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Last Updated: Oct 31, 2023

Golf Terms: Fairway Wood

A fairway wood, also commonly referred to as a "fairway metal" or just "wood" is the second-longest club in your bag behind the driver.

Written By: Zach Gollwitzer

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definition

A fairway wood, also commonly referred to as a "fairway metal" or just "wood" is the second-longest club in your bag behind the driver. It is generally used when you need more accuracy on a tee shot and don't want to hit driver. The club head on a fairway wood is much smaller than a driver, and it comes in several variations such as a 3-wood (most common), 5-wood, 7-wood, and in some cases, a 9-wood.

how it's used in a sentence

This hole is narrow, so you might want to hit a fairway wood instead of driver for more accuracy.

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