929HS Fairway Woods Win 2013 Golf Digest Hot List Distinction

For the 4th time, a Wishon Golf design has been selected as a recipient of the Golf Digest magazine Hot List award.  For 2013, the 929HS fairway woods were selected because of their high COR semi-shallow face and soft stainless hosel which allows a wide range of lie and face angle fitting adjustment.


929HS Fairway Woods

Shallow Face, High COR Face Design for Distance with Ease of Playability
New Soft Stainless Hosel Allows Custom Lie and Face Angle Fitting


  • 304 Stainless Steel Hosel is separately welded to the body to enable ease in bending for a wide range of custom lie and face angle bending (+/-4*).
  • 31mm Shallow Face Height is ideal for golfers who play off firm, short grass fairways orfor golfers who need more confidence getting the ball well up to fly.
  • HS 350 High Strength Steel Thin Face allows for a high COR for increased ball speed and superb off center hit performance.
  • Reduced Face-to-Back Sole Width reduces the sole to ground contact for more consistent contact with the ball, even from the rough.
  • Available in RH in #2 (12°), #3 (14°), #4 (16.5°), #5 (18°), and #7 (21.5°). The 929HS are in development in LH for 2012.

Tom Wishon talks about the 929-HS Fairway Wood.


  1. Tom,
    Considering changing to a new driver. I am signle plane golfer, much like the greeat late Moe Norman swung his clubs. When building a driver for this type of swing vs. the traditional golf swing that is on several different planes, does a club fitter have to change the lie angle and anything else in the design of the club or the shaft to accomdate the single plane swing?

    Also do you have any thoughts on back weighting clubs in the grips to provide better feel and follow through after impact?

    Heard you used to play for the Steve Miller band, pretty cool.


    • MARK:
      The lie angle becomes more and more and more important for performance as loft increases through the set. Hence in the mid to short irons to wedges, lie fitting is VERY critical and important. But in the driver which has the least loft, lie fitting is not even close to being as important in the driver as are getting the length, loft, face angle, shaft, total weight, swingweight and grip size/feel right for you. Of course, if your going to be custom fit, you might as well have the fitter check out what lie would be best for your single plane swing by having you go through a dynamic lie fitting test with a driver of the same length and reasonably close weighting that you may end up with. From that the lie too can be customize to meet your needs, but the bottom line is that these other elements in the driver I mentioned are much more important and critical to performance success than the driver lie.

      Backweighting in the full swing clubs is very, very much a trial and error, hit and miss, no rhyme or reason but sometimes it helps, sort of thing. Seriously, we have done testing in this area and metered other testing by good clubmakers and we simply cannot find a common thread among golfers and their swing characteristics that can tell us “here is the golfer swing type that will benefit from counterweighting.” we’ve seen slower swingers benefit and not from counterweighting all the way up to seeing fast forceful swingers benefit and not benefit. So it is an experiment, trial and error thing. I would say though if you try this do not waste your time with light counterweights like 10g, 15g. At least begin at 20g and don’t expect to really feel much difference until it would get to 30g.

      The Steve Miller story has been a little bit blown out of proportion over the years – I played 4 studio sessions with him when he was writing the songs for both the Joker and Fly Like an Eagle albums. At the time he was in between band mates but with a new contact from Capital, he had to get to work on the first two albums required by his new contract. He had a full on recording studio in his house, which was above the first green on the Mill Valley GC just north of SF, which was the course I worked at, at the time, doing asst pro stuff and clubmaking and club repair. Steve could play every track except the drums. So he needed a drummer to figure out how he wanted all these songs to be recorded when the real studio time was to happen. I was close by, he knew I could play, so I got invited to be the drummer who basically got Steve to thinking how he wanted his real drummer to play these songs. Was fun though because I pretty much was the first person to hear (and kibitz a little on) these songs, many of which became quite famous for Steve. But I never played concerts with him because quite frankly, the drummer he wanted and signed for his band, Gary Mallaber, was a better drummer than I was for sure !!

  2. Hi Tom,

    I am taking your advice and getting a 3 and 4 hybrid to replace my 3 and 4 irons. The thing is that in order to do that, I have to get rid of one of my fairway woods. I now have a 3 and 5 TM burner superfast 2.0 fairway woods and I am considering replacing them with a 929.

