounding out the top 15

  • Callaway Mavrik
  • Ping G410 LST
  • Cobra SpeedZone
  • Titleist TS3
  • Mizuno ST200
  • PXG 0341
  • Callaway Mavrik Max
  • Tour Edge EXS 220
  • Cobra SpeedZone Tour
  • Mizuno ST200 Tour

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Ongoing Members Choice polls: Have your say!

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What GolfWRXers are saying about the best 3-woods for a high handicapper



In our forums, our members have been looking at 3-woods for high handicap players. WRXer ‘Metro07’ is very much a Cobra guy but is open to other suggestions, saying:

“I am 53 and not a long hitter so I obviously don’t have a fast or even moderate swing speed. I got back into golf 5 or 6 months ago after being out for many years and was never really that good back then, I still haven’t broken 100 on a real course. I’m hitting my 4 iron about 175 carry.”

And our members have been sharing their thoughts in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Nichex524: “I’d focus on either a 4 or 5 wood honestly… and as far as forgiving goes, most Ping models will probably be helpful enough as far back as the G20 even. Make things as easy as possible, especially if you’re not looking for distance.”
  • ThwFlyingWasp: “I know you’re a Cobra guy, but I swear the Ping G410 SFT is the easiest fairway wood I’ve ever hit off the deck… it’s not the longest out there (by far), but it’s point & shoot easy & great off the tee as well if you tee it down… plus lofts are a little higher than normal to help the ball in the air… 16* 3 wood & 19* 5 wood… it’s like cheating… it’s so good… seriously lol… try them.”
  • Striker Ace: “I highly recommend the Callaway Big Bertha B21 5 wood, IMO it is so easy to hit straight, especially with the amount of offset that this thing has. I use it as my driver also, but it is also easy to hit from the deck. Give it a try!”

Entire Thread: “3-woods for a high handicapper?”

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GolfWRX Classifieds (11/25/20): Triple Track Ten, Nike VR Blades, SIM head only



At GolfWRX, we love golf equipment plain and simple.

We are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment for the game in many ways. It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball, it even allows us to share another thing – the equipment itself.

One of the best ways to enjoy equipment is to experiment and whether you are looking to buy-sell-or trade (as the name suggests) you can find almost anything in the GolfWRX BST Forum. From one-off custom Scotty Cameron Circle T putters, to iron sets, wedges, and barely hit drivers, you can find it all in our constantly updated marketplace.

These are some of the latest cool finds from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

Member mpstein – TaylorMade SIM head

The hottest driver head of the year, in immaculate shape and ready to roll – what are you waiting for? Scoop up this Black Friday like deal now!

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: SIM Head

Member TigerInTheWoods – Nike VR Pro Blades

What is there to say really? A set of one of the nicest looking blades of all time in amazing shape – better bring your wallet.

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: VR Pro Blades

Member Lvanwheeler1 – Odyssey Stroke Lab 10 Triple Track

With this putter in your bag, you should never have to worry about making a 10 again—maybe Tiger or Bryson should trying this out… Too soon?

To see the full listing and additional pictures check out the link here: Triple Track Ten

Remember that you can always browse the GolfWRX Classifieds any time here in our forums: GolfWRX Classifieds

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Whats in the Bag

Phil Mickelson WITB: The Match 3



Driver: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (8 degrees)
Shaft: KBS TD 60 C5 TX (@47.5 inches)

2-wood: Mystery Blacked Out Club
Shaft: Accra TZ6 M5 75

4-wood: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: KBS TD 80 C5 TX

Irons: (4-PW) Callaway Epic Forged Or Callaway Epic Forged (4-6) Callaway Apex MB ‘21 (7-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour V 125 S+

Wedges: Callaway PM Grind ’19 “Raw” (54-10, 60-12, 64-10)
Shafts: KBS Tour-V 125 S+

Putter: Odyssey WHXG Blade “Phil Mickelson”
Grip: SuperStroke Pistol GT Tour

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X (with Triple Track)

Grips: Golf Pride MCC (White-Black)

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