• Alexander Harvalias

Sub 70 Pro Tour Fairway Review


I first heard of Sub 70 when their Pro Fairway won a Most Wanted badge from Mygolfspy a few years back. Mygolfspy, for those that don’t know, is a website that does extensive testing with a wide range of golfers and free of influence from brands to give you as free from bias a test you can get out there.

Even at the price ($169.99USD), it was tough to pull the trigger on the buy for two reasons. Being in Canada and having to pay duty and bite the bullet on the exchange wasn’t exactly appealing. More importantly, I wanted to know if it was the club for me. Although they have a testing program and really good return/satisfaction guarantee, my location again played a part in that decision.


Fast forward a few years, I crack my trusty Taylormade M2 Tour 16.5 degree 3 wood. Scrolling on Instagram, I notice that Sub 70 is making the move North of the boarder and I fire a message to their account to see what the deal is. Jim (Sub 70 Golf Canada) was more than helpful and got the head out in about a week and set up a way to get the shaft changed over from my broken head into that one (@theclub_guy). With the shipping and the build, we’re talking two weeks all in and I’ve got a new Pro Tour 4 wood, wrapper, headcover, and all. I took a ‘risk’, but the price was too good not to give it a shot and I’m glad I did.



Specs of the Sub 70 build


Head: Sub70 Pro Tour 4 Wood

Loft: 16.5 Degrees

Lie: 56.5 Degrees

Weight: 219g (9g weight forward)

Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Black 75g 6.5X



LOOKS

First impressions are everything and I’m not sure what I was expecting, but I was pleasantly surprised when I took the wrapper off the head (which is one of the more satisfying things about buying anything new I have to say). On the bottom, you get a symmetrical look with two weights (9g and 2g) at the back of the club and closer to the face to influence CG. You’re given a branded tool so you can flip the weights to change the spin profile of the head, which is a nice touch. The head gives the impression they have taken care in the appearance, with the paint-fill and texture of the bottom looking clean. At address, you’ll get a classic design. A completely bare top with a medium footprint on the size of the head. The leading edge is rounded, but the top line of the club is almost straight across which aided in setting up the face square. The guys at Sub 70 told me that the choice for the clean top was decided after testers were asked if they used the logo or symbol on the top of the club for anything. Most said they don’t use or notice anything on the top. If it’s useless, why put it there, right? The face is pretty typical for a fairway wood, falling somewhere between the squished flat face of the Ping G range and the deeper face of my old M2 Tour. Horizontal score lines frame the sweet spot that is left clean.


FEEL


I got this built to D3/4, I wasn’t too particular, but it passed the waggle test nicely. Has just the right amount of heft in the head. Using a shaft that I was familiar with and compatible with helped boost my confidence going into trying it out. First swing, caught it solid out the middle and the feel matched. The ball jumps off the face and you really get a sensation for where you’re making contact, which is important to have when evaluating the quality of swing you’ve put on the ball. In terms of sound, I have no complaints. Not offensively loud or dead carbon fibre sound that other heads have. The feedback is exactly what you might expect from a players fairway wood. Miss hits are felt and heard.



PERFORMANCE


Couple things about what I’m looking for in my fairway wood. This is a secondary option off the tee to avoid a hazard or put me in a position to use a club that is working well for me. I have the luxury of distance and the scenario of using it to attack par 5s isn’t too frequent. The numbers I would typically see for a 16.5 degree wood are a carry of about 270 yards, with ball speeds around 160mph.

Carry distance ended up right around the 260-270 mark and the spin maintaining itself around 3000rpm. The launch angle could be a little higher, but that’s more the way I’m swinging the club than anything. Miss hits weren’t overly punishing, but the drop offs in distance were noticeable (maybe about 10-15 yards). Couple things to note from the numbers. The consistency of ball speed was amazing, within a 3 MPH window usually. Another thing that was pleasantly surprising was the spin consistency, with the standard deviation around 350rpm. This means you won’t see much variance in terms of distance. You won’t have one ball go 20 yards farther, because the spin dropped off like crazy, and same goes for the opposite end.


SUMMARY


My little experiment has exceeded my expectations and then some. The looks and performance are right up there with anything you might want to test from a big name brand, but the price might be the ultimate decider. You’d be doing yourself a disservice if you didn’t give the brand a chance. With custom fitting options available on the website, it allows those more seasoned veterans to get exactly what they are looking for. Those of you starting out or just getting back into the game, new and quality equipment is available at a reasonable price from direct-to-consumer companies like Sub70.


Photo Credit: Alexander Harvalias @harvpga

Written by: Alexander Harvalias


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