BASIXX Club Fitting: High-Lofted Fairway Wood

We play better with clubs suited to our individual swings … and playing better is so much fun! Get a club fitting … have more fun!

Step into a club fitting studio at Miles of Golf and you’re in for a treat. There’s an almost spa-like feel – quiet and private. The walls are lined with the demo clubs. There’s TopTracer technology on hand, but that’s not the central player. That starring role goes to the MOG certified club fitter, in our case, Jacob Coudret, affable, approachable, and supremely knowledgeable.

As we step inside we know we’re in for a great time. So begins our BASIXX
fitting session, on the hunt for a high-lofted fairway wood – a 9 wood.

The Buzz about High-Lofted Woods

High-lofted fairway woods are having a moment.  Says Golf Magazine:

“Professionals have been switching in droves to higher-lofted fairway woods. While long irons and even hybrids can be difficult to hit because of their small heads, high-lofted fairways offer higher launch, spin and forgiveness to help hit the ball longer and straighter.”

Getting Started

Jacob gathers up some demo clubs while I warm up with my own 6 iron and 7 wood. He’s making some mental notes. It’s all very low-key and relaxing. Then we’re down to business,

Meet Some New Fairway Woods


The next step is a cross between speed dating and a kid in a candy shop. Jacob offers a number of clubs from different manufacturers.  Lighter, heavier, longer, shorter – it’s fun to try them out. As a certified club fitter, Jacob has a trained eye – and he’s got TopTracer as well which he uses to make the case. Back and forth we go with these clubs. Finding the right one is a combo of facts and feel.

The Verdict


Sometimes it’s a lightning bolt, a club that awes with feel and performance, seemingly made just for you. Hitting the XXIO 12 Fairway Wood was a wow moment, again and again. Even mishits were good.  Interesting though, there’s not always a Eureka moment – in 2021 I went home with the 14-year-old driver I came with, secure – and surprised – in the knowledge that that club was best for me.


    • Leave your preconceptions at the door. “I like a heavier club”  … then left with the lightest club on the market.

    • Looks matter. A club’s appearance to you at address is important. Visual clues (or distractions) factor into how you hit the ball.

    • It isn’t just a fitting – it’s an education. Jacob explained the dynamics of getting the ball up in the air to travel farther.  We talked lofts throughout the bag.

    • It isn’t just a fitting – it’s a blast.

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