MGS Tested: Fairway Woods 2022
Fairway Woods

MGS Tested: Fairway Woods 2022

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MGS Tested: Fairway Woods 2022
COBRA Golf COBRA KING LTDx
Tour Edge Exotics Pro 721
TaylorMade Stealth Plus
Tour Edge Exotics E722
Tour Edge Exotics Pro 721
2022 MOST WANTED
COBRA Golf
COBRA KING LTDx
  • 2022 Most Wanted
  • Among the leaders for accuracy and distance
  • Highly rated for looks and feel
  • Below average forgiveness
  • 97.52
RUNNER-UP
Best Accuracy & Best Value
Tour Edge Exotics Pro 721
  • Best accuracy
  • Rates highly for profile and looks
  • Testers believe the feel is too harsh
  • 93.99
BEST DISTANCE
Best Distance
TaylorMade Stealth Plus
  • Best distance
  • Scores well for accuracy
  • Excellent feel and looks
  • Poor forgiveness
  • 92.51
BEST FORGIVENESS
Best Forgiveness
Tour Edge Exotics E722
  • Best forgiveness
  • Appealing design, looks and feel
  • Poor accuracy
  • Acoustics are too loud
  • 84.35
BEST VALUE
Best Accuracy & Best Value
Tour Edge Exotics Pro 721
  • Best accuracy
  • Rates highly for profile and looks
  • Testers believe the feel is too harsh
  • 93.99

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OUR JOB IS YOUR GAME

We’ve got your Most Wanted fairway wood!

Fairway woods are arguably the most difficult golf club to hit consistently so getting one that fits your game is paramount.

This is the most intensive data-driven fairway wood review you will find anywhere so let’s take a look at the best fairway woods of 2022!

MOST WANTED SCORING

We have reformulated our 2022 Most Wanted results to a 100-point scoring system. This new system better identifies golf clubs to potentially help you shoot lower scores.

For fairway woods, we’ve split our key metrics into three categories: accuracy, forgiveness and distance. Each category is weighted through proprietary methodologies.

Data was collected using Foresight GCQuad Launch monitors. To minimize variables, all testers hit Titleist Pro V1 golf balls. Outliers were removed and data was aggregated before scores were calculated.

Accuracy

The accuracy category plays a vital role in every Most Wanted Test. Our accuracy score for fairway woods is determined by one sole metric: Strokes Gained.

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is a measure of consistency. As such, our forgiveness metric seeks to identify clubs that provide the most consistent result. Note: “Consistent” doesn’t always mean “consistently good.” Our forgiveness metrics include:

  • Ball speed consistency
  • Spin consistency
  • Carry consistency
  • Dispersion area

Distance

Without question, distance is always a priority for most golfers. Our distance metrics are simple:

  • Carry distance
  • Total distance

BEST FAIRWAY WOODS OVERALL

Best Fairway Woods 2022

Top of the Board

BEST FAIRWAY WOODS FOR DISTANCE

Best Fairway Woods for Distance

TOP PICKS: TAYLORMADE STEALTH PLUS, COBRA KING LTDx, TAYLORMADE STEALTH

  • TaylorMade continues to push the distance envelope. Stealth Plus gains the best for distance title.
  • Following closely is COBRA KING LTDx.
  • TaylorMade Stealth rounds out the top three.
  • Callaway Rogue ST LS finishes fourth.
  • XXIO 12 sneaks into the top five and boasts the best ball speed throughout testing.

BEST FAIRWAY WOODS FOR FORGIVENESS

Best Fairway Woods For Forgiveness

TOP PICKS: TOUR EDGE EXOTICS E722, WILSON LAUNCH PAD 2, PXG 0311 XF GEN5

  • Tour Edge Exotics E722 is the best for forgiveness in the 2022 Most Wanted Fairway Wood test.
  • Although the Launch Pad 2 is lacking in some areas, forgiveness is its strength as it ranks second.
  • PXG 0311 XF Gen5 is third, one ahead of Adams Tight Lies.
  • PXG 0311 Gen5 closes out the top five, capping off a impressive performance for the brand in terms of forgiveness.

