What are the Best 5 Woods in 2018?
Woods are somewhat in a strange spot.
Drivers (1-Woods), hybrids and Irons get all the marketing hype, while woods are often really enjoyable to play with.
So in this article, we'll show 5-Woods some love.
We will discuss what makes a solid wood club, compare the best 5-Woods on the market and discuss what to look for if you choose to get one.
Let's jump in.
Our Roundup Selection
Editors Choice: TaylorMade M2 Men's Fairway Wood
We are starting our list with TaylorMade 2017 M2 Men’s Fairway Wood, expensive, but also very versatile wood golf club. It is available for right and left-handed people, two stiffness options (regular and stiff), as well as four different wood configurations.
The club is made of several materials: the body is made of durable stainless steel (450), 455 stainless steel face, and covered with 6-layer carbon. This club is very forgiving, thanks to the Inverted Cone Technology, and is as such suited for both amateurs and professionals.
The club is perfect for making long range, low face shots, thanks to the open channel design on the club’s head. Upon impact, the club transmits energy and catapults the ball with high speed in the dedicated direction.
Thanks to the two-layer design, the club provides you with fantastic feel and sound, giving you enough feedback on each shot you make. It is perfect for anyone who seeks versatile, distance-oriented and lightweight wood club (weighs 1.5 pounds).
The downside is the price, and it is not suited for seniors, for it does miss senior flex option.
- made of a high-quality material (stainless steel and 6-layer carbon)
- lightweight and durable
- will add speed and distance to your game
- features stylish, futuristic design
- suited for professionals and amateurs (forgiving Inverted Cone Technology)
- somewhat expensive (compared to others on the list)
- not the best option for seniors (flex)
Best Value: Cobra Men's KING F6 Fairway Wood
Next to wood club on our list is the Cobra Men’s KING F6 Fairway Wood, both versatile and sturdy. Compatible for both left and right-handers, the club features three stiff-options (stiff, regular, senior), and comes in three different colors.
This club features F6 GC Tunning, meaning it is fit for both short and long-range game. The forward GC position grants more consistent roll and speed, while the back position grants you a lot of distance and ball flight.
The product features a total of eight loft settings, making it highly adjustable and suited for all-swing types and different golf courses, with the emphasis on achieving greater distance.
Cobra, the manufacturer of this club, introduced Speed Channel technology. The club’s face is designed with minimal stiffness and more elasticity. Because of that this club conserves and transmits energy efficiently upon impact, allowing you to hit the ball high and far.
It is a bit heavier, weighing three pounds (two times more than the TaylorMade 2017 M2 Men’s Fairway Wood). We commend the amazing adjustability, distance, and feel (it does feel great). But it is somewhat heavy and requires a lot of adjustment before you find the perfect settings (you will have to adjust weight and loft options, which is both good and bad).
- highly adjustable
- compatible with fast and slow swing players
- Speed Channel Technology delivers amazing distance
- value for money, quality made and sturdy
- feels amazing, provides great feedback (and the sound is cool)
- somewhat heavy
- adjustability might be overwhelming, especially for beginners
Best Seller: TaylorMade Men's AeroBurner
TaylorMade Men’s AeroBurner comes for both hands, three stiffness options, and three degrees settings (15, 16.5 and 18).It features classic, aerodynamic design, shaped and made to strive for distance and speed.
The centered crown is raised. Thus helping reduce the drag and grant longer attachment to the ball (it is called AeroBurner for a reason). It weighs roughly 1 pounds, featuring thin and soft face with speed pockets that grant more forgiveness and more room to find your sweet spot.
It is incredibly lightweight, which some of you might like, but other’s won’t. This club combines lightweight metal with elastic, thin carbon cover face, crafted to suit recreational golfers and beginners alike. Due to its extreme lightweight properties, the club allows you to send the ball far and high in the air.
As such, it will unmistakably add the distance to those who seek it. However, it is probably not the best option for high swing players, since it is incredibly lightweight (you probably want more massive club if you already swing fast). Also, the club isn’t loft-adjustable, which is a downside if it doesn’t perform well on your favorite course.
We recommend it to beginners, and slow swing players, since these are the areas where TaylorMade Men’s AeroBurner strives the most.
- remarkably lightweight will add speed to players with slow swing
- simple, aerodynamic design decreases drag
- will add distance and speed to your game
- compatible with both hands, different stiff levels, and three-degree settings
- not fit for fast swing players (lightweight, might create too much spin)
- very little adjustability
Worthy Competitor: Callaway Golf 2018 Men's Rogue Fairway Wood
The Callaway Golf 2018 Men’s Rogue Fairway Wood is the most expensive wood club on our list, highly configurable (from 13.5 degree/3+ wood to 23 degreess/9wood). Now you may think that this is impossible, but Callaway wants to prove you wrong.
Callaway introduced something called Jailbreak Distance Technology, enriching their clubs with more forgiveness and more distance. The club features two stainless steel bars which stiffen the club’s body, thus putting all the impact pressure on the face of the club, resulting in great speed and distance.
They also added the Face Cup Technology, a thin steel layer on the face, also promoting speed and distance. As this wasn’t enough, Callaway uses Internal Standing Technology, giving the player more control over the spin and the distance they want to achieve.
I love the design and the amount of thought that has been put into this club making it my personal favorite on the list. It is smooth and stylish, truly belonging to 2018. Performance-wise, this wood club has some rivals, but when it comes to aesthetics, it is the most beautiful club on the list.
Sadly, it is also the most expensive on the list, which is a downside. Also, I wouldn’t recommend this club to a beginner, for it does require a lot of adjustment before you use it.