    ¿Which one would you recommend considering that my 3 hybrid would be 20º loft and 39” lenght?

    Thank you very much in advance


    • Luis

      This decision requires you to think about a few things.

      1. If you hit the 3 wood with great confidence off a fairway lie and never have any problems hitting the ball well up in the air to fly, and if you also play courses where there are many tight par 4 and par 5 holes such that you need to hit the 3w off the tee instead of the driver, then keep the 3w and drop the 5w – and live with the fact that the distance of the 20*/39″ hybrid will likely be about 10 yd shorter than the distance you could hit the 5w.

      2. If you are not that consistently good with the 3w in terms of hitting the ball easily up to fly off normal fwy lie shots and you have to have a perfect lie to do that, then drop the 3w and keep the 5w to be your longest wood following the driver. However, I will tell you that if you do this, you probably are going to see that the distance difference between the 5w and the 3 hybrid may not be all that much – it may not be much more than 10-12 yds. And at the same time, if you play courses with a good number of tight holes, using the 5w off the tee will decrease your distance a little bit over what it would have been with the 3w.

      3. So to be totaly honest with you, what may be the best of all world solutions would be to drop both the 3w and 5w, and get fit for a 4w with a loft halfway in between the lofts of the 3 and 5 woods. That way the 4w becomes easier to hit up to fly more consistently from the fairway than the 3w, the 4w delivers more distance than the 5w so you still could use it for decent tee shot distance on tight holes, and you get a more useable distance gap between the 3 hybrid and the 4 wood.


  3. Tom,

    I am a left hand golfer. Bought a wishon 3 hybrid and am very happy.
    When will the 3 wood 929hs be available for left handlers. In the article you say left hand in development for 2012?

    • DUNCAN

      The 929HS fairway woods have been in stock and available in a left hand version in the #3 and #5 wood models since last year. Sorry if we did not make this more evident.

      Thanks much!

  4. I just received my 14 degree 929 HS fairway wood from Gene Bonk at ADS Golf in San Marcos, CA and I could not be happier. It took me a long time to replace my old 3 wood because it was my favorite club. I am sure glad I did, I couldn’t be happier with the 929 HS. It is very versatile and I am very happy with my purchase.

    • THOMAS

      First of all let me say you did the right thing in working with Gene Bonk. We are so pleased to be able to partner with Gene as a clubmaker/clubfitter because he is very knowledgeable and very experienced. That combination most definitely allows experiences like yours with your new 929HS fairway wood to happen regularly to golfers. So kudos to you for choosing to work with Gene and we are so pleased to hear that you like the new wood so much!!!


  5. In regards to hybrids which hybrids replace which irons?

    • ERIC

      The hybrid head itself is only a part of what makes a hybrid become a true iron replacement club. for a hybrid to truly step in and become a replacement for an iron it has to be fit and built so that when the golfer hits it well, the distance it yields is the same as if the golfer could perfectly hit the iron that the hybrid is replacing. To do that, the hybrid needs to be built to the same loft AND the same length as the iron(s) being replaced.

      That’s why we design all of our hybrids to be able to be built to the same length as irons of the same loft. Other companies seem to see the role of a hybrid to be a club that hits the ball more like a fairway wood, with distance as the primary goal. Most big company hybrids are made to be 1.5″ to 2″ longer in length than an iron of the same loft. When yo do this, you make the hybrid so it hits the ball longer than the iron of the same loft, and when that happens, you end up with odd distance gaps between the hybrid and the next iron down from that in the set.

      Do for example, if your best fit 3 and 4 irons were 21*/39″ and 24*/38.5″ in loft/length, then you build the hybrids to be the same loft/length as the irons being replaced. That way the hybrids have far more of a chance to blend in properly with the irons so that distance gaps can be more consistent.



    • David
      You should contact your clubmaker to ask if he has the special separate metal wood bending machine requried to secure metal woods and hybrid heads to perform the hosel bends for lie or face angle. Most clubmakers do not have this separate wood bending machine mainly because there are just so few metal woods made with a hosel that is capable of being bent. Thus it probably would be best to work with your clubmaker to determine what exact different lie angle you need for the fairway woods, then have the clubmaker order the heads from us and ask us to do the bends.

      Thanks very much!

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