Best Fairway Woods 2017 Review – Best Of The Best

The first wood I ever picked up and smashed on the field outside our house was, in fact, made of wood. Who would have thought it, huh? And I’m not even that old (despite the increasing numbers of greys on my head)! These days, the term “wood” appears to have had its day, and we now simply refer to them as “fairways”. Understandable, except that I still like to use them off the tee as well!

Anyway, notwithstanding the fact that it is incredible how technologies have advanced with fairways over the years, in some ways it’s noticeable how certain brands have come full circle, and adopted some of the old tried-and-tested principles which shifted them up the ladder in the first place.

I always find assessing woods and metals to be an incredibly subjective issue, and the scope for variance between what any two people think of a fairway is so vast. Bottom line… we all hit woods very, very differently! That said, there are elements which set some fairways apart from others, and it is with this in mind that we’ve gone about reviewing and establishing the five woods which have topped the charts over the past year.

Enjoy!

Let’s jump into our Best Fairway Woods 2017 Review and find out which is best for you and why!

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Our Editor’s Choice of Best Fairway Woods 2017 is the Srixon Z F65.

They’ve built on the things that worked with the F45s, and the outcome is an elegant, forgiving, consistent and potent set of woods, whose selection will be more than ample to cater for all your particular loft/distance needs. We’d definitely recommend giving them a test drive.

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Assessment Criteria

Below you can find a side-by-side comparison of our list of best fairway woods 2017.

All fairway woods were put to the test against our standard assessment model, where we looked at 4 key aspects: Build Quality, Control & Performance, Design & Appearance and Value for Money. Individual scores of each of these aspects was then aggregated to give an overall assessment score, as follows:

Overall Mark Score Description
Excellent A+ 9.6 – 10 Stop the clock and buy now. This piece of equipment will change your game.
Excellent A 9.0 – 9.5 Superb piece of gear. Amazing quality, performance and value for money.
Great B+ 8.6 – 8.9 Great offering. This piece of gear won’t let you down.
Good B 8.0 – 8.5 Solid piece of gear with only minor issues to criticise.
Average C+ 7.6 – 7.9 Adequate offering, but not the best value for money.
Average C 7.0 – 7.5 Not the most exciting piece of gear, seek alternatives.
Weak D+ 6.6 – 6.9 Leaves lots to be desired. You can do a lot better.
Weak D 6.0 – 6.5 Steer well clear of this gear. Not worth the money!

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Side-by-Side Comparison of all Fairway Woods

Below is a side-by-side comparison of the 5 fairway woods we reviewed in our Best Fairway Woods 2017 assessment. To read our detailed individual reviews just click on your fairway wood of choice!

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Callaway Big Bertha Fusion Fairway Wood Review

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2 Srixon Z F65 Fairway Wood Review

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Key Considerations

Build Quality

You’d think that as technology advances there would be some kind of homogenization, as, while clubs undergo rigorous testing and thought leadership, a new normal is tended to. Not so. In fact with fairways in particular, I’m fascinated by the different features, nuances and technologies various brands adopt.

And they aren’t just gimmicks either – they have a material impact on performance. As ever, the things to look out for when looking at build quality are weight distribution, CG, MOI, the materials used, adjustability and any features which make the wood(s) stand out from the crowd.

Control and Performance

As alluded to above, it can be difficult to generalize performance of fairways, because it varies so much from person to person. This is particularly so when it comes to players of different abilities and swing speeds, whereby it becomes hazardous to find common denominators and metrics to ensure targeting of as wide a market as possible.

But I think we are starting to see that gap being bridged to some extent, as huge improvements in forgiveness, spin reduction, trajectory, shape and consistency of distance bring us all a bit more into line.

And of course, where these important measures of performance and control can’t be generalized in a fairway’s stock form, there is always adjustability to keep (almost) everyone satisfied.

Design and Appearance

Round? Pear-shaped? What’s your fancy? Clubhead shape preference seems to oscillate between the two with fairways, and the jury’s out as to which is preferential. But there is much more to design and appearance than mere clubhead shape. There can be nothing quite as intoxicating and confidence-building as a sleek, glossy or matte crown; while I for one have a real eye for subtle features such as groove lines on the clubface or the terrain of the sole.

But perhaps the most important aesthetic issue of all is with any technological features or gimmicks. Do they enhance the club’s looks, or diminish it? That’s the question you need to ask yourself, and no doubt the same one manufacturers ask themselves on the production line every day.

Value for Money

Drivers and irons will naturally have the most variance when it comes to price tags. But it is interesting to note how brands position themselves within the fairway niche too. For some, it is all about reaffirming a sense of quality, and even elitism. For others, it is about coming in with a cost that is more accessible to the masses. Which is interesting, given that this is the top-end of the market we are talking about here – we’d have expected more homogeneity.

