GolfOnline’s Top 9 Golf Fairway Woods for High Handicappers

by Maura Hutchinson

At GolfOnline we are dedicated to helping you find the very best equipment for your golf game. We are proud to stock the latest golf clubs from the world’s biggest brands including Cobra, Callaway, TaylorMade, Titleist, Wilson Staff and more. With new releases and new technology unveiled each year, it can be difficult to know the golf fairway woods that are right for your game, especially if you’re just starting out. Read on to find out who’s won our coveted Gold, Silver and Bronze awards, as well as important info you should know before purchasing your new fairway wood.

Things to Consider When Picking New Golf Fairway Woods When You’re a High Handicapper:

Should my fairway woods match my driver?
The simple answer to this is no. There is no reason that you have to buy the matching fairway woods to your driver. While you might prefer to do that, it is also possible to find a better fit for your game from a different brand or the same brand but a different range.

How many golf fairway woods do I need?
There really isn’t a simple one size fits all answer to this one. To begin, most golfers benefit from using a 3 and 5 wood. These are the fairway woods you can expect to find if you are purchasing a package set. But don’t be afraid to start adding to this set up if you want to, or conversely taking away a fairway wood if you find you’re not using it.

What Loft Should I be going for?
As a general rule of thumb, the faster your swing speed, the less loft you will need to launch the ball high. For high handicappers and those new to the game, you are most likely working with a slower swing speed. Therefore, a fairway wood with more loft and a lower centre of gravity will help you to hit the ball higher without too much spin. Just be aware that while a low spin model might get you more launch, they can also be less forgiving on mishits.

Clubhead design
Fairway woods featuring a clubface with variable thickness will offer players more stability and forgiveness, the perfect combination for high handicappers! A wider sole design will also produce an increased MOI. This creates a more stable clubhead and helps to reduce twisting on off-centre strikes.

Adjustability

In recent years, more and more golf brands are designing adjustable fairway woods, giving players the ability to adjust their club’s loft, lie and face angle as and when is needed. This is a great option for golfers looking to optimise playability in different conditions by effectively allowing you to set up one club in 10 different ways!

Custom Fit
Having your golf clubs custom fit to your unique swing can reveal game-changing improvements for your overall golf score. In terms of your fairway woods, a custom fit session will look at your current clubs and assess where your strengths and weaknesses lie. Every aspect of your game will be analysed to ensure versatility from the tee to the fairway, with confidence and control at the forefront. Book your custom fit appointment with GolfOnline today and start reaping the on-course rewards immediately!



9. Callaway Big Bertha B21

The Big Bertha B21 has been specifically designed for those players who find it hard to hit a fairway wood. Callaway states it’s their easiest to launch fairway wood, designed to give you more distance any way you swing it. Featuring the legendary Big Bertha shaping and increased offset, this club is a forgiving model that can take the slice or big miss out of your game.

Pros:
Tons of forgiveness and confidence inspiring at address. Custom fit available.

Cons:
If you don’t have a slice, the offset might not be right for you.

Verdict:
Overall, the Big Bertha B21 is an impressive addition to the Callaway range. It looks great and performs well, especially if you tend to slice the ball. The oversized head will inspire confidence at address, and will also give players incredible forgiveness, even on off centre strikes. We definitely recommend giving this one a try.

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Wilson Launch Pad Offset Fairway Wood

Product in our store and online shop: Available now online and instore for £249.

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“Has taken a couple of rounds to stop me hitting it too far to the left but now it's great the fade/slice has gone,” Stuart (October 2020)

8. Honma T-World TR21 Ti
The TR21 Ti features a lower loft with a deep and low centre of gravity for high launch, low spin and more distance. Its beautiful large profile and high COR design promises to deliver confidence and long, straight shots from the tee or turf.

Pros:
Premium fairway woods that look, feel and sound great. Bigger head offers more forgiveness. Custom fit available.

Cons:
High price point might be a stretch too far for some.

Verdict:
This club is a real beauty. Offering the uncompromising style, design and performance you’d expect from Honma. Adjustable face, lie and loft angle options will help you further optimise this fairway wood to your unique swing. But with premium performance comes a premium price tag. If money is no object than this could be your best choice.

7. Srixon ZX
Srixon says the ZX are their most advanced fairway woods yet. The brand’s Rebound Frame Technology increases ball speed and distance on every shot, thanks to its unique structure. Whilst a stepped crown lowers the centre of gravity, optimising launch and increasing MOI. The results are more forgiveness and increased consistency with every shot.

Pros:
Extreme forgiveness. Sleek look and great feel. Custom fit available.

Cons:
No adjustability.

Verdict:
Powerful technology and tour-preferred shaping means these fairway woods are a great option for any golfer. You can expect distance and speed, as well forgiveness all in one package. The only downside we can see with the ZX is there isn’t any adjustability, but you can have them custom fit to ensure you’re reaching peak performance.

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Mizuno ST200X Fairway Woods

Product in our store and online shop: Available now online and instore for £239. Buy any 2 Srixon ZX Woods and save £15 per club (offer subject to availability).

6. Wilson Launch Pad Offset
The Launch Pad Offsets are designed with light weight components, a moderate hosel offset and a Carpenter Custom 455 face for maximum control, incredible feel and impressive distance. The extremely lightweight nature of these clubs translates to effortless clubhead speed for greater launch angles and distance.

Pros:
Lightweight, extremely forgiving. Incredible feel and distance. Incredible price point. Custom fit available.

Cons:
Offset design might not appeal to golfers without a slice.

Verdict:
Overall, the Launch Pad Offset is a great option for golfers with a higher handicap or those just starting out. It offers a great look and feel, promoting forgiveness, distance and higher launch. The moderate price tag is also a big plus.

