For many golfers, there are few golf shots tougher than hitting a 3-wood from a tightly cropped fairway. After all, it typically involves using a large clubhead with little loft. How is anyone supposed to get the ball airborne? That’s why many of us have resorted to higher-lofted, smaller-headed fairway woods and hybrids — to help negotiate those far-reaching shots from both the fairway and rough.
And club manufacturers have taken notice in recent years, making these clubs with better weighting schemes, shallower profiles and more confidence-inducing aesthetics — all in an effort to help ease the process of hitting the long ball. If you haven’t tried some of the latest models, you may be blown away at how easy they are to hit. Here are some just hitting the market: