What is a heavenwood? (Full info)

Ah the mighty heavenwood. I have recently put one of these into my golf bags and I don't know why I didn't have one sooner. In my opinion the hevenwood is one of the best kept secret golf hacks in the game, so what exactly is a heavenwood golf club?

A Heavenwood is another word for a 7-wood but it actually specifically refers to a model of 7 wood created by Callaway Golf in 2004. In this article we're going to look at the brief history of the Heavenwood specs and look at some reasons why it's gathered cult status among the golfing world.

What Is A Heavenwood In Golf?

A Heavenwood is a hybrid golf club originally designed by Callaway in 2004.

Most golfers really struggle to hit their long irons and equipment manufacturers are always looking for ways to get more people enjoying the game and by extension buying more gear!

The heavenwood was designed to be easier to hit and more forgiving than a long iron or fairway wood and appeal to a wider range of golfers with a variety of skills levels.

Heavenwoods and rescue clubs in general are there to give you straighter ball flight, more distance, and better options from the tee, fairway and rough.

What Is The Difference Between A 7 Wood And A Heavenwood?

It's pretty confusing to work out what's going on with all the different names flying around so it makes sense to ask, is a heavenwood a 7-wood?

The key difference is a 7-wood made by most manufacturers other than Callaway with have a shaft that is standard length for the loft of the club. The shaft on a Callaway heavenwood specifically is a 4-wood shaft, so players will naturally hit the ball longer using a Callaway heavenwood.

Can you still buy a heavenwood?

Yes you can still buy a heavenwood today. There are many second hand options available online from a variety of retailers but it is worth noting that the modern "heavenwood" is no longer a hybrid but a proper fairway wood.

The term heavenwood has become synonymous with any seven wood golf club these days, and there has been a resurgence in popularity in these clubs since tour players like Dustin Johnson started to play them.

What loft is a Heavenwood?

The original heavenwoods came in a range of lofts from 17 to 23 degrees. This is pretty typical for hybrids or utility clubs as it covers the long irons in the golf bag. Here's a quick breakdown.

17 degree heavenwood - 2 or 3 iron

20 degree heavenood - 4 iron

23 degree heavenwood - 5 iron.

The specific irons that a heavenwood would replace will depend on the lofts of your set. Some modern golf irons have much stronger lofts than in previous generations so make sure you check your gapping before adding a heavenwood or other hybrid to your set.

What Kind Of golfer should use a heavenwood?

The classic Callaway heavenwood was a hybrid, and any golfer at any skill level can benefit from playing a hybrid on the golf course. Hybrids offer control and accuracy from a number of different lies and can be used as an effective tee club too.

The modern heaven wood, (essentially a Callaway seven wood) offers many of the same features as a hybrid but with some key differences. Some golfers prefer the bigger head of a fairway wood over a hybrid as it gives the more confidence over the ball. Golfers who have a shallow swing might also benefit from the longer shaft and bigger head of the modern heavenwood as it will encourage you to "sweep" the ball instead of hit primarily down on it which is what happens with a hybrid.

In reality, a seven wood is perfect for most players. I love mine and you'd have to offer me a really compelling alternative to get it out of my bag.

Is A Heavenwood Easy To Hit?

Based on my experiences and of players I know who have a heavenwood, it's one of the easiest clubs to hit. The higher loft, combined with the more forgiving head size gives you a bigger margin for error and you can swing with confidence. 

Heavenwood vs hybrid?

The key difference between a heaven wood and a hybrid of the same loft is the shaft length. A heavenwood will have a longer shaft than the equivalent hybrid. 

A 4 hybrid with 22 degrees of loft and a 40 inch shaft is the closest match to a heavenwood. It really depends on your personal preference and how long a shaft you feel comfortable using. 

Heavenwood vs 3 wood

A standard 3 wood has 13 to 17 degrees of loft. A heaven wood will have a higher loft, around 21 degrees so will naturally launch the ball higher a shorter. The heavenwood has a 40 inch shaft, similar to a 4 wood, so won't feel too different to those guys who game a 3 wood. The main difference will be in ball flight, control and overall distance, however all of these might be cancelled out by the ability of the player to get a better more consistent strike with a heavenwood.

Final Thoughts On What is a Heavenwood

I'm going to keep this short and sweet. If you struggle with a reliable tee shot or lack consistency with approaches to long par 4s and 5s. Get a heavenwood. You'll be in 7 heaven in no time. 

Best golf hybrids for seniors 2022

When I think about it, I think that hybrid golf clubs were invented for the senior golfer. Need help with launching your golf ball and want more distance, struggle to hit your long irons well? If this is you then rescue clubs or hybrids are what you need in your golf bag.

The best hybrid golf clubs for seniors eliminate the need to carry those difficult to hit long irons and give you golf clubs which you can depend on time and time again from pretty much any lie on the golf course. I often play with guys who would be classed as "seniors" and they have rolled back the years since putting a hybrid in their bags. It's basically legal cheating!

Let's look at the best hybrid clubs on the market today so you can get the most out of your golf swing.

Tl;dr - The best hybrid golf club for seniors is the Cleveland Halo Launcher Hybrid.

Best hybrid golf clubs for seniors 2022

  1. Cleveland Halo Launcher Hybrid (best overall hybrid)
  2. Cobra Air X Hybrid (best for slower swing speed senior golfers)
  3. PING G425 Hybrid  (most forgiving hybrid club)
  4. Cobra Radspeed Hybrid (best for raw distance)
  5. Tour Edge Hot Launch C522 Hybrid (fastest ball speed)

Best for the senior golfer who hits their hybrid a lot

Cleveland Launcher Halo Hybrid

The sole of these golf clubs features guide-rails which are a set of three strips of metal a lot like the Baffler rails on Cobra hybrids. Combined with the clever leading edge design this is the ideal formula to help with the way the hybrid hits the turf and cuts through it effortlessly.

These are features created for the high handicap golfer or senior golfer who spends some time away from fairways. You'll be able to glide through the rough and even sandy lies with this type of club without needing a massive amount of swing speed to muscle the ball out of a bad situation.

Looking down at the top of the club, you see the crown is the trademark Hi Bore (HB) design where Cleveland have lowered the center of gravity to get that low spin, high launch effect to get the ball flying higher and further with less dispersion.

There are two available lofts, 19 and 22 degrees. These 3 and 4 hybrids are so easy to slot into your bag and will be much easier to hit than long irons. Jim who contributes to the site has both of these hybrids, slotting them in on top of the 5 iron in his bag. He finds these lofts to be perfect for the gapping up to his 3 wood. 

If you want value and simplicity, the Cleveland Launcher Halos are everything you need from a hybrid club - especially for slower swing speeds. 

Pros

  • Simple hybrid for maximum forgiveness and distance
  • Can be used from every lie - tee to green.
  • Low spin rates and high ball speeds off the face for maximum distance
  • Naturally high launching golf hybrid clubs so you don't try and scoop the ball
  • Good loft options

Cons

  • Possibly the ugliest headcover I've seen. Get a better one from waddaplaya.

Super light hybrid golf club for slow swing speeds

air x cobra hybrid

Cobra have designed these rescue clubs to be as forgiving as any other hybrid on the market. With their super light design, the clubs are targeted at players with slower swing speed, and are built to get the ball in the air fast, maximise carry distance and eliminate a slice. If you need these things in your game as a senior golfer, look no further. 

The coolest thing about these hybrids is they come in so many lofts. You can get 19, 22, 25, 28 and 31 degree hybrids, pretty much replacing everything from a 3 iron down to 6 or 7 irons!

At address this club is really easy to look at. The Cobra logo is clearly stamped on the top of the crown, making it easy to line the ball up to the sweet spot. It's a timeless classy look without some of the gimmicks you see in many modern golf clubs. You probably won't even notice that there's anti-slice offset. 

BDog and JMac from my channel both use Cobra hybrids and nothing will get them out of their bags. The 25 degree is like having cheat codes enabled on a golf club, it's almost impossible to hit a bad shot with that club. 

This could end up being your go-to club off the tee on tight holes. By making the club in general lighter, you're able to make faster swings with the same amount of effort. 

Pros
  • Simple club design and clear alignment aids
  • Rounded face glides through the turf without getting stuck
  • Excellent from all lies on the golf course
  • Really good as an option off the tee
  • Quality of lightweight graphite shafts to choose from

Cons

  • Low-spinning hybrid more for distance and accuracy than green-holding ability
  • Nothing mind-blowing in terms of new tech

Most forgiving hybrid for the senior golfer

PING-G425-Hybrid

PING's G425 is the latest and greatest in their line of easy-to-hit hybrids. The big idea behind this one is the consistency of the spin and the huge ball speed on offer. This is perfect for senior golfers.  

In 2021 PING brought out "Facewrap," a thin but strong steel face that overlaps into the crown and sole. This is supposed to increase ball speeds across the entire face and is a feature on their G425 fairway wood too.

Lower strikes in the face, which is common among high handicappers, go further than you'd expect and without that low stinker ball flight. 

A three-dot alignment system on the crown makes it easy to line up out the middle of the face, and at address, the clubface sits square and doesn't look like it's pointing way to the left like a lot of forgiving hybrids do. PING removed the turbulator spikey things on the crown which a lot of PING players got used to. 

The G425 hybrid is actually adjustable at the hosel with eight available positions on the adapter so you can move the loft 1.5 degrees up or down and make the lie angle up to 3 degrees flatter.

You can select one of three brands of shafts in the PING G425 hybrids to be able to suit your specific needs. 

Pros
  • Super forgiving from all lies to launch like all PING clubs
  • Clean premium looking design
  • Penetrating straight ball flight is great for tee shots on par 4's
  • When struck out of the sweet spot, one of the longest hybrids available
  • Adjustability makes you your own clubfitter

Cons

  • Price - higher than most

Best low spin high launch hybrid clubs

cobra radspeed hybrid golf club for seniors

The Cobra RADSPEED Hybrid looks the bomb. I really like the bright yellow detailing  and these clubs definitely have bag appeal out on the golf course.

The design delivers low spin, high launch, and forgiveness with Cobra's front-biased Radial Weighting system. Two 6 gram weights are placed in the front of the club head with a further 7 gram weight in the back,  creating balance for a super low spin shot with high launch. Jim who writes for the site plays with a senior who games these clubs and his long game has been revolutionised. He was struggling massively with his 5 iron and switched to the 21 degree model of the RADSPEED and now he's a demon from 180 yards.  

Hollow split rails placed at front of the club create 70% more flex from heel to toe, giving you a greater launch with faster ball speeds. A forged insert is thinner and more flexible for even more ball speed and greater stopping power into greens. Two Baffler sole rails prevent digging for better shots out of tougher lies, rough, or bunkers.

This is much more pricey than the Cobra Air X featured above and is aimed at the senior who has a more consistent swing and more speed. If that's you, I don't think you can look past this club. 

