Saint Andrew’s, Pebble Beach, “Dragonfly Technology,” “King Cobra,” “Spaceport,” “Big Bertha” and Mulligans – only one sport can claim all of these choice terms: golf. Golf was not always the “sport of gentlemen.” In fact on March 6, 1457, an “Act of the Scottish Parliament” sought to ban this troublesome sport:
‘And touchand ye futebaw and ye golf We ordane it to be punyst be ye baronys unlaw. And if he tak it not to be tain be ye kings officars.’
Basically, the Scottish Parliament wanted men to engage in “archery practice” and not “lollygag” along playing “golf.”
As golf has become more popular, its equipment has improved. Lighter, stronger materials have enabled golfers to speed up their swings. Here is a review of the best 5 woods in the game (listed alphabetically):
Our Top 5 Woods
Question: Who is the best Woods in the game?
Answer: That is easy – Tiger Woods!
Best Five Woods in the Game
What do you want in a high-quality wood? In 1979, TaylorMade introduced the first wood made of steel. Now, most modern golf clubs are made of carbon, graphite or titanium.
Woods Buying Advice
Thus, the modern “wood” category is more about shape and function. Just for the sake of argument, a wood should be used for longer shots or tighter lies. For the purposes of this review, we will concentrate primarily on category 3 woods – 4 fairway woods and 1 tight lie wood.
Assessment Criteria for Rating Woods
The best wood will allow you to strike the ball a great distance, right down the center of the fairway. Our mini-review assessment criteria are appearance, design, control and performance.
Naturally, golfers want to look good on the links. After you put on your favorite plaid knickers and golfer’s cap, you will want to have matching clubs. C
ertain brands will give you traditional black colors. Cutting-edge sporting goods companies, like Nike and Mizuno, might sell golfing clubs that look like a neon bowling ball.
Certain club shapes also might be preferable. The most traditional shapes are “pear” or “semi-oval.” Some modern shapes include “squares” or “triangles.” When you use an “unconventionally-shaped” wood, you might feel like you have an edge over other players.
Since man has made it to the moon, we all kind of expect some technological benefits, besides Tang, don’t we? How about some “stealth” technology in clubs?
Some woods have very interesting engineering, including the “Dragonfly Technology,” “Hyper Speed Face Cup” and “Spaceport.” But does this special proprietary technology really make a difference?
Another key development is the “adjustable” wood. This is great, if you notice all of your shots are hooking or lack proper loft. You can also use them for special circumstances, like hooking around a tree.
Keep your head down, watch the ball and follow through – controlling a tiny ball should be easy, right? While some wood technology is quite fancy, it might be a bit complicated for the lay man. Do you need to be a rocket scientist to use this wood?
“Reverse every natural instinct and do the opposite of what you are inclined to do, and you will probably come very close to having a perfect golf swing.” – Ben Hogan.
How does the club “feel?” Is it balanced? Is the weight evenly distributed? All golfers want a wood that just “feels right.” This is somewhat subjective, so we will concentrate on balance, control and playability.
And finally, and most importantly, how does it perform on the course? When you play 18 holes, do you knock strokes off your game? Can you get up and down before brunch?
Although we could have included other assessment criteria in this mini-review, we felt this covered the basics. Our reviews are from golf pro coaches who understand the mechanics of the perfect shot.
They are looking for a lower Center of Gravity (CG) and higher Moment of Inertia (MOI), along with forgiveness. The perfect wood is as forgiving as your mama and matches your golf attire.
Mini Review of Each Wood
We chose woods, which were superb in most of the aforementioned categories. Here are the mini reviews for the best 5 woods:
We started off with the exception to the fairway wood category – the Adams Tight Lies Titanium 3 wood is specifically made for “firm lies.”
The PGA Tour professional Ted Brasile suggested that this shot might be difficult: “from a firm lie, there is no cushion of grass under the ball, and the margin for error is much less than it is from the rough. Hit the shot fat here, and you’ll probably wind up in the bunker or worse.” “You must be more precise with the low point” when your lie is firm.
The Adams Tight Lies Titanium is made especially for these “bald grass” circumstances. The appearance is quite traditional with a solid black-and-blue color scheme. You have a couple of models to choose from, including the 43-inch length, 15-degree loft 3 wood.
This wood actually reveals an interesting development in the golfing industry: upside-down design. Most of these woods have rather bland appearances on the top with the real “working gears” on the bottom. It is a bit like an automobile. The Adams Tight Lies Titanium uses “Ghost Slot Technology” and a tri-level sole for handling uneven ground.
