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VOTE: What Are The Best Fairway Woods of 2017?

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zakkozuchowskizakkozuchowski GolfWRX Editor 1162WRX Points: 61Members Posts: 1,162
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What are the best fairway woods of 2017? It's time for you, the GolfWRX Community, to cast your votes.



In the poll below, please select the three (3) fairway woods you believe are the best-performing models of 2017. Please vote based on your experience testing this year’s new fairway woods. Things to consider include distance, forgiveness, looks and feel. We want to hear about launch angle, spin rate, stability of off-center hits, sound, face angle, adjustability… everything.



Once you’ve voted in the poll, please post why you chose the fairway woods you did in the thread below. Don’t forget to tell us about the differences you saw in your fitting between your old gamer and your new gamer.



A Note From the GolfWRX Staff: We thank you so much for the support you've offered this year to Members Choice, as you've already helped countless golfers find the The Best Drivers of 2017 and The Best Irons of 2017 by sharing your wisdom and experience. We believe that you, the GolfWRX Community, are the most knowledgable golfers on the planet. We're proud to call you Members and keep rolling through the bag with you.
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  • GnomesteelGnomesteel  988WRX Points: 99Members Posts: 988
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    I'm gaming a TaylorMade M2 15º (w/ Aldila Rogue Silver 70X) and it's the best 3 wood I've ever played. Long off the tee and easily hit off the deck with control. Best of both worlds.
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  • kush614kush614  969WRX Points: 96Members Posts: 969
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    My vote is for M2 as well. Gaming a 15 degree 2017 M2 with Oban Kioyshi White. Mid launch, low spin monster
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  • AThompson_3AThompson_3  1438WRX Points: 114Members Posts: 1,438
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    Best fairway wood by far is M2 Tour. Exceptional feel, workability, and forgiveness. Great off the tee while also able to launch the ball off the fairway very easily. Fantastic club. Expecting it be in my bag for years to come.
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    Driver: Callaway Epic SZ 9* Fujikura Atmos Tour Spec Black 6X
    3 Wood: Titleist 917 F2 15* Diamana D+ 70X
    Hybrid: Titleist 818 H2 19* Fujikura Atmos HB Tour Spec Black 9X
    Irons: Mizuno MP-25 4-P DGTI X100
    Wedges: Vokey SM7 50F, 55S, 60M Project X 6.5
    Putter(s): Odyssey O Works 7s Black, Bettinardi BB1F
    Ball: Titleist Pro V1
    Bag: Sun Mountain Four-5
  • Bomber_11Bomber_11 Enjoy the Chase.  3562WRX Points: 138ClubWRX Posts: 3,562
    Joined:  #5
    M2 Tour would get all 3 of my votes if I could do that.



