The Shot Heard Round The World
What’s a Baffy you ask? Well, it is another name for a #4-wood. In 1935, Gene Sarazen hit that famous club that made the shot heard ‘round the world. Three down with four to play, Sarazen came to the par 5 #15 at Augusta National. His perfectly struck #4-wood holed out from 235 yards to score a double-eagle (or albatross). His historic feat at the Masters catapulted him into a tie which later Sarazen went on to win in a Monday playoff against Craig Wood.
For those who might have just started playing golf, you have probably wondered why we have a #3-wood or #5-wood, but no #4. Well many years ago it was quite common that a set would come with a #4-wood (with a loft of @ 19 degrees) that would be the modern day equivalent of a #5-wood. The #4-wood might make a resurgence again, but the reason why will make you wonder why they are not as popular today.
Golfers are always looking to take full advantage of the rules of the game by making the most of the 14 allowable clubs you are allowed to carry in the bag. Stronger golfers are not overcome with distance problems, but do occasionally need that one club that allows them to hit a long way to reach par 5’s in two or play that controlled shot off of the tee. Instead of a deciding between carrying a #3-wood or #5-wood, it makes it simple to select a #4-wood (a club of approximately 17 degrees of loft). This gives the player the option of carrying an extra wedge or possibly a hybrid for better course management.
Another advantage of carrying a #4-wood is for ladies or seniors who use a high-lofted driver. A #3-wood probably won’t have adequate loft to get the ball airborne due to the slower swing speed. The higher-lofted #4 won’t have that same problem. Then that same player can skip to a #7-wood to have a nice separation of loft and distance.
Hireko is proud to announce that our new Acer XK fairway series coming in 2009, will be offered with a #4-wood option and feature our VCT (Variable Crown Technology) cast to a thickness as little as 0.5mm thick as well as a variable face thickness for improved performance on off-center shots.
Stay tuned. New Acer XK Fairway Wood arriving soon!