Last year the most talked about golf club was the belly putter, but this year is going to mark in a long, long time that oft forgotten category of fairway woods will get its day in the spotlight and justly so. Let’s face it, not everyone is on the hybrid bandwagon and still enjoys the larger, confidence building profile that a fairway wood has to give. While there are low lofted hybrids, they still don’t produce the much needed distance of a #3 wood. However, all this talk of today’s hot fairway woods can’t be mentioned without including the all-new Power Play Caiman X2 Raw Power #3 wood.
The Raw Power Story
If you are not hip to the Caiman Raw Power story, this short video will help explain it. But in a nutshell it was designed to solve the most common problem of golfers everywhere – hitting their 3 wood as solidly as their #5 wood. In addition, those seeking additional distance, your wish was granted by virtue of the material choice used in its construction. Longer and straighter is the Raw Power mantra.
Why all of the recent hype on fairway woods?
In some circle, it has to do with the strict USGA rules and regulation regarding driver designs as they are already pushed to the limits of what manufacturers can do with the materials at hand. However, fairway woods have gone pretty much under the radar for a while. Sure, there have been some hot fairways such as some the Tour Edge Exotics models. But for the most part consumers haven’t demanded higher performance fairway woods or at least their pocketbooks. Major manufacturer are gambling that this is the next big trend in golf.
How to put the HOT in hotter
This isn’t marketing BS, but there are indeed some hotter fairways woods available. This all has to do with material choice. In the past 30 years, the vast majority of fairway woods have been made wholly from stainless steel which has worked out quite well for the size, strength and weight requirements. But there are limitations and this is where different materials are needed to increase performance. One is the family of what are called maraging steels.
The purpose of utilizing a thin maraging steel face insert allows the face to flex and produce a higher coefficient of restitution or rebound effect, just like the use of titanium in modern drivers as a way to increase the ball velocity coming off the face. There is a weight savings as well that allows the golf club designer to place more weight elsewhere in the head to improve launch angles, spin rates and increase forgiveness. Maraging steel is used in lieu of titanium because it is easily bonded (welded) to a stainless steel frame. The reason it is not used in all fairway woods is simple – cost! When you look at name brand clubs with a maraging face it usually adds on $30 (at the minimum) over the same design with a normal stainless face.
Going a step beyond maraging steel, you will start to see more titanium fairways introduced to the market. However, it won’t come cheap. For name brand clubs, you are now looking at a $100 add on compared to a similar design in stainless steel. When you figure that the average golfer carries 2 or even 3, that starts to add up in a hurry.
While this term is not yet officially in the dictionary, Hireko is able to give the same higher performance but at the price that other manufacturers are offering their standard fare products for. So if you want better performance from a “hot” fairway wood without breaking your piggy bank, the Power Play Caiman X2 Raw Power is it.
|Power Play Caiman X2 Rawpower Fairway Wood – Custom Assembled
|Power Play Caiman X2 Rawpower Fairway Wood – Clubhead||$29.95 ea.|