11 fairway wood by Thomas Golf

#11 Fairway Wood

Carrying a #11 fairway wood in your golf bag can offer several advantages over a standard 5 iron, particularly in terms of hitting with height, forgiveness, and distance. Here's why some golfers opt for a higher lofted fairway wood:

  1. Higher Launch and Height: The #11 fairway wood typically has a loft angle around 25 to 27 degrees. The loft of the fairway wood allows for a higher launch angle and more ball height. This higher trajectory can be beneficial when trying to carry hazards or obstacles on the course, such as trees or bunkers.
  2. Forgiveness: Fairway woods, including the #11 fairway wood, are generally more forgiving than long irons like the 5 iron. The larger clubhead size and low center of gravity of fairway woods help reduce the impact of mishits, resulting in more consistent ball flight and distance. This forgiveness can be especially helpful for golfers with mid-to-high handicaps or those who struggle with consistent ball-striking.
  3. Distance: The #11 fairway wood is designed to provide distance, similar to the distance you'd get from a 5 iron. However, due to its higher launch and forgiving nature, some golfers may find that they achieve a slightly longer carry distance with the #11 fairway wood compared to a standard 5 iron. This can be advantageous for reaching longer par 3s or going for par 5s in two shots.
  4. Versatility: Fairway woods like the #11 can be versatile clubs that can be used from a variety of lies, including fairway, rough, and even off the tee on shorter par 4s. The combination of height and distance makes them a valuable option for approach shots to the green and navigating challenging course conditions.
  5. Confidence and Playability: Some golfers feel more confident and comfortable hitting a fairway wood compared to a long iron. The ease of getting the ball airborne and the additional forgiveness can give players more assurance when facing challenging shots.

However, it's essential to note that the decision to carry a #11 fairway wood or any other club in your bag depends on your individual swing, playing style, and course conditions. Some golfers may find that they prefer the precision and control offered by long irons, while others may benefit from the extra height and forgiveness of a higher lofted fairway wood.

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