- features several technologies that improve speed and distance
- aerodynamically designed, less drag
- highly versatile and adjustable
- made of quality material (layer by layer)
- beautiful and stylish design
- the most expensive on the list
- not suited for beginners
Worthy Competitor: Bullet Golf Ladies Fairway Wood
Bullet Golf Ladies Fairway Wood is right hand, 39 inches long wood club explicitly made for a woman, due to the shorter shaft and lightweight feature. Though women can perform well with man’s golf clubs (see here for more information), they are often shorter and seek golf clubs made specifically for their requirements.
Bullet Golf Ladies Fairway Wood features thin, stainless steel crown, thus putting the pressure on the lower parts of the club, giving you more velocity upon impact. The shaft, which is the frame of the club, is made of carbon (specifically of graphite, which is the most enduring form of carbon).
The grip is firm and comfortable, covered with soft rubber. The head of this club is also covered with rubber. Flex is made primarily for ladies, so man wouldn’t be comfortable using this club. This is also the most inexpensive product on our list, but probably the most cost-effective one, considering the performance t delivers.
Despite the low cost, the soft is feel, distance amazing, and the club is quality made and quite robust. The shaft could have been a bit more responsive and elastic (it is too stiff). Also, it is fit for right-handers only.
- inexpensive, truly cost-effective
- sturdy and quality made
- responsive, amazing feel
- great speed and distance
- decent precision (the ball will fly high and straight)
- fit only for right-hand use
- the shaft could have been less stiff
To help you go through our list of products, here we are going to describe some of the most important things you should look for while searching for a wood club.
We will provide overall information regarding the benefits wood clubs, and go through these particular factors, ultimately making your choice a whole lot easier: loft adjustability, shaft (dimensions and material), face angle, weight, and some general advice.
Why a Wood Club?
Firstly, all the products we presented are fairway woods for golf. They aren't exactly made of wood, but they used to be; hence the name wood club. Today, these clubs are made of metal, carbon, with rubber finish over the crown and grip.
Fairways are used for making long-range shots and are designed with speed and distance in mind. They frequently feature aerodynamic design, so that the head cuts through the air, has less drag, and ultimately impacts the ball with a lot of power.
Is wood better than iron? Hard to tell. As with anything in golf, this is a preference thing. Though, they are often the longest clubs, and as such often deliver the longest shots on the golf course.
Some woods feature an adjustable loft, which is most useful for more experienced players. In essence, they have adjustable hosel (see here for more info on hosel), allowing the players to adjust the club to their liking.
In essence, the players can replace the preinstalled settings, and adjust the loft by several degrees, thus changing the impact angle. The angle ultimately affects the way you hit the ball, meaning that it will fly either higher or lower upon impact.
If you seek fairway with the adjustable club, go for the ones that feature such capabilities, like the Cobra Men's KING F6 Fairway Wood does.
Club's shaft is comparable to the plant's stem and is the part that binds the grip and the head of the club. Generally speaking, shorter shafts give you a bit more control over your swing, which makes sense, since you are adjacent to the ball and able align better with it.
But, wood golf clubs don't care about that, which is good. They often feature the longest shafts, which does give you less control but grants more speed and distance on the course.
While reviewing our products, we will talk about various flex options (regular, senior, stiff, etc.) In short, most today's shafts are graphite made, a carbon-based material that features layer by layer chemical compound structure.
This means that, by adding more layers, you can make the shaft stiffer or softer. Well, consider what you want when selecting the flex level. If you are a novice, don't worry about these things and go for the regular flex. After you experience the club, you will be able to tell by the feel whether the club is too stiff or soft for you.
There are also steel shafts, which are frequently used by professional players (see this article), for they grant them more control over the swing. Also, they affect the vertical flight of the ball and ordinarily deliver lower trajectory.
In essence, the face is the thing with which you hit the ball. There are open and closed face angles, both of which may affect the balls vertical trajectory and distance. If you have trouble understanding this concept, you can read this article, or watch the following video to understand things easily.
There is no precise way of determining which angle should you go for, open on closed one, for it mostly comes down to your personal choice. Most experts agree that the face angle mostly affects the direction at which the ball is heading, specifically initial direction.
In essence, if you want the straight shot, the angle should be zero. If you want it to fly slightly left, you need closed face angle, and vice versa (not that this is true for right-handed golfers).
Weight And Other Advice
When it comes to weight, the reasoning should be simple. Frequently, people with slow swing speed should seek lighter clubs and vice versa. However, this isn't a rule.
Most of the products on our list weight somewhere between 1.5 to 3 pounds, which is substantial in the world of golf, so pay close attention to weight. If you are a beginner, go for the lighter clubs, and then slowly move your way up to heavier ones if you realize that ht light ones don't suit you.
I would also wish to talk about the feel, but it seems quite absurd to talk about it. The products we reviewed all grant good feel, but to the majority of the people, not to everyone. After all, “feel” isn't something you can measure.
Again, if you are novice looking for the wood club to try it out, go for the cheaper and simpler models; the less hassle, the better. And if you care about looks and colors, make sure you preselect the color before you order the club.
If I had to choose one club, I would go with the Callaway Golf 2018 Men’s Rogue Fairway Wood. I absolutely love the aerodynamic design, the coloring, and countless adjustable options this club features. Then again, if you are a novice, you should probably skip it.
The fact that you can adjust the loft and select between 3 wood and 9 wood means nothing to you if you are a beginner. But, if you are experienced player, you know very well that the benefits of so many different selectable configurations and loft adjustability is a tremendous plus.
Also, the product features numerous technologies that improve the club’s speed and distance. And, for some reason, it looks very cool in my eyes, featuring futuristic colors and head shape. But, it is also the most costly product on the list.
If you have the budget and the knowledge to utilize this club, go for it. Otherwise, look for other valuable options. Look for the features you appreciate and seek and pay attention to small details, for everything matters when you look for an optimal wood golf club.