BEST FAIRWAY WOODS FOR ACCURACY

Best Fairway Woods for Accuracy

TOP PICKS: TOUR EDGE EXOTICS PRO 721, COBRA KING LTDx, CALLAWAY ROGUE ST MAX

  • Accuracy is a game changer and Tour Edge Exotics Pro 721 ranks the best for accuracy.
  • Not far behind is COBRA KING LTDx.
  • Callaway Rogue ST Max narrowly beat out Stealth Plus.
  • COBRA makes another appearance in the top five with LTDx LS.

Buying Considerations

Performance should be your primary concern when buying a new fairway wood but there are some additional considerations you may want to think about before you make your purchasing decision.

Loft

Fairway wood loft is an intriguing component. Most fairway woods are 15 degrees. However, 14.5 degrees, 15.5 degrees and 16 degrees are options, depending on the manufacturer. Loft plays a role in your launch conditions. If you’re looking to reduce spin, go with a lower-lofted fairway wood. If you need some more height and spin, go with a higher-lofted fairway wood. There are low-spinning heads and higher-spinning heads as well, so keep this on your radar, too.

Shaft Selection

Not only does loft play a vital role in fairway wood performance but so does shaft selection. Since each golfer swings differently, one generic stock shaft offering most likely won’t be the golden ticket for most golfers. Consider aspects such as shaft flex, weight, material and bend profile. All can have an impact on how the shaft performs. A professional fitting will reveal which shaft works best for you.

Adjustability

Much like drivers, there is a plethora of fairway woods that offer adjustability. Adjustability provides greater flexibility to dial in your preferred launch conditions. Furthermore, it can assist with bridging the gap between your driver and your longest iron or hybrid. At the end of the day, adjustability can be your greatest friend. Utilize it if it is an option.

FIELD NOTES

During each test, we look for trends that provide insight into where the market is moving as well as what noteworthy changes manufacturers have made to improve year-to-year performance. Additionally, we solicit feedback from our testers. We want to understand what they liked, what they didn’t like and why. Although we obtain their feedback, their subjective opinions do not influence, dictate or determine our testing rankings.

Trends and Tweaks

  • TaylorMade, COBRA and Callaway continue to shine in the fairway wood category. With PING G430 and Titleist TSR lineups on the horizon, it’ll be interesting to see next year’s offering from TaylorMade, COBRA and Callaway.
  • XXIO metalwoods continue to impress from a ball speed perspective. Their fairway woods and hybrids offer tremendous upside with ball speed. Do not sleep on them.

Notes From the Testing Pool

The following section details subjective feedback from our pool of 20 testers. Gathering feedback is an important aspect of any test. We use their feedback as a representation of what golfers like and dislike about the product we test. That being said, the feedback is strictly subjective. It does not play a factor in the rankings.

  • We preach about performance but golfers love an attractive golf club. According to our testing pool, these are the best fairway woods for profile and looks: COBRA KING (LTDx, LTDx Max and LTDx LS), Callaway Rogue ST (Max, Max D, and LS), TaylorMade Stealth and Stealth Plus, Tour Edge Exotics E722, PXG 0311 Gen5 and Srixon ZX.
  • Looks aren’t the only subjective characteristic that impacts golfers’ buying habits. Feel is another aspect. Our testing pool rate these fairway woods highly for feel: TaylorMade Stealth and Stealth Plus, COBRA KING LTDx lineup, Callaway Rogue ST lineup, Mizuno ST-X 220, Wilson Launch Pad 2 and Tour Edge Exotics E722.

2022 MOST WANTED FAIRWAY WOOD SCORES

Most Wanted Tests are dedicated to the newest golf clubs available at retail. If your golf club of choice is not listed, please check out the previous year’s test.