Pros
  • Radial Weighting – clever placement of weight enhances speed, forgiveness, and ball flight
  • Baffler rails on the sole for better turf interaction 
  • Forged face insert is thinner and more flexible for faster ball speeds and higher launch

Cons

  • Not adjustable - choose the right loft for you 

Hot face produces insane ball speeds for even low swingers

Tour Edge Hot Launch C522

Tour Edge are famous for making maximum game improvement solutions especially in the fairway wood and hybrid department. These hybrid golf clubs promote a high longer and soft landing ball but without the need to dig yourself a deep divot like a pro. If you struggle with arthritic hands and prefer sweeping the ball, you'll love these.

You'll find the Hot Launch range gets great distance on all shots even mishits from thin to fat to off center and slicing and hooking the ball is going to be difficult because these just want to go straight. 

Tour Edge is a brand that you may not have heard of because of all the hoorah on the PGA Tour with big brands sponsoring everyone but Tour Edge is one of the best in the business when it comes to fairway woods and hybrids for forgiveness. 

I tried this range when I was in the USA recently and was blown away. They look like premium clubs, sound and feel like premium clubs and perform like premium clubs - all at a fraction of the big name prices. 

What's great with this range is you can replace so many clubs and fill so many gaps in the bag. They have a range of lofts from 19, 22, 25 and 28 degrees to choose from. Tour Edge are truly the every man's golf club.

Pros
  • Cheapest premium option out there
  • High launch means more distance for slower swing speed
  • Slight draw bias helps with slices

Cons

  • Does not suite faster swing speed players 
  • Offset might be too much for some players

Factors to Evaluate Senior Golfer Hybrids

To ensure you find the best hybrid golf club for senior golfers, consider your priorities and abilities. This will tell you which direction to take with the hybrid golf game. A lot of high handicappers are fighting a slice and also swing a bit slower than mid handicappers or advanced players.

This is not always the case and if you are a fast swinger but still a high handicap, your priority should be to control the ball, not speed. 

Whichever hybrid golf club you decide on, it's always best to also consider a high handicap fairway wood just to be sure you've covered both options. In a fairway wood versus a hybrid comparison, you'll find different outcomes for each club and also your ability to hit one or the other. Some people are fairway wood fans and some people love filling their bag with hybrids. Here are some important aspects of hybrids to think about:

Forgiveness

On a hybrid golf club, much like a fairway wood or driver, you want a larger surface area to hit the ball with. A larger clubhead and club face will give you a bigger sweet spot. When you mis-hit the ball, which will happen a fair amount, you want to be sure that the hybrid will deliver a decent enough shot. On long irons, they can be very punishing when they are mis-hit. That is why we like to put hybrids in our bags. It takes all that pain and stinging hands out of the equation.

Some hybrids are made more for professional level swings. They are smaller and have narrower club faces. With a larger head and larger club face, you'll be able to get enough distance and consistent strikes on the golf ball from the rough. On approach shots, the forgiving hybrids have a very low center of gravity to get under the ball without you even trying. 

Loft

The loft of the club will depend on the iron that you want to replace or the distance you want to cover after your longest iron. If your longest iron is a 6 iron, you want to find a 4 hybrid. That is usually 21 or 23 degrees. But if you want to hit it a bit longer and gain some distance off the tee and it is your priority to have a go-to tee club, then a 3 hybrid of 19 or 20 degrees will serve you well. Be very careful to hit them a few times to ensure which one you prefer. You can get hybrids in many forms and there are numerous with adjustable lofts.

You can turn your 4 hybrid into a 5 or a 3 hybrid by adjusting the shaft and hosel. 

Shaft and Length

Normally at a higher handicap, regular shafts are preferred. Your swing needs to be under control first before moving to stiffer shafts. You may have a fast swing, but I would recommend learning to dial that power back and use a softer shaft. You can choose between regular, stiff-regular and stiff. Most of the time, if you're between 5'6 and 6'1 you can get away with a standard length hybrid shaft. 

Currently most of the hybrids on the market come with a graphite shaft to increase club head speed. This will help you to generate enough speed to launch the hybrid much more successfully than a long iron with a steel shaft. Once you get a regular shape and consistent strike, you can upgrade your shaft to a stiffer one. 

Adjustability

Changing the loft and lie angles is common in drivers and is now a feature of hybrids as well.

Do you want to spend the extra money for adjustable clubs to edit the type of shot you want to hit? Or are you scared of FOMO and just want a simple point and shoot hybrid? Most beginners and high handicappers would need to see a pro to get the correct settings to customize the ball flight for correcting a slice or a particular shot shape. 

Cost

When it comes to a hybrid, it's similar to all aspects of the bag. You get what you pay for. 

You can have the choice of a new or used one. Global Golf is great for used products but so is eBay. Just be sure to check the reputation of the seller before you purchase. Also knowing your specs beforehand will help you to find deals really quickly. 

Should I get a hybrid?

You should get a hybrid if you think you know how to hit a hybrid:

  • Can't reach par 3's with your current lowest number iron
  • Hit a lot of irons from the rough very poorly
  • Need a consistent tee shot that can get onto the fairway on tight holes
  • Can hit a fairway wood but not a 3, 4 or 5 iron
  • Have a 5 wood but don't want a 7 or 9 wood

How do I select the correct loft for my set? 

Hybrids generally go a bit further than irons of the same loft. The manufacturers generally put the number of the iron on the hybrid to show which iron it replaces. So a 5 hybrid replaces a 5 iron.

Below is a chart to gauge which loft hybrid golf club to get in relation to your longest iron.

For high handicappers like yourself, I would recommend anything from 19 degrees (3 hybrid) and up. Feel free to have as many as you like. They really will change the way you attack the greens. For lofts lower than 19 degrees, I recommend fairway woods. These are some of the better fairway woods.

Hybrids and fairway wood setup in your bag

I'm a huge fan of fairway woods for low to mid to high handicappers. They glide through the long grass, get you onto greens from longer distances and can take the place of a driver.

But I always find a nagging difference between my 4 wood and my irons. That's where the hybrids come in to save the day. If you have a 5 wood and a 7 wood, you probably don't hit your 4 or 5 iron too much and when you do it's not performing as you'd like. 

Hybrids are a complement and not a replacement for fairway woods. They can bridge the gap between your fairway woods and your irons or they can take the place of your irons. There is no magic recipe so look at your distances and your priorities to have a bag with both fairway woods and hybrids to give you an all-round solid game. 

I suggest for a high handicapper: 

  • 1 x 5 wood

AND

  • 1 x 20 degree hybrid or 3 hybrid

OR

  • 1 x 23 degree hybrid or 4 hybrid

AND

  • 1 x 26 degree or 5 hybrid

Why are hybrids so much easier to hit?

First thing you notice in a hybrid is the body behind the face. With that extra booty in the back, the face can be made thinner like a fairway wood.

This means the manufacturer can redistribute weight to the sole to get more of the weight under and behind the ball so you can hit it in the air MUCH easier than ever before.

See, long irons are thin and look like butter knives. Most of the time, we think we need to 'help' the ball get in the air because the faces are so flat. The hybrid solves this problem and hitting the hybrid like you would hit your 7 iron is ideal!

Essentially you're getting a shorter shafted, higher lofted fairway wood that is easier to hit than a fairway wood and far easier to control. In today's game, they're no-brainers and if you don't have one, you're really losing out.

The graphite shaft also makes them lighter so you can easily generate enough clubhead speed which is essential to lift a ball off the ground with a lower lofted club.

Long irons (3-4-5) need a lot of clubhead speed to get airborne and really are best suited to mid to low handicappers who can feel confident that they can hit DOWN on the ball instead of trying to flip it into the air.

Distinguishing features of a hybrid club

  • Loft of the hybrid can range from 16 to 27 degrees replacing irons 2 through to 6 or 7 iron
  • Low center of gravity placed in the back of the club for easier launch than an iron
  • Wider sole than long irons but not as wide as a fairway wood
  • Club face is either titanium or steel for more trampoline effect then an iron
  • Graphite shafts are most common compared to steel in irons

Are long irons hard to hit?

Funny thing though: did you know once upon a time standard golf iron sets had 3 and 4 irons? 

Those days are long gone and hybrids have taken their place which is a very good thing. You'll struggle to find sets with 3, 4 and even 5-irons these days. Hybrids are that much easier to hit in the air that even the pros have switched out their 2 and 3 irons in favor of them. Even Tiger Woods started playing a driving iron during his comeback rounds in the Bahamas so as not to get punished too hard for off center hits. 

The benefit to your game as a higher handicapper is four-fold.

You'll be able to hit more par 3's in one shot and you'll be able to hit longer approaches with a higher ball flight into the greens more easily. You could use it for basic bump and run chip shots.

What is the Difference Between a Hybrid and a Driving Iron?

The word choice is important and driving irons suitable for higher handicaps do exist. Driving irons sound like they should be long irons but the technology they use in them is similar to a hybrid but the driving iron is made to appeal to people who enjoy the look of a long iron, but want the forgiveness of a hybrid. Overall though, hybrids are easier to hit and help to correct the common shot that most high handicappers experience - the slice and the top. 

What Are the Differences Between Hybrid and Fairway Wood?

You will find fairway woods and hybrids in the same loft category but the difference is the head volume. The fairway wood has a bigger head and thus can produce a bit more distance. You'll find that because of the bigger heads, the sole of the club is narrower in a hybrid. That means you hit the hybrid with more of a 7 iron swing than a fairway wood. 

Fairway woods need to be swept off the ground a bit more than hybrids. The other major difference is that a fairway wood is only really used for approach shots or tee shots. The hybrid can be used for a tee shot, an approach, a punch shot, and even as a chipping club around the green when you lack confidence in your wedges. 

What is the easiest hybrid to hit? 

The easiest hybrid to hit especially for high handicappers or beginners is anything above a 21 degree hybrid. You can hit the 19 degree, but like with all golf clubs, the easiest hybrid to hit will be the one with more loft than the next. 

More loft is always easier to hit. Keep that in mind when you look for hybrids as getting one that is too low-lofted can be very frustrating as it will be more difficult to launch and less forgiving on off center hits. 

What is the best 5 hybrid for high handicapper or 3 hybrid for a high handicapper?

The easiest 3 or 5 hybrid for a high handicapper will be a Cleveland hybrid or a Ping hybrid. Cobra also make very good hybrids  which can be adjusted up or down in loft so you can. adapt the ball flight higher or lower depending what you need. A 3 hybrid theoretically replaces a 3 iron but they always go further because they are easier to hit with thinner (more explosive) faces. The 5 hybrid is the replacement of a 5 iron which also will go much further than a standard 5 iron made of steel.

I have played a Taylormade, Adams, Ping, Cleveland and Cobra 3 hybrid and 5 hybrid before. The easiest to launch was the Cobra. The most adjustable was the Cobra. Cleveland have been the best options for my friends who have been high handicappers. Ping are harder to find but when you do, you should give it a try. Their fairway woods and hybrids are some of the easiest to get airborne. 