    Wins out on distance, accuracy, forgiveness, versatility, and feel.
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    Ping G400 Max 9* w/ Tensei Pro Orange 60TX
    Ping G400 14.5* w/ Graphite Design AD DI 7X
    Taylormade P790 UDI 2i w/ HZRDUS Black 6.5
    Callaway Raw Apex MB 4-PW w/ Modus3 130X
    Titleist Vokey SM7 52F/56S w/ DG TI S400
    Titleist Vokey SM4 60 w/ DG TI S400
    Scotty Cameron Newport 2 Button Back
    Vessel Player 2.0 Stand Bag
  • brkuckbrkuck  1619WRX Points: 132Members Posts: 1,619
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    Exotics EX10 Beta. Cant kick the CB2 out, but the best I have hit this year.
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  • KPH808KPH808 Participation Trophy  2643WRX Points: 115ClubWRX Posts: 2,643
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    TM M2 Tour
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    [font=arial,helvetica,sans-serif][font=times new roman,times,serif]Ping G400 LST 8.5* w/ Tensei Pro White 70 TX
    TM '17 M2 15* w/ Kurokage Dual Core 80 TX
    TM P790 UDI 2 w/ KBS Tour 130x
    Titleist 718 CB w/ KBS $ Taper 130x
    Fourteen Raw RM 22 50, 54, 58 w/ KBS 610 Tour Black Nickel
    Scotty Cameron Circle T Futura 6M
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  • venturagolfer87venturagolfer87 Golfing is harder with a fro.  1353WRX Points: 111Members Posts: 1,353
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    There's nowhere even remotely close to me that has the M2 Tour, but my 3HL normal M2 is as close to automatic as I've ever been. Never been able to hit 3 woods, to the point where for the last few seasons, the next club in my bag after driver was a 5 wood that was shortened an inch. The M2 is somehow just as easy to hit, and looooooong.
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    WITB 2019
    - F8+ 10.5*, Kuro Kage Silver DC TiNi 60
    -2017 M2 3HL, Rulz Type A 70
    -MP H5 2 iron, PX 6.0
    -F6+ Hybrid, S+ 80
    -Srixon z585 5, z785 6-7, z-Forged 8-PW, PX LZ 5.5
    -50/54/58 Cleveland RTX 4 Mid, PX 6.0
    -Cushman Custom Golf C&C #2
    -Srixon Z-Star XV
  • WarrickWarrick  10831WRX Points: 780ClubWRX Posts: 10,831
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    The SZ 3+ was the first Epic in my bag, and it is never leaving. I have never hit a long club so consistently
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    GBB 9* HZRDUS Smoke
    F9 Tour 3w\13.5 - Smoke 70
    F9 Tour 5w\17.5- Smoke 70
    Epic hybrid - 22* Pro White 90
    Mizuno 919 combo 5-9 LZ Blackout 
    Mizuno T7 - 45-49-53-58 LZ Blackout 
    Custom V-Line Fang
    TM TP5X
  • bazinkybazinky  1693WRX Points: 179Members Posts: 1,693
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    I've spent years searching for a fairway that I could hit with a consistent shot shape/pattern, and I finally found it in the 917 F2.
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    Cobra LTD 9.5 - UST Elements Chrome 6F4
    Titleist 917 F2 16.5 at C1 (15.75) - MRC D+ Limited 80 S
    Callaway X2Hot Pro 20 - Aldila Tour Green 75 S
    Callaway X2Hot Pro 23 - Aldila Tour Green 75 S or Ping i20 4i - KBS Tour S - Yellow Dot
    Ping i20 5i-UW - KBS Tour S - Yellow Dot
    Ping Glide 54 SS - CFS Wedge S - Blue Dot
    Ping Glide 58 ES - CFS Wedge S - Black Dot
    Taylormade Spider Tour Red Half-Sightline - 35"
  • Peanut191Peanut191  1870WRX Points: 88Members Posts: 1,870
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    I thought the Titleist F3 was the best combination of looks and feel, but they didn't offer a 16.5 version, so I ordered the M2 tour hl. Thought the M2/M2 tour were the best distance wise, with the Epic then the F3 just behind.
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    M2 10.5, set to 9.75, D5, KK XT 70s
    M2 Tour 16.5, Diamana Thump 85s
    Titleist 913 21* Kiyoshi White 95 04 flex
    Srixon 745 4-PW, Dynamic Gold 115s
    Callaway Razr Forged GW 51
    Vokey 56F 14 bounce, Vokey 60M
    Scotty Newport 1.5
  • Ohiogolfer1Ohiogolfer1  399WRX Points: 56Members Posts: 399 BST Banned
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    Ping g400 stretch it's a monster
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  • Roadking_6Roadking_6  2482WRX Points: 70Members Posts: 2,482
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    M2 Tour HL is an absolute beast this far.
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  • ByeBye England 1359WRX Points: 115Members Posts: 1,359
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    I've only hit 3 of them. Epic, M2 and the 917f2. I think this might be the finest ever year for fairways as they all seem to be quality. I could use any of these happily.



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    Taylormade M3 9.5 - Aldila Rogue Silver 60X
    Callaway Rogue 3 Wood - Aldila Rogue Silver 70X
    Titleist 816 H2 20 degrees - Aldila Rogue Black 85X
    Titleist 716CB 4-9 - X100
    Vokey SM7 46.10, 50.08, 54M, 59M - S400
    Scotty Cameron Studio Stainless Newport 2.5
    Titleist Pro V1
  • RochesterGuyRochesterGuy  159WRX Points: 62Members Posts: 159
    Joined:  #15
    Like the Epic but would also like to test it against g400.
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  • Dobbs983Dobbs983  3WRX Points: 0Members Posts: 3
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    This is a fantastical year for fairway woods. I game the Epic SZ 15 degree, set to 14. Easy distance, mid launch and penetrating flight. Easy to hit off the deck and a tee. I can move it left and right, if I need to, but why bother when straight and long is so easy. The Titleist 917's are both very close to the Epic SZ, but not quite as forgiving. They are the best looking of the bunch. The Exotics EX10 Beta is amazingly long and straight and the sole is fantastic out of the rough.
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  • Steveko89Steveko89  5WRX Points: 0Members Posts: 5
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    I didn't do nearly as much trialing for my 3W after going up and down the racks picking out my F7+ w/ Hzrdus Yellow shaft. After settling on the driver I said, "That 3W that matches looks pretty slick, let me hit a few with it." and immediately fell in love. Has a nice traditional note at impact and the ball just flies off the face, especially with the weight forward. Probably could've tried a few different shafts but the stock stiff shaft works well enough and was able to find one used-mint on the bay for $150. Unfortunately, this was before the Cobra BOGO promo. Most of the positive shots that stick in my head from this season have come with the 3W, won't be seeking out a replacement for a while.
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  • mcgemmcgem  12WRX Points: 22Members Posts: 12
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    Hands down, without a doubt, GBB Epic Fairway is the best of this year's crop.
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    Cobra King F9 Special Edition Camo Veylix Rome 688 Stiff
    Ping G410 3 Fairway Veylix Alpina 673 Stiff
    Ping G410 3 Hybrid Veylix Rome 988 Stiff
    Ping G410 5-PW AWT 2.0 Stiff
    Ping Glide 2.0 Stealth 50* AWT 2.0 Wedge
    Edel Wedges 55*, 60* Nippon S3 Modus 115
    Kraken Golf Hyannis
    Titleist Pro V1x
    Vessel Player 2.0
  • chch3chch3  832WRX Points: 106Members Posts: 832
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    King F6 Baffler