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Cobra F-Max Airspeed Offset Fairway Woods

Product in our store and online shop: Buy now for £139. Save an additional £15 per club when you purchase 2 standard Wilson Launch Pad Woods (offer subject to availability).

5. Mizuno ST200X
The ST200X offers a larger footprint fairway wood with an extremely lightweight design that encourages higher flight and draw bias. A unique head shape, larger clubface and wider body with more heel mass, work together to encourage a distance enhancing, high draw flight.

Pros:
Large, forgiving head, distance enhancing design. Sleek styling. Custom fit available.

Cons:
No adjustability.

Verdict:
This extremely lightweight club will favour those players with a slower swing speed. The larger clubface and wider body will help you achieve greater distance whilst also offering more forgiveness. The only downside is you can’t change the loft if needed.

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Srixon ZX Fairway Woods

Product in our store and online shop: Available now for £199. Save an additional £15 per club when you purchase 2 standard Mizuno Woods (offer subject to availability).

4. Titleist TSi 2
The Tsi2 has been specifically engineered for players seeking incredible speed and accuracy across the entire face of their fairway woods. A deeper, lower CG pairs with the brand’s new Active Recoil Channel 4.0 to produce a consistently higher, faster launch.

Pros:
Great adjustability. Face flexibility for faster ball speeds. Premium shaft preferences. Classic Titleist look and feel. Custom fit available.

Cons:
Higher price point might be too much for some golfers.

Verdict:
This fairway wood is more forgiving than the Tsi3 and offers a flat weight at the back so you can adjust CG to improve launch. The Tsi2 is an amazing looking club and it also sounds great. It is exactly what you would expect from Titleist. The higher price tag might put off golfers who are new to the game, but if you can, we definitely recommend trying this one out.

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Callaway Mavrik Max Fairway Wood

Product in our store and online shop: Available now from £269-£439 depending on your shaft preferences. Buy any 2 standard Titleist Tsi Woods and save £10 per club (offer subject to availability).

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“Very good 3 wood, hot off the face easy to launch,” – Will (December 2020)

3. Cobra F-Max Airspeed Offset
The Cobra F-Max Airspeed Offset have been awarded bronze by the GolfOnline team for their incredible price point and great forgiveness, a perfect combination for high handicappers.

The F-Max Airspeed Offset delivers a new level of lightweight performance, maximising clubhead speed, distance and forgiveness for players with moderate swing speeds. An offset hosel will correct any rightward tendencies and help you find the middle of the fairway easier and more consistently than ever before.

Pros:
Effortless speed and distance. Confidence inspiring at address. Offset design will help with slice. Great price point. Custom fit available.

Cons:
Modern and sleek design and colour scheme might not appeal to all golfers.

Verdict:
We can’t recommend this fairway wood enough to high handicaps. It will tick all the boxes – sleek style, great forgiveness, offset design to help those with a slice and a price tag that won’t break the bank.

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Wilson Launch Pad Offset Fairway Wood

Product in our store and online shop: Available online and instore now for only £189. Plus save an additional £15 per club when you purchase 2 standard Cobra Airspeed Woods.

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“The Offset 3 Wood is very light and forgiving. Only just bought it so winding up the speed of swing slowly but already getting 10-15 yards more than old 3 Wood. More forgiving if I do not catch it right,” – Peter (July 2020)

2. Callaway Mavrik Max
GolfInstore’s manager Kevin has awarded the Callaway Mavrik Max silver,

“A slightly bigger head on this club will give the golfer who struggles hitting a fairway wood more confidence. The weight is more on the heel and towards the back of this club. This will help launch the ball higher and will help keep the ball straighter.”

The Mavrik Max features the largest and most forgiving head in the Mavrik range. Interchangeable weights in the sole at centre back help to promote easy launch, and at the heel help to promote a draw. By combining a high MOI construction with an advanced A.I. face design, Callaway have developed a dramatic increase in stability that makes the Max extraordinarily forgiving and easy to hit.

Pros:
Easy to launch. Extremely forgiving. Incredible adjustability. Custom fit available.

Cons:
Modern colourway might not appeal to all golfers. High price point.

Verdict:
Overall, this is one of the best fairway woods we’ve seen for high handicaps. The adjustability options are incredible and anyone who normally struggles hitting a fairway wood will definitely gain confidence with these.

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TaylorMade SIM Max Fairway Woods

Product in our store and online shop:
Available now for £249. Buy any 2 standard Callaway Mavrik Woods and save £15 per club (offer subject to availability).

1. TaylorMade SIM Max

Kevin's top pick is the SIM Max.

“This club is more forgiving off the face. With the twist face, off centre shots have a much better dispersion and are longer. The SIM Max D model also offers a draw bias that will help any golfer who slices the ball.”

The iconic V Steel Sole Design has been reinvented in the all-new SIM Max Fairway Woods. You can expect higher launch, more distance and effortless performance. Even the best players in the world miss the centre of the face, so TaylorMade’s Twist Face technology has also been employed to give everyone straighter shots on mis-hits.

Pros:
Technology packed. Twist face will improve mis-hits. Ultra forgiving. Great look, sound and feel. Custom Fit available.

Cons:
High price point might put some golfers off.

Verdict:
The SIM Max is packed with incredible technology any golfer would love. This club looks great and performs even better. Premium technology comes with a premium price tag, but we truly believe the SIM Max is worth it. Book your custom fit appointment today and start reaping the rewards on course.

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Callaway Mavrik Max Fairway Wood

Product in our store and online shop:
Available online and instore for £229. Buy 2 standard TaylorMade SIM woods and save an additional £15 per club (offer subject to availability).

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“Bought this as had purchased a set of the Sim Max clubs. They felt lovely compared to my old clubs. Got good results when I used them. Improved distance and quiet forgiving,” – Anil (December 2020)