High-lofted fairway woods are a good option for golfers who struggle to get the ball up in the air with irons or hybrid clubs. For example, a Number 15 Fairway Wood has a loft (35-37 degrees) similar to a 7- or 8-iron or equivalent hybrid, but a lower center of gravity which produces higher shots.
The number 15 fairway wood – or 15-wood for short – has several other advantages over its counterparts. Where irons and most hybrids feature a shallow clubhead (measured from face to back edge), a 15-wood’s deeper head inspires greater confidence at address and makes it more forgiving on mishits.
All golfers want extra distance, and the 15-wood delivers here, too, thanks to a shaft that’s
longer than corresponding irons and hybrids. It’s an excellent choice for players with slower swing speeds and is most effective when swung with a sweeping motion (rather than a downward blow).
The 15-wood is also versatile. Its rounded shape helps the club glide easily through tall grass, so it’s less likely than an iron to snag in the rough. Some golfers may even use it around the greens, especially when facing a long chip-and-run where a low, rolling shot is required.