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Best fairway woods of 2022: By expert club fitters for you!



Having the right fairway woods is essential for golfers of all skill levels looking to get the most out of their long games — whether it be approach shots into longer par 4’s and par 3’s, going after par 5’s in two, or just trying to hit more fairways off the tee — finding the best fairway wood of 2022 to fit your needs is a must.

Looking at the best fairway wood playing field for 2022, we continue to see more fairway wood options from every manufacturer. What used to be a single model release has been expanded to three—and in some cases even four—models to fit specific player types. These new fairway woods impress us with their ability to utilize new technology and construction methods to go faster, and further, while also offering never-before-seen levels of forgiveness. It’s now easier than ever to find the right one that matches your swing.

That being said, ultimately the best way to find the best fairway woods for you is to work with a professional fitter using a launch monitor. The difficult part is a lot of people don’t have easy access to fitters, launch monitors, and club builders — so at GolfWRX — with the help of our panel of expert fitters — we have done a lot of the work for you to narrow down your shortlist.

Best fairway woods of 2022: Meet the fitters

Nick Sherburne: Founder,Club Champion
Clare Cornelius: 
Fitter, Cool Clubs
Eric Johnson: Fitter, True Spec Golf
Shaun Fagan: Fitter, True Spec Golf
Kirk Oguri: PGA Professional/ Club Specialist, Pete’s Golf
Sue O’Connor: Fitter, Cool Clubs 
Scott Felix: Owner, Felix Club Works
Mark Knapp: Fitter, Carls Golfland
Ryan Johnson: Fitter, Carl’s Golfland
Eric Hensler: 
Manager & Fitter, Miles of Golf
Brad Coffield: Fitter Carl’s Golfland
Nick Waterworth: Fitter,Haggin Oaks Golf Super Shop
Scott Anderson: VP of Sales, Fitter, True Spec Golf
Matthew Sim: Director of Operations, Modern Golf
Shawn Zawodni: Fitter, Miles of Golf
Ben Giunta: Owner,The Tour Van
Matt Decker: Head Fitter and Builder, The Fitting Lab – Baltimore
Jason Bodey: Head Fitter and Builder, The Fitting Lab Pittsburgh
Bradley Harrelson: Fitter, 2nd Swing Golf
Alex Dice: Fitter, Carl’s Golfland
Matt Mora: Director of Club Fitting, Urban Golf Performance
Jordan Patrick: Fitter, True Spec Golf
Gus Alzate: Fitter, True Spec Golf
Carmen Corvino: Fitter, True Spec Golf
Blake Smith: Fitter, True Spec Golf
Marc Roybal: Fitter, True Spec Golf
Shaun Fagan: Fitter, True Spec Golf

Best fairway woods of 2022: The categories

We have broken our 2022 best fairway wood list into two categories.

  1. Best fairway wood for golfers seeking forgiveness 
  2. Best fairway wood for golfers seeking versatility

We selected this format for fairway woods because every golfer fits into one of these two “want” categories regardless of age, handicap, or gender, and for a lot of golfers, forgiveness is the number one factor when selecting a fairway wood.

Before we started building the survey, we reached out to our trusted fitters to discuss how they sort through the fairway wood options available to golfers. Forgiveness and versatility were the highest-ranked choices.

We can’t thank the fitters enough for their time, and we hope that in your search for your best fairway wood for 2022, we can help you find it!

Most forgiving fairway woods 2022

Callaway Rogue ST Max

Billed by Callaway as the brand’s ‘fastest ever fairway wood’, the Rogue ST Max boasts an all-new Tungsten Speed Cartridge, new Jailbreak ST, and an A.I.-designed Flash Face, which are all engineered to provide maximum speed and forgiveness.

For the full technology breakdown, check out our 2022 Callaway Rogue ST Max fairway wood launch piece.

Fitter Notes

  • “The Callaway Rogue ST Max fairway wood offers forgiveness, as well as a higher launch by design. A lot of players tend to struggle getting the ball in the air with a 3-wood if they don’t create a lot of speed.”
  • “The Rogue ST Max has options! From a 3+ to an 11-wood, there are so many options to fit a player into.”

Ping G425 Max

The Ping G425 Max fairway wood retains its place on the list for 2022, with the fairway wood featuring a neutrally biased head with the highest MOI for a combination offering maximum forgiveness.

For the full technology breakdown, check out our Ping G425 Max fairway wood launch piece.

