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Fairway Woods: The Basics

A Fairway Wood traditionally starts at number 2 and have been known to go all the way to number 15. In modern golfing a 3 and a 5 are by far most used, whilst 3 Woods typically have a loft of 15°, with the 5 Wood at 19°.

Fairway Woods have similar lofts to long Irons and generally hit the golf ball further distances as the club head is slightly larger. Fairways are predominantly used on the, surprise, surprise, fairway, though they can also be used from the tee or on holes that are tighter than usual and require accuracy rather than distance.

Buying golf clubs should not be about budgeting and this is very true when it concerns Fairway Woods. You may end up paying more than you would have liked but the benefits and technology will be greatly enhanced and better playability is almost guaranteed.


High Handicap

High handicap golfers need to be aware of what they are putting in their bags. A lot of golfers at this level will opt for a 3 Wood and a 5 Wood, though a 7 is also fine. You will notice immediately that trajectory is higher than your Driver achieves and this means the golf ball will land a lot more gently. Second shots are also useful for a high handicapper, as is using the Fairway Woods for teeing off shots.

Good practice is to start with at least one Fairway, with most plumping for the 3 and 5 Wood options. In regards to model type, the Fairway is made from steel and this decent enough as the heads do not need to be as large as your Driver does. Fairway Wood are available in both steel and graphite shafts with graphite being favoured at this level. Flex at this level should be regular for an average male and for senior or ladies an A flex or ladies flex respectively is best.

Medium Handicap

If you are a mid handicapper then you’re already well on the way to stepping up another notch. You should be proficient with the Fairway Woods but perhaps still lacking in a few key areas.

If the golf club you are using is still an entry level model then perhaps you should consider ditching in exchange for an upgrade that’s more testing. If you have seen an increase in swing speed then check the flex you have is sustainable still as slightly stiffer ones could give added improvement to control and get you a lot more par 5’s.

Low Handicap

At this level you should know already which Fairway Woods are best for you. it may still be worth looking around of course as golf brands are always evolving and better models are readily hitting the shelves. Using golf clubs with Tour specifications will also lend benefit in terms of better golf ball flight and control. Keep an eye out for the Tour and TP specs and give them the chance to show you what they are capable of achieving.