We like the course-to-clubhouse-to-club versatility of these fashion-forward spikeless models as do an increasing number of Tour players. Here are our picks for the best of this athletic trend-setting bunch.
In order to make the necessary jump in distance the new Z F85 fairway woods are built with the same speed-enhancing Cup Face design as the new drivers as well as a lightweight carbon crown for higher MOI and enhanced forgiveness.
In addition the Z 785 comes stock with the exceptional Project X HZRDUS Black shaft which is hand made in San Diego for the utmost consistency (fyi – they go for about $300 in the aftermarket). For those considering this good-looking new stick it promotes a more boring low-spin trajectory and enhanced workability over the non-adjustable Z 585 model.
The Mini Driver which TaylorMade offered in SLDR and AeroBurner models was a very cool product. It nicely bridged the gap between a driver and fairway wood. For a lot of players that was a perfect fit as the added loft and shorter shaft of the Mini gave them exactly what they needed.
Most players are content to use an off-the-rack putter or rarely consider having it customized for their build or stroke. We get it — putting is a slow-motion task that lacks the dynamics of lashing long-irons and woods.
The Tour V.T. sole improves turf interaction as well. Both new models come standard with Nippon Modus steel shafts with a Miyazaki Kaula graphite shaft also available.
However I’d say it’s unlikely that a new iteration of the Mini is coming any time soon. Modern fairway wood designs like TaylorMade’s M3 and M4 for example are so good and so long that former Mini players can simply find the right fit and most likely get the same or even better performance.
Featuring a three-piece construction the second generation Q-Star Tour is built with a thin and soft urethane cover for enhanced short-game spin and control as well as Srixon’s third generation Spin Skin coating for optimum spin in all scoring situations.
Always known for stylish athletic shoes Adidas is a leader in spikeless designs evidenced this season by its Sport BOOST 3. Worn regularly around the world by Justin Rose among others the shoe features highly breathable waterproof uppers for dry feet in a variety of weather conditions as well as a Puremotion outsole design with external traction elements for enhanced grip and stability.
Today spikeless is where it’s at — comfy performance-oriented models featuring multiple sole lugs rubber cleats and other exterior gripping surfaces that keep you rooted to the ground inside the ropes and bouncing confidently on errands around town.
A combination of extreme foam cushioning and molded traction elements in the sole that can hold any surface provides the kind of comfort one would expect from a premium-priced shoe. A model with BOA’s laceless closure system ($189.99) is also available for those who want a more exacting fit in the heel.
The JPX 919 Forged is available in 4-GW in both right and left hand options with a wide variety of premium no-upcharge shafts and grips.