Fitter Notes

  • “The Ping 425 Max is easily the easiest fairway wood on the market to hit. This fairway wood is a high launching club, with a big sweet spot for those off-center hits. This fairway wood fits a wide range of players regardless of your handicap.”
  • “Incredibly easy to launch out of any condition. Being able to flatten out the club with the shaft sleeve allows it to even fit better players who want to reduce the draw. Ping offers the Max in a lot of lofts so there is something for any player’s yardage.”

TaylorMade Stealth

The Stealth fairway features a larger profile compared to Stealth Plus (190cc vs 175cc) while also containing an all-new 3D carbon crown that allowed engineers to shift weight lower and deeper in the clubhead.

The Stealth features an advanced laser alignment aid that stretches across the top of the face. The laser-etched pattern was designed using optical engineering and player testing to deliver visual cues that influence alignment at address and how the club is delivered at impact.

For the full technology breakdown, check out our 2022 TaylorMade Stealth fairway wood launch piece.

Fitter Notes

  • “The TaylorMade Stealth is a very popular fairway wood. The glued hosel allows for this club to have minimal customization in terms of tuning in the lofts and face angle. Players have always gravitated towards TaylorMade fairway woods due to the distance gains they have seen.”

Titleist TSi2

The Titleist TSi2 fairway wood keeps its spot as one of the most forgiving fairway woods on the market for 2022.

The fairway wood features a deeper and lower CG than its predecessors giving the player even better launch conditions and flatter spin rates for increased distance overall. The face is supported by a lighter Active Recoil Channel (fourth edition) that strengthens the face for added ball speed and playability, especially on the lower face strikes.

For the full technology breakdown, check out our 2022 Titleist TSi2 fairway wood launch piece.

Fitter Notes

  • “The TS2 fairway wood is a higher launching fairway wood, which is helpful for those who struggle with launch. This fairway wood has helped golfers increase speed as well as distance. The TSi2 fairway wood is much more forgiving than TSi3.”
  • “The TSi2 has good, classic shape. It flies well off the tee and is easy to get off the deck. The launch and spin are consistent from wood to wood and the adjustability lets me dial it in for a wide range of players.”
  • “Much easier to launch for most players than the TSi3 and more forgiving. The multiple lofts and great SureFit adapter allow it to fit players of all skill levels. The adjustable cog being able to change both lie and loft makes this fairway very versatile.”

Cobra LTDx Max

The Cobra LTDx is billed as the company’s “most forgiving fairway” . An adjustable weight system features 12g and 3g weights that can be positioned in the back or the heel to fine-tune the amount of draw bias, while WR-COR and H.O.T. Face Technology again bids to deliver the fastest ball speed possible using low and forward weighting and an optimized variable thickness face design.

For the full technology breakdown, check out our 2022 Cobra LTDx Max fairway wood launch piece.

Fitter Notes

  • “A great mix of distance and forgiveness. The updated rails on the bottom help you get it out of just about any lie.”
  • “Much more forgiving than I expected and most players see a big improvement in dispersion. The sound and feel are really good as well. The LTDx has to be one of the best fairways Cobra has ever made.”

Most versatile fairway woods 2022

Titleist TSi2

The Titleist TSi2 also takes its place on the most versatile fairway woods of 2022, with the club featuring a rounded front leading edge that makes getting under the ball from any lie possible, and you can also fine-tune the back weight to match your preferred feel and the hosel to adjust ball flight.

For the full technology breakdown, check out our 2022 Titleist TSi2 fairway wood launch piece.

Fitter Notes

  • “Great fairway wood and easily the best Titleist has ever had. It allows us to dial in the shots in a more profound way with all the lofts and adjustability offered in the TSi2”
  • “The TSi2 is our best seller and the amount of adjustability it offers lets me dial it in for any shot shape. For having such a traditional shape, the forgiveness is really high.”

Ping G425 Max

The Max model is the one that is going to fit the widest amount of golfers on the launch conditions bell curve.

For the full technology breakdown, check out our Ping G425 Max fairway wood launch piece.

Fitter Notes

  • “Continuing on with the forgiveness of the drivers the fairways also have great MOI and forgiveness to them as well.”
  • “The G425 Max is just easy to hit. In my book, it is the most forgiving fairway we have in the store. From a fitting standpoint, you can really dial it in with the adjustability.”

Callaway Rogue ST Max

The new addition this year is a mid-launch offering with slight draw bias and features models from a 3W through 11W.

For the full technology breakdown, check out our 2022 Callaway Rogue ST Max fairway wood launch piece.

Fitter Notes

  • “The addition of the speed cartridge and the AI face makes this one of the most forgiving fairways of the year.”
  • “Very forgiving, but still offers a ton of ball speed and distance in a fairway wood. The shallow face makes this easy to launch and land soft.”

