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GolfWRX Members Choice: Best fairway wood of 2022

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What is the best fairway wood in 2022? 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 their GolfWRXers views on the best fairway wood of 2022.

The bedrock of GolfWRX.com 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.

See the full results for the best fairway wood of 2022, as well as additional comments, in the forums.

Check out Members Choice: Best driver of 2022.

Best fairway wood of 2022: The top 5

1. Titleist TSi2

What Titleist says: “For players seeking incredible speed and accuracy across the entire face. A deeper, lower CG pairs with the new Active Recoil Channel 4.0 to produce a consistently higher, faster launch.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @MPAndreassi: “I have a TSi2 7-wood on the way. The launch and flight of them is unbelievable for me.”
  • @XanderSingh: “I’m gaming the TSi2 4-wood and 7-wood. still messing around with shafts for both, but they are great performers and very easy to hit off the tee and the ground.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about the TSi2 fairway wood in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

2. Ping G425 Max

What Ping says: “In the G425 fairways and hybrids, two shared PING innovations known as Facewrap and Spinsistency combine to deliver more distance and spin predictability for carrying trouble and hitting greens. A tungsten sole weight increases the MOI in the stainless steel heads for added forgiveness. ”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @monkeyboy: “Added Ping G425 Max 3 and 5-woods with stock shafts about 4 months ago. After many range sessions and rounds, I can accurately say that these are the best fairways woods I have owned. I think the main difference for me is how flat they sit at address; it just works well for me.”
  • @quizzylish: “It’s a very nice fairway wood, and it took me a little bit to get used to the very shallow face and head shape; the sound is very different too. It is very straight and maybe even draw-biased; I had a hard time trying to hit fades unless I feel like I make a ridiculous swing, like holding off my release. “
  • @uglande: “And don’t sleep on the 7-wood. It’s so handy and does not balloon like I thought it might. Really nice high but powerful trajectory.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about the G425 Max fairway wood in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

3. TaylorMade Stealth Plus

What TaylorMade says: “Built from carbon DNA, the Stealth Plus fairway delivers precision playability and fast ball speeds using advanced multi-material construction. With a refined 175cc profile and reengineered V Steel™ sole, this fairway delivers the ideal blend of playability, shot making and distance.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @My2Dogs: “The Stealth Plus is a game changer IMO. Longest fw I’ve ever hit and one of the most forgiving. That’s a deadly combo. Also super easy to hit off the deck and that was where I used to love the Callaway line up as they were so nice and flat on the deck. The Stealth Plus has that heavy sole that glides off the turf for off the deck shots. Off the tee- forget about it. Super, super long.”
  • @BallerNate: “The TM SIM2 Ti was the best fairway wood I’ve ever hit, so luckily TaylorMade didn’t try and re-invent the wheel here. They just made the Stealth Plus Fairways slightly better in every way, which will make my Plus 3W very tough to knock out of the bag!”

You can read what other golfers are saying about the Stealth Plus fairway wood in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

4. TaylorMade Stealth

What TaylorMade says: “Built from carbon DNA, the Stealth fairway creates high MOI performance and precision playability using advanced multi-material construction. The all-new 3D carbon crown allowed engineers to shift weight lower and deeper in the clubhead. With a larger profile compared to Stealth Plus (190cc vs. 175cc) and a refined V Steel sole, this fairway is the ultimate mash up of distance and forgiveness.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @ScottHutch2: “Picked up a stealth 3HL with kai’li 70x shaft. Took it out for a round with no range time and it was a straight up weapon. Legitimately hit it further than my TSi2 3W even with the additional loft.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about the TaylorMade Stealth fairway wood in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

5. Titleist TSi3

What Titleist says: “TSi3 fairways feature a new SureFit CG track technology, offering three unique positions to adjust club head CG to fine-tune ball flight with neutral, fade or draw flight.”

Here’s what GolfWRX members are saying

  • @porynop: “TSi3 – picked it up off a WRXer because I was having issues with my gamer and it was instantly bagged.”
  • @MH2: “I have found the TSi3 fairway very forgiving and easy to launch off the deck and an absolute beast from the tee.”

