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  • Pro Tip: The Best Fairway Woods by Handicap and Brand

    Pro Tip: Explore Fairway Woods by Handicap

    Finding the best fairway wood for your game doesn’t have to be daunting. In addition to searching by handicap, you can always check out GlobalGolf’s USelect® tool, which generates recommendations by our very own staff of PGA Professionals.

    Golf fairway woods are notorious for being the most difficult to choose as well as the most frustrating to hit on the golf course. At GlobalGolf, there are several ways to feel confident over that 200-yard shot thanks to USelect® and UTry®, our at-home golf club demo program.

    If you’ve been debating fairway woods vs. hybrids lately or simply need a guide to point you in the right direction, you’ve come to the correct place. GlobalGolf has listed all of the top golf brands’ latest fairway woods by handicap, including the best fairway woods of 2021, so you can get that head start on USelect®.

    So, if you’re looking for any of the below categories - from the best fairway woods for mid handicappers to the best fairway woods in 2021 - you’ll have plenty of options to peruse before you buy:

    • Best 3 wood for a mid handicapper

    • Best 5 wood for a mid handicapper

    • Best 3 wood for a low handicapper

    • Best fairway woods for mid handicappers from 2021

    • Best fairway woods for mid handicappers from 2020

    And the best part is, if you like the 3 wood, you’re most likely going to love the 5 wood as well because the technology is just that good nowadays. The handicap charts below compare fairway woods from 2020-2022, so if you’re looking for the best fairway woods for a low handicapper but want to save some money, shopping used fairway woods at GlobalGolf is always promising.

    PING Fairway Woods by Handicap

    PING Fairways by Handicap

    PING Golf has greatly updated their fairway wood technology in recent years. Their PING G425 line has the highest moment of inertia (MOI) of any golf club to date, which means they’ve designed a line of some of the most forgiving fairway woods on the market.

    Mid to high handicappers will enjoy the PING G425 MAX and G425 SFT fairway woods for their easiness to hit and draw bias, respectively. Those with low handicaps will appreciate the PING G425 LST fairway woods for its extra forgiveness, but especially its lower spin rates; you’ll be launching your fairway woods farther and straighter.

    • Mid to High Handicap PING Fairway Woods:
      • PING G425 MAX | 15-30
      • PING G425 SFT | 15-30

    • Low to Mid Handicap PING Fairway Wood:
      • PING G425 LST | 0-10


    TaylorMade Fairway Woods by Handicap

    TaylorMade Fairways by Handicap

    While TaylorMade Golf has released the Stealth line, the TaylorMade SIM family and TaylorMade M Family still pack quite the punch. The TaylorMade Stealth fairway woods, much like the TaylorMade SIM2 fairway woods, vary in their individual purposes, though their overall goal is to increase distance and accuracy.

    For mid to high handicappers, the TaylorMade Stealth, SIM2 Max or SIM2 Max D fairway woods will fight nicely in your bag. The Stealth fairway wood not only contains similar characteristics of the driver in that it’s lighter, stronger and more forgiving, but it is also easier to launch no matter if you’re on the tee box or already in play.

    The SIM2 Max D fairway wood is very similar to the SIM2 Max but with three key differences. Firstly, the D-type fairway woods have a draw bias for those looking to fix their slice or gain more distance. Secondly, the club head is larger, though the SIM2 Max is also larger than the SIM2 fairway wood. Lastly, the SIM2 Max D fairway wood has the highest launch angle.

    If you have a low handicap, you can join several tour players by using the TaylorMade Stealth Plus fairway wood. While still forgiving, this TaylorMade fairway wood isn’t as forgiving as its Stealth counterpart; in return, it has a smaller head and a lower spin rate for those looking to increase their distance on those long par 5s.

    • Mid to High Handicap TaylorMade Fairway Woods:
      • TaylorMade Stealth | 5-20
      • TaylorMade SIM2 MAX | 10-25
      • TaylorMade SIM2 MAX D | 15-30

    • Low to Mid Handicap TaylorMade Fairway Wood:
      • TaylorMade Stealth Plus | 0-10
      • TaylorMade SIM2 | 0-12


    Callaway Fairway Woods by Handicap

    Callaway Fairways by Handicap

    Callaway Golf is the first company to use Artificial Intelligence (A.I.) to design their latest golf clubs; Callaway fairway woods are no exception. Their Epic and Rogue lines have gained tons of traction since they were first introduced in 2017 and 2018, respectively. If you’re looking to hit it further and more efficiently, you’ve found your brand.