Anyway, what’s important is trying to determine what proportion of any premium is reflected in terms of quality and suitability. Once you are able to confidently balance these two elements against each other, you’ll be well placed to determine what represents good value for money, and what doesn’t.

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Brief Overview of Top 5 Best Fairway Woods for 2017

Callaway Big Bertha Fusion

It’s pretty difficult to come up with any legitimate criticism of the Fusion fairway woods. Forgiving, long-hitting woods are generally big and cumbersome. But these tick such boxes whilst sporting a slender, streamlined look and keeping the bulk down.

An innovative design, backed up by consistent and impressive results. What more do you want?

Callaway have set the bar high over the years when it comes to fairway woods, but these may well be the best ones yet.

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Here is a summary of the pros and cons. To read the full review click here.


PROS:
  • Long, long and longer!
  • The shiny triaxial carbon on the crown underpins the ingenious weight distribution across the clubhead
  • Such an easy launch, and tremendously forgiving and consistent
  • Arrow-like head shape and sound at impact make for very satisfying look and feel

CONS:
  • Could possibly point to a lack of versatility in loft/face angle features


Titleist 917F2

The F2 woods have plenty to offer. The fullish shape of the clubhead, combined with easy, high launch makes it a suitable metal both off the tee and on the deck. It also does an excellent job of instilling weight-based versatilities for things like CG and fade/draw bias, while still retaining good balance across the various settings.

Higher handicappers will be charmed by improved user friendliness compared with some of its predecessors too. Yet while it is difficult to criticize anything about the F2, there was nothing to really set our lives on fire either; nothing especially memorable.

And it doesn’t come cheap either.

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Here is a summary of the pros and cons. To read the full review click here.


PROS:
  • Elastomer-filled ARC reduces spin and gives distance a big boost
  • World-class adjustability and versatility
  • Excellent, soft feel across the whole clubface
  • Arguably the most forgiving Titleist fairway wood to date

CONS:
  • Titleist prices for Titleist clubs. This one seems particularly costly though
  • By their high standards, not the best-looking wood they’ve ever produced


Srixon Z F65

It’s really hard to knock what Srixon have delivered with the Z F65s. They’ve built on the things that worked with the F45s, and the outcome is an elegant, forgiving, consistent and potent set of woods, whose selection will be more than ample to cater for all your particular loft/distance needs.

Despite no obvious adjustability, these woods won’t really exclude many players of differing abilities or swing speeds – the performance levels are that nuanced. These clubs are well worth the acclaim they’ve been steeped in, and we’d definitely recommend giving them a test drive.

Our Editor’s Choice of Fairway Wood for 2017.

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Here is a summary of the pros and cons. To read the full review click here.


PROS:
  • Smooth, elegant and understated design oozes class
  • A delicious cocktail of forgiveness, easy launch, a fearsome sound and excellent feedback
  • Impressive distance, but even more impressive consistency
  • Very competitive price

CONS:
  • A lack of adjustability – although many players won’t notice


Mizuno JPX900

The bottom line is that we all hit fairway woods very differently, and it thus gives you a puncher’s chance when there is material (but balanced) adjustability and versatility on offer. That’s precisely what the JPX900 woods deliver, with the adjustable hosel and the front-to-back Fast Track technology.

The latter system is crucial for a fairway wood, as it allows you to seamlessly use it off the tee and from the deck, and bridge any distance gaps to boot. But, customization aside, the levels of performance were impressive across every metric, and we can confidently say that these are the best woods Mizuno have produced to date.

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Here is a summary of the pros and cons. To read the full review click here.


PROS:
  • Plenty of versatility with loft, face angle, spin, launch and more
  • Superb balance and stability across various settings
  • Easy, user-friendly launch without being naturally ‘hook biased’
  • Compact head and sleek design will appeal to better players

CONS:
  • Perhaps a bit too much offset in the 5 and 7


Cobra F7

There isn’t a world of difference between the F7 woods and the F6 Bafflers from the previous season, especially in terms of look and feel. But our ball speeds and distances were considerably higher, and what impressed us most was the forgiveness on offer.

There is only so much that the rail system can do, and, at the end of the day, consistency will always be hardest to achieve with fairway woods. But we’re converts to the rail system, and we think that for players from quite a wide range of handicaps, there are great results waiting to be enjoyed here – and at an excellent price too.

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Here is a summary of the pros and cons. To read the full review click here.


PROS:
  • Simple but effective hosel and weight adjustability
  • Surprisingly potent in the distance stakes
  • Upped their game in terms of forgiveness, and the Baffler Rail System is a winner
  • So affordable. Brilliant work from Cobra once again with price

CONS:
  • Better players may point to a lack of ‘workability’

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