This in-depth and helpful buying guide to fairway woods will help you learn the basics of the club, which models are best suited for your individual needs and how you can improve your game on the golf course by having a fairway club in the bag.

The basics of buying 2015 fairway woods

In the traditional sense a fairway wood will start at 2 and go all the way up to 15. Of course modern golfers seek modern golf clubs, and the 3 and 5 woods are used a lot more often these days, while 3-woods typically have a loft of 15°, and 5-woods 19°.

Fairway woods have similar lofts to long irons and generally hit the golf ball further distances as the club head is slightly larger. Fairways are predominantly used on – big surprise – fairways, though they can also be used from the tee or on holes that are tighter than usual and require accuracy rather than distance.

High-handicap fairway woods

High handicap golfers need to be aware of what they are putting in their bags. A lot of golfers at this level will opt for a 3-wood and a 5-wood, though a 7 is also fine. You will notice immediately that trajectory is higher than your driver achieves and this means the golf ball will land a lot more gently. Second shots are also useful for a high handicapper, as is using the fairway wood for teeing off with.

Good practice is to start with at least one fairway, with most golfers choosing the 3 and 5-wood options. In regards to model type, the fairway is made from steel and the heads do not need to be as large as your driver does. Fairway woods are available in both steel and graphite shafts with graphite being favoured at this level. Flex at this level should be regular for an average male and for senior or ladies an A flex or ladies flex respectively is best.

If you’re a high-handicap golfer looking the best fairway woods options, the PING G Alta 65 Fairway Wood, TaylorMade M2 Fairway Wood, Callaway Golf XR 16 Fairway Wood, Cobra Golf King LTD Fairway Wood and Nike Golf Vapor Fly Diamana Fairway Wood are all ideal additions for your golf bag.

Mid-handicap fairway woods

If you are a mid handicapper then you’re already well on the way to stepping your game up a notch. You should be proficient with the fairway wood but perhaps still lacking in a few key areas.

If the golf club you are using is still an entry level model then perhaps you should consider ditching it in exchange for an upgrade that’s more testing. If you have seen an increase in swing speed then check the flex you have is still sustainable as slightly stiffer ones could give added improvement to control and get you a lot more par 5’s.

Golfers with a mid-handicap should consider using the Callaway Golf Great Big Bertha Kuro Kage , Cobra Golf MAX Fairway Wood, Mizuno Golf JPX EZ, TaylorMade AeroBurner and Wilson ProStaff HDX Fairway Wood for the best results on the green.

Low-handicap fairway woods

At this level you should know already which fairway wood is best for you. It may still be worth looking around of course as golf brands are always evolving and better models are readily hitting the shelves. Using golf clubs with Tour specifications will also lend benefit in terms of better golf ball flight and control. Keep an eye out for these specs and give them the chance to show you what they are capable of achieving.

The Wilson Staff FG Tour F5, PING G Tour 80 Fairway Wood, Benross RIP Speed 2, Titleist 915Fd Rogue Black and Callaway Golf X Hot S are all good options for low-handicap golfers.

View the full range of fairway woods today, or check out all the brands which offer the best quality fairway woods, including Callaway, Nike, PING, TaylorMade, Wilson Staff, Titleist, Benross, Cobra, Mizuno, Adams, Wilson, US Kids.