929HS FAIRWAY WOODS
Shallow Face, High COR Face Design for Distance with Ease of Playability …
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 #3 (14°), #4 (16.5°), #5 (18°), #7 (21.5°)
Dear Tom – I have moved to carrying 7-8 clubs from pushing/pulling 14. I would like to go Driver to 7-Wood at the top of the bag. I hit my driver 220-280yds, 7 iron ~ 145-150 and have an index of 10.7. You mentioned in a reply that you were looking at a new range of woods. Would you still recommend the 929HS? Given the modestly older technology is there any reason to believe a newer fairway with different materials would have different characteristics now? Thank you. Tom
I must confess that I REALLY LIKE the EQ1-NX fairway woods. They are not solely for single length wood assembly because I designed them with multiple weight bores so they could be built to a very wide range of lengths, as desired or needed by the golfer. Their shape is perhaps the best I have ever created in a fwy wood, and they are manufactured with a high strength steel face for a high COR performance. I dropped the 929s from my personal playing set when the EQ1s were all done.
Your advice is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
Hi Mr Wishon,
Am I seeing that the 929HS is not available LH anymore? This create a serious gap between the driver and the next LH available (318 Hybrid). Is there something in the pipeline for LH in fairway woods?
Sylvain The 929HS woods are over ten years old in the product line. The tooling dies are wearing out so we are contemplating the development of a brand new wood in the next year or so to replace them. Left hand wise, the volume of sales in LH is very small compared to RH and the factory does not like making smaller size orders so last year they increased their minimum order quantity which made it impossible to continue that model in left hand. Currently we do offer the EQ1 woods in left hand and they are also a high… Read more »
Very good then! Thanks for the reply ?
Tom, Inquiring about driver recommendations to match the 929 HS. I currently have a 929 HS 7 wood and 3 wood. Unfortunately, I hit the 7 wood better than any wood or driver I’ve tried. Do you have a suggestion in your driver line? Cheers, Jeff
Jeffrey Thanks for taking the time to stop by! I’m betting one reason you find you hit the 7w better than any driver you have had so far is mainly because you probably bought the driver off the rack so it was somewhere between 45-46″ in length and did not have any other of its specs custom fit to how you play and swing. The reason you probably hit the 7w better than the 3w is because, a) it is shorter in length, but b) it has at least 6* more loft. Low lofts with longer lengths are always going… Read more »
Hi Tom, Thanks again for a quick reply but mostly for making such great golf equipment! I a novice golfer and amateur golf club maker who happens to build Wishon clubs. It all started with a Sterling sample set 6, 8, PW. So my driver is 16.5* 919 THI but with a 42″ steel shaft. The shaft is wrong. I shortened the 7W 1.5″. The 3W is 1″ longer. I can hit it about the same as the 7W but not better. Same with the 919 THI. A clubmaker actually gave me your Common Sense Clubfitting book! ? So every… Read more »
Jeffrey Years ago I developed this simple shaft fitting program to help clubmakers find which of all of my shafts would be best for a golfer they are fitting. The link to that is here – http://shaftfit.wishongolf.com/ . The program asks for inputs of swing characteristics of the golfer – clubhead speed both for the driver and irons, downswing transition force, downswing tempo, point of wrist cock release and golfer strength. There are pull down prompts for the swing evaluation to help you nail down the points for each golfer. The program even tells you when the shaft of choice… Read more »
Thanks SO much Tom! I’ll check it out. ?
Inquiring about single length left hand fairway woods.
DAN The EQ1-NX model is in the process of being tooled in left hand. The left hand models will include the fwy woods in #3, 4, 5, 7, the hybrids in #4, 5 and the irons in #5 to SW. First inspections on the dies are done now. Alterations to correct any of the little mistakes in the dies will happen next. Checks will then be re done to finalize the development, hopefully within a month to 6 weeks. The only downside is the very long lead times presently at all of the clubhead production factories. Last year during the… Read more »
Tom, had a fitting with a long time uk colleague of yours, Clive, having had driver shaft broken on 919 I’ve had many years. Wanted to add some long game options. Tried 3 wood of the 929 and all rounds I’ve played very good off tee and ground. Opening up options so adding a 5 wood and hybrids too. I play s2s black and dynamic gold s300 in irons. If I change irons what of yours are nearest my 685x snake eyes? 575 look tempting and move from cb to mb in a 9iron.