You can read what other golfers are saying about the TSi3 fairway wood in the GolfWRX forums, and see our launch piece here.

See the full results for the best fairway wood of 2022, as well as additional comments, in the forums.

Check out Members Choice: Best driver of 2022.

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Neal Shipley WITB 2024 (June)

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Driver: Ping G430 LST (9 degrees @7.5)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X

3-wood: Ping G430 LST (15 degrees @13.5)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 8 X

3-wood: Titleist TSR3 (13.5 degrees, B2 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 8 X

5-wood: Ping G430 Max (18 degrees @16.5)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus TR Black 8 X

Irons: Ping i230 (3), Ping Blueprint S (4), Ping Blueprint T (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 X100

Wedges: Ping s159 (46-12S, 50-12S, 54-12S, 60-08H)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold 120 X100 (46-54), True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (60)

Putter: Ping PLD Anser

Grips: Golf Pride ZGrip Cord

See more in-hand photos of Neal Shipley’s clubs here.

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Bryson DeChambeau WITB 2024 (June)

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Driver: Krank Formula Fire Pro (6 degrees @5)
Shaft: LA Golf Bryson Series

3-wood: Krank Formula Fire (13 degrees @12)
Shaft: LA Golf Bryson Series

3-wood: Krank Formula Fire (13 degrees)
Shaft: LA Golf Bryson Series

Irons: Avoda Prototype (5-PW)
Shafts: LA Golf Bryson Series

Wedges: Ping Glide 4.0 (46-12S @45, 50-12S, 56, 60)
Shafts: LA Golf Bryson Series

Putter: SIK Pro C-Series Armlock/LA Golf Proto
Shaft: LA Golf C2L-180
Grip: JumboMax JumboFlat 17

Grips: JumboMax UltraLight XL

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x Left Dash

Check out more in-hand photos of Bryson DeChambeau’s clubs here.

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Callaway launches Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 Mini Driver

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First in our sites on the PGA Tour at the RBC Heritage in April, Callaway announced today it is bringing its Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 Mini Driver to retail as the competition for the “not quite a driver, not quite a fairway wood” slot in golfers’ bags continues to heat up.

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 Mini Driver: Tech story

At 340 cc’s and designed primarily as an alternate tee club (11.5 and 13.5-degree lofts), the Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 Mini Driver features the same Ai Smart Face technology as the Ai Smoke family of drivers — for more on Micro Deflections and Swing Code, check out our driver launch piece. Additionally, with the mini driver Callaway engineers opted for a dual weighting system (four grams and 12 grams), which can be swapped to adjust launch and spin.

Discussing the mini driver, Paul Winterhalter, Product Manager at Callaway, said, “This isn’t necessarily your “bomber” spec; this isn’t looking for extra added distance as compared to your driver. But this is an alternative club to where it’s giving you that consistent distance. It’s that smaller footprint for a player that’s probably a little bit higher caliber, looking to control.”

Added Advanced R&D Manager Nick Yontz, “What we’ve seen from a Tour aspect is that Tour players are rarely hitting their 3-woods into greens as approach shots. The 3-wood has become nearly a tee-only club, so situationally I think we’re going to see tour players lean into this at certain golf courses and certain setups as a club that they can use to hit more fairways.”

Yontz also stated the mini driver is 43.75 inches in length, two inches shorter than a traditional driver. He described it as “easier to swing and easier to hit straighter, because of that shorter shaft being able to square it up and control it a little bit more.” He also mentioned the Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 is well suited to players who struggle to hit their 3-woods, particularly off the tee.

Callaway Paradym Ai Smoke Ti 340 Mini Driver: Pricing, specs, availability

  • Price: $449.99
  • Lofts: 11.5, 13.5 degrees
  • Shafts: Project X Denali Blue (50, 60), Project X Cypher (40)
  • Pre-sale date: 6/11
  • At retail: 6/27

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