Final thoughts on the Best hybrid golf clubs for seniors

So there you have it, my choices for the best hybrids and rescue golf clubs for seniors. Any of these clubs will play well and help you out on the course, but the top 3 are probably the best bets in terms of performance, usability, and value combined. Any Cobra golf hybrid is going to be a winner and the top pick from Cleveland will be in your bag for years if you decide to take the plunge and get it. 

Best fairway woods for seniors

The fairway wood or fairway metal is the most potent weapon in the bag of a senior golfer. They are the golf clubs which get the most use out on the course for tee shots and shots from the fairway. I know some senior golfers who have 3 or 4 fairway woods in their golf bags and I have to admit that I can see the method in their madness, they're just so easy to hit!

The best fairway woods for seniors give you help with distance, launch and control when your swing is not as fast as it once was. I have selected clubs in this list which will do all of those things and more to maximise your golf game. Read on and find the perfect new fairway wood for you.

Best Fairway Woods for Seniors 2022

  1. Tour Edge Hot Launch E522 Fairway Wood (editors choice)
  2. Cobra LTDx Max Black Fairway Wood  (best fairway wood for slower swingers)
  3. Callaway Big Bertha B21 (easiest fairway wood to get in the air)
  4. PING G425 Fairway Wood  (most forgiving fairway wood)
  5. TaylorMade STEALTH Fairway wood (longest fairway wood)
  6. Cleveland Launcher XL Halo  (best fairway wood for slicers) 

The best fairway woods you've never heard of (probably)

Tour Edge Hot Launch E522 wood

Tour Edge are very popular with the professionals on the Tour of Champions and there's a reason. They make quality fairway woods for seniors who have lost club head speed. The Hot Launch E522 fairway woods are very well priced and designed to help those older players who want maximum distance from a variety of lies on the golf course without sacrificing control. 

There are two choices from Tour Edge in the 522 range, C522 and E522. Both are game-improvement metal-woods to help golfers with the C522 offering a little boost and the E522 a lot of help. If you like the look of these woods, you should also check out the Exotics range once you level up your skills.

The E522 has all the things you would expect from a super game improvement club - a lot of offset, and a low center of gravity.  This combination of features help to prevent the slice that cripples the games of many senior golfers.

The curved leading edge on the other side of the sole improves the friction with the ground, so you'll get cleaner contact and your club won't dig in behind the ball, instead gliding through the turf to make contact with the ball much cleaner.

The E522 has a Cup Face design which is shallower than the previous model, allowing you to sweep the ball nice and easy off nearly every lie on the golf course. Tour Edge are the bosses of fairway play and these are superb.

The images you find on the websites do not do the clubs justice as they are very high quality finishes and look every bit as premium as any other "top" brand. The clubface is clean and  the alignment aids on the crown are understated giving you high level of confidence at address.

Available in 20, 23, 25 and 27 degrees for a replacement all the way down to 6 or 7 iron! That's what I call options. 

The E522 uses slightly shorter shafts and higher lofts. It's just totally optimized to help you hit better, more accurate shots. Whether you hit it low in the face or in the sweet spot, the E522 range has been designed to forgive you.

Pros

  • Offset club heads to prevent those big slices
  • Super low centre of gravity makes it easy to play from many lies
  • Attractively priced golf club from a great fairway wood manufacturer
  • Very wide range of lofts to choose from to blend in with the Tour Edge hybrids

Cons

  • Not for high speed players
  • Micro scratches show easily because of high gloss finish

Best option if you've lost swing speed

Cobra LTDx Max Black fairway

Cobra golf clubs are always popular with amateurs and especially senior golfers. The LTDx MAX is a simple understated looking fairway wood with a plain black carbon fiber head and a hint of offset to help prevent a slice. The matte black finish on the crown looks great at address and stops any glare from the sun. 

If you're a senior golfer with a slower golf swing speed, the Cobra LTDx Max is a good choice for you. 

Two strategically placed tungsten weights in the head, in combination with a very lightweight stock shaft will help you add some valuable speed to your swing. Cobra have also placed the weight low and forward in the sole of the clubhead to reduce spin and encourage maximum roll out on shots. 

The club face on these fairways is very wide and forgiving with more sweet spot areas to hit the golf ball. I do not recommend getting a 3 wood in this range as it's a bit too big and cumbersome to hit off the deck especially as a higher handicapper. The 3 wood would make a good back-up for your driver, but the 5 wood and up are going to be your best friend from the fairway. They are so much easier to hit off the ground and down by the ball they are just begging to be hit, giving you much needed confidence. 

I recommend the 16°,  20° and 23° fairway woods. Combining a higher loft than normal fairway woods with light weight and the perimeter head weights means less slice and in turn tons more distance. The head is also adjustable meaning you can dial in you preferred loft. 

JMac from my YouTube channel is a Cobra fairway wood convert. Using them he has gone from a high handicapper to single figure player. 

Pros
  • Soft approaches even with medium high flight - perfect for senior golfers
  • Slower swingers will get the most out of this club head - high ball speed
  • Lovely soft feel at impact
  • Reassuring sound at contact
  • Simple adjustability to fine tune your preferred lofts

Cons

  • Not for high swing speed golfers

Easy to launch distance machine

Callaway Big Bertha B21 Wood

The Callaway Big Bertha B21 fairway wood is the easiest club to launch the golf ball into the air with and keep it there for longer. This is a recipe for more distance. I also found it to be the easiest fairway wood to hit in a very long time - it didn't seem to matter what swing I put on it, this thing just went! 

The Callaway Big Bertha B21 fairway wood is offset like most fairway woods for seniors, but the offset is really subtle unlike like a lot of the draw-bias clubs on the market today. What really makes this fairway wood one of my favorites is that it has a shallow face, similar to the Pings.

The effect of a shallow, low profile face cannot be overstated. A very tall clubface can feel like you're hitting a big old driver off the ground and lead to thinned fairway shots. This is not great, if you're a senior player with low swing speed. 

The shallow face plays more like a hybrid and automatically makes you swing without trying to "scoop"  the ball into the air. Because of the shallow face, you can hit this thing from every single lie you can imagine: fairway bunkers, hardpan, dry lies, as well as lush rough and fairway.

Along with the excellent face shape, the dark blue crown is a pleasant sight to look at - not black and boring but not bright like a Nike.  The standard simple alignment aid rounds out the simplified look.

Despite this being a game improvement wood, the Jailbreak (artificial intelligence) tech that Callaway has in its high end models is in the B21, That means more distance, more forgiveness for you because of the lower spin rates and hot face. 

This wood may not be as widely available this golf season, but if you can get your hands on one, you have to try it. I usually do not recommend many fairway woods from Callaway for beginners or high handicappers, but the B21 is a standout. It's easily up there with the Pings in my experience. I may even put it in my golf bag! 

Pros
  • Shallow club face means you can swing with confidence and not try to 'help the golf ball into the air'
  • Premium Callaway Jailbreak technology in a super game improvement fairway wood
  • Generates plenty of speed from the club head for valuable extra ball speed
  • You can hit the Big Bertha B21 from pretty much any lie on the course

Cons


Forget about mishits with this golf club

ping g 425 fairway wood mid

I love PING woods, and game a PING driver, 3 wood and 7 wood. I'm currently on the lookout for a 9 and 5 wood in my specs, I think that they're that good and I've fallen in love with the game again because of them.

The look of the crown is a simple matte black and a traditional style head which just screams "PING". The tubulators on the crown are now gone and PING have added three little dots on the crown making it a perfect and simple minimalist look to align the golf ball to the center of the face. A shallow club face completes the sleek look of these clubs. 

The low profile clubface is in the style of a more traditional fairway wood and so it feels easier to get the ball airborne. Off the face, the sound of the clubface is high-pitched and everyone around will know you're hitting a PING. it's easy to hit the ball from many lies on the golf course - the rough, hardpan, soft grass, fairway and the tee.

PINGs G425 is a simple golf club but it's not as easy to launch as the TaylorMade options. The golf ball comes off the face hot and if you're a PING fan, you'll love it.

My PING seven wood has replaced my once trusty two iron and I am using it for a wide variety of shots. The higher lofts and forgiving faces on these clubs allow me get the ball into play off the tee consistently and also hit greens from all lies and distances without too much trouble. This is ideal for senior golfers look for clubs at the top end of their bags which are versatile. 

Available in 14.5,17.5, 20.5 and 23.5 degree lofts so you can pick any loft you need for the forgiveness of a PING fairway wood.

Pros
  • New alignment aid on the carbon crown is improved with 3 little dots
  • Super consistent spin and distance from various lies on the golf course
  • Stunning premium looks
  • Excellent stock lightweight graphite shaft
  • Many loft options to choose from - can adjust loft and face angle

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Not the longest fairway woods for seniors

Anti-slice option to find more fairways

Cleveland Launcher XL Halo wood

Cleveland are the kings of game improvement clubs but very sneaky popular. There's not much fanfare out there, but a lot of golfers at club level jam Cleveland woods and irons. Their fairway woods have always been easy to hit and the Launcher XL Halo is a dream. 

The Launcher XL Halo 3 wood with 15 degrees is easy to launch but the 5 wood is where the game gets easy for the high handicappers. Cleveland have made a fairway wood that looks great and performs really easy because they moved attention away from developing the face.

They created variable stiffness and flexible areas of the sole and the crown to help focus more energy moving into the ball at impact with a bouncy face. 

The rails on the bottom of the club are reminiscent of the Cobra T rails and help prevent the fat shots. The club prefers to bounce through the turf gliding over a fat shot so the club still contacts the ball instead of digging in.

The face and hosel are created to be draw-biased to help eliminate that pesky slice. Now if you're slashing across the ball heavily, it's best to fix that swing, but if you're a light slicer, the offset can really bring the ball more left. 

BDog from the channel found it difficult to hit off the mats indoors and was just hitting hooks and big draws. He found it performed better on the grass and natural lies. For this reason, I think it works better on normal turf but not hardpan. But then again, which fairway woods do well on hardpan?

I found that at address, the toe and heel sit closer to the ground leaving more face area low down, where most golfers need help with fairway woods to get the ball airborne. The step-down shape of the crown also helps to get more weight lower, which also helps to get the ball in the air ASAP. 

Pros
  • Super hot fairway wood
  • Very easy hit off the deck thanks to the V sole
  • High-launching and glides through the turf
  • Packed with modern technology for faster ball speeds
  • Stunning looks - especially the head shape

Cons

  • Not for golfers who want to shape the ball flight
  • Not as forgiving as the excellent TaylorMade Sim max fairway woods

Total rocket launcher from the tee and fairway

Taylormade STEALTH driver

First off you can ignore the 15 degree version my good man. The loft is too low. In addition to the 15° woods, they do have the 16.5, 18, 21 and 24 degree versions.

