Golf Magazine ClubTest 2012: Fairway Woods and Hybrids

September 17, 2012

The third portion of ClubTest 2012 covers fairway woods and hybrids.

We enlisted 40 amateur golfers to rate and review every model within a club category on the course and driving range. Hybrid categories are “Better-Player” (evaluated by testers with +1 to 10 handicaps) and “Game-Improvement” (14 to 22 handicaps). Fairway wood categories are “Better-Player” (6 to 16 handicaps) and “Game-Improvement” (10 to 19 handicaps). We tested 17 fairway woods and 15 hybrids during a two-week stay at World Golf Village in St. Augustine, Fla. Our research partner, Hot Stix Golf, custom fit the testers and recommended sticks based on data gathered using the TrackMan launch monitor. Achieving proper launch, spin and ball speed is critical to optimizing performance in fairway woods and hybrids. You, too, should work with a fitter who can determine your ideal specs. We've teamed up with GolfTEC and Golfsmith to offer you three custom-fitting options.

Note: Since we originally published this article, some companies have released new hybrids. Those clubs, marked with an (*), have not been through the ClubTest process yet, but we've included them in the chart below to help you find more clubs in one place.

Game-Improvement Hybrids Better-Player Hybrids
Adams Idea Super XTD Adams Idea Pro a12
Bobby Jones by Jesse Ortiz* Bridgestone J40
Callaway RAZR X HL Cobra AMP
Cleveland Mashie Mizuno MP-650*
Cobra Baffler T_Rail Ping Anser*
Nike VR_S Ping i20
Ping G20 Titleist 910H
TaylorMade RocketBallz Rescue Tour Edge Exotics CB4 Tour
Tour Edge Exotics XCG5  
Wilson FYbrid RS  
Cobra Baffler T-Rail
Adams Idea Pro a12
Ping i20 Hybrid
Tour Edge XCG5 Hybrid


Game-Improvement Fairway Woods Better-Player Fairway Woods
Adams Speedline Fast 12 Callaway RAZR Fit
Callaway RAZR X Black Cleveland Mashie
Cleveland CG Black Cobra AMP
Cobra Baffler T_Rail Nike VR Pro Limited Edition
Nike VR_S Ping i20
Ping G20 TaylorMade R11S
TaylorMade RocketBallz Titleist 910F
Tour Edge Exotics XCG5 Titleist 913F
Tour Edge Exotics Xrail*  Tour Edge Exotics CB4 Tour
 Wilson FYbrid RS  
Ping G20 Fairway Woods
Titleist 910F
Callaway RAZR X Black Fairway Woods
TaylorMade R11S