    Not only do I think it is the best fairway wood, but it is my favorite club in my bag. I can hit this thing a mile set at 17.5. I can work it both ways. And I can hit it out of some really crappy lies. The small head sits really nice behind the ball. Much more pleasing to the eye than most of these gigantic fairway wood heads. I play mine at 42.5 with a 75 gram hzrdus black in it.



    Honorable mention is the M2 Tour. Hit it at a demo day and it was really solid.
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    Cobra Bio Cell // HZRDUS Black
    Cobra F6 Baffler // HZRDUS Black
    Cobra F7 Hybrid // ATMOS Tour Spec Blue
    Mizuno JPX 900 Forged 5-GW // Project X
    Ping Tour Gorge 52 // Project X
    Callaway PM Grind 56 // Project X
    Taylormade Tour Spider Black
  • MrTodd17MrTodd17  1WRX Points: 0Members Posts: 1
    Joined:  #20
    No competiton. Tour Edge EX10 Beta.
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  • cbole22cbole22  134WRX Points: 48Members Posts: 134
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    TM M2 and the Ping G performed the best since the G isn't on the list anymore i'll go with the M2
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    WITB
    Ping G 9.5* LST Oban Devotion 7x05
    Ping G25 FW 15*
    Ping G25 Hybrid 19*
    JPX-900 Forged 4-GW Dynamic Gold X-100
    Cleveland RTX-3 54, 58
    Bettinardi SS28
  • golf is my passiongolf is my passion  198WRX Points: 58Members Posts: 198
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    Have not hit the M2 Tour and G400, but this year's best from what I have tried is EX10 Beta by FAR
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  • specialed305specialed305  14WRX Points: 0Members Posts: 14
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    King F6 Baffler



    I pretty much could copy 'chch3's' comments. @ 17.5 deg I was able able to swap out my 3W for a BB Mini 1.5 and now my bag is really working for me. Probably going to buy a second to stash away...
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    Driver
    Callaway Rogué Sub Zero (9*) , Kuro Kage XT 60G TX , 45"
    3Wood
    Callaway Big Bertha Mini (14*) Kuro Kage Black 60G S, 44""
    5Wood
    Cobra F6 Baffler (17.5*) Kuro Kage Black 70G S, 41.75"
    Hybrid
    Cobra F7 (21.5*)
    Irons
    Callaway Apex Pro 16 (5-PW) with Project X 6.0
    Wedges
    Callaway MD3, 50*, 55*, 60* with Project X PXI 6.0
    Putter
    Scotty Camaron California Coronado 34"
  • TigerWoodsIVTigerWoodsIV  82WRX Points: 0Members Posts: 82
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    I've only hit the M2 Tour and M2 in 15*. For me, I don't really need extra workability out of a 3 wood or the extra $50 charge, so I just went M2. I can still work it when I need to, but that thing is an absolute bomber. Easy to hit off the tee or fairway and as forgiving as I could imagine a 3 wood being. I only drive it around 280 and the other day I hit it off the tee a bit off the toe and it still went 260. Ridiculous distance for a 3 wood. Love the white and carbon look too.
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  • hacker_kevhacker_kev  4WRX Points: 0Members Posts: 4
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    My vote goes to the Cobra F6 Baffler. It is adept off the tee, fairway and shines out of the rough. I like how the small head looks, and how easily you can hit it out of bad lies. I play mine at 16 and it is the only fairway wood I carry.
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    Current WITB
    - Ping G Driver 55G R-Shaft
    - Cobra King F6 4-5 Wood
    - Cobra King F6 3-4 Hybrid
    - 4 thru SW Cobra King F6
    - Cleveland RT588 Lob Wedge
    - Callway Tuttle Putter
  • dcorundcorun  369WRX Points: 0Members Posts: 369
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    I currently play the Cobra F6 fairway wood. Tried the F7, F6 Baffler and M2 but, they could not convince me to upgrade. It's the easiest 3 wood to hit from the fairway I've ever played and as good off the tee.
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    TM M2 Driver - 10.0*` Fujikura Pro 50 R Flex (2017)
    Cobra F6 3 Wood - 14.5* Matrix Red Tie 65Q 4 R Flex
    Cobra F6 Hybrid 3 - 18.5* Matrix Red Tie 65Q 4 R Flex
    Cobra F6 Hybrid 4 - 21.5* Matrix Red Tie 65Q 4 R Flex
    Cobra F6 Hybrid 5 - 24.5* Matrix Red Tie 65Q 4 R Flex
    Cleveland 588 MT Irons 6 - SW UST/Mamiya Actionlite 55 R Flex
    Cleveland Huntington Beach Collection Putter #4 - 35"
  • chch3chch3  832WRX Points: 106Members Posts: 832
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    King F6 Baffler