What's interesting about that is that 24 degrees is the modern 6 iron! But it's the traditional 3 or 4 iron loft. So don't be put off by the 24 degree idea. It's much easier to get one of these in the air than a jacked up loft on a 5 or 6 iron in todays irons.

It would be hard to beat the near perfect TaylorMade SIM fairway wood, but the STEALTH does just that. The excellent V Steel feature is still in this head with the addition of a 3D Carbon Crown and advanced Laser alignment. This new crown moves mass from the high toe area to the back of the club to maximise MOI and forgiveness. A laser etched alignment aid on the top of the club makes lining the face up a breeze.

As with all TaylorMade clubs, the tech keeps coming. We still have Twist Face technology to help compensate for off center hits, keeping the ball straighter and reducing dispersion left and right. The head shape of the stealth is really appealing to the eye at address. The matte carbon fiber crown and slightly shiny black detailing make you just want to rip one right down the fairway!

Site contributor Joe tested this club on a launch monitor at the Belfry Golf Club in the UK and was blown away. He tested the ball off a driving rage matt and grass and the launch monitor was showing really consistent number for his swing speed and delivery. A high handicapper friend of his hit the high launch option with a regular graphite shaft and it was showing 20-30 yard gains on his current 3 wood, even at a higher loft! If you can, try to hit this club on a launch monitor, you won't believe the numbers! 

Pros

  • Consistent performance across the face
  • Light and easy to swing 
  • Low center of gravity and lowered sweet spot for easier crisp contact

Cons

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Important information about fairway woods for high handicappers

Fairway woods for beginners and high handicappers are a tough subject. Because they're difficult to hit, I tried to simplify the whole process of finding the best fairway wood for you. 

1. Distance isn't everything 

Fairway woods don't need to be SMASHED and shouldn't be. A smooth swing with a slight downward hit on the ball will produce a nice consistent and accurate shot that will travel straighter and with more height.

Hitting a fairway wood HARD hurts your chances of that desired accuracy and consistency. My best advice for hitting a fairway wood is to relax and trust the club to do the work and swing EASSYYYYYYY. Trying to get the ball up in the air will result in a lot of slices and thinned shots. 

The clubs are designed in a way to make your life easier. Trust them.

2. Loft is your best friend

Low lofted clubs produce much lower ball flight. Usually, we would associate a lower loft with more distance. That is the case if the swing speed is fast enough. A slower swing speed and lower loft means a very low short shot.

The more loft a club has, the more forgiveness it has. This can be seen with a 3 iron vs a 9 iron. The 9 iron is much easier to hit. The surprising thing is that a golfer with a slower swing speed could hit the ball further with a higher lofted wood than with a lower lofted.

For example, a high handicapper is often able to carry a 5 or 7 wood much further than 3 woods because the 3 wood flies lower with less forgiveness. The extra backspin and loft of a 5 or 7 wood produces much more elevation and in turn more carry distance, even on mishits.

3. Different skill levels for different clubs

  • Higher handicappers and beginners usually swing a little slower and require a bit more loft than normal and so a FIVE WOOD would be the best place to start for most higher handicappers - that's usually 17° of loft.
  • Lower and mid handicappers are more experienced and have developed a faster swing. They can play lower lofted fairway woods because the lower a loft, the more skill and speed you need to elevate the ball.

4. Fairway woods are better to start with than hybrids

In my opinion, newer golfers should learn to hit DOWN on a fairway wood before moving onto the hybrids. Hybrids have made long iron play much easier but I believe a 17°, 19° or 21° fairway wood is far more forgiving and easier to hit than a hybrid of the same loft. 

Hitting hybrids requires a downward strike on the ball but learning to do that with a club that looks meatier like a fairway wood makes the transition to hitting hybrids so much easier. 

Learning to hit a 3 or 4 hybrid immediately as a beginner or high handicapper will be difficult because essentially it is still a 3 or 4 iron but it just has a chunk of metal stuck on the back. And you and I both know how difficult it is to master a long iron!

5. Difference between fairway woods and hybrids

Fairway woods

  •  Bigger clubhead
  • More weight behind the ball in the clubhead
  • Easier to hit especially when learning to hit down on the ball
  • Longer shaft 42"
  • Head volume between 150 and 180 cc
  • Face resembles a driver

Hybrids

  • Smaller clubhead with smaller footprint
  • Looks like an iron from the top with a chunk of metal on the back
  • Must have steeper swing into the ball
  • Shorter shaft 40"
  • Head volume around 110 cc
  • Face resembles an iron

6. When should we use fairway woods?

Appropriate times

  • Long par 3s
  • On approach shots where the fairway wood will reach the distance to the center of the green
  • On the tees of holes or courses where accuracy is more important than distance
  • When escaping rough because the round shape of a fairway woods head doesn't get tangled like the sharpness of an irons blade

Inappropriate times

  • When we're 250 yards out and a fairway wood will 'get us somewhere up there' - it's better to divide the yardage into 2 shots you prefer. Something like 150 yards with 100 yards into the green. A blasted 185 yard 5 wood will leave us with the extremely difficult 65 yard pitch - partial shots are very difficult.
  • When the distance to the green is in our range but the fairway wood won't CARRY the bunkers or water short of the green.

Why I selected these fairway woods for you

The best fairway woods for high handicappers and beginners must come in lofts higher than 17 degrees. You'll be able to hit them consistently and get them to travel longer distances. I also think you should have as many fairway woods as you like but never going below 17° of loft. 

The fairway woods you see the pro's hitting from 13° to 15° are much more difficult to get airborne off the tee and even harder to do off the fairways. The caveat to this is PING. PING woods are so easy to launch, it will make your hair stand on end!

I absolutely recommend you start with fairway woods and add hybrids later - once you're used to hitting down on the ball. If you're looking for a beautiful driver to help you as a high handicapper looking for a driver guide helpful. 

How I found golf zen with fairway woods

For months I struggled to get a 15 degree 3 wood into the air and carry more than 140 yards. At the time, I was still learning to play golf and someone told me 3 wood was better than driver to start off with. So I tried. And tried and tried and tried.

I practiced and practiced and nothing ever changed - I may as well have used a putter. I didn't have a great set of high handicapper irons.

Until one day, a retiree golfer at the course told me 'try a 5 wood or a 7 wood'. I never even knew there was such a thing as a 7 wood! 

I saw the man again a few days later and he gave me a Slazenger 5 wood. 

Let me tell you, it changed my whole universe. I hit that thing perfectly immediately! Carried 180 with a little draw! You read that right - a 19 degree fairway wood went further than a 15 degree  3 wood. Needless to say, I also got a 7 wood, dropped my handicap to 11 and since then I've been preaching the virtues of fairway woods to anyone who'll listen.

So as you can see, fairway woods come in handy and are made in a wide range of lofts to get you around the course easily. They're just so easy to hit and I hope the woods I've tried and found for you will change your game for the better too...

What's the best type face for a fairway wood?

Can I use a fairway wood off the tee?

If you want to use a fairway wood off the tee, you want a taller face. What that means is the distance from the bottom of the face to the top of the face is a longer distance. 

This type of tall face club looks GREAT behind a tee and makes the club feel like a mini-driver. You can hit a shallow face fairway wood off the tee, of course. But if you're looking for a more dominant look, a taller face will serve you well. 

Is a fairway wood easy to hit off the ground?

Most of us want a fairway wood that we can hit off the ground a lot. That is why I prefer a SHALLOW face. What I mean by a shallow face is that the distance between the bottom of the face and the top of the face is shorter. 

It's easier to launch a shallower face fairway wood from a hard lie, a soft lie, a fairway lie or a lie in the rough. It's far more difficult mentally, to hit a tall-faced fairway wood because it feels like you have to 'help the ball' into the air. 

Are the cheap fairway woods any good?

I prefer to be level with you so I can't send you to try the cheaper products like Pine Meadow or some other junk. Orlimar used to be good but they are junky nowadays. Adams is still a great brand so if you can find any of them online, I would give Adams Tight Lies a try.

When you see fairway woods like the Pine Meadow clubs at such a cheap price, there is something important to remember. Those clubs are cheap for a reason and it's because of the lower quality materials and manufacturing.

Tour Edge and Cleveland are well-priced because they do spend less on marketing and are a reputable brand. Their fairway woods will serve you well and you'll never regret purchasing from them. You make even use the same fairway wood for 5-10 years.

That will rarely, if ever, happen with a cheap brand that has thousands of reviews on it and under $75. There is no comparison between a decent brand and the cheap ones. You may enjoy the cheaper club but the day you switch it out for something better, only then will you realize what you've been missing. 

If there's just one thing I can recommend to any newer player or higher handicap, is that you should start at an advantage with decent clubs rather than cheap, ugly, awful golf clubs. It gives you a better start to your experience in golf and will help you stay with the game. The technology in the pricier clubs makes your life infinitely more enjoyable. 

Conclusion

I really suggest finding yourself a set of fairway woods that start at 16.5 or 17 degrees and work in intervals up to 24 degrees because these babies are going to be your new favorites!

You never have to be ashamed of how many of any club you have in your bag. Whatever gets the job done is what you play and with the assortment of woods and hybrids out there, you can practically fill your bag with them! Get out there and find the best fairway wood for your golf game. 

Best golf glove for sweaty hands

best golf glove for sweaty hands

Some of us suffer from sweaty hands. It's not a crime and I'm here for you. I play most of my golf in the tropical heat of Thailand so I know a thing or two about golf gloves for sweaty hands. I have tried nearly every golf glove on the market, from premium cabretta leather to all synthetic gloves, and I have found the best golf glove for sweaty hands. No more grip issues, no slipping of the golf club in the golf swing. Let's do this.

Tl;dr - The best golf glove for sweaty hands is the Hirzl Trust Control

Best golf glove for sweaty hands

  1. Hirzl Trust Control (longest lasting golf glove)
  2. FootJoy Weathersof (the most popular golf glove in the world)
  3. Bionic AquaGrip  (most ergonomic premium golf glove)
  4. Footjoy Tropicool (best gripping golf glove)
  5. Grip Boost Second Skin 3.0 (best budget golf glove with cabretta leather)

Most durable golf glove

Hirzl Trust Control Glove

Hirzl create amazing golf gloves and have sponsored the Ladies European Golf Tour. These gloves are premium and top quality. The palm is made of KANGAROO leather which is often used to make soccer boots and other hard wearing sports items. It is more durable and flexible than Cabretta leather, which is used on the back of the glove.

I have found that the more you wear these gloves the better they get. It's like wearing in a new pair of leather shoes. Once they work out the contours of your hand and get used to the warmth you're giving off, they mould to the shape of your hand like, well, a glove...

They are insanely grippy, even on the most humid days where sweaty hands are inevitable. They are like velcro to a golf club. This isn't usually the case with a leather glove which can get greasy when wet.

