Adams Tight Lies/Tight Lies Ti, Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815, Callaway XR/XR Pro, Mizuno JPX 850 and Ping G30 are all top fairway woods, according to GolfDigest Magazine's 2015 Hot List. The TaylorMade R15/R15 TP and Titleist 915F/915Fd also received a gold rating.
Increased face area and low center of gravity, plus upgraded technology to add distance, gave the Adams Tight Lies its gold rating. The club receives high marks from users, who note that it offers modern technology without being underweight. Callaway's Big Bertha offers a compact head with eight-way adjustable hosel and two weights that can be moved to change the balls trajectory. Users were impressed with the club's firm and confident feel. GolfDigest gave it reduced marks for a potentially confusing head overlap.
The Callaway XR offers different heads for different situations, as well as improved face technology, which increases ball speed. Players commented favorably on the club's ease of use and near-perfect feel. The Mizuno JPX was noted for its reduced spin, greater ball distance and three adjustable heads. With the heads adjustable eight ways, the club can produce a greater range of lofts. Users gave it high marks for the solid feel and high ball trajectory.
The Ping G30's face insert and large hitting area earned the club its gold rating. Players positively noted how easy the club is to adjust, the soft feel at impact and the color and style of the club. GolfDigest noted that an adjustment to the loft would make the club easier to use.