TaylorMade Stealth Plus

The new Stealth Plus fairway is constructed of Zatech titanium, which is made in small batches using a process that allows engineers to improve the strength of the face while still maintaining a high level of ductility. The ultra-thin construction is designed to promote fast ball speeds while allowing for greater face flexibility.

For the full technology breakdown, check out our 2022 TaylorMade Stealth Plus fairway wood launch piece.

Fitter Notes

  • “The Stealth is one of the best for getting the ball up and adding height to players who need it. The face is also hot and offers a ton of distance.”
  • “Another fairway with a great combination of distance and forgiveness. The Stealth allows players of all talents to get the ball in the air and help with the mishits.”

Callaway Apex UW

The Apex UW utility wood features a design aiming to combine the best features of higher-lofted fairway woods, hybrids, and a more neutral ball flight. The new utility wood contains the brand’s Jailbreak A.I. Velocity Blades, which are designed to increase vertical stiffness near the club’s sole in a bid to create more speed low on the face where players often mishit their hybrids.

For the full technology breakdown, check out our 2022 Callaway Apex UW launch piece.

Fitter Notes

  • “The Callaway Apex UW is designed for players who struggle hitting fairway woods, but like the look of hybrids and need some extra distance. The utility wood allows players to hit shots out of the rough easier compared to a fairway wood. The utility wood offers players the chance to hit shots out of some buried lies that you wouldn’t be able to hit with a fairway wood. The utility wood sits a little open at address, which players like over the look of hybrids which tend to sit closed.”
  • “Kind of in-between a fairway and a hybrid, it gives you the best of both. Definitely long and the sole design lets you hit good shots from any lie.”
  • “While it might not be the most forgiving option, the better players love the look and versatility the UW provides. The launch is a little lower and it tends to be low spin, but for the players who need that it has been a big success.”


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‘Engineered for extreme backspin’ – Mizuno unveils new S23 wedges



Mizuno has today unveiled its new S23 wedges, which the manufacturer says are “comprehensively engineered for extreme backspin.”

The wedges are designed to combine the precision and playing profile of a player’s bladed wedge with the aggressive performance of a toe-weighted design and feature a centralized sweet spot for maximum control.

The S23 wedges showcase a shorter hosel and a heel-orientated cavity allowing greater mass to be pushed towards the toe. This creates a centred sweet spot, as opposed to a heel-side location in conventional wedges. 

The centred sweet spot is designed to contribute to longer impact time, less head deflection and higher spin from both full and partial shots.

“That check and spin you see from the pros isn’t purely because of newer grooves – most of us don’t have the consistency of strike to get that kind of action. For the vast majority, a centralised sweet spot makes it much easier to find and get that repetitive action.” – David Llewellyn, Director of R&D for Mizuno

The S23 wedges are One-piece Grain Flow Forged HD at Mizuno’s facility in Hiroshima, Japan – where Mizuno irons have been produced since 1968. They have a Tour-ready design with a player’s preferred, versatile look at address. But, with weight pushed to the toe, a partial heel cavity and a short hosel, they offer a centralised sweet spot designed to offer a more consistent strike and reliable high-spin numbers.

The wedges offer a loft-specific profile with stronger lofts featuring a tear-drop straight edge, flowing into a more rounded lob wedge, with grinds to suit throughout.

The precise grooves in the S23 wedges are quad-cut milled and loft specific, cut into Boron infused 1025 mild carbon steel for a longer effective lifespan. In addition, Mizuno’s HydroFlow Micro Grooves are laser etched to release moisture in a bid to reduce spin drop-off in wet conditions.

The S23 wedges come in either a white satin brush chrome or copper cobalt finish and will be in retail from February 2023 at a price of $160 per wedge.

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GolfWRX Launch Report: Mizuno ST-Z 230, ST-X 230 drivers, fairway wood, hybrid



What you need to know: The product of Mizuno’s Speed Technology (ST) Metalwood Project — four years of rapid-fire metalwoods development — 2023 Mizuno ST-Z 230, ST-X 230, and ST-PLTNM feature the centerpiece Cortech Chamber, within which a steel weight is positioned for increased ball speed and spin reduction. The technology extends to the ST-Z 230 fairway wood and hybrid as well.

Mizuno ST-Z 230, ST-X 230: What’s new, key technology

Cortech Chamber: Through slot provides additional COR area by providing sole flex filled with elastomeric TPU material for additional flexure and face stress reduction. Inside the TPU is a stainless steel weight, which is positioned close to the clubface for increased speed and spin reduction. Also contributes to a solid feeling at impact.