    I pretty much could copy 'chch3's' comments. @ 17.5 deg I was able able to swap out my 3W for a BB Mini 1.5 and now my bag is really working for me. Probably going to buy a second to stash away...




    I have been watching them on ebay to get another one to stash away also. It is going to be a long time before it comes out of my bag.
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    Cobra Bio Cell // HZRDUS Black
    Cobra F6 Baffler // HZRDUS Black
    Cobra F7 Hybrid // ATMOS Tour Spec Blue
    Mizuno JPX 900 Forged 5-GW // Project X
    Ping Tour Gorge 52 // Project X
    Callaway PM Grind 56 // Project X
    Taylormade Tour Spider Black
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  • halfsumohalfsumo  720WRX Points: 123Members Posts: 720
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    M2 Tour: best look, sound, feel and performance

    M1: awesome look and feel, I just decided to go with a 3HL version and since the M2 Tour spins less, I went with that to counteract the extra loft

    JPX900: second best look and feel and best stock shaft of anything out there by far.
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    G410+ 9* Accra TZ5 M4
    TS3 15 Tensei Pro White 70tx
    TS2 hybrid 19 Tensei Pro White 90tx
    Mizuno MP20 combo 4-PW LZ 6.5
    Mizuno T20 50,54
    Vokey SM7 S grind 60
    PING Sigma2 Tyne stealth 
  • belacyrfbelacyrf Waxhaw, NC 71WRX Points: 52Members Posts: 71
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    I currently game the TM SLDR fairway woods as I've never seen enough improvement from any new woods to make a change. However IF I were to make a change, I would definitely move to the Callaway Epic SZ. They are so forgiving and their flight is exactly what I like, plus they are long. The Cobra Baffler is also a very nice wood, it really does help get the ball out of the grass, I've used it for a bit, and I really liked it, but mentally it just gets to me on tight lies.



    I can't seem to hit the TM M1/2 woods, I just can't really hit them straight.



    However, if I were buying on strictly "comfort" over the ball, I'm probably game the Titleist, they sit so nicely on the ground and really inspire confidence. To bad confidence doesn't put a better strike on the ball image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
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  • lowball5732lowball5732  4WRX Points: 0Members Posts: 4
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    My M1 15deg is a wonder! Either off the deck or on the tee -- optimal performance for me. My wife swears by her M2. She's straight and true!
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  • WooPigWooPig Arkansas 433WRX Points: 18Members Posts: 433
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    belacyrf wrote:


    I currently game the TM SLDR fairway woods as I've never seen enough improvement from any new woods to make a change. However IF I were to make a change, I would definitely move to the Callaway Epic SZ. They are so forgiving and their flight is exactly what I like, plus they are long. The Cobra Baffler is also a very nice wood, it really does help get the ball out of the grass, I've used it for a bit, and I really liked it, but mentally it just gets to me on tight lies.



    I can't seem to hit the TM M1/2 woods, I just can't really hit them straight.



    However, if I were buying on strictly "comfort" over the ball, I'm probably game the Titleist, they sit so nicely on the ground and really inspire confidence. To bad confidence doesn't put a better strike on the ball image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />




    I had the same problem, could not hit the TM fairways to save my life, no idea what the problem was. I was alternating between the TM and epics and hit the epics just fine so I don't think it was just a matter of showing up with a bad swing that day.
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    Srixon Z785 9.5- Tensei Pro Orange 70S
    Callaway GBB Epic SZ 3 wood- Aldila NV 2KXV Green 75S
    Titleist 818 H2 17- Aldila Rogue Max S
    Titleist 818 H2 21- Fujikura Atmos Blue S
    Mizuno MP 18 (5-pw)- DG S300
    Vokey SM7 50*- DG S200
    Vokey SM7 54*- DG S200
    Callaway Mack Daddy PM 58*- KBS Tour V 125
    Bettinardi '17 Studio Stock 8
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