The 7 Wood has seen a resurgence in popularity recently among both amateur and professional golfers. While previously seen as a club only for older players lacking distance, the 7 Wood offers versatility to benefit all playing levels. This club bridges the gap between hybrids or long irons and higher lofted fairway woods, providing an easier launch and softer landing for approach shots.
Before hybrids, the Carbite “Gyroseven” was an important club in my bag for many years. It was easy to hit from most lies, got way up in the air, and landed softly. I still have that club in my garage!
During those days, the Callaway “Heavenwood” was popular, as were the Adams “Tight Lies” Fairway Woods. The advent of the hybrid brought about many changes to set makeup and pushed the 7 Wood to the side, at least temporarily. Recently, many pros have seen the benefits of incorporating 7 Woods into their bag.
In this article, we will highlight four key benefits of carrying a 7 Wood. We’ll go over the compelling reasons for making room in your bag, considerations to be aware of when changing set makeup, review some options from PXG and Cobra, new gear from Worldwide Golf, and pre-owned options from Global Golf.
The 7 Wood: A History
It’s difficult to piece together an accurate picture of exactly when the 7 wood emerged. Cobra introduced the “Baffler” in 1975, but all reports point to the late 1990s or early 2000s. Clubmakers began experimenting with higher lofted fairway woods to fill the gap between 5 woods and irons. Callaway was an early pioneer with the “Heavenwood” in 2004. The larger head and lower center of gravity made 7 Woods easier to launch than equivalent irons for various players.
In recent years, 7 woods have seen a major uptick on the PGA Tour, with reports showing that 25% of players carry a 7 wood. The combination of lower-spinning golf balls and more forgiving clubfaces has made them effective even for elite players. Notable players using 7 Woods include Dustin Johnson, Patrick Cantlay, Xander Schauffele, Adam Scott, Viktor Hovland, and 2022 Open Champion Cameron Smith. The 7 Wood launches higher than a hybrid while being more accurate off the tee than a 5 Wood.
While originally seen as a club for older golfers, the 7 Wood offers advantages for many playing levels. The extra loft, spin, and forgiveness aid launch and distance consistency. For mid and high-handicappers struggling with long irons, the 7 wood is an excellent replacement option. It fills an important yardage gap for approach shots and par 5s. Continued technical innovations also ensure the 7 Wood remains rising across tours and amateur bags.
On this site, we have repeatedly urged readers to understand their average distances from a course management perspective. In this case, however, there is another angle and additional benefit. The decision to add or replace a club needs to be thought through, as you will need to ensure that you are not creating yardage gaps when making changes to the set makeup.
For example – I just added a PXG Gen6 7 wood and was faced with the dilemma of what I would take out of the bag. Remember, lofts are inconsistent between sets, even from the same manufacturers, and shaft flex and model play into this. Using my launch monitor, I had already developed an average distance through my set. From this, I determined that adding the 7W made the 4-iron expendable since the 3-hybrid and 7W could cover the distance without any major yardage gaps.
My set is now Driver, 3W, 7W, 3H, 5-PW, GW, SW, LW, and Putter – but this is specific to my game and set makeup. I could have dropped the GW, but I like the spacing that I have set up of 44, 50, 56, and 62 degrees for my wedges. Additionally, I might change this decision based on the course being played on any given day. If you go for a fitting somewhere like PXG, they will help you build a set with the proper distance gaps, optimizing shaft flex, grip size, and loft between clubs.
1. Easier Launch
- Typical 7 Wood lofts of 21-24 degrees launch shots on a higher trajectory than a 3-4 iron or 18-20 degree hybrid. This added loft helps many golfers who struggle with getting iron shots airborne.
- The 7 Wood construction (larger head, lower CG, graphite shaft) also aids launch, leading to a softer landing and more control into greens.
- Certain players find the 7 Wood easier to hit than equivalent hybrids which launch too low.
- The confidence-inspiring performance builds better tempo and rhythm for players struggling with ball-striking consistency.
- Increased ability to work shots both ways compared to higher lofted hybrids makes the 7 wood scoring friendly.
3. Distance Gapping
- The 7 Wood carries farther than a hybrid and fits a vital yardage gap for many players. It bridges the gap between 5 wood and hybrid distances.