SAT 2041 Forged Beta Titanium Face: More flexible and stronger than 6-4 titanium.

Additional model details

ST-Z 230

  • Billed as a “straight, stable, and low spinning” driver. Designed for stability on off-center hits.
  • Engineers focused on positioning CG location being as close as possible to the Z-axis or neutral axis for lower spin, straight performance, and higher MOI.
  • Forged SAT 2041 Beta Ti face, aided by the Cortech Chamber, enhances ball speed and reduces spin
  • 14-gram back weight
  • Shallower CG for a more penetrating ball flight

ST-X 230

  • Billed as a “more workable, mild draw-biased” driver
  • Higher spinning, higher launching than ST-Z 230
  • Deeper CG and shorter CG distance for a balance of workability in both directions
  • 14-gram heel weight
  • Toe side composite for shorter CG to shaft axis distance
  • More rounded, deeper profile


  • An ultra lightweight driver for slower swing speeds
  • High launching
  • Draw biased
  • The ST-X PLTNM is 30g lighter overall than any possible custom option of the ST-X 230
  • High spec Helium Platinum Shaft and lightweight grip

What Mizuno says

“Our player testing over the years shows that placing extra weight close to the face results in faster ball speeds and low spin rates,” says David Llewellyn, Director of R&D for Mizuno. “We’ve been steadily working towards the CORTECH Chamber, which is incredibly effective at that job. Encasing the steel weight within the TPU Chamber means that we’re moving weight close to the face at the same time as creating an additional source of energy. Steel is twice the density of Titanium but won’t weld directly, which is where the TPU has a second role.”

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ST-Z 230

ST-X 230

ST-Z 230 Fairway Wood

  • A mid-low spinning, high launching, adjustable fairway wood
  • Mid-sized and playable for all levels
  • High energy MAS1C steel face boosted by Mizuno’s Cortech Chamber
  • The carbon composite crown for a low center of gravity
  • Quick Switch hosel offers 4 degrees of adjustability

ST-Z 230 Hybrid

  • A mid-low spinning, high launching, adjustable hybrid
  • High energy MAS1C steel face boosted by Mizuno’s Cortech Chamber
  • Waffle crown, thick sole weight create a deep center of gravity for high launch
  • With respect to the CLK, the ST-Z 230 is slightly larger

Price, specs, availability



Availability: Right Hand – 9.5 and 10.5 degrees
Left hand – 9.5 degrees only


Availability: Right Hand – 9.5, 10.5 and 12 degrees

Fairway wood

Right Hand – 3 wood (15) and 5 wood (18)
Left hand – 3 wood (15)


Availability: Right Hand – 2H (16), 3H (19), 4H (22) and 5H (25)
Left Hand – 3H (19) and 4H (22)


ST-Z 230 Driver / ST-X 230 Driver: $499.95
ST-Z 230 PLTNM Driver: $549.95
ST-Z 230 Fairway Woods: $299.95

At retail: February

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Titleist adds low-bounce T Grind to its Vokey Design SM9 family



Titleist has today added the low-bounce T Grind to its Vokey Design SM9 lineup.

Previously available only as a WedgeWorks custom order, the T Grind will now be widely available in both stock and custom options as an extension to the existing SM9 family, being offered in SM9 58.04T and 60.04T models.

As a low-bounce wedge with a narrow crescent surface and wider back flange, the T grind is designed to allow for shot making under any condition. Compared to the L Grind, SM9’s other low-bounce option, the T Grind features a narrower forward sole and more aggressive heel, toe and trailing edge relief.

“Wedge play is an art, and the T Grind brings out the best in the artist. The leading edge stays low to the playing surface as the wedge is rotated, which allows the golfer to hit a variety of shots from tight lies. This is the wedge that really made Vokey Grinds an important part of our process – and is still a great option to this day.” – Bob Vokey

The new T Grind features a CG that has been raised vertically by adding weight to the topline design, where a tapered pad at the back of the toe helps align the CG properly without being visible from the playing position – promoting a more controlled ball flight and solid contact.

A new Spin Milled cutting process in the SM9 models – which includes tightening our allowable tolerances – produces consistently sharper grooves wedge after wedge in design for a higher, more consistent spin.

Specs, Availability & Pricing

  • Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S200
  • Grip: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 White
  • Lofts, Bounce 58.04T RH/LH, 60.04T RH/LH
  • Color Codes: Tour Chrome, Brushed Steel, Jet Black finishes. Raw finish available for custom only.
  • Availability: March 10
  • Price: $179 (Steel), $195 (Graphite)
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