Six Fairway Woods and Driving Irons

If your long game can only be described as "long and wrong," prepare to find some new phrases. We suggest "dart-throwing," "laser-like" and "money.") A new trio of fairway wood models from Adams, Ben Hogan and Sonartec aims to make the game easier for the everyman. (That means you.) Each sports a refined shape with plenty of sole-weighting for easy takeoff.

On the lower portion of this page you'll find a subset to the hybrid category also ready to take off--driving irons. Though not as forgiving as more wood-like hybrids, they offer more shotmaking versatility and are easier to use than traditional long irons off both tee and turf.

Adams Redline RPM Stainless Steel
The steel head sports a composite crown, which allows more weight to go into the sole. The payoff: a 10-gram tungsten sole weight that helps create higher trajectory and soft-landing shots. $250 (graphite); 800-622-0609 or

Ben Hogan Big Ben C455
Hogan's first fairway wood since 1996 offers feel, forgiveness and traditional looks. The steel head has a curving "Speed Slot" design along the toe to improve aerodynamics for faster swing speed, added distance and better overall stability. $225 (graphite); 866-834-6532 or

Sonartec SS-2.5 Mid-Face
A new stainless steel called ST 385 used for the face adds distance. Weight shifted back and toward the heel and toe offers forgiveness and a loftier launch; the cavity in the sole produces a penetrating ball flight. $285 (graphite); 877-237-1190 or

Nike Pro Combo Utility Iron
Seventy grams of tungsten low and deep make these clubs more forgiving than the long irons they replace. The counterweights: A thin forged face and the lightweight True Temper Speed Step shaft. $189 (steel); 888-799-6453 or

Cleveland Launcher Driving Iron
When company tour reps brought the LDI to last year's PGA Championship, David Toms and the five other pros put one in their bags--they loved the piercing trajectory. $142 (steel), $ 191 (graphite); 800-999-6263 or

Bridgestone J33 AirMuscle
Precept's parent company has come out with a new line of clubs and balls for '05. The J33 AirMuscle sports just 2mm of offset for maximum workability and a .09" thick forged steel face for soft feel. $199 (graphite); 800-999-6263 or

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