They're super thin and yet such a durable golf glove. I still own the same one I got 2 years ago and it's always in my bag for those really sweaty days. And get this, I just chuck it into the washing machine to freshen it up. This would mean certain death for most golf gloves! 

Pros

  • Very grippy whether wet or dry
  • No need to remove the glove between between shots - 100% sweat-free palm
  • Long lasting (I've had mine for 2 years)
  • Kangaroo leather - even better than synthetics in hot and humid weather conditions
  • Swiss quality product - premium golf glove

Cons

  • Black palm takes time to get used to
  • Expensive but won't need replacing for a long time

Still the number one golf glove in the world

FootJoy WeatherSof golf glove

According to glove manufacturer FootJoy, 20% of golfers use the stalwart WeatherSof golf glove. These are the number one choice because they're so durable and come in at a great price point. I'll usually put 3 of these in the bag a the beginning of the season. They show only mild signs of wear after a few games in hot and humid conditions, and if you rotate them throughout a round, they will last for ages.

The WeatherSof has leather patches on the thumb and the meaty part of your palm while the rest of the glove is a highly durable synthetic materials.

Rain or shine: The glove works for both rain and sweat. It absorbs liquids better than the majority of gloves on the market and in Thailand's heat and rain, these are close to my first choice for the best golf gloves for sweaty hands. 

Pros
  • Superior grip for sweaty hands
  • Excellent value - often available in multi-buy deals
  • Stays comfortable without that crusty feeling from leather gloves
  • Best of the synthetic golf gloves on the market
  • Most used glove brand on the PGA tour

Cons

  • Not a premium glove (who cares?)
  • Only available in white

Proper fitting golf gloves

Bionic AquaGrip Glove

If you sweat, the Bionic AquaGrip golf glove's suede microfibers actually get stickier as they take on more moisture. This makes it one of my favorite gloves for my sweaty hands. Strictly, they are rain gloves, but they perfectly for every condition you could find on the course.

Unlike some rain gloves, Bionic golf gloves keep your hands cool out on the golf course which is a nice feature. Bionic have made a golf glove with Lycra-material areas that flex and move with your hand for more comfort and flexibility. They've pre-rotated the fingers so when you close your hand, the material is already in place instead of that constant friction.

More padding to vulnerable areas make the glove last much longer. What's more impressive is the way the padding system evens out your hand for a lighter but more stable grip. I noticed that when I played with these gloves, I felt more stable with my driver which I hit all over the show normally. Simply a superb golf glove.

Pros
  • Get better as they get wetter - tackier and grippier
  • Shows improvement in golfer with arthritis
  • Very durable - expect them to last a year
  • Padding system actually makes your grip lighter and more stable

Cons

  • A little pricey
  • Black gloves aren't for everyone
  • Loses a bit of flexibility when wet

Best comfort while playing golf

footjoy tropicool golf glove

The Tropicool by Footjoy was created specifically for Florida and muggy Augusta style climates in the tropics - hot humid and sticky. The special Nanolock fiber makes your palm grip and stick to your golf club even in the in the sweatiest conditions. 

A big issue I have from having sweaty hands can be blisters on my thumb. When I used cheap and poor quality gloves this would happen all the time, but with the Y-Flex thumb flexion area on the FootJoy Tropicool, those are a thing of the past. 

These golf gloves are really flexible and dry quickly if you're hanging them up or wearing them. The tab to close the glove is made at an angle so that you have full comfort instead of that little velcro corner sticking into your hand on the backswing. Overall a really good golf glove for the money. 

Pros
  • Keeps your hand cool and dry throughout a round
  • Breathable synthetic fabric makes these great golf gloves for sweaty hands
  • Reliable FootJoy sizing - get a proper fitting golf glove

Cons

  • The fabric does feel different to anything you may have tried

Cabretta leather with spandex where you need it

Grip Boost Second Skin Glove

Cabretta leather palm and thumb paired with a super breathable back of the hand make this an extremely comfortable glove. It genuinely feels like a second skin and you would expect that from a premium glove like this. These are great gloves if you hate wearing a golf glove because they make your hands hot and swollen.

I don't get to use them often and only when my American friends bring some back for me. Even though they feel like they're not even there, I do take gloves off for putting. Anyone who plays in hot humid weather knows what a pain it is to take a glove off and I often end up using my teeth to pull them off. Not with these. The Grip Boost Second Skins come off very easily.

Another big draw for these gloves is I've never got a blister from using them out of the box, they are made from such soft leather. I usually get blisters from Srixon gloves and other all-weather gloves on the padding of my thumb but not with the Grip Boost.

Pros
  • True second-skin feeling - very comfortable
  • Very slick clean lines in white color - premium glove
  • Great for average size hands
  • No usual new-glove blisters

Cons

  • Velcro sometimes attaches to backing mesh - quite annoying
  • Mesh can be prone to tearing

How to pick the best golf gloves

The best golf glove for you will depend on a few things

  • Color and style preference: do you like white or color gloves? Do you like leather or synthetic? Do you like thin or thick gloves?
  • How sweaty are you? Sweaty palms is one of the hardest things to deal with and it can decide if you go with leather or non-leather products and also how many gloves you might use on the course. 
  • How much do you play on the course? On the course is not where you get a lot of wear and tear so alternating through three gloves can actually make them last a long time. If your grip is very tight, you might have more damage than a looser grip golfer. 
  • How much do you practice hitting balls and chipping? If you hit balls 3-4 times a week and practice chipping, you're going to wear through gloves like crazy. This can mean going a bit cheaper on the practice gloves and keeping playing gloves. Your old playing gloves can be used in practice when you don't want them on the course anymore. 
  • Weather you experience - hot and dry or hot and humid? Humidity can make you pour with sweat all over while dry heat can make you sweat in your sweat gland areas.

How to make your gloves last forever

During play of a round

  • Bring 2-3 golf gloves. You can rotate between 2-3 and clip them on your umbrella or golf cart to dry as you walk/ride.
  • Take your golf glove off between shots and put it on before your shot. The air moving through it will dry it.
  • You can rotate gloves and use a different one every 2 holes or so and let the other have a break and dry in the heat.
  • Hang your gloves on a strap on your bag or on the golf cart to dry. The best is an umbrella as you can hang the gloves on the wires that hold the umbrella in place. 

When you practice at the range and chipping green

  • Use gloves from the golf course that are no longer useable - usually they get wet and stay wet. 
  • Wash the gloves from the course that you don't want. I mean throw them in the washing machine as usual with clothes but do not use a drier. Just lay them flat in a dry place but not in the direct sun. You can keep using them, I promise. 
  • I use one glove until my grip starts to slip a little.
  • Hang gloves not in rotation on your bag or let them lie in the sun. Sometimes at the driving range, if it's undercover, I will put them in front of me on the front of the teeing ground in the sun to dry out.
  • Every time you don't want a golf course glove, you can put it in the practice bag. 

Extending golf glove lifespan in hot weather 

You can wash your gloves either in the washing machine or by rinsing them thoroughly under water. You just dry them out in a dry warm place avoiding direct sunlight. The glove goes crusty in the sun.

  1. After you play, don't throw the golf glove into the golf bag wet. It will dry up and come out crusty, often even snapping if the glove was full of salt and sweat.
  2. Use a golf glove holder in the shape of a hand. You can buy them for cheap and expand your glove over it to maintain the shape.
  3. Try not to open your bottle of water, or anything containing liquid while you have the  golf glove on your hand. Take it off and then unscrew the bottle top. Any additional water or moisture you introduce to your hand will make it worse. 

This works for me and I guarantee it'll work for you. The best and weirdest thing I've tried and works wonders is using a golf glove for wet weather! Think about it though, a glove designed for the wet while your hands are getting wet from sweat makes sense.

Most durable golf glove

As I mentioned in the review above, the Hirzl Trust Control is the most durable golf glove you can buy. I have had the same one for two years and it's still going strong after countless rounds. The Kangaroo leather is amazing, and stays soft no matter how many times it gets wet and then drys out again. Truly a phenomenal product. 

Best golf glove for grip

Based on my testing in the heat and humidity of Thailand, the best golf club for grip is the Bionic AquaGrip. As it gets wetter, it gets grippier and this makes it perfect for playing in the rain and with sweaty hands.

Best golf glove for beginners

Personally I think the best golf glove for beginners is the FootJoy WeatherSof. They are cheap, last for ages, and come in so many size increments that would be able to find the perfect fit. They are also available everywhere online and in pretty much every golf pro shop in the world. Buy in bulk for the best deals and you'll have enough for a season or two. 

If you are unsure what else to wear when playing golf as a beginner, check out my article here

Final Thoughts on the Best Golf Glove for sweaty hands

Golf is tough enough without having to worry about the club slipping out of your hands. If you have sweaty hands, any of the gloves in this guide will sort you out on the golf course and make sure you are concentrating on the things that matter! 

How to fix a slice with a driver

If you're here reading this article, chances are that you are slicing you driver. You stand up to the ball with your big stick and give it a rip, only to look up and see that the ball is sailing high and right with very little distance. It's often enough to make you want to quit the game altogether.

Thankfully, a slice is a really common problem for most golfers and there are countless articles and videos out there telling you how to fix your slice forever!

The hard truth is, we're all going to slice our driver at some point, all we can do is try to build a golf swing and mindset which reduces the amount we slice the golf ball and how destructive those nasty slices are.

Read on, and let's try and sort that slice out.

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Why am I slicing my driver? What causes a slice in golf? 

There are a few things in the golf swing that can lead to a slice. The most common are swing path and club face control.

If you have an outside to in path, your swing will take the club head outside the line of the golf ball, before coming back across the line of the ball to make contact. This compensation in swing path leads to a shot which has a lot of cut spin.

Many golfers can play with an out to in swing path just fine, so how does this lead to a dreaded slice?

If you combine an out to in swing plane with an open club face at impact, this is the perfect recipe for a big booming slice.

How to correct a slice in golf

I'm assuming all of this is sounding familiar to you. Don't worry I've got you. We're going to step through all things which cause a golf slice from alignment to poor grip and ball position.

The key is to stop bad swing habits from becoming too deeply set in your golf game and we can do that by focusing on some key fundamentals.

Before you know it you will hopefully be hitting smooth controlled draws or Dustin Johnson style power fades.

To keep things simple, we'll assume you're a right hander. If you're a lefty, flip the directions and use the same steps.

How To Fix a Slice Off The Tee: 5 keys to straighter drives

  1. Alignment
  2. Ball position
  3. The golf grip
  4. Tee height
  5. Hip rotation

Key 1: Check your alignment

On my channel I play with a lot of guys who slice the ball. Some have learned to manage this shot on the golf course and master their stock ball flight. What they have in common is that they understand their shot shape and align their body to aim their shots to compensate.

Now this works for those who don't want to completely overhaul their golf swing, but if you want to fix your slice, you are going to have to start aiming more down the middle.

