TaylorMade Qi10 Tour Fairway Wood Review

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The TaylorMade Qi10 Tour fairway wood is multiple clubs in one.  Sliding weight has a massive impact on launch, spin, and ball speed.  Don’t be scared by “Tour” label.

Introduction

Last year, TaylorMade created a ton of buzz around their fairway woods with the introduction of the Stealth 2 Plus.  Featuring an enormous sliding weight, it was (at least) two fairway woods in one.  The new TaylorMade Qi10 Tour fairway wood pushes that design forward with the addition of more forgiveness, opening up this Tour model to more players.

Looks

The TaylorMade Qi10 Tour fairway wood has a beautiful, compact look at address.  It’s not tiny or intimidating, but it’s very well-proportioned with a slightly more shallow face than the standard Qi10 fairway wood.  Comparing the Qi10 Tour to its predecessor, the Stealth 2 Plus fairway wood [review HERE], it’s slightly more pear shaped than symmetrical.  It also sits perfectly square in the neutral setting.

In the bag, the focus goes to the large sliding weight.  It’s the only substantial break from the all-black sole.  Additionally, TaylorMade confirms that blue is the color of the year for 2024.  They chose a striking shade of blue to pair with gold, though both are used sparingly in this design.

Finally, TaylorMade gave the Qi10 a sharp head cover.  The embossed Qi10 branding creates a lot of visual interest without overwhelming the eye.

Sound & Feel

At contact, the TaylorMade Qi10 Tour fairway wood produces an explosive sound.  It’s a “crack” that’s a hair louder than average.

This sound pairs with a solid feel.  For me, no OEM has delivered that strong feel as consistently as TaylorMade over the last few years.  In the case of the Qi10 Tour FW, that solidness pairs with a little bounce on pure strikes.

Feedback is delivered primarily through the hands.  Most strikes have a similar character, but you’re able to feel where the ball met the face without much difficulty.

Performance

There may not be a single adjustment that’s as impactful as the 50 gram sliding weight in the TaylorMade Qi10 Tour fairway wood.  Even for an average ball striker, this is three clubs in one.  For the skilled player, it could be four or five.

With the weight all the way forward, the Qi10 Tour FW creates exceptional ball speed to go along with low launch and low spin.  As a low launching player, this didn’t create optimal distance for me, but it was thrilling to watch the ball go screaming off the club face under the wind.  What surprised me was how well the titanium club face retained ball speed on off-center hits.  Typically a forward CG is penal on mishits, but that wasn’t the case here.  The only negative was that my mishits did go further offline with the weight forward.

Moving the weight all the way back, the TaylorMade Qi10 Tour fairway wood launches higher, spins more, and has noticeably better forgiveness.  The combination of Twist Face and the weight back meant that almost all my shots went where I aimed them.  My ball speed was not quite as high, but it was slightly more consistent.

Like Goldilocks, I found the middle to be my happy place (my numbers above are with this setting).  The launch was a little higher, the spin was still optimal, and the ball speed was very good.  I also found the feel to be very good in this position.  Feel is something else golfers should think about when moving the weight.  This club feels very different with the weight forward versus back.

Some among you may be asking, “Why do I need a club that’s multiple fairways woods in one?”  There are a couple good answers.  First, it’s an amazing fitting tool.  If you like the size and look of this head, you can probably make it work for you.  You can also use it to fully optimize the spin and launch.  Additionally, the TaylorMade Qi10 Tour fairway wood gives you the ability to change up based on the course or conditions.  If you’re traveling to a windy destination, push the weight forward to hit wind cheaters.  Or, perhaps you’re playing where the turf is ultra-firm and you want shots that land more gently.  Just slide the weight back.

Trade adjustability for forgiveness with the TaylorMade Qi10 fairway wood HERE

Conclusion

The TaylorMade Qi10 Tour fairway wood gives you the ability to tailor a beautiful long game club to your exact needs.  Whether you’re trying to optimize your launch conditions or hit the specific shot that the course demands, the sliding weight is one of the most powerful adjustments available.

Visit TaylorMade Golf HERE

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Matt Saternus
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9 Comments

  1. Matt

    How does this compare to the PXG Black Ops Fairway Wood?

  2. You mentioned ” it’s very well-proportioned with a slightly more shallow face than the standard Qi10 fairway wood”

    I had the stealth2+ FW last year and it was definitely deeper than the standard stealth2 FW which was more shallow.

    Did they flip the script on the Q10 FW this year?

    Thanks

  3. Is the shaft a made for or is it the same aftermarket that fitters like club champion sell?

  4. So how is this any different (other than the colour) to my stealth 2 plus fairway with its 50 gram weight in the sole?

    • Matt Saternus

      Peter,

      The differences are fairly modest: the look of the crown is different and the shape of the sole has been refined.

      -Matt

  5. Nice review again. This club might replace my Paradym fairway woods, 3&5. I love the versatility it offers. Have to test more to see.

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