2022 Most Wanted Fairway Wood Scores

PRODUCTOVERALL SCOREDISTANCE SCOREACCURACY SCOREFORGIVENESS SCORE
COBRA GolfCOBRA KING LTDx

Check Price
97.5295.3097.0484.30
adjustable weightsTour Edge Exotics Pro 721

Check Price
93.9986.9297.5086.40
CallawayCallaway Rogue ST Max

Check Price
92.8788.9793.9585.89
Longest Fairway WoodsTaylorMade Stealth Plus

Check Price
92.5197.4593.4275.87
TaylorMade StealthTaylorMade Stealth

Check Price
91.9390.7590.3684.99
ForgivenessCOBRA KING LTDx Max

Check Price
88.8785.5390.6885.59
DrawCallaway Rogue ST Max D

Check Price
87.3886.1488.5384.38
LightXXIO 12

Check Price
87.0089.6986.3881.87
Low SpinCOBRA KING LTDx LS

Check Price
85.9988.7391.9874.50
Low SpinCallaway Rogue ST LS

Check Price
84.6690.0786.6976.43
ValueTommy Armour 845 Max

Check Price
84.7584.1584.4986.09
Senior GolferXXIO X

Check Price
84.6083.9683.9886.59
PXG Golf ClubPXG 0311 XF Gen5

Check Price
84.3881.4881.0792.43
Fairway WoodTour Edge Exotics E722

Check Price
84.3581.6676.4697.54
Tour Edge ExoticsTour Edge Exotics C722

Check Price
83.3683.5391.9575.28
PXG Gen5PXG 0311 Gen5

Check Price
81.8583.5579.3486.91
Sub 70 949X

Check Price
80.1179.1480.8786.74
Adams Tight LiesAdams Tight Lies

Check Price
75.2072.5675.8790.31
Good FeelMizuno ST-X 220

Check Price
71.8181.1165.9984.97
forgivingWilson Launch Pad 2

Check Price
67.4269.3063.4592.84

2022 MOST WANTED FAIRWAY WOOD DATA COMING SOON

FAQ

BUYING A NEW FAIRWAY WOOD

Q: How often should I buy a new fairway wood?

A: While on rare occasions there are quantifiable year-over-year breakthroughs, typically it takes three to five years for manufacturers to make any significant performance gains. With the USGA further tightening restrictions on manufacturers, it’s possible, even likely, that it will take longer still moving forward. Our recommendation is to buy a new fairway wood only when it appreciably outperforms what is already in your bag. Of course, if you want new fairway wood because you want a new fairway wood, that’s fine, too.

Q: How do I determine the right fairway wood for me?

A: A proper club fitting with a professional will help determine what fairway wood will suit your unique game. However, you can assess your own needs by determining what kind of shots you need to hit with your fairway wood. Do you take hit the 3-wood primarily off the tee or off the turf? If you primarily use the fairway wood off the tee, a deeper face can help promote solid contact on the tee. Conversely, shallower-faced, slightly elongated fairway woods can help with turf interaction, allowing you the best chance at solid contact off the fairway or out of the rough. Make sure to fully evaluate your game in advance of a professional fitting to help the fitter understand what you’re looking for in a fairway wood.

Q: Does the shaft matter?

A: Absolutely. While changes to spin and launch and spin differences are rarely substantial, shaft changes frequently lead to improved accuracy, tighter dispersion and greater overall consistency.

Q: What should I look for when testing fairway woods?

A: While golfers have been conditioned to consider distance to the exclusion of nearly everything else, we recommended looking at the little numbers and looking for small circles. When comparing metrics like distance and ball speed, be sure to look at your standard deviations (the small numbers usually found under the big ones on the data screen). Smaller numbers mean better consistency which will usually mean more than an extra yard or two on the golf course. Similarly, look for tighter dispersion ellipses (small circles). We can’t overstate the importance of consistency with fairway woods.

Most Forgiving Fairway Wood

MOST WANTED

Q: How are the fairway woods in the test fitted to each golfer?

A: We use a fitting process that we call fit from stock. Fairway woods are fitted to each tester using the stock, no up-charge options from each manufacturer. Our 2022 Most Wanted Fairway Wood test included fairway woods with stamped lofts ranging from 14.5 to 16 degrees. Some offer adjustability features (loft and CG) and we make use of all available adjustability options to optimize trajectory. Furthermore, we fit to flex for each tester in the pool. Occasionally, manufacturers will send multiple sets with different stock shafts that we can utilize to improve launch conditions.

Q: How is the “Most Wanted Fairway Wood” determined?

A: To determine the Most Wanted Fairway Wood, we collect performance metrics with Foresight GCQuad Launch Monitors. To determine our overall rankings, we don’t just focus on averages. Instead, through proprietary methodologies, we determine the winner based on three key metrics: accuracy, distance and forgiveness.

Q: How is the “Longest Fairway Wood” determined?

A: To determine the Longest Fairway Wood, we again look past the raw averages to consider the average total yards across the test pool along with the statistical reliability of that data.

Q: How is the “Most Forgiving Fairway Wood” determined?

