Surviving the Hot List
What does it take to be a Hot List tester? We sent a documentary crew to the 2022 Hot List testing summit to capture the people, the drama and the secret sauce that goes into golf’s ultimate assignment.
It is hard to characterize the design improvements of clubs that on one end are designed to sub in for your driver and on the other might be seen as a reasonable alternative to your 6-iron. But that is the world of fairway woods. And what we see today more often is how these clubs within the same family might be designed distinctly for the loft being used. A larger head or even a different hotter face material for those low lofts that might be called into action on a tee box, while those higher lofts might utilize a shallower profile with features on the sole geared toward a smoother ride through the turf. Of course, on either end, those faces are getting thinner and faster-flexing for more distance. Even better, with light (often composite) crowns, heavier mass occupies the bottom of the club making it easier to launch these long distance shots higher. Our guidance: Subdivide how you think about the individual tasks of these long clubs and where you need the most help. Odds are good that the latest offerings have a specific solution at any loft you need.