BDog on my channel used to aim miles right, and hit big pull fades. This is a classic anti slice set up issue and actually makes things worse over time. Aiming right makes most amateur golfers come "over the top" in their swing. The ball starts left and then goes further left if the club face is closed or right if it's open.

It's not a sustainable way to play golf as it requires perfect club face control and pretty impeccable timing.

BDog has worked on aiming more down the middle and makes practice swings with an exaggerated in to out swing path. This counteracts his bad habits and leads to straighter golf shots. Check out this video where BDOG had a lesson to fix his driver slice.


Key 2: Ball position

Ball position is one of the fundamentals of the golf swing and is quite simple to understand, but it is very often misinterpreted by beginner golfers.

Google any article on ball position and it will tell you have the golf ball in line with the heel of your lead foot for the driver swing. This is on the whole, good advice but it needs to be matched up with other swing fundamentals to work properly.

I see so many guys with the ball teed WAY to far forward for their swing path. They end up reaching for the ball and by the time they hit the golf ball, they have an open clubface and there is no chance of hitting the ball straight.

If you're struggling with a slice, trying moving the ball back in your stance a bit. Not a massive amount, but somewhere a couple of inches forward of centre. It might feel weird to start with, but it should encourage you to hit the ball with an in to out swing path and make contact with the club face when it's more neutral.

Give it a try and see if it's moving where you hit the ball.

positive angle of attack with the driver

Notice where Tiger Woods has the ball positioned for his driver. Inside the left heel. 

Key 3: Check your grip (golf grip to fix slice)

The golf grip is controversial. I know this. There is no such thing as a perfect golf grip and many players make do with what they have. JMac from my channel uses a 10 finger baseball grip, Didi has one of the weakest golf grips on the planet and mine changes depending on which way the wind is blowing.

However, on the whole, golfers who have a slicing issue have a weak grip. This means that their left hand is showing too few knuckles and their right is showing too many. I've written an article on grip you can check out here for more detail.

If you think you have a poor grip, you first need to work out what effect it's having on your club face at impact. It's still possible to slice the living hell out of a golf ball with a strong or neutral grip so again it's all about working out the match ups in your fundamentals.

Changing your grip is going to feel strange, so I'd recommend trying it out at the driving range first, or by using a grip trainer tool to groove the feeling.

Once you start to see a change, take it out onto the golf course and let rip.

Key 4: Tee height

Tee height is something many golfers overlook when trying to fix their golf slice and I think it's a really important part of the puzzle.

I think that most amateur players tee the golf ball too high when using their driver. YouTube gurus trying to sell new equipment and golf forum experts saying stuff like "tee it high, let it fly" have led to an epidemic of sky marks on the drivers of us normal players. Yes, hitting up on the golf ball is great for adding distance, but if you're striking the ball all over the face of the golf club it doesn't make that much difference.

It also doesn't help that you hear the commentators on the TV talking about teeing the ball low to hit a "squeeze cut" or something like that. What we need to remember is that we're amateurs, and we need to try and make contact with the middle of the golf club as often as possible.

A consistent tee height will make this easier. As a general rule, no more than half of the golf ball should be visible above the crown of your driver head. If you can find a plastic castle tee which is this exact height, then perfect. This will allow you to always tee the ball up the same height, meaning you're hitting shots with one less variable. It might feel like the ball is a bit low to start with, but trust me, you will find the middle of the face more often and give yourself a fighting chance to fix a slice!

tee height with driver

Key 5: Hip rotation

If you've ever played baseball or cricket, you will know the importance of a full and committed hip rotation in making a good swing of the bat. If you haven't played either of these sports, you should try them.

I see so many golfers (noticing a trend here...) who get stuck on their right side through their golf swings. They rely on their arms and hands to "swing" the golf club and this all adds up to creating a nasty slice. A steep swing where the club gets "picked up" is also very common.

Getting onto the front foot and using your upper body in tandem with your hips and legs might sound complicated, but really it's about making an athletic move through the ball. Jim Furyk was and is famous for his loopy swing, but he rotated hard through the downswing and was able to create a lot of power. He said that his main swing thought was about turning through and completing his swing which is something we could all learn from.

Try taking a few practice swings where your belt buckle finishes facing the target. Don't be tempted to quit on your swing if you feel like it's not quite right. Your brain will learn the feeling of a full rotation and getting onto your left side will be a breeze.

Slicing driver but not irons

Your driver is a much longer club than your irons and the margin for error in the golf swing is much smaller. Any issues with grip, ball position, alignment and strike will all be exaggerated and most players make it much worse by swinging out of their shoes with the big dog in hand.

Hitting your irons well also requires you to hit down on the golf ball with the golf club, hopefully taking a divot as you go. The low point of an iron swing is very different to hitting a driver where where actually want to hit up on the ball if possible, with a positive angle of attack. I have written a full article on the driver vs. iron swing which you can read here, and it gives you all of the information you're going to need to take the best parts of your irons swing into your driver game. 

Conclusion

Slicing the golf ball can be totally demoralising, and make you feel like you will never be able to properly play golf. All of the keys and tips I have given you in this article are things that have worked for me and amateurs I have played with over the 20 odd years I've been in the game. Some will work and some won't as it's really, really tough to get rid of old swing habits. 

If in doubt, go and see a PGA Pro for a lesson and get on the right track. Good luck! 

Do you need slope on a rangefinder for golf?

Playing golf is hard and knowing the exact distance you have to the flagstick or hazard can make the game a lot easier. Golf rangefinders give golfers of all abilities the information they need to choose the right golf club and golf shot at the right time.

But what about when you're playing hilly courses? How do laser rangefinders work then? This is where a slope function or slope feature becomes your best friend. These slope rangefinders will make an adjustment based how much incline or decline is between you and the hole. This can add or take away yards from your shot, which can be the difference between two or three clubs!

So do you need slope on a range finder for golf? I think that yes, you should buy a slope golf rangefinder, but let's learn more about this feature and see if we can make a solid decision together.

slope vs non slope rangefinder

What is slope function on a range finder?

Slope mode on a golf rangefinder is a super cool feature and should improve your golf game. Slope basically means that the rangefinder will give you a distance which takes into account how much yardage the terrain in front of you will add or take away from the distance between you and the target.

For example, if the flag is on a slope above you, you will have to hit the ball further as the incline will stop the flight of the ball prematurely. So a shot which on paper is 165 yards could actually be 175 yards depending on the severity of the slope.

How to use slope on a rangefinder

Slope mode is by default switched off on a rangefinder and not all golf rangefinders have a slope adjustment mode. The reason slope mode has to be enabled is that it is not legal for tournament play. If you're playing golf casually then you can have slope engaged.

Depending on the model of your golf rangefinder, the slope function is usually switched on by pressing a button on the case of the unit. On my Precision Pro rangefinder, this is done by pressing the "Mode" button once. I know I have slope on as the display of the rangefinder shows "M2" or mode 2, which means the feature has been enabled.

To switch the slope feature off, simply press the mode button again. It's that easy.

A handy feature of most rangefinders with slope is that it will show you two yardages, one with and one without slope. This is good as it trains your eye to understand how inclines and declines on the golf course will affect your yardages. Then when you have to switch slope off for a tournament, you will be better equipped to adjust your game to what is in front of you.

Amateur golfers should benefit from this feature as it will reduce the chances of poor club selection. Many golfers calculate the distance to the flag by looking at on course yardage markers or with a golf gps watch or app. This will only give you part of the story and an optical rangefinder with slope is well worth having.

how to use a budget golf rangefinder

What to aim at when using a laser rangefinder

Are rangefinders with slope legal?

Yes slope rangefinders are legal - BUT you cannot use the slope feature for tournament play. Most golf courses won't check, but you could be asked to prove you have the slope function off if you play in an open at a golf course you're not a member at for example.

Best rangefinder with slope for the money

I have tried nearly every rangefinder on the market, from the cheapest fake copies, to the best golf rangefinders like Bushnell rangefinders, Leupold, Shotscope and Beyond.

I used the Inesis Tour 900 rangefinder for a long time on my channel and it was excellent. It's inexpensive and has a slope feature, pin lock and a magnet. It's a great option for the money.

But in my opinion, the best rangefinder with slope for the money is the Voice Caddie L5. It's super well made, looks really good and locks onto targets as fast if not faster than the Bushnell rangefinders I have used in the past. The slope reading it gives you is also super accurate. I intend to use this range finder in golf tournaments next year and it's one of the best distance measuring devices I own. Check it out!

Inesis Tour 900 Rangefinder

Golf rangefinder with slope and magnet

The Shot Scope PRO LX+ is a super premium slope rangefinder which has a powerful magnet included, allowing you to attach it to a golf cart chassis when out on the course. I love this hybrid rangefinder as it gives you the best parts of both a laser rangefinder and a GPS distance measuring device. This is a cool feature to have as you have all of the relevant information right there in front of you, no need to switch between you rangefinder and GPS watch. 

Final thoughts on do you need slope on a rangefinder for golf?

I don't see why you wouldn't buy a rangefinder with slope mode. They are a little bit more expensive, but the benefit you get from getting exact yardages to your target, regardless of the incline or decline in front of you is worth the extra cash.  

Hybrid vs Irons | What Degree is Equal to What Iron Equivalent?

Hybrid golf clubs make the game of golf so much easier for the average golfer. They help you to get the golf ball in the air quickly and are very forgiving from tricky lies like deep rough and sand.

If you are thinking of putting a hybrid club into your golf bag you might be wondering which hybrid club replaces which iron. A hybrid may have the same loft as an iron, but do that mean it will go the same distance and give you the same ball speed and club head speed?

In this article we will see which hybrid clubs match up to which golf irons to help you make the best decisions and hit great shots on the golf course.

iron vs hybrid golf club

Hybrid vs Iron Equivalents - The Method We Used

To put this list together, we've base the lofts of the irons against the lofts of the Srixon ZX7 golf irons. These are not super game improvement golf clubs with very strong lofts, but they're also not butter knife blades with very traditional loft values.

Some of the hybrids will relate to the same iron, so if you're on the boundary between tow clubs, choose the loft which makes the most sense for your golf bag set up.

srixon zx7 iron specs

17 degree hybrid equals what iron

A 17 degree hybrid would be equivalent to a 2 iron golf club.

18 degree hybrid equals what iron

An 18 degree hybrid would be equivalent to a 2 iron golf club.

19 degree hybrid equals what iron

A 19 degree hybrid would be equivalent to a 3 iron golf club.

20 degree hybrid equals what iron

A 20 degree hybrid would be equivalent to a 3 iron golf club.

21 degree hybrid equals what iron

A 21 degree hybrid would be equivalent to a 4 iron golf club.

22 degree hybrid equals what iron

A 22 degree hybrid would be equivalent to a 4 iron golf club.