Ahh, I imagine you mean you worked with Clive Crissell on the wood fitting. If so, great and if you get back with him for more work, do please say HI to him for me. Tell him I have blown the dust off my drums and I’m trying now to blow the rust off my skills to play again!! It’s heavy rust after many years I can assure you! In looking at photos of the Snake Eyes 685X irons, it appears that the back cavity is not super deep so if that is true, then the closest forging in our… Read more »
Hi Tom, I have just started a fitting with Paul M in Virginia and am very excited. Will start with the EQ single length irons and move on to the hybrids, FW, and driver from there. Paul is very knowledgeable and he has fit me with a 7-iron as a test club. I have a question about a FW head you had a few years ago but can find almost nothing about: 925HL. It looks like a 929, but with an offset, which sounds good to me as I am a “natural” slicer, though actually reduced to a mostly manageable… Read more »
Peter Thanks very much for taking the time to stop by and both share your initial experience with Paul and to pose your question about the old 925 woods. There is a funny thing about offset hosel woods. The offset can be a decent slice reduction tool for those who do not like the look of a closed face angle on a wood, but the problem is that not very many golfers can stand to look at offset on a driver or wood head. In the end, that is what killed the 925’s. There just were not enough clubmakers who… Read more »
Tom, Is there any chance in the future of making left handed 949s, I prefer the pear shape in a wood design.
DAVE If you like the shape of the old 949 (it was discontinued a LONG time ago because it was a pretty early model in our history) then I would really think you would be totally ok with the shape of the EQ1-NX woods. They are fairly close in shape to the 949s, far, far more so than any other wood in the line right now. The tooling and everything for the EQ1’s to all come out in LH is all done and has been for a few months. Now it is just the wait for the long lead times… Read more »
Rediscovering my 2008 949 mc woods … how do head technical specs compare with 2021 technology? Interested in any MOI differences….many thanks!
Sharon Interesting timing of your comment and question as I just last fall grabbed my old 949 4 wood clubs that I used to have in my bag to hit a few shots and son of a gun, it beat the 929-4wood I had been playing to win its spot back in my regular play set!! Although I do like this new EQ1-NX fairway wood a lot that I designed that we intro’d last year. But I still think the 949 may stand as the best fwy wood I ever did, all things being considered – only thing I could… Read more »
Hopefully you respond to this Tom, you have been very helpful previously! I just purchased a 545cb 7 iron 4 degrees upright fitted with a Steelfiber i110 shaft at 1 3/4 longer than standard with a jumbo GP CP2 grip… feels amazing! I’m 6’6″ so I can’t just go try clubs in a shop, I have to buy just to try. I’m going to get one of the 929 woods and the 775 hybrids to try but not sure how to spec them to get the same feel as the iron. My 7 iron came out as a D8 and… Read more »
Tom, could I bore the hosel of the 929hs to .355 and still maintain the structural integrity of the design? I would like to put a steel 1 iron shaft in my 5 wood.
IF. . . if you are very careful with the reaming of the bore to 0.355 taper, the hosel walls of the 929 would still be ok and should not experience undue weakening to affect the durability. But this means using a proper reamer, not step drilling to simulate the taper. And doing it in a drill press with a proper clamping fixture for the head to keep it totally stable and secure while the reaming is accomplished. In other words do not do it with a hand drill.
Any way to build single length woods with Wishon products?
Sylvain The EQ1 single length irons also have hybrids and woods to go with them. Thus the EQ1 fwy woods are perfectly set up in their design to be able to be built to a single length between 40-41″. However as I have noted from your other comment, the EQ1 woods and hybrids are at present only available in RH. We do anticipate being able to tool up these models in LH at some point in the future but as is the case with all our models, we do have to watch and see that the demand for the RH… Read more »
I completely understand.
I am learning the clubmaking and clubfitting right now and on a smaller scale, i see what kind of investment i have to make.