    The Callaway Epic Max fairway wood is for mid-to-high handicap golfers who are looking to gain distance via increased ball speeds. With the oversized clubhead, you’ll also find this Callaway fairway wood more forgiving and easier to hit, especially since you can adjust the launch and spin.

    The Callaway Rogue ST fairway woods, released in 2022, are an evolution of the Rogue fairway woods. They are faster, more forgiving and more stable, something we all want off the fairways. The Rogue ST MAX D fairway woods tend to be for mid to higher handicaps.

    Another fairway wood for the mid to high handicaps is the Callaway Big Bertha 21 fairway wood, known for its offset, which allows you to hit more draws. In addition to the Rogue ST MAX fairway wood, the Big Bertha 21 has a high launch and is one of the most forgiving Callaway fairway woods as of late; it’s a smart addition to your golf bag if you’re looking to get more 3 woods into play.

    Lastly, the Callaway Rogue ST MAX LS and Epic Speed fairway woods are for low to mid handicaps who are looking for distance, plain and simple. If you already have the golf swing to hit the ball in the air, then this is the Callaway fairway wood that will be getting you to par-5 greens in two.

    • Mid to High Handicap Callaway Fairway Woods:
      • Callaway Epic Max | 10-30
      • Callaway Rogue ST MAX D | 15-30
      • Callaway Big Bertha B21 | 15-30

    • Low to Mid Handicap Callaway Fairway Wood:
      • Callaway Rogue ST MAX LS | 0-10
      • Callaway Apex Utility Wood | 0 -15
      • Callaway Rogue ST MAX | 5-15
      • Callaway Epic Speed | 5-20


    Titleist Fairway Woods by Handicap

    Titleist Fairways by Handicap

    The Titleist fairway wood descriptions are similar to those of the Titleist TS Series of drivers. Titleist Golf has designed fairway woods for all skill levels so all you have to do is decide on the model.

    The TSi1 fairway wood is for a high handicapper looking to increase distance off the tee with a faster swing speed; its ultra-light weight allows you to launch the ball faster and higher. The TSi2 fairway wood is for mid handicappers who still want some help launching the golf ball but are also looking for some more accuracy and lower spin. This is still a very forgiving option.

    Lastly, the Titleist TSi3 fairway wood is for low handicappers who are trying to work the ball flight more and gain more control. With the same lower spin design as the TSi2, the TSi3 has a relatively lower launch for more distance thanks to you having an innately faster swing speed.

    • Mid to High Handicap Titleist Fairway Woods:
      • Titleist TSi2 | 10-20
      • Titleist TSi1 | 15-30

    • Low to Mid Handicap Titleist Fairway Wood:
      • Titleist TSi3 | 0-12


    Cobra Fairway Woods by Handicap

    Cobra Fairways by Handicap

    Cobra Golf’s most recent fairway wood designs have taken the radial weight of the Cobra RADSPEED line to another level. Cobra LTDx fairway woods offer a variety of weight positions to give every golfer confidence over the ball.

    Cobra LTDx fairway woods are all about distance. But higher handicaps shouldn’t be disappointed because Cobra also released the AIR-X fairway woods in 2022; these golf clubs are super lightweight and have a high launch angle to help you gain more distance as well.

    Looking at previous models, the Cobra King RADSPEED Big Tour and King RADSPEED fairway woods, though in separate handicap categories, have a lot of overlap. Both fairway woods aim to give you more distance and forgiveness. The main difference is the Big Tour fairway wood has a slightly larger club head and will help you gain distance through faster ball speeds, whereas the RADSPEED fairway wood will give you more distance through a higher launch.

    The Cobra RADSPEED Draw fairway wood is for the higher handicaps who want to fix their slice. It has the same club head size as the RADSPEED fairway wood but has slightly more spin and a higher launch, making it easier to hit.

    For low handicaps, and even tour players, who want more control over their shot shapes, Cobra designed the Cobra LTDx LS and RADSPEED Tour fairway woods. The Cobra fairway woods are very workable and have a lower spin for even more distance.

