Power Up with the Best Fairway Woods

By Bill KliewerJuly 4, 2008, 4:00 pm

Every bag should include a good set of fairway woods for those long-distance shots where neither your hybrids nor irons will do the trick. Of course, they also come in handy when you need to find the fairway off the tee. The following clubs will help ensure that you dont fall short of the green on your next approach shot.
 
Wilson Fybrid
 
This six-club set is engineered to eliminate distance gaps and features #3 and #5 woods to go along with four hybrids. The unique sole design prevents the clubs from bouncing into the ball at impact, which is the leading cause of thin shots. Additionally, the heel and toe is designed to enhance playability from side hill lies, making the clubs a go-to.
 


 

Tour Edge XCG
 
The XCG is Tour Edges most forgiving fairway wood yet thanks to the large titanium cup face, which produces blistering shots time after. In contrast to the light face and crown, the steel body optimally distributes weight to the low and deep in the club head to further increase moment of inertia (MOI). To top it off, the cutting-edge sole design further ensures that golfers can get the ball in the air with remarkable consistency.
 


 

Cobra Speed LD-F and LD-M
 
Tackle tight lies and rough with confidence using these little beauties. Setting these sticks apart from the pack is the large face design and low-and-back center of gravity for incredible forgiveness and high trajectory shots. Cobra offers both the LD-F model, designed for players with fast swing speeds and the LD-M for moderate-to-slow strokes, in lofts of 15.5, 18 and 21 to ensure that all distance gaps are covered.
 


 

Nickent Golf 4DX
 
Available in four lofts, the 4DX produces shots with high launch and high trajectory to ensure that the ball leaves the turf. The key is the super thin titanium crown which allows Nickent to raise the MOI to extreme levels, making it easy for golfers to achieve a penetrating ball flight that lands softly. By reducing weight in the crown, Nickent is also able to incorporate its XW inserts into the head which dampen vibrations and help golfers control the direction of their shots.
 


 

TaylorMade Steel Burner
 
Featuring a large steel clubhead with weight distributed low and far back, TaylorMade claims that the Steel Burner delivers the highest MOI of any fairway wood on the market. Theres no doubt that golfers will be hard-pressed to find a club that offers more forgiveness on off-center hits. It also comes with a light TaylorMade RE*AX graphite shaft and Arrow lite grip to promote faster swing speed for added distance.
 


 

Editor's note: Bill Kliewer is Senior Equipment Advisor of The Golf Warehouse (TGW.com), the worlds largest online golf store.

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OB tee shot, bunker trouble dooms Rahm to MC

By Ryan LavnerJuly 20, 2018, 7:24 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – The key to surviving Carnoustie is avoiding the bunkers.

Jon Rahm found three bunkers to close out the front nine Friday, the start of a triple bogey-double-bogey run that led to a second-round 78 and missed cut at The Open.

“All of them were as bad a lie as they could have been,” he said. “Besides that, things didn’t happen. I can’t give an explanation, really. I don’t know.”

Rahm’s troubles started on the seventh hole, a par 4 with a steady left-to-right wind. Out of bounds loomed left, and Rahm, who primarily plays a cut shot, hadn’t missed left all week. This time, his ball didn’t curve, and the OB tee shot led to a triple.

“Whenever I start missing shots to the left,” he said, “it’s really hard for me to play.”  

After a career-best fourth-place finish at the Masters, Rahm has now missed the cut in consecutive majors.

“Right now I’m not in any mental state to think about what happened, to be honest,” he said.

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Three of world's top 5 MC; not 60-year-old Langer

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 7:04 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – Three of the top five players in the world missed the cut at The Open.

Bernhard Langer did not.

The 60-year-old, who is in the field via his victory in last year’s Senior Open Championship, shot even-par 71 on Friday. At 2 over through 36 holes, he safely made it under the plus-3 cut line.

"You know, I've played the Masters [this year], made the cut. I'm here and made the cut. I think it is an accomplishment," he said. "There's a lot of great players in the field, and I've beaten a lot of very good players that are a lot younger than me."

Langer had three birdies and three bogeys in the second round and said afterwards that he was “fighting myself” with his swing. He’s spent the last few days on the phone with his swing coach, Willy Hoffman, trying to find some comfort.


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Despite his score, and his made cut, Langer the perfectionist wasn’t satisfied with the way he went about achieving his results.

"I wasn't happy with my ball-striking. My putting was good, but I was unlucky. I had like four lip-outs, no lip-ins. That part was good. But the ball-striking, I wasn't really comfortable with my swing," he said. "Just, it's always tough trying stuff in the middle of a round."

Langer, a two-time Masters champion, has never won The Open. He does, however, have six top-3 finishes in 30 prior starts.

As for finishing higher than some of the top-ranked players in the world, the World Golf Hall of Famer is taking it in stride.

"I'm not going to look and say, 'Oh, I beat Justin Rose or beat whatever.' But it just shows it's not easy. When some of the top 10 or top 20 in the world don't make the cut, it just shows that the setup is not easy," Langer said. "So I got the better half of the draw maybe, too, right? It wasn't much fun playing in the rain, I guess, this morning for five hours. I had to practice in the rain, but I think once I teed off, we never used umbrellas. So that was a blessing."

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Kisner doubles 18, defends not laying up

By Rex HoggardJuly 20, 2018, 6:42 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – It was only fitting that Jean Van de Velde was there working as an on-course reporter on Friday as Kevin Kisner struggled his way up Carnoustie’s 18th fairway.

Rolling along with a two-stroke lead, Kisner’s 8-iron approach shot from an awkward lie in the rough from 160 yards squirted right and bounced into Barry Burn, the winding creek where Van de Velde’s title chances at the 1999 Open Championship began to erode.

Unlike Van de Velde, who made a triple bogey-7 and lost The Open in a playoff, Kisner’s double bogey only cost him the solo lead and he still has 36 holes to make his closing miscue a distant memory. That’s probably why the 34-year-old seemed at ease with his plight.


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“It just came out like a high flop shot to the right. It was weird. I don't know if it caught something or what happened,” said Kisner, who was tied with Zach Johnson and Zander Lombard at 6 under par. “You never know out of that grass. It was in a different grass than usual. It was wet, green grass instead of the brown grass. So I hadn't really played from that too much.”

Like most in this week’s field Kisner also understands that rounds on what is widely considered the most difficult major championship venue can quickly unravel even with the most innocent of mistakes.

“To play 35 holes without a double I thought was pretty good,” he said. “I've kept the ball in play, done everything I wanted to do all the way up into that hole. Just one of those things that came out completely different than we expected. I'll live with that more than chipping out and laying up from 20 feet.”

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Wind, not rain more a weekend factor at Open

By Mercer BaggsJuly 20, 2018, 6:39 pm

CARNOUSTIE, Scotland – After a half-day of rain in Round 2 of the 147th Open Championship, the weekend offers a much drier forecast.

Saturday at Carnoustie is projected to be mostly cloudy with a high of 62 degrees and only a 20 percent chance of rain.


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Sunday calls for much warmer conditions, with temperatures rising upwards of 73 degrees under mostly cloudy skies.

Wind might be the only element the players have to factor in over the final 36 holes. While the winds will be relatively calm on Saturday, expected around 10-15 mph, they could increase to 25 mph in the final round.