Choosing a Steel Fairway Wood
When you take up golf, a novice player or even a pro golfer will be assaulted with a barrage of fairway wood brands and that includes a steel fairway wood as well. They all claim to perk up a golfers game, distance, accuracy and so on. Some people will say that all the hype about technology in golfing equipment is simply a marketing ploy on the part of companies, but in actuality the right equipment can and will improve a golfer's game.
Fairway woods are essential in helping lower a golfer's score, and we all know that the engine of a wood is always the shaft. Fairway wood shafts can spell the difference between helping land your ball towards the green or elsewhere. These days a player may have a choice of steel, graphite or titanium fairway wood.
In choosing a steel fairway wood a golfer has to consider torque, length, weight, flex, and/or stiffness. Torque is the shaft's propensity to twist during the downswing due to the 90 degree turn of the clubhead. Excessive torque may cause a slice or a hook. The great thing about steel is that, torque is not so much an issue but if your swing still has the tendency to hook or slice, then get a steel offset fairway wood.
Length is very important in a steel fairway wood, or for any wood that you use for that matter. It immediately affects your game, because it determines the distance your ball will travel. Although, a longer shaft does not always mean its better, length also means lesser precision so you will have to find the balance between distance and accuracy when it comes to the length of your steel fairway wood shaft. Length also affects the clubface alignment.
The flexibility and stiffness of a steel fairway wood shaft, affects the initial launch angle of a golf ball upon clubhead through impact. Just the right stiffness or flexibility, will immensely help with a golfer's swing consistency. Shaft flex or stiffness affects how a golfer feels his fairway wood, and "feeling" is important for a golfer to gauge his game.
Swing speed is affected by weight which in turn affects a ball's optimal launch angle. A steel fairway wood is usually heavier than a graphite or titanium one. That makes steel better for those who hit or swing strong. A lighter shaft is good for women, older people or the younger golfers.
Steel Fairway Wood Brands
TaylorMade, one of the leading golf club manufacturers have a variety of fairway wood models to choose from. Taylor made v steel fairway woods minimizes error, by delivering 3 essentials that a fairway metal should have. These essentials are length, combined with accuracy, and versatility, which can also be found in an r7 steel fairway wood. Although, the v steel fairway wood is more popular because it works like a utility wood, combining the distance of a fairway metal, and the accuracy of TaylorMade r7 irons.
Giving v steel fairway woods a run for their money, is the Cleveland launcher steel fairway wood. This steel fairway wood from Cleveland hits more like a driver than a 3-wood when it comes to distance, and can really help improve a golfer's handicap. Cleveland hibore fairway wood is also a good alternative, or club to practice on to harness driving skills. What's more, it is a lot less expensive than a TaylorMade fairway metal.
To Sum Up. . .
If you want the advantages of both an iron and a fairway wood you can always use a utility wood, a decent choice would be orlimar golf club. Orlimar golf club also manufactures left handed drivers. If you really want TaylorMade and can't afford it you can always buy TaylorMade clones but nothing can beat the original because you're really paying for TaylorMade shaft technology when you purchase the real thing.