A: To determine the Most Forgiving Fairway Wood, we focus on a narrower set of metrics that includes:

  • Ball speed consistency
  • Spin consistency
  • Carry consistency
  • Dispersion area

Q: How much does subjective feedback like looks, sound and feel factor into your rankings?

A: ZERO. Our rankings are based purely on launch monitor data and quantifiable performance metrics.

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      The Badger

      1 year ago

      The best fairway wood is not the Brands, it’s the Loft, off the deck not teed up.

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      Vic

      1 year ago

      All the top ones are poor in forgiveness and direction? I will stick with my unadjustable 0211 PXG, I believe a lot of the adjustments are kind of useless unless you are a robot, weight changes are more useful.

      Reply

      TheBrad

      1 year ago

      Nobody asked but ok…

      Reply

      scott

      1 year ago

      The latest and greatest, You can hit a fairway longer but can you hit the same shot over and over again, I found the Callaway B21 what a great club easy to hit great flight with max forgiveness is it longer then something newer, I don’t know and don’t care.. Everyone is different but to make a change because something new came out makes me think the club you bought wasn’t the right one to begin with. If it’s not broke don’t fix it.

      Reply

      Ryan

      1 year ago

      Was swing speed a factor between the clubs? I noticed that it is taken into consideration with the Most Wanted Driver test. but no mention of it here. Curious if certain models performed better at the 105+ threshold.

      Reply

      James

      2 years ago

      Ok I have to ask, 3 out of the top 5 are Tour Edge, and this is a fairly common theme with tour edge stuff around here, are they really somehow better than the big brands or are they being plugged here?

      Sorry gotta ask.

      Reply

      Bruce

      2 years ago

      We won’t dignify that with a response

      Reply

      Shannon Severson

      2 years ago

      It would be nice if you included the Shaft options that were tested. I am sure the difference in a Tensei vs Hzrdus on the Titleist is noticeable.

      Reply

      Bob

      2 years ago

      Why no Titleist?

      Reply

      Jimmy

      2 years ago

      Titleist is at the end of their 2-year club cycle, meaning there were no new Titleist woods this year. TSR is the new model that is coming out soon.

      Reply

      Lou

      2 years ago

      I’ve been waiting for this test result all season long! TY! I have been in the market for a new three wood. I tested the PING, Stealth, Callaway, and Cobra LTDx.. I am your average golfer. I have a mid-level swing speed just below 100 MPH with a driver. I went for a fitting and in all honesty, I know I drove the fitter crazy with all my questions and concerns after conducting my own research. I am truly grateful to the PGA superstore for their patience and help. Based on my results, I am not surprised Cobra LTDx came out on top. As for my own results, here is what I got.. The PING Fairwood was easy to hit and keep in play 90% of the time both off the mat and off the tee. Easy to handle and a true fairway finder however, it fell short on distance. I was only getting 7 yards more distance than my old Cleveland Launcher I purchased about 20 years ago. The Stealth plus TI – despite all the loft adjustments it has, (13.5 to 15) I found it hard to find the fairways. It’s a great club and the distance is off the charts! The TI was about 30 yards longer than my current three-wood but if you’re an average player, you may want to first determine if you can control your shots. The TI is not a forgiving club as I hoped it would be. The Callaway was an easy club to hit. I found the fairway just as much as the PING however, it too lacked the distance I was hoping for. It’s another great club and easy to hit. but the gain in distance didn’t convince me to buy it. The choice I made was the Cobra LTDx. Like the Stealth TI, it has an adjustable loft. (13.5.to 16) even at a 13.5-degree loft, I was still able to hit it without an issue. The ball speed and spin rate were near or at times better than Stealth- using the Titleist Prov-1 2022 addition. Again. Stealth is an amazing club. Taylor made may have outdone itself and honestly don’t see how they can improve on this, but I just couldn’t keep the ball in play. The Cobra was only 7 yards shorter than the Stealth. off the matt and 12 yards shorter off the tee but if you are not in play really, what good does it serve? If you’re a player who is mid to low handicapped, consider the Cobra LTDx, I got my fit with the Mitsubishi AV White 75-gram center balance shaft. I was using a 65-gram shaft on the Cleveland launcher. However, with the carbon material used on the Cobra, I didn’t notice any weight difference. My ball speed on the Cobra was 20 mph faster than my Cleveland launcher and only 4 mph slower than the stealth TI. I was really hoping the Stealth would be the choice because it goes a long way but it’s just a club designed for a better golfer. Perhaps next year’s Stealth three-wood model will come with some heel and toe weight balances to offset those block or hook shots I was having. The best part of it all is the price for the Cobra LTDx is over a hundred dollars less than the Stealth and I am just happy to know my choice was spot on.

