From Golf Magazine ClubTest 2012 (May, 2012)
Category: Game-Improvement Fairway Woods
WE TESTED: 3 (16°), 5 (19°) with Miyazaki C. Kua 39 Limited Edition graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The club is 10 grams lighter than Cleveland’s FL woods. A lightweight Miyazaki graphite shaft, lightweight grip and aerodynamic “Speed Crown” are designed to help golfers generate faster swing speeds. The stainless steel head’s center of gravity is lower and more rearward to produce a high trajectory.
OUR TESTERS SAY: One of the more manageable woods in its class; the 39-gram shaft makes it a viable option for slower swingers.
PLAYABILITY: Higher ball flight than normal; the sole glides across the turf, making it versatile from tight and uneven lies; a handful of guys find it fairly easy to shape in both directions.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Misses don’t stray too far off-line; some testers find that they can’t miss it to the right, a plus for slicers.
DISTANCE: Respectable length on off-center hits and poorer swings.
FEEL: Light shaft is easy to swing; dense, persimmon-like feel at impact.
LOOK: All-black, stealth-like appearance evokes a feeling of confidence and aggressiveness.
Long, lightweight shaft forces some testers to ease off the gas, making it difficult to get best results; ball flight is too high for some guys, and can be a detriment when playing in the wind.