Players have more control due to the 75-gram steel plate on the bottom. This creates a lower CG. You can manage a lower strike with more power behind it.
The ball flew “just like a rocket,” according to PGA Golf Coach Rick Shiels during testing. Thus, the Adams 3 wood performed just as planned, by kicking the ball up, generating higher ball speeds and minimizing turf interaction.
- Traditional Appearance
- Low Powerful Impact
- High Loft
- Not Adjustable
When you hear both “Great & Big” used to describe a wood, then you have high expectations. And for many golf professionals, the Calloway Great Big Bertha has satisfied all of their expectations. You can start with a sharp, aggressive, red-silver-and-black “Iron Man” color scheme.
The tested model was the 15-degree, adjustable 3 wood with composite crown. The “Hyper Speed Face Cup” increases the “sweet spot.”
You can adjust the sliding 10.5-gram weight in the aerodynamic channel from side-to-side. The “Warbird Soleplate” makes it easy to hit from any type of lie. The Big Bertha has a larger head than you would find on a normal fairway wood.
“Golf is deceptively simple and endlessly complicated; it satisfies the soul and frustrates the intellect. It is at the same time rewarding and maddening – and it is without a doubt the greatest game mankind has ever invented.” – Arnold Palmer.
Playability and control can be a bit challenging with the Big Bertha. Because you have more power, you can quickly lose control. You can tighten or loosen the adaptability screw on the bottom. PGA Golf Pro Rick Shiels liked the crisp sound, which were familiar acoustics for the Calloway brand.
Players using the Big Bertha praise the high speeds, which can be generated due to the lightweight construction. This also generated impressive distance. The Calloway Great Big Bertha is high-performance. Perhaps, “Super” might need to be added to the name, as this definitely is one of the best 5 woods around. Great Big Bertha won a Perfect Score from GolfWRX.
- Slight Draw
- Wispy Hits Occasionally
The Cobra King Ltd fairway wood’s black-and-fire-red color scheme is quite exotic and intense.
The Cobra King might be tops in terms of “technology.” You can adjust the “MyFly Loft with Smart Pad” settings – between 13 degrees and 19 degrees – easily enough on the shaft. The “Spaceport” creates a lower CG and higher MOI; it also provides internal access.
You can adjust the 13-gram weight to your exact specifications. The “Spiralock” technology prevents loosening of screws during forceful strikes. All of this technology has created a very “forgiving” club.
The Cobra shaft is made of TeXtreme Carbon Fiber, which is 20% lighter than normal carbon fiber. This allows you to generate high ball speed, while maintaining control.
Just like a “King Cobra striking,” the performance is top-notch. This wood has a “Speed Channel” trench around the face perimeter to minimize thickness. This trench increases ball speed across the head face, resulting in greater distance. Cobra won the “2016 Golf Digest Gold Hot List Award.”
- Cutting Edge Design
- Odd Sound
- A Bit Complicated
The Ping G has a number of models available; the 3 wood of 43-inch length with loft of 14.5 degrees, will be reviewed here. The black-and-blue color scheme is proper.
The “Dragonfly Technology” might be one of the most intriguing elements of the Ping G line of clubs. This is an example of “biomimicry” where Ping used the thin Dragonfly wing design as a model. The super thin wings use veins to increase strength – Ping G woods are lightweight, but stable.
The low-back CG generates high launch and low spin. Your impact will tend to occur, higher on this Ping G wood.
Experts claim that while the distance is not as far, there is a fantastic hit on your center strikes. The straight leading edge delivers a consistent stroke.
- Respectable Appearance
- Consistent Stroke
- Higher Launch
- Not As Far As Others
The black-and-gray, 15-degree, 43-inch, 3 wood Titleist 915F, is a “player’s club.” The pear-shaped design looks like a three-pointed star, similar to the space shuttle, which Darth Vader used to escape when the “Death Star” exploded.
The club design uses a “forward-positioned” channel to deliver high speed along its entire face. There is more stability due to the low CG. Choose from sixteen unique loft and lie combinations.
The Titleist 915F has a larger profile and no draw bias. You gain higher ball speed and lower spin with this powerful wood.
PGA Golf Pro Rick Shiels called this club – “phenomenal.” It has a solid feel and sound.
- High Launch
- Not So Forgiving