21 new fairway woods that fly far and land softly | ClubTest 2023
For ClubTest 2023, we tested and reviewed all the best new fairway woods from the top manufacturers. Browse below to see all the new fairway wood models, our robot and player testing, and find links to full reviews. When you’ve identified the perfect fairway wood for your game, you can also buy your new club right here!
BEST NEW FAIRWAY WOODS FOR 2023
Callaway Paradym fairway woods
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Callaway Paradym, Paradym X and Paradym Triple Diamond Fairway Woods
Just like with the Paradym drivers, the 2023 Callaway fairway woods continue in their respective model lines with Paradym, Paradym X and Paradym Triple Diamond. Also in line with the drivers, the standard model is intended to fit the most players; the Paradym X is the most forgiving shape with a slight draw bias; and the Triple Diamond is for stronger players looking to lower flight and spin. Models include Callaway Paradym, Callaway Paradym X and Callaway Paradym Triple Diamond.
Cobra Aerojet fairway woods
Cobra Aerojet, Aerojet LS and Aerojet Max Fairway Woods
Other than being a bit smaller than the drivers, the fairway woods bear much of the same technology as the drivers including a PWR-Bridge weighting system suspended behind the face for increased ball speed, PWRSHELL H.O.T. face technology, a carbon crown, adjustable weighting (in the LS and MAX models) and an adjustable loft hosel. Models include Cobra Aerojet, Cobra Aerojet LS and Cobra Aerojet Max.
Mizuno ST-Z 230 fairway woods
Mizuno ST-Z 230 Fairway Woods
Rather than break down the ST230 fairway wood line into separate designs, the single STZ model offers a ton of versatility with a higher launch and lower spin in a mid-sized club head, specifically developed alongside Mizuno’s Tour advisors. The ST-Z incorporates the CORTech Chamber into a high-energy MAS1C steel face and body design that also used a carbon crown to lower the center of gravity and save precious weight to be positioned around the head for higher MOI. The Quick Switch hosel which is available in both the 3 and 5-wood heads offers a full 4 degrees of adjustability to take the range of available lofts from 13 to 20 degrees.
Ping G430 fairway woods
Ping G430 Max and G430 SFT Fairway Woods
Ping’s G430 SFT and G430 Max models cover a large swath of the golfing population. The Max ($385; 15, 18, 21 and 24 degrees) boasts plenty of heel-toe forgiveness in a generous profile, while the slightly larger SFT ($385; 16, 19 and 22 degrees) comes in a lighter swingweight for consistent face contact. Models include Ping G430 Max and Ping G430 SFT.
PXG 0311 Gen5 and 0211 fairway woods
PXG 0311 Gen5, 0311 XF Gen5 and 0211 Fairway Woods
PXG’s Gen5 fairway woods come in standard and XF versions, with the standard being the lower-spinning of the two. Both come with carbon crowns, a high-strength AM355 steel body, and a stainless steel squared face for improved ballspeed and perimeter-located weights for added forgiveness and more distance. The standard has a flatter sole while the XF has a rail design for better turf interaction–a design feature particularly helpful for those with steep attack angles. Also, the MOI on both are much higher, ranging from 34% in the standard and 37% higher in the XF when compared to respective models last year. The 0211 fairway woods gain extra forgiveness thanks to a squared-up face design that expands the hitting area which in turn expands the ability for the face to flex when hit away from the middle. Models include PXG 0311 Gen5, PXG 0311 XF Gen5 and PXG 0211.
Srixon ZX MKII fairway woods
Srixon ZX MKII Fairway Woods
The ZX fairway woods incorporate much of the MKII driver technologies, but the Srixon engineers still went further with the fairway woods’ “Cannon Sole” that places a “floating” weight pad (which sits like a cresting wave toward the face) in the sole to properly position the center of gravity for ideal launch and spin but still allow maximum face flex. For additional discretionary mass, the 3-wood model utilizes a carbon crown to further lower the center of gravity and increase MOI. Another beneficial feature of the fairway woods is the stepped-down crown which helps in both alignment and to lower the center of gravity along with a curved leading edge to offer maximum playability from any lie.
TaylorMade Stealth 2 fairway woods
TaylorMade Stealth 2, Stealth 2 HD and Stealth 2 Plus Fairway Woods
The standard model Stealth 2, which is the model most golfers are going to gravitate toward, offers all of the familiar technologies including 3D Carbon crown, V-Steel Sole design for improved ground interaction and through-slot speed pocket for better ball speed retention on shots hit lower on the face. The new Stealth 2 HD is one of the highest MOI fairway woods TaylorMade has ever produced and is going to really help golfers who struggle with traditional 3-woods. Last but not least is the most advanced and adjustable fairway wood in the lineup: the Titanium Stealth 2 Plus. Models include TaylorMade Stealth 2, TaylorMade Stealth 2 HD and TaylorMade Stealth 2 Plus.
Titleist TSR fairway woods
Titleist TSR1, TSR2, TSR2+ and TSR3 Fairway Woods
he new Titleist TSR fairway woods, much like the TSR drivers, sent the Titleist engineering team back to the drawing board to make every possible improvement they could from the already beloved TSi series. The results speak for themselves. “Higher, farther and more forgiving” is the headline from Titleist, and the clubs deliver. There is much hidden (and not-so-hidden) tech that should have golfers excited to try out these clubs, including an additional fourth specialty model intended to fill a gap in a lot of players bags. Models include Titleist TSR1, Titleist TSR2, Titleist TSR2+ and Titleist TSR3.
Wilson Dynapower fairway woods
Wilson Dynapower Fairway Woods
The Wilson Dynapower fairway woods are designed to combine a tour-inspired shape with a shallow head profile for easy launch and a clean look from address. Much like the drivers, the fairway woods feature a concentrated rear weight to raise the MOI and offer extra stability of shots hit around the face, along with a variable face thickness to improve ball speeds on shots missed around the face.