    • Mid to High Handicap Cobra Fairway Woods:
      • Cobra King RADSPEED Big Tour | 10-25
      • Cobra King RADSPEED Draw | 15-30
      • Cobra LTDx MAX | 15-30
      • Cobra AIR-X | 15-30

    • Low to Mid Handicap Cobra Fairway Wood:
      • Cobra LTDx LS | 0-10
      • Cobra KING RADSPEED Tour | 0-10
      • Cobra LTDx | 5-15
      • Cobra KING RADSPEED | 5-20


    Mizuno Fairway Woods by Handicap

    Mizuno Fairways by Handicap

    The name of the Mizuno fairway wood game as of late is stability. The Mizuno ST-X and ST-Z fairway woods, for low to mid handicappers, follow Mizuno Golf’s tradition of high-performance design. The main difference is that the Mizuno ST-X fairway woods have a draw bias.

    These fairway woods have a hot face for faster ball speeds, a lightweight build for faster swing speeds and adjustability to ensure your loft is optimal for your launch. In Mizuno’s world, stability means consistently hitting great shots.

    • Low to Mid Handicap Mizuno Fairway Wood:
      • Mizuno ST-Z | 0-15
      • Mizuno ST-X | 0-15


    Cleveland Fairway Woods by Handicap

    Cleveland Fairways by Handicap

    Cleveland Golf released a very forgiving fairway wood for mid to high handicappers. The high moment of inertia (MOI) in the Cleveland Launcher XL Halo fairway wood makes this easy to hit, and the oversized club head double downs on that initiative. Dare we say this is the easiest fairway wood to hit? You’ll have to try for yourself!

    • Mid to High Handicap Cleveland Fairway Wood:
      • Cleveland Launcher XL Halo | 15-30


    Srixon Fairway Woods by Handicap

    Srixon Fairways by Handicap

    The latest Srixon fairway woods are geared towards low handicaps who want more distance and control. The combination of the lower center of gravity (CG) and low spin mean your golf ball will be flying further; your ball flight will also be more workable.

    • Low to Mid Handicap Srixon Fairway Wood:
      • Srixon ZX | 0-12


    Wilson Fairway Woods by Handicap

    Wilson Fairways by Handicap

    Wilson fairway woods are on the rise, as are the rest of their golf clubs. As a bonus, Wilson Golf has options for high and low handicappers.

    If you’re in the mid to high handicap range, you’ll be interested in the Wilson Launch Pad fairway wood. Increase your distance and your launch by swinging faster, thanks to the lighter build. Plus, the hosel offset means you’ll be drawing the ball to counteract any slice tendencies, gaining you distance and accuracy.

    The Wilson D9 fairway wood, on the other hand, is for low handicaps looking for more distance and more confidence. The design increases speed and distance, but the look at address is all you need to feel confident about crushing the ball down the fairway. Even if you’re slightly off, the Variable Face Technology will get your clubface back on track for an on-target hit.

    • Mid to High Handicap Wilson Fairway Woods:
      • Wilson Launch Pad | 15-30
    • Low to Mid Handicap Wilson Fairway Wood:
      • Wilson D9 | 0-15


    Save Money on the Best Fairway Woods

    Now that you know the backgrounds on the best fairway woods of 2020, 2021 and 2022, as well as which fairway woods are right for your game thanks to USelect® and UTry®, it’s time to save money on your purchase.

    GlobalGolf offers a large variety of used golf clubs, including used fairway woods. With our intensive Certified Pre-Owned process, you can be sure you’re getting the exact condition you expect; some added bonuses are fresh grips and a super clean club head.

    Buying used golf clubs from GlobalGolf is an easy way to save money and still stock your golf bag with the latest technology. Take a used TaylorMade fairway wood, for example - whether you go with a used TaylorMade Stealth fairway wood or even a used Cobra RADSPEED fairway wood, you’re still buying incredible technology for a fraction of the price.

    Once you’ve found your new or new-to-you fairway wood, you can save even more by using GlobalGolf’s UTrade-In® service, where you can trade in your current golf clubs for the best value and use that credit towards your next purchase.

    At GlobalGolf, you can find the best fairway woods from all the top-selling brands. Which fairway wood should be in your bag according to your handicap?