Vertical Groove Fairway Wood Revealed

It has vertical grooves just like the driver said to increase distance and accuracy


Vertical Groove Fairway Wood Revealed - Vertical Groove Golf has added two new fairway woods to its unique metalwood offering for 2018

Vertical Groove Fairway Wood Revealed

The Vertical Groove Driver launched this year in the UK had some big success stories on the Champions Tour, including in the bags of John Daly, Kenny Perry and Rocco Mediate amongst others. In June, golfers will be able to buy a matching fairway wood for the first time.

It will feature the same vertical groove concept as the driver, 17 grooves in total, said to assist performance. You can discover our verdict on the technology on the driver in this video.

The 180cc Vertical Groove Fairway Wood consists of a 17-4 investment cast body and a maraging steel cup face. The face itself is a variable face thickness design, which coupled with the maraging steel and extended lip on the cup enables the CT (Characteristic Time - a term used to describe the spring-like effect of the face) on these fairway woods to achieve USGA limits for face flexure.


It comes in two versions. There's the standard 15° model, which has an adjustable weight port in the rear of the clubhead to increase forgiveness and launch.

There's also a Tour Version, which at 14° is more for the advanced player thanks to the 8g weight being positioned on the sole closer to the face to reduce launch and spin, ideal for the faster-swinging golfer.

While an 8g weight comes as standard, multiple weighting screws are available via a custom fitting, ranging from 3 - 12 grams for golfers that really want to tune in their launch and spin conditions.

The sole of these fairway woods has been designed to improve turf interaction thanks to a 360° sole camber that maximises versatility from a variety of grasses and turf conditions.

The Champions Tour success stories include Kenny Perry, who used the Vertical Groove Driver to win the 2017 U.S Senior Open, and Doug Garwood, who ranked #1 for Total Driving statistics on the Tour as of May 2018.

The Vertical Groove Fairway Wood goes on sale in the UK from June with an RRP of £229.99 in various flexes of the Aldila premium NV®2KV shaft. We'll be testing it soon and will give you our verdict on it as soon as we can.

Joel Tadman
Technical Editor

Joel has worked in the golf industry for over 12 years covering both instruction and more recently equipment. He now oversees all product content here at Golf Monthly, managing a team of talented and passionate writers and presenters in delivering the most thorough and accurate reviews, buying advice, comparisons and deals to help the reader find exactly what they are looking for. So whether it's the latest driver, irons, putter or laser rangefinder, Joel has his finger on the pulse keeping up to date with the latest releases in golf. He is also responsible for all content on irons and golf tech, including distance measuring devices and launch monitors.

One of his career highlights came when covering the 2012 Masters he got to play the sacred Augusta National course on the Monday after the tournament concluded, shooting a respectable 87 with just one par and four birdies. To date, his best ever round of golf is a 5-under 67 back in 2011. He currently plays his golf at Burghley Park Golf Club in Stamford, Lincs, with a handicap index of 3.3.

Joel's current What's In The Bag? 

Driver: Titleist TSR3, 9° 

Fairway wood: Titleist TSR3, 15° 

Hybrid: Titleist TSi2, 18° 

Irons: TaylorMade P770, 4-7 iron, TaylorMade P7MC 8-PW 

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM8, 50°, 54° and a Titleist Vokey SM9 60° lob wedge 

Putter: Evnroll ER2V 

Ball: 2021 Titleist Pro V1x