- For long par-5 holes in two shots, players may be left in between hybrid and 3 Wood yardages where a 7 Wood fits perfectly. The same goes for approach shots on long par-3 and par-4s.
- A 7 Wood readily replaces difficult-to-hit 2, 3, and 4 irons in a set. Long irons demand precision that many golfers fail to achieve consistently.
- From different lies requiring a higher lofted club, like fairway bunkers, rough, hardpan, a 7 Wood performs admirably. The sole design prevents digging while still launching the ball effectively.
- Better players can use a 7 Wood strategically like on long par-5 holes to reach in two shots or frame an approach to a back pin location.
When adding a 7 Wood to your bag, you have several options to consider. Buying new provides the latest technology and ability to customize, though at a higher price point. Purchasing a high-quality used 7 Wood can offer excellent value and performance. Many online retailers have large selections of pre-owned clubs in very good condition at significant discounts compared to new ones.
PXG Fairway Woods has seen rapid innovation in recent years, evolving from the 0341 models in GEN4 to the current 0311 lineup. Across each generation, PXG has focused on increasing ball speeds through improved face technologies and boosting forgiveness through perimeter weighting. The latest 0311 GEN6 fairways introduced in early 2023 feature a new HT1770 high-strength steel face that is hotter and thinner than prior generations.
Key technologies in PXG fairways include carbon fiber crowns to lower CG, tungsten weighting for precision shot-shaping, and extreme robotic polishing for consistency. While initially seen as a niche brand, PXG has thrived on professional tours. Billy Horschel recently credited his 0311 fairway for pivotal shots en route to victory, and rookie Jake Knapp won this week sporting the PXG logo. With their expanded fitting cart system and custom build options, PXG Fairway Woods will continue making inroads across handicap levels.
The Cobra Aerojet Max seven wood is designed to provide maximum forgiveness and draw bias to help correct slices. It features Cobra’s PWR-Bridge weighting system, with a suspended weight design enables unmatched face and sole flexibility to produce faster ball speeds. The adjustable weights in the back and heel can be positioned to fine-tune the draw bias, making this one of Cobra’s most forgiving fairway wood models.
The Aerojet Max seven wood utilizes Cobra’s PWRShell face insert with H.O.T face technology. The forged PWRShell insert maximizes face flexibility for faster ball speeds and higher launch. The H.O.T. face uses artificial intelligence to optimize face thickness for more efficient speed and spin across the entire face. Together, these technologies produce exceptional ball speed and spin consistency even on mishits. The seven wood lofts range from 20 to 23 degrees, with adjustable lofts to fine-tune trajectory, and come in a range of flexes weighing 66 grams.
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The TaylorMade Stealth 7 Wood features a 190cc head with a 3D carbon crown to improve forgiveness and playability. It has a blacked-out, sleek look inspired by the B-2 Stealth bomber. Utilizing TaylorMade technologies like Twist Face and Speed Pocket, the Stealth 7 wood promotes high launch, extra distance, and accuracy even on mishits. Reviews praise its powerful performance, especially the ability to hold greens. With its versatility and confidence-inspiring capabilities, the Stealth 7 wood can be a valuable addition to fill a yardage gap for many golfers.
The Callaway Paradym 7 Wood has a 21-degree loft and features a 145cc compact head shape designed for versatility to hit shots both off the tee and from the fairway. Utilizing Callaway technologies like a forged carbon sole, Jailbreak Batwing, and A.I.-optimized face, the Paradym 7 Wood promotes high launch, extra distance (up to 7 yards over previous models), and ample forgiveness on mishits1. Its neutral ball flight works well for a wide range of player skill levels, seeking more confidence and consistency from the fairway. Weighing in at just under 300 grams reviews praise the Paradym 7 wood’s combination of playability, workability, and performance.
In our post on pre-owned clubs, we highlighted Global Golf, their Utry Program, and a large inventory of used clubs. Their selection of used fairway woods is extensive, with models from Taylor Made, Ping, Callaway, Cobra, Titleist, and more. Pre-owned clubs make a lot of sense if you want to try out a 7 Wood to see how it fits your game. Using Global Golf’s Utry program, there is very little risk.
Certified pre-owned golf clubs are second-hand clubs inspected, graded, and certified by the manufacturer or another certified entity. These clubs often come with a guarantee of authenticity and sometimes a warranty. This certification ensures that the club meets a certain quality and performance standard.