      Reply

      Tom

      2 years ago

      What’s your handicap and normal shot shape?

      Reply

      Lou

      2 years ago

      Hi Tom,

      My Handicap is my parking space!! LOL. It’s a 13. i play over 60 rounds of golf a year. My normal shot shape is a draw 90% of the time. For the Stealth 3 wood TI, I could not control the draw at all, I tried at least 10 different shafts. Most of the shafts were after-market available at prices ranging from 150 to 325. Nothing worked. Perhaps I was not having a good day but the ball speed on the Stealth was as high as my driver’s. I think it’s fair to say Taylor-Made created a 2 wood, not a three wood but who knows? The Cobra Three Wood, in my opinion for what it’s truly worth, is a user-friendly club. I was going to upgrade the shaft but the fitter said there was no need to. The only benefit from an aftermarket shaft on the Cobra would be some additional height. Not much in my opinion, only 10 feet. For your viewers and followers, get fit. It does help and you might be able to save a few bucks. One last thing, I went with the Peacoat blue color three wood head. It’s a nice look and with the Mitsubishi AV white shaft, it has all the look of confidence. once you see it. Great article and Thanks for reaching out!

      Sam

      2 years ago

      Thanks for sharing your own experience, Lou! Quick question for you. Did you happen to test out the TaylorMade SIM2 Max either last year when it was first released or during this very fitting session? If so, I’m curious if you still saw the Cobra outperform this specific club? PGA Superstore is offering the SIM2 for only $279 and I’ve read great reviews about it as well.

      Reply

      Lou

      2 years ago

      Hi Tom,

      I inquired about the SIM2 TI which is basically the same model as this year’s Stealth TI plus. The PGA super store near me did not have the SIM2 TI available for right-handed players. I kind of figured once the price dropped it would sell out quickly. I hit the TM SIM2 Max metal 3-wood and found it to be just as easy to hit as the Calloway and PING three woods but the spin rate was killing my distance. Again, I was hitting a Prov-1 2022 golf ball which I understand to be the lowest spinning ball on the market. today. If you don’t mind the distance issue and need a fairway finder off the tee or hitting the ball higher off the fairway, then the price of the TM MAX is ideal in my opinion. But try the Cobra Ltd x. Believe me, I am not trying to convince anyone what to buy or not to buy, but Cobra did something very special with its new fairway wood. It’s not as sexy as owning a TM or Callaway, but I tell you, Cobra is making a big push to be a leader in all golf equipment over the past few years. For me, the results speak for themselves. I wanted the TM Stealth TI plus but I simply couldn’t control the ball. The next best item was the Callaway but, they designed the club to be a true fairway finder and left a lot of distance out of the club. The Cobra offered me both worlds. granted it is not as long as the TM TI plus, but I can live with that. I hope this helps.

      HANK

      8 months ago

      i love the feel, sound, and distance on my SIM2 max 3 wood but same thing, it is so hard to control. Trying out the EXS220 from Exotics

      Reply

      Nick Ploeg

      2 years ago

      Wow I am truly surprised at these results. After seeing the hybrid most wanted I thought the the sub 70 was going to finish much higher on this list than it did..

      Reply

      Evan

      2 years ago

      Totally agree Nick, I was actually considering ordering a 4 wood before the results came out. I may still end up ordering one but now I would want to test it before purchasing. My current Mavrik isn’t bad but I certainly love tinkering

      Reply

      Jerry Hua

      2 years ago

      I still play my Taylor Made R580 Ti 3 wood with a NV 75 Shaft from 2003. Long and Forgiving. I put it up against a Stealth Plus and other than a few yards, I did not see a difference. My Back-up 3W is an Original Ping Rapture on an NVS 75. I can’t wait to see what the Ping G430 Brings and 2nd Gen Stealth Woods

      Reply

      AppletonJim

      2 years ago

      Is the term Fairway Wood meant to imply 3 wood only or should we also assume that the same characteristics of the tested 3 wood will follow through with 5, or 7 wood options?

