Golfers are always looking for the latest in technol- ogy. Well, almost always. Some clubs provide the comfort of knowing you’ve hit a ton of good shots
with them—and that confidence overrides any extra technology.
Fairway woods fall into that category. According to many tour reps,
fairway woods are the hardest clubs to get out of a player’s bag. Part
of the reason is that it’s not always easy to find the right head-shaft
combination. Other times, it’s simply reassurance. Take Harris
English, who still uses a Ping G5 3-wood—a club he has had in his
bag since high school. The takeaway for everyday players should be
that it’s OK to use an old fairway wood if you’re comfortable with it.
But know this: You’re giving up some performance. Tour players
can get away with that, but is at a level where you can sacrifice per-
formance? —E. Michael Johnson
THIS WEEK’S EQUIPMENT TIP
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