Add yards to your shot and send the ball soaring by equipping your golf bag with fairway woods. Available from top brands including Bridgestone, Callaway, PING and many more, fairway woods from TGW.com are available with club heads ranging from 3-11 and loft ranges from 13-27 degrees. We review all the hottest clubs for you on The TGW Golf Guide where you'll find video player reviews and interviews with clubmakers. For help choosing a fairway wood, scroll to the bottom of this page.
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About Fairway Woods
While other clubs tend to get more attention, fairway woods are an important part of your set makeup, as they help you account for the significant yardage gaps that inevitably exist between your driver and your irons. Unfortunately for many golfers, hitting fairway wood shots has traditionally been the source of trepidation and frustration, most notably when it comes to being able to launch the ball in the air, especially from the turf. Continued advancements in technology, however, from all of the major club manufacturers in recent years has helped alleviate that once common problem, and hitting fairway wood shots has never been easier.
Most newer fairway designs feature lower centers of gravity to not only help create higher launch angles but also reduce spin rates for increased distance. Additionally, many feature shallower clubfaces and/or redesigned soles that make them easier to hit from a tee or the fairway, and having a fairway wood that you trust can be a huge benefit from the tee on difficult driving holes.
When it comes to buying fairway woods, it’s important to maintain proper gapping, which typically amounts to at least three-to-four degrees of loft separation. For example, if you play a 3-wood that has 15 degrees of left, you would want your next fairway wood to have at least 18 degrees of loft.
For that reason, it makes the most sense to pair 3- and 5-woods together or possibly 4- and 7-woods, the latter of which has become an increasingly popular combination as fairway wood distances have increased dramatically in recent years.
What Are Typical Fairway Wood Lofts?
In terms of fairway wood lofts, there is no industry standard, but most 3-woods will have 14-15 degrees of loft, most 4-woods will have 16-17 degrees of loft, most 5-woods will have 18-19 degrees of loft, and most 7-woods will have 20-21 degrees of loft. Specialty fairways with even higher lofts are also available from some companies, especially for women, and for those who like to use a fairway wood more often than a driver from the tee, most manufacturers offer what is known as a “strong” 3-wood, which will usually have lofts in the neighborhood of 12-13 degrees.