23 degree hybrid equals what iron

A 23 degree hybrid would be equivalent to a 4 iron golf club.

24 degree hybrid equals what iron

A 24 degree hybrid would be equivalent to a 5 iron golf club.

25 degree hybrid equals what iron

A 25 degree hybrid would be equivalent to a 5 iron golf club.

26 degree hybrid equals what iron

A 26 degree hybrid would be equivalent to a 5 iron golf club.

27 degree hybrid equals what iron

A 27 degree hybrid would be equivalent to a 6 iron golf club.

28 degree hybrid equals what iron

A 28 degree hybrid would be equivalent to a 6 iron golf club.

29 degree hybrid equals what iron

A 29 degree hybrid would be equivalent to a 6 iron golf club.

30 degree hybrid equals what iron

A 30 degree hybrid would be equivalent to a 7 iron golf club.

31 degree hybrid equals what iron

A 31 degree hybrid would be equivalent to a 7 iron golf club.

Hybrid Swing vs Long Iron Swing (Key Differences)

My friends have been using hybrids after removing their long irons for years. They can hit the hybrids further with better accuracy without the mis-hits that come with the long irons. Let's compare the hybrid swing to the long iron swing and identify the key differences.

The difference between hybrids and long irons is that the hybrids are more forgiving than the irons. On top of that, you do not need a high swing speed to hit a hybrid airborne but with a long iron, you need a high swing speed over 95 mph. You can swing a hybrid and equivalent iron at the same speed, and get more success with the hybrid. 

The average golfer should use hybrids or fairway woods over long irons (3i-5i) because the hybrids are much more forgiving and easier to hit. Let’s talk about some more details regarding hybrid and long iron swings.

How To Hit A Long Iron

To hit a decent golf shot with long irons, you do need a high enough amount of speed through impact with only a slightly downward strike on the golf ball. You don't want to take a large divot like with a wedge - instead you want to 'bruise' the turf after the ball. That means you cut the daisy steam with a little bounce off the surface. b

Here is how you can hit a long iron:

  1. Stand with the ball slightly forward of center, under your left nipple.
  2. Put your sternum directly over the club head.
  3. Your hands should be slightly ahead of the golf ball.
  4. Swing the club and bruise the turf immediately after the ball.

This takes a lot of practice and you will surely slap shot a few but the feeling you must look for is 95% ball and 5% ground. 

Why do people hit so many duffs and skulls with the long irons?

The temptation with the long iron is to hit UP on the golf ball because the loft is so low, that it seems you need to 'help' the ball into the air. This causes you to fall onto your back foot and the clubhead hits the ground before the golf ball.

Hybrids as detailed below, actually allow you to still do this sometimes and get away with it somewhat. The iron will DIG into the ground, while the hybrid will skim off the surface and help to get the ball airborne. 

How To Hit A Hybrid

If you don't swing the club fast or hard, you will benefit from a hybrid instead of a long iron. The center of gravity is further back in the club with more mass behind the face of the club. This creates a much SMOOTHER bottom of the club that doesn't dig into the turf. It is in fact, a hybrid of an iron and a wood so you will need to swing the club more like a fairway wood. 

Because there is more mass behind the ball with low center of gravity, it enables slower swing speeds to get the ball into the air easier. Much like a fairway wood, if you do hit down on the ball you can make good contact but you can make solid contact even if you sweep the ball off the ground like a fairway wood. Thats how forgiving the hybrid golf club is. 

Struggling to hit hybrid? Here's the solution

You have much more freedom to hit the ball any way you like with a hybrid. Here’s how you to hit a hybrid:

  1. Stand with the ball slightly forward of center, just ahead of your nipple.
  2. Put your sternum just behind the club head.
  3. Swing the club and lightly, just slightly brush the ground.

When you make solid contact with the hybrid, your shot goes much higher than an iron, and you will definitely get more distance off the shot. Even slightly fat shots will be fine, as the clubhead glides and skims into the golf ball. 

A hybrid is also a versatile club for chipping, pitching, punch shots and tee shots off a tee. Most golfers should have a hybrid in their bag. 


5 Wood vs 7 Wood

The 5 wood and the 7 wood can be key clubs in your golf bag for both tee shots and approach shots. They are both much easier to hit than the traditional 15 degree 3-wood that a lot of golfers own.

It can be confusing to understand what the differences since the pros rarely play 5 and 7 woods but let's take a look at 5 wood vs 7 wood so you know what the benefits are of both and which fairway wood you could have in the bag.

You might even take both!

5 Wood vs 7 Wood in Detail

5 Wood vs 7 Wood Loft

A 5-wood has 18 degrees of loft while a 7-wood has 21 degrees of loft.

Both the 5 wood and the 7 wood are easier to hit and get airborne than any 3 wood. With a loft of 18 to 21 degrees, the 5 wood and 7 wood are much easier to hit off the turf than a 15 degree fairway wood.

A five wood is very easy to hit from both the tee and the ground but a 7 wood will be just slightly easier. The higher loft on the 7 wood means it flies higher and lands softer than a 5 wood. This higher loft will increase spin and can help to keep the ball on target more than in a 5 wood. 

The 5 wood at 18 degrees, corresponds to a 2 iron loft. The 7 wood corresponds with a modern 3 iron or 4 iron. It is much easier to hit both the 5 wood and the 7 wood instead of a long iron like a 3 or 4 iron.

I think the 5 wood is a good choice for golfers that struggle off the tee especially on shorter par 4s. The 5 wood is also a good choice if you find yourself in the 180 to 200 yard range to the green a lot on your golf course. They are very accurate and land softly to hold greens. 

If you have a lot of shots in the 170 to 190 yard range, the 7 wood can be a tool to help you hit those greens easier than with a long iron. You can see that both the 5 wood and 7 wood can help you to reach par 4's and also hit accurate tee shots on short par 4s. 

5 Wood vs 7 Wood Shaft Length

The shorter a club, the easier it is to control and hit in the correct direction.

The main reason that the 7 wood is easier to hit in the direction you want over the 5 wood is that it is half to 1 inch shorter than the 5 wood. 

5 Wood Distance vs 7 Wood

The loft is lower in the 5 wood and the shaft is also longer. That means the 5 wood is certain to go longer than the 7 wood with the same strike.

The difference in distance will usually be between 10 and 15 yards. If you swing a bit faster, you might find the gap widen to 20 yards between the 5 and 7 wood. 

Top 3 Reasons to carry a 5 wood

  • Easier to hit off the tee
  • May have a yardage advantage
  • May be more versatile for punch shots and longer tee shots

Why You Choose a 7 Wood

Slower swingers should try a 7 wood first. The lower the loft of a club, the more difficult it is to get it airborne. That's just one of the realities of golf. A 7 wood will suit a slower swinger more than the 5 wood. 

Top 3 Reasons to carry a 7 wood

  • Is shorter and has additional loft for more control and soft landing
  • May be better out of the rough due to gliding through the tall blades
  • May be more precise because of shorter shaft and higher loft

The 7 wood is easy to launch high and hit greens with. A long iron just cannot compare to the ease of a 7 wood. The 7 wood is a great way to replace long irons or hybrids if you do not like them.

This club will help you hit higher and longer shots than a long iron, especially if you are a slower swing speed player.

If you have trouble getting the ball in the air, the 7 wood is for you!

What is Best for Beginners?

Both the 5 wood and the 7 wood are perfect for beginners. I would advice a beginner skip the 3 wood altogether and start with a 7 wood. You can add a 5 wood later in your journey to increase distance. 

What is the Best for Mid Handicappers?

Mid handicappers should also scrap the 3 wood, replacing it with a 5 wood and adding a 7 wood as well. Most mid handicappers cannot control a 3 or 4 iron nearly as well as a 7 wood. 

Any mid handicapper who struggles with a hook when they hit a hybrid, should replace their 3 hybrid with a 7 wood immediately.  The 5 wood will give them an excellent replacement for driver on some holes on the golf course. Both the 5 wood and the 7 wood should be in every mid handicappers bag.

Which is Easier to Hit?

Comparing the 5 wood and the 7 wood to a 3 wood, they are both much easier to hit than the 3 wood. But of course with a shorter shaft and higher loft, the 7 wood is easier to hit than the 5 wood. 

Conclusion

For low handicappers, I would say pick one or the other whichever is best for your bag.

For mid handicappers, get both the 5 and 7 wood.

For high handicappers, start with the 7 wood, and add the 5 wood if you find you like the 7 wood. If you do not like the 7 wood, you can try a 5 wood or replace them with hybrids. 

If you are a golfer that cannot hit hybrids or long irons well, you might make room for both clubs in your bag. 

Are golf rangefinders worth it?

I'm a big believer in using a rangefinder on the the golf course. On my YouTube channel you will see me and other people I play with using a golf rangefinder on every round to navigate our way around the course.

But are golf rangefinders worth the money?

Yes a golf rangefinder is worth it, and in this article I'm going to explain why they will have impact on your golf game and make playing golf that little more enjoyable.

In this article I'm primarily focusing on hand held laser golf rangefinders, not GPS golf watches or a standalone GPS unit

If you don't know what a rangefinder is and how they work, check out my article here

best budget rangefinder

Golf rangefinder pros and cons

Here are some of the things to consider when you're thinking about if a golf rangefinder is going to help your golf game.

Pros

  • Fast, accurate yardages to the flagstick, hazards and drinks station
  • They're convenient to have, carry around, and to use
  • You can take them with you anywhere on the course
  • They speed up game play
  • You don't have to consult a yardage book or depend heavily on yardage markers

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Cheaper models can be inaccurate

Why are rangefinders so expensive?

A quality rangefinder is a piece of precision equipment. A laser rangefinder sends a laser out to your chosen target and captures the reflection back to the unit. The time it takes for this laser to be registered b the rangefinder is used to calculate the distance that the target sits at.

This technology doesn't come cheap and if you want an exact yardage from your golf rangefinder, then it's worth the money to get yourself a quality model from a reputable brand.

Are cheap golf rangefinders any good?

If we can agree that a quality golf rangefinder is going to cost us a decent amount of money, should we avoid cheap golf rangefinders? In my experience, cheap rangefinders are really hit and miss with their quality and performance.

Trust me on this one. I have tried nearly every basic laser rangefinder out there and getting accurate distances with these just doesn't happen as consistently as you would need.

When I say cheap, I'm talking about the rangefinders you see on Amazon or Wish for $50. Yeah they may look the part and appear to be very similar to models from Bushnell, Nikon, Voice Caddy, and Precision Pro, but do not be deceived.

The biggest differences between a cheap rangefinder and a high end model are;

Inesis Tour 900 Rangefinder

The Inesis Tour 900 rangefinder from Decathlon is the best "budget' option out there. 

Time to acquire target

A cheap golf rangefinder will take considerably longer to get a lock onto your chosen target. This might not seem like an issue taken in isolation, but say you take 2 readings per hole (average) and each one take 10 seconds instead of 3, that's 4.2 minutes extra per round just getting a yardage! And if that yardage isn't accurate...

