Fairway woods are such a critical golf club in a ladies golf bag. Since women struggle to get the same distance from the tee as men do, they are often left with a longer approach shot. That long approach shot is sometimes too much for a hybrid or a long iron. A stable, reliable, and easy launching fairway wood is essential. The problem is that if you need a few fairway woods in your golf bag, you will likely be spending close to $1000.
The Callaway Epic Flash women’s fairway wood was released last year, and it is a great fairway wood. There is no question that this club will get you lots of distance and some forgiveness as well. The problem is that it is priced at $299, and that is just too much money. We will give you the information on who should be purchasing a club like this and a few alternatives in case you want to buy something priced a little more reasonably.
Who Should Play With The Epic Flash?
If you can afford the Epic Flash fairway, there is no reason not to purchase this club. The fairway wood is available in several different lofts for women, and with the flash face technology, the ball comes off this clubface fast. The Epic Flash series of golf clubs have some of the fastest ball speeds found on the market.
The Epic Flash fairway comes with a very forgiving and lightweight shaft. You can use this club both from the fairway and the tee box. If you struggle to get your fairway wood off the ground, you will have an easy time launching it with the Epic Flash. So if you want the best distance and the best forgiveness for a pretty high price, go for the Epic Flash fairway.
The Alternative Under $200
If you want a great fairway wood but don’t feel like spending $299, we have an option for you. The King Cobra F9 Speedback fairway wood is quite similar to the Epic Flash, but it sells for about $189. The savings on this club is quite significant, especially if you need a few fairway woods in your bag.
The F9 Speedback fairway wood has an adjustable loft, which is a feature that we love. If you are not sure if you want a three wood or a four wood you can have both! Another great benefit is that the F9 comes with the Cobra Connect technology. If you aren’t sure which loft is working best for your game, you can simply log in to the app on your phone and see what your actual distances are. This is a huge benefit when it comes to adjustable golf clubs and an advancement in technology that is worth taking advantage of.
As far as forgiveness is concerned, the F9 expands on the Cobra Rail technology from years past. The fairway wood is designed to cut through the rough using the two rails on the bottom of the club. Not that you are always going to pull a fairway wood out for a long shot out of the rough, it is nice to have the ability to do so if you want it.
Better Value Option Under $100
If the F9 is still a bit more than you would like to spend, there is another option. The Callaway XR 16 women’s fairway wood is another lower budget option. You can pick one up in great condition for under $100 pretty handily. We like this club, as there is none of the gimmicky technology that is found in some of the newer releases. It simply performs.
Super forgiving, super distance, super price. The trifecta. One thing we like about ALL Callaway fairway woods are the wide sole of the clubs. This makes the club perform better from the tee and from the fairway, but they are not as versatile as other fairway woods.
If, however, you are looking for distance and ultimate forgiveness and feel, even out of difficult lies, you will likely have to look for another option. Although unfortunate, sometimes, spending more money is unavoidable.
What you are seeing here in the price difference is a classic example of patience paying off. The Callaway Epic Flash women’s driver has been out for about a year, hence the higher price. The Callaway XR 16 driver has been out for about 4 years, hence the far lower price. Performance differences? Not much.
Final Thoughts on The Epic Flash Fairway
The technology that this fairway wood features is compelling. You will not be disappointed with the Callaway Epic Flash fairway wood, and it’s a club you could have in your bag for many years. If you want to keep the price down, you have two options. The first option is to wait and see if Callaway decides to lower pricing again now that the Mavrik is out. The second option is to look for a used Epic Flash fairway. Sometimes a golfer finds out that this wasn’t the club for them in the first few weeks of playing with it. Those golf clubs are virtually brand new and sell for quite a bit less money. Our advice would be to start there and see what you can find!