What’s new? How much does it cost? And how does it perform? Gillon Fabbroni brings you the low down on the TaylorMade Qi10 Fairway Wood
TaylorMade’s Qi10 is their new technology-laden fairway wood. Is this for everyone? We test it out to see how it performs.
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The Qi10 is the fairway wood for all levels of golfers. It has high-tech forgiveness and clean looks.
This is certainly a club for everyone to consider.
- Clean looks
- Wide appeal
- Some may perceive the lack of adjustability as a negative
TaylorMade Qi10 Fairway Wood Review: First Impressions
Many woods these days, while looking great, are not shy about displaying their futuristic technology. Not so the TaylorMade Qi10, which has a pleasing simplicity to its looks.
Do not be deceived, though, as these woods are brimming with the technology you would expect from a 2024 club.
There is no adjustable hosel, which gives it a sleeker look and allows the freedom to optimise the weight distribution and lower the centre of gravity to deliver longer distances. The infinity crown, made from carbon, also contributes to this. This lower CG makes it easier to launch, giving a mid-high launch and mid-low spin.
Other features are the Thru-Slot speed pocket to optimise ball speed on low-face hits and twist-face technology to straighten those less-than-perfect strikes.
TaylorMade has also integrated V-Steel technology into the sole, which helps improve club-to-turf interaction.
TaylorMade Qi10 Wood Review: NCG Verdict
I tested a 15° 3 wood with a Fujikura Ventus TR FW 6 stiff shaft using a Foresight GC3 launch monitor at the Worksop Indoor Golf Centre. I also compared this to my current 15-degree 3 wood.
Jumping straight to the data, my carry and overall distance were fairly similar to my current 3 wood. Behind the ball, it looked great, and TaylorMade described an advanced laser alignment feature that allows for precision aim. I certainly felt very confident that I had the club-face square at address.
Off the deck, it was relatively easy to hit and not intimidating. I found off-centre hits to be fairly forgiving, which one would expect given the technology. Off a tee, I gained about 5 yards or so. The flight was a standard trajectory for my 3 wood.
TaylorMade has produced a slightly more traditional-looking fairway wood (as much as any modern wood can look traditional). There are a multitude of lofts available (see below), and I do not see the lack of an adjustable hosel as a negative. In many ways, it is an advantage as it allows for optimum weight distribution. I would always recommend a custom fitting, as getting the correct combination of shaft and loft will produce the best performance for your swing and also get the gapping correct. TaylorMade is marketing the Qi10 as the fairway wood for all levels of golfers (compared to their Qi10 max and Qi10 tour). I concur, and I think they have successfully blended high tech with a clean simple style.
Available: Pre-Order Now. Instore: 2nd February 2024
Shafts: Fujikura Ventus TR Blue FW 6 (R, S, X)
Grip: Golf Pride Z-Grip Black/Blue 0.600 52g
Right-handed Lofts: 15°, 16.5°, 18°, 21° & 24°
Left-handed Lofts: 15°, 18° & 21°
Length: 43.25″, 43.25″, 42.25″, 41.75″ & 41.25″
Lie: 58.5°, 59°, 59.5°, 60°, 60.5°
More information: TaylorMade Website