Inaccurate yardages

This can be potentially disastrous. I have seen cheap rangefinders be as much as 15 yards out with a reading compared to a Bushnell Pro XE. I always double check my readings against my GPS golf watch and on course yardage markers, and I was really surprised by this. The cheaper technology in super budget golf rangefinders just doesn't seem to stack up and I think it's because they might be using hunting range finder tech rather than laser rangefinders designed specifically for golf.

Maximum total range

A high end golf rangefinder will be able to acquire targets on the golf course up to 600 yards (sometimes more) away. Now, I've never needed to get a reading that's over 350 yards, but this max number is a reflection of how powerful and consistent the laser in the unit is. Budget models will top out at 400 yards and this means that it will struggle with targets over 250 yards away.

Slope readings

Cheap rangefinders with slope modes can be very inaccurate. Slope is a great feature on the best golf rangefinders, and a piece of golf technology worth taking advantage of on the golf course. BUT, if the readings are inaccurate you're going to end up pulling the wrong club for the shot in front of you. You also need to be able to switch off slope readings for tournament play so check your model has that feature.

Build quality

This is obvious, but a cheap golf rangefinder is going to be made with cheaper materials. A Bushnell or Nikon feels really solid in your hands. My Precision Pro NX7 Pro gets used a lot and still looks brand new. Some of the cheap rangefinders I've tested start to fall to pieces after a few rounds in the heat. The rubber goes brittle and comes off on your gloves and makes a real mess. I've also had experiences of the viewfinders steaming up with condensation which has never happened with any of my more expensive models.

Battery life

Golf laser rangefinders use a fair amount of juice to run, and you want to make sure that you get a decent amount of battery life from your unit. Most golfers would expect to get a full season of use from one battery. The last thing you want is for your range finder to dies on the golf course and most golf courses don't stock the CR2 batteries in their pro shops. If you get a cheap hybrid golf rangefinder with built in golf gps, expect it to drain even more battery.

Rangefinder slope vs no slope feature

Golf rangefinders with a slope feature are often more expensive than simple point and shoot models. Be very wary of a cheap rangefinder with slope as it's going to most likely be pretty crappy to use and give you some bizarre number. Accurate rangefinders worth the money to make sure you pull the right club at the right time and give you confidence in your course management.

Golf rangefinder vs golf gps watch

If you're going to use one type of golf rangefinder, choose a laser rangefinder first. A laser rangefinder is multi functional and flexible, and it my experience more accurate than a gps watch or unit.

BUT, if you're a casual golfer who doesn't really know how far you hit all of your clubs, a GPS watch will work just fine. You can get gps apps for smart watches like the Apple Watch or buy a dedicated model like the Garmin S40. Many golfers will benefit from just knowing the front middle and back yardages to the green, and exact yardages will be a bonus.

Beware though, GPS watches can come with a hefty price tag, and if you're not playing that much golf, are getting the same amount of value over a laser rangefinder?

Final thoughts

If you're going to add a golf rangefinder to your golf bag, you need it to help you play golf, not get in the way. I've always found that if I majorly cheap out on golf equipment, I get caught short when I least expect it. Would you buy super cheap golf clubs and expect them to perform like the big brands?

Most amateur golfers will benefit from using a golf rangefinder. Sure it's not going to get you on the PGA tour any time soon, but it will let you navigate your way around golf courses, especially new golf courses without relying on guess work. 

How to use a golf rangefinder

how does a rangefinder work?

Golf rangefinders are a super useful tool for golfers of all levels. Quite simply, they remove the guesswork from calculating yardages on the golf course, giving you highly accurate distances to the flag or hazards in front of you.

But do you know how to use a golf rangefinder? Thankfully it's a lot easier to use a golf rangefinder than actually playing golf! In this article we're going to cover all of the biggest questions around how to use a golf rangefinder. We'll look at how to aim your rangefinder, right through to understanding the technology behind laser rangefinders and how the slope setting works.

How does a golf rangefinder work?

A Laser Rangefinder uses a laser beam aimed at the target to work out its distance. A laser is beamed to the target, like the pin, and reflects back to the rangefinder. The time that it took the laser to reflect back to the device is used to calculate the distance.

Some laser rangefinders feature an internal ‘inclinometer’ which can factor in the slope of your target area. Slope is determined by the distance from level the reflection is upon returning to the device. Another feature some have is a ‘PinSeeker’ ability which allows the device to focus on the pin and not background objects. To help golfers targeting with a rangefinder many are equipped with up to five times magnification lenses to give you a really crisp view of what you're aiming at.

The big advantage of having a rangefinder is its flexibility and ability to allow you to pin point any object on the course and work out how far away it is. No more downloading course maps to your watch and waiting to acquire a good GPS signal. You simply point and shoot, no hanging around. 

Laser rangefinders in my experience tend to be slightly more accurate than a GPS rangefinder as you're not relying on a satellite in space to give you a distance. I find the best of both worlds is to use a laser rangefinder and a GPS watch to get all the information you need, like front, middle and back distances to the green and then very specific yardages to the flagstick.  

How to use a golf rangefinder monocular

If you've ever seen a golf rangefinder before, you might have noticed that golfer's use it with just one eye. This is called a monocular rangefinder, and all rangefinders are configured in this way.

Using a rangefinder is a really simple operation, all you need to be able to do is keep you non viewing eye closed and then have steady enough hands to operate the controls on the rangefinder unit and keep it on target.

through a golf rangefinder

Where to aim a golf rangefinder

When using a rangefinder on the golf course, you're going to be trying to get a distance reading to the pin on the green, a hazard or another point on the course to set up a specific yardage.

All good quality optical rangefinders designed to be used for golf will be able to pick out a target object with ease. To get a good lock on your target, its best to aim the rangefinder at the biggest part of the object. So if you're aiming for a flagstick, aim at the flag and if you're trying to work out how far that water hazard is, aim at one of the red stakes marking where the hazard starts.

On many golf courses you will now see that flagsticks have special material attached to them with a reflective surface which makes it much easier for the laser rangefinder to acquire the target.

If you are having trouble getting and accurate reading, there are a few things too look out for.

  • Objects in the foreground - If there are branches, leaves or other parts of the golf hole even slightly obscuring the flag or other target, there's a chance your range finder might pick up the wrong thing. Usually it's pretty obvious as the reading you'll get will seem odd, so make sure to take a couple of measurements or cross check against a GPS app or distance markers to make sure you're in the right ball park.
  • Colour and size of the flag - I might be totally wrong here, but I swear that rangefinders struggle to pick up certain colors, blue being the worst in my experience. I'm sure there will be people reading this saying I'm crazy, but whenever I play a course with white or yellow flags I never seem to have an issue getting the exact distance I need. I also found that in flat calm conditions with no wind, it's very hard to get a good reading as the laser beam doesn't have a big enough target to aim at.
  • Check your battery - Most rangefinders use CR2 batteries. They have a pretty decent lifespan if you buy from a quality brand, but I have found that if my battery is low on juice, my rangefinder will struggle measuring distances and getting a solid lock on the target. If you have a more modern gps golf rangefinder, you will find that your battery will get drained really fast, so always carry a spare with you. Precision Pro offer free battery replacements for their products and I've personally used this service and it's pretty cool to get free batteries sent through when you need them.

How to hold a rangefinder steady

Not all of us have the steadiest of hands, and when you're faced with a clutch shot out the golf course, you might find it hard to get a lock onto the flagstick or target.

Most modern rangefinders will work even if you swaying about a bit, but I've found a few things help to keep your aim locked on.

  • Use one hand to hold the rangefinder and rest your elbow on your chest. This will prevent your arm from shaking.
  • If you're riding in a golf buggy, use the frame of the cart to steady yourself. If you can fold the windshield down, you can rest the rangefinder on-top of the bottom half, giving you a solid base.
  • If you have a willing playing partner, you can use their shoulder as a rest. Just ask them first!

Good quality rangefinders will have a target lock feature, essentially the rangefinder will buzz when it's acquired the target. Use this to make sure you're firing the laser at the right thing on the golf course.

What is slope mode on a rangefinder?

Slope mode on a golf rangefinder is a super cool feature and should improve your golf game. Slope basically means that the rangefinder will give you a distance which takes into account how much yardage the terrain in front of you will add or take away from the distance between you and the target.

For example, if the flag is on a slope above you, you will have to hit the ball further as the incline will stop the flight of the ball prematurely. So a shot which on paper is 165 yards could actually be 175 yards depending on the severity of the slope.

slope vs non slope rangefinder

How to use slope on a rangefinder

Slope mode is by default switched off on a rangefinder and not all golf rangefinders have a slope mode. The reason slope mode has to be enabled is that it is not legal for tournament play. If you're playing golf casually then you can have slop engaged.

Depending on the model of your golf rangefinder, slope is usually switched on by pressing a button on the case of the unit. On my Precision Pro rangefinder, this is done by pressing the "Mode" button once. I know I have slope on as the display of the rangefinder shows "M2" or mode 2, which means the feature has been enabled.

To switch slope mode off, simply press the mode button again. It's that easy.

A handy feature of most rangefinders with slope is that it will show you two yardages, one with and one without slope. This is good as it trains your eye to understand how inclines and declines on the golf course will affect your yardages. Then when you have to switch slope off for a tournament, you will be better equipped to adjust your game to what is in front of you.

Amateur golfers should benefit from this feature as it will reduce the chances of poor club selection. Many golfers calculate the distance to the flag by looking at on course yardage markers or with a golf gps watch or app. This will only give you part of the story and an optical rangefinder with slope is well worth having.

Are slope rangefinders legal?

Yes slope rangefinders are legal - BUT you cannot use the slope feature for tournament play. Most golf courses won't check, but you could be asked to prove you have the slope function off if you play in an open at a golf course you're not a member at for example.

Hunting rangefinder vs golf rangefinders

Hunting rangefinders and golf rangefinders are not the same! They may look similar and even be made by the same manufacturers, but do not bee fooled.

Hunting rangefinders make use of “Distant Target Mode” that focuses on targets in the wilderness, not the foreground like a golf rangefinder.

Hunting rangefinders are more precise than golf rangefinders but you may have to compromise on speed since they tend to be a little slower. They also differ in terms of range. Most golf laser rangefinders cover up to 400 yards. Some may offer more coverage but that comes at a cost – less accuracy. Hunting rangefinders easily cover 1,000 yards but they can’t tell you exactly where the flag is.

Final thoughts on how to use a golf rangefinder

I firmly believe that all golfers should use a golf rangefinder. They feature extensively on my YouTube channel and are a key tool for golfers trying to break 100, 90 and 80. Why wouldn't you use all of the tools at your disposal to get the job done and lower your scores. Check out my reviews and buying guides to find the best rangefinder for your needs and budget

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