Fairway woods are an all too often forgotten category of golf clubs. However, these are the ones best suited to pushing your ball down the fairway as quickly as possible. More accurate than the driver but much quicker and offering much more loft than your irons and wedges, fairway woods are the clubs necessary if you want to cut strokes off your golf game.
Unfortunately, they can also be a bit tricky to use for the beginner. With longer shafts than the irons and lighter weight, their high speed makes them somewhat difficult to weild.
Fortunately, some manufacturers have addressed this problem with innovative designs that make the fairway wood a little more manageable for the less experienced player. This fairway wood from TaylorMade is a great example of a quality club that is suited for beginners.
TaylorMade offers there well-crafted and very affordable fairway wood in both a 3 wood and a 5 wood. These are quite a bit shorter than your driver (which is typically a 1 wood) so that will make them more easy to control although they are still going to be longer than your irons.
The cavity backed clubhead is the perfect addition to this wood. As a high handicap player, it is almost essential to opt for a cavity backed clubhead (rather than the blade clubhead) because these are far more forgiving and actually assist you in your swing so that you can manage the speed of this club better.
The center of gravity is also lower and positioned further forward which gives you more control. The face design is also unique in that it creates a larger “sweet spot” meaning you will have more success with your shot even if you don’t hit it precisely in the center.
When you purchase this fairway wood, you also get a clubhead cover included with that purchase. This is nice as it saves you on having to buy it separately.
Although it is definitely designed to be a more forgiving club for beginners, the shaft is still made of graphite. This lightweight material adds too much speed and flexibility for an unexperienced player so we would have preferred to see a steel shaft here.
However, you do have the option to choose the flexibility so if you are a beginner, we recommend choosing the stiff option.
As far as fairway woods go, this is a great place to start. A low handicap player might prefer something a little more advanced (such as a blade clubhead and more flexibility). However, the design (and pricing) is clearly meant to accommodate mid to high handicap players who still need some assistance in mastering the fairway wood. For that, this is perfect.Buy TaylorMade Fairway Wood