My #1 Choice
Best of the Best
Editor’s Choice: Wilson Staff D7
What the Wilson Staff D7 lacks in adjustability, it more than makes up for based on price point. It has a high quality, yet simple appearance to it which I really like.
The club is noticeable lightweight, which some will love, and some will hate. However, there’s no doubt that this fairway wood has been created with speed and distance in mind. Despite the lightweight construction, this golf club feels far from cheap. The head feels well made, and well balanced.
The only real downside I could think of when trying the Wilson Staff D7 was the sound it made upon impact. I do believe sound of a golf club is somewhat subjective – however, the Wilson was quite a dull metallic thud which I would expect from older clubs.
The D7 driver which this fairway wood derives itself from is also a fantastic club, so it comes from a good lineage.
In summary, the D7 is designed to be a lightweight fairway wood in order to really boost up those clubhead speeds, and it really delivers in speed and distance. The key selling point is the performance to cost ratio it provides.
Budget Choice: RAM Golf SGS Fairway Wood
I am going to start this off by exclaiming that this is a whole lot of driver, for very little money, which is why it has made this list as my budget option for you high handicappers out there.
As is pretty standard these days, it is a 460cc head, with a focus on creating as much of a forgiving face as possible. MacGregor’s focus on this driver is to create a design which increases stability at impact, and allows for an extended sweet-spot on the club face. That means, unlike the rest of your high handicap friends, your off-shots won’t be any where near as disasterous as theirs.
There is a decent amount of adjustability with this club as well. You can get a range of lofts between 9 degrees and 12 degrees. I repeat my statement before, this is a lot of driver for the money.
I think where the MacGregor driver fails in its ability to have really controlled directional ability for highly skilled golfers. If your main aim is to just get the ball as far and straight down the fairway as possible, then this club is great. However, if you’re a skilled golfer, and looking to have great control over draws and fades around potential hazards on the golf course, then you may struggle with this club. However, I don’t think you’ll be looking for this club if you’re at that level of skill.
I found that the shaft on the MacGregor really made it easy to get shots up in the air in order to maximise my carry distance. Sometimes, for me, clubs can make it a bit difficult to get a good amount of height on the ball, but I had no difficulty with this club. I think this really comes down to the quality of the shaft.
Best of the Best Choice: TaylorMade SIM MAX Fairway Wood
The TaylorMade SIM MAX is the more forgiving option from the new SIM range, and is perfect for high handicappers out there.
There have been some changes to the TaylorMade flagship driver this year, which normally involves a lot of fancy words and claims about how they’ve effectively made the head more aerodynamic, or made it lighter, with increased launch. Blah blah blah. Most of this is just marketing talk, and all we care about is the reality of whether it is an improvement over our current driver.
I’ve tried every driver from the main manufacturers this year, and the TaylorMade SIM is definitely the best. I do rate the Callaway Mavrik, but I just can’t get over that ugly orange paint job they’ve given it. So, the SIM is my choice, as I get equal levels of performance without having that ugly headcover in my bag.