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.
TaylorMade M2 Men's Fairway Wood
- Extremely versatile wood golf club with four different wood configurations
- Very forgiving, thanks to the Inverted Cone Technology
- Perfect for making long range, low face shots, thanks to the open channel design on the club’s head
- Fantastic feel and sound, thanks to the two-layer design
- Made of a high-quality material (stainless steel and 6-layer carbon)
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The Best 5 Woods in 2020
Finding the right 5 Wood - a Buying Guide
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.