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ClubTest 2013: Bobby Jones by Jesse Ortiz Fairway Woods

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Bobby Jones by Jesse Ortiz Fairway Wood

Bobby Jones by Jesse Ortiz Fairway Woods
Category: Better-Player Fairway Woods
Price: $189
WE TESTED:
13°, 15°, 17° with Graphite Design G-Series graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A thinner, more flexible maraging steel face adds power and forgiveness on slight misses. Two runners stabilize the head in a variety of lies and playing conditions. The adjustable hosel creates three face angle options (square, 1° closed, 2° closed).

PROS
PLAYABILITY:
Compact head cuts through rough and tough lies well; penetrating flight makes it easy to keep under the wind; quite workable for a fairway wood.
DISTANCE: No unexpected hot spots -- the testers get predictable distances almost every time; solid hits travel as long as some of the bigger-name clubs.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Generally, you get what you deserve -- well-struck shots have a tight grouping, while misses aren't as good; decent correction on shots from tougher lies.
FEEL: A soft impact sensation covers misses; you know when you hit it well; a more traditional feel, not metallic.
LOOK: A classy player's club; more triangular shape makes alignment a breeze; compact size gives confidence from the rough and other trouble lies.

CONS
Not overly forgiving on slight misses; it doesn't provide as much lift as some testers prefer; a few guys say it's not the most gratifying feel on solid hits.

BOTTOM LINE: Ample distance and playability in a unique-looking package.

NEXT REVIEW: Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme Fairway Woods

 

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