      Reply

      Jim

      2 years ago

      Pretty sure that last years data is still available. When the data for this years test comes out just compare the data from last year to the data from this year. Boom. Now you know how the two models match up. I’m no expert but I don’t think that the year in which you swing the club matters.

      Reply

      John Peters (the farmer)

      2 years ago

      I haven’t compared this and last years report side-by-side, but what irks me is thst MGS tend to change their metrics from year to year, so they aren’t always that easy to compare.

      Reply

      dr. bloor

      2 years ago

      Go find two consecutive years when MGS metrics for judging a golf club have been the same.

      It’s free, and the tests are what they are, and that’s fine. But if you want to be the kingmaker and manufacturers are going to trade on your “Most Wanted” rankings, aspire to be something more than testing whichever manufacturers are willing to send entrants.

      Reply

      Bill

      2 years ago

      Can we stop with the complaints about “why wasn’t XYZ tested?!?” already? We get it, in your opinion the test is flawed without included said club(s) but for Pete’s sake people MGS is a FREE website that provides invaluable data to us golf nerds…again, FOR FREE! As it is, they tested 20 different models this year. If they were to include even the 3 models each from Titleist and Ping that would increase the testing process by 30%. When you consider they used 35 testers for the driver testing and kept somewhere around 14 shots per tester, you are now asking them to include another ~3,000 shots in the data. At some point they have to draw a line and say enough is enough. They have never claimed most wanted is the end all be all, if that were the case you’d literally have to test every piece of equipment available to purchase which is impossible.

      Enough already…

      Reply

      Chuck

      2 years ago

      It’s almost as if the data is just useless noise

      Reply

      Stephen

      2 years ago

      Not testing clubs from 2/5 of the majors is certainly hurtful to the test. At least 1 offering from each of the majors should be tested. If the amount of shots is the issue, take some out. Higher priority should be given to majors than a specialty, niche brand like Xxio, brands that consistently finish poorly like Adams or Wilson, or featuring 3 clubs from other majors. For example, I think most people would rather see 1 Titleist, 1 Ping, and 1 Callaway than 3 clubs from Callaway and none from the other two. Maybe a poll of readers on that they’d prefer to see would help to squash the argument

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      Kevin

      2 years ago

      I have an F9 3 wood reshafted with a Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue regular flex 60g that works just fine for me and see no reason to upgrade every year or so. Never could hit a 3 wood off the deck until I got this club. Now I look forward to it.

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      The Brad

      1 year ago

      Amazing story. Almost felt like I was there.

      Reply

      Joe Bales

      2 years ago

      Curious why the Callaway Apex UW isn’t ranked either as a hybrid or a fairway wood. I realize it’s something of a “tweener” but I suspect your readers would be interested in how it performs in the marketplace.

      Reply

      Phillip Bishop

      2 years ago

      The Apex UW was not submitted for testing.

      Reply

      Tj

      2 years ago

      Is the data gathered available yet? I didn’t see a link in the article.

      Reply

      Phillip Bishop

      2 years ago

      Unfortunately, it is not ready yet. We are hoping to add it ASAP. Thank you for your patience.

      Reply

      Doug Mael

      2 years ago

      By the way, the Exotics Pro 721 is an excellent fairway wood (I have gamed one on-and-off since late summer of 2021). So is the new Exotics C722 fairway, which is the logical replacement for the Pro 721, although the Pro 721 is a bit more accurate. If I didn’t have a Titleist TS2 4-wood that is reshafted with a fantastic Miyazaki shaft, I would be happy to play the Pro 721 every round that I play.

      Reply

      Luis

      2 years ago

      Why the lat year winner, Srixon, was not included?

      Reply

      Brad G.

      2 years ago

      How is this a complete test without Srixon, Titleist, and Ping? I know the model cycle argument but Srixon ZX7 is the defending Champ and Titleist TSi2 was the runner up.

      Reply

      MyGolfSpy

      2 years ago

      Most Wanted testing is for the newest models to hit retail. If you don’t see your club, please check out last years test for results:
      http://mygolfspy.com/2021-most-wanted-fairway-wood/

      Reply

      Dr Tee

      2 years ago

      yes, but it would be useful to see how 2021 “best” available compare with these slightly newer offerings in terms of whether or not club upgrade or replacement would be necessary or useful

      Everardo

      2 years ago

      Yeah that’d be cool to see last years winner vs this years as a year to year comparison.

