Last month I had the opportunity to test and review Nike Golf’s new SQ MachSpeed driver, and I was duly impressed not only by how far I hit it (I gained about 10-15 yards), but especially how straight my shots went. I was curious to see if the technology used in the driver (utilizing advanced aerodynamics to increase clubhead speed) would translate to the fairway woods. I had the chance to find out when Nike Golf sent me a 3-wood to test out and review. I promptly took it to the range to find out, and I share my findings with you here.
FIRST IMPRESSION: DESIGN/APPEARANCE
There’s no mistaking the look of the SQ Machspeed fairway wood — it features the same square head shape as the driver, as well as the same aerodynamic powerbow diffuser on the front and trailing edges. It has a similar diffuser in the sole plate as the driver (designed to reduce drag and encourage maximum acceleration of the clubhead during the swing), but it is smaller in the fairway wood, presumably to keep the sole plate smooth so the club won’t catch on the turf
The glossy black paint finish on the crown and sides is the same as the driver, and it features a stock UST Mamiya AXIVCore shaft and Nike grip. The headcover has the same silver sheen and sleek design as the driver headcover, with a magnetic closure at the neck and elastic at the underside of the top opening that keeps the headcover in place when it’s on, and makes it very easy to get on and off. The sides feature the same black foam material with the MachSpeed logo on one side and Nike swoosh on the other.
FIRST IMPRESSION: PERFORMANCE
When I first swung the fairway wood on the range I was reminded of the speed and “straightness” of the driver — it really seemed like I was able to swing the clubhead faster and straighter through the hitting zone. Like with the driver I was again impressed at how straight the clubhead sets up to the ball when resting on the ground, which I think will be a real help to mid and high handicappers in getting the club set up straight at the target. The lines of the square clubhead also seem to promote a straight swing path through the ball.
By far the most notable characteristic of this club (like the driver) was how straight I hit it. Shot after shot I was able to fire the ball straight at my target, and my mis-hits did not curve off line as much. That being said, when I wanted to I was able to hit a fade and a draw with this club without trouble.
I did not use a launch monitor for this test, but judging by the distance markers on the range I saw a noticeable increase in distance with this club — I was able to hit the SQ MachSpeed 3-wood about 10 yards farther than my SQ Dymo 3-wood, and just about as far as my VR 3-wood.
The most impressive characteristic of this club was how straight I hit it. When I was not actively trying to hit a draw or a fade, I was able to hit this club dead straight time after time. When I did mishit this club, my misses went straighter. If you’re looking for a club that can help you hit more fairways and greens, this one is worth looking at.
As well as being forgiving by hitting the ball straighter, the SQ MachSpeed fairway wood was very forgiving distance-wise on mishit shots. If I missed the middle of the club face, I was impressed at the distance I still got —the shot traveled almost as far as a shot that I hit on the sweet spot.
Of note in my test was the lack of the slightly louder sound at impact in the MachSpeed fairway wood that was present in the driver. Even though the driver sound was not at all bothersome to me, I did notice that the fairway wood sounded much like a typical fairway wood, similar to the sound my Dymo fairway wood makes.
Nike Golf has another winner with the SQ MachSpeed fairway woods. This club is a perfect companion to the SQ MachSpeed driver, one that goes long and especially straight off both the tee and the fairway. I was most impressed by how straight I hit this club, but I was still able to work the ball with it when I needed to. I think this club can really help the average golfer (the mid to high handicapper) hit more fairways and greens. If you’re looking for a go-to club that will help you make the ball go straight when you need it to, I suggest checking out the SQ MachSpeed fairway woods.
Editor’s note: The product reviewed above was supplied by the manufacturer to the reviewer/author free of charge for reviewing purposes only. The reviewer/author was not paid for this review, and the opinions expressed in the review are strictly those of the reviewer/author.