      Reply

      Jake Claro

      2 years ago

      Seriously. This comes up every year as something that site users want and continually gets ignored or reasoned away with “newest model to hit retail”. For Ping, Titleist, and Srixon, the 2021 models are the newest models to hit retail and should get tested against 2022 releases that you have at time of testing. If Titleist’s Tsi2 is still their 2022 fairway model at time of testing, then it should be included in the 2022 testing cohort. You already in essence make this distinction because Titleist’s next fairway release, presumably in 2022, will be a part of the 2023 testing cohort.. Doing it this way also gives all of us a better sense of how far technology is really progressing year to year, and either validates aggressive annual release cycles by certain manufacturers or more deliberate and slower release cycles of others. Really think the MGS community is asking you all to reconsider the current approach – it can be done in a way that makes more sense overall to MGS mission and doesn’t require you to expand the field to an inordinate amount of clubs: anything in the top 5 from the prior year that is still the current model at time of testing gets tested in the current year; plus winning make/model and runner up from last year automatically carry into next year’s testing even if manufacturer has released a replacement (providing insight on real performance advancement over marketing hype the newest model is always best) .

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      MyGolfSpy

      2 years ago

      1. Not sure how this “comes up every year” when this is the very first year we have done this.

      2. We always are listening to the MGS community and will continue to do so.

      3. We are looking at some ways to test newest every year and then maybe some TOP 5 every other year.

      John Peters (the farmer)

      2 years ago

      It comes up on every most wanted you do – for wedges, drivers, putters irons. But maybe the comments are removed?

      Jake Claro

      2 years ago

      Yeah, to John Peters point, this occurs every most wanted cycle for all club types, and people comment to this in one way or another every year/most wanted cycle. I really don’t know how to interpret your response – this is the first year you have done a most wanted that didn’t include winner/runner-up or prior year models for the major manufacturers? Really?

      Tiger Wilson

      2 years ago

      Did you not test the Ping G425 range? I find it hard to believe they are not ranked at all…. (yes I know there’s a new model about to come out)

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      Chris T

      2 years ago

      Again, I am going to have to pick you apart for not including manufacturers that release on two year cycles. Your mission has always been consumer focused. But we are seeing OEM use the most wanted title in marketing. But it’s not the true most wanted because it didn’t go up against all the products in the market. (Titleist Ping etc). Saying that the cobra is most wanted is really misleading because you didn’t test all the major offers. 2022 has been a disappointing year for MGS testing. I’m just calling balls and strikes here.

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      Everardo

      2 years ago

      Scratching my head too, the Tour Edge 721 Pro was released in 2021 but is included in the 2022 test but Ping G425, Titleist TSI, and Srixon ZX7 were also released in 2021 (January from what I’m seeing) and were not included?

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      Joseph Trovero

      2 years ago

      Would love to know fade and draw bias characteristics. I’m just a person who needs a fade biased club and it would be great to narrow down the choices.

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      Phillip Bishop

      2 years ago

      Joe, thank you for the comment. Cobra KING LTDx LS and Callaway Rogue ST LS were two of the more “right” biased clubs in the test. Cobra specifically has interchangeable weights in the heel and toe. A great option since you’re looking for a more “fade” bias club.

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      Joseph Trovero

      2 years ago

      Thank you!

      Steve S

      2 years ago

      I find it interesting that the TOUR EDGE EXOTICS PRO 721 is already being discounted at the PGA Superstore. Seems unusual for a new release.

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      Lakeside Steve

      2 years ago

      Isn’t the Pro 721 already discontinued? Doesn’t show on their website..

      Reply

      Everardo

      2 years ago

      From what I can tell, the Pro model was released in August 2021

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      Jamison

      2 years ago

      The new Cleveland launchers are nice so are the Sirixons

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      Doug Mael

      2 years ago

      The Exotics Pro 721 fairway is far from a “new release”, having been introduced at least 16-18 months ago. The replacement 722 Series has been available since early this year.

      Reply

      MyGolfSpy

      2 years ago

      We tested the TOUR EDGE EXOTICS C721 last year which was the NON-PRO version. This is the first year the PRO was available during our testing timeframe.

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