Can i have access to your inventory through Diamond golf considering i have little or no experience in the field? What is the criterias to have an account open?
I asked Diamond Golf to respond to you directly about your inquiry for setting up an account so you should be hearing from them very soon if not already.
Many thanks! I appreciate.
Tom, I know you can add 9 grams to the 2 weight bores in the 929’s g but do they come with any weight in them and if so how much want to build 3-5 woods to around 40″
SCOTT The clubheads do not come with weights because with all the myriad of different custom build specs a clubmaker could be called upon to achieve for different length, different shaft weight, different grip weight and different final swingweight or MOI, there would be no way to include weights that covered what everyone might need in terms of final head weight. The weights come in 2g, 4g, 6g and 9g increments and are sold individually or in dozens – there is also a mix pack of three of each weight for a total of 12 pcs. There is no way… Read more »
Tom, thanks for the quick reply heads to be used are the Wishon 929 HS #3-#5- 208/218 grams respectively woods with the S2S black 85 gram shaft with a Winn Dri-Tac midsize grip at 50 grams and would prefer a swing weight near D1 and built to around 40″‘s I am 5’4″ age 58 with a short aggressive swing and early/mid release driver speed at 43.5 ” is 96 MPH also I am a 5 handicap golfer. Hope this will be helpful information.
Scott If you are really saying you want BOTH of the 929 woods to be 40″ playing length, I am sorry to tell you that can’t happen because the 929 woods were not designed to be made to that short of a length. The 929’s were designed to be built to a reasonable range of normal fwy wood incremental lengths, meaning 41.5-43.5″ for the 3w and 40.5-42.5″ for the 5w, of course depending on the shaft weight, grip weight and final swt desired. With the Black 85 + 50g grip at 40″ for both clubs, the 3w would start life… Read more »
Tom, Thanks for the info and based on it looks like my option is the EQ1-NX single length based on the info above what would your recommendations be for me?
Scott You can build the EQ1-NX 3w and 5w to single length anywhere between 40 and 41″, your choice, because the EQ1 woods have room to add up to as much as 30 grams to the head through the 4 weight bores in the head – 9g in the hosel weight bore, 9g in the toe sole weight bore and two 6g weights in the twin rear sole weight bores. Depending on the weight of the heads vs their spec of 207g (3w) and 217g (5w) due to the usual +/- tolerance, I would recommend if you order the heads… Read more »
Tom, thanks so much your time and effort. I will go with 40″ mainly for lie angle reasons( Note my 7 Iron is 36″ and 4 degree flat lie angle) and based on my swing speed 95 mph , quick tempo and aggressive transition with short 3/4 back swing which of the Wishon shafts would you recommend. I am working with a fitter in Arizona due to many issues that no one in California can do this at this time. We already fitted me for the EQ1-NX Hybrids ( Waiting for them to be Built) but the day of the… Read more »
Hi Tom, I hope you and love ones are well. I wanted to ask a technical question about measuring the lie angle of a 929hs wood. I am used to measuring lie and loft of irons on my Eldo machine, but find it diffucult to measure woods as I don’t have the appropriate hardware. When soling the wood to approximate the lie angle, do I use the score lines and ensure they are parallel to ground? My current wood was specified at 15 deg loft and 58 lie but when I measure the lie with an accurate large protractor, keeping… Read more »
GEORGE: When measuring the specs of driver, wood and hybrid heads you have to use an actual head specs measurement machine and not any type of loft and lie bending machine. The L/L machines simply are not accurate enough and not designed to accommodate all the different types of driver/wood/hybrid head shapes and designs to be able to be as accurate as a separate head specs measurement machine/gauge. When setting up a driver/wood/hybrid for lie measurement, you cannot use the scorelines to orient the position of the head as you often can with irons. Most factories and companies set up… Read more »
Every “shallow faced” fairway wood I’ve ever gotten, I’ve had trouble with the “thins.” I think that’s because many of them are built “light” and with potentially low swing-weights? But I’m not sure. I prefer heavier clubs (75 – 85 gram fairway wood shafts). I do, however, want the “higher launchingness” of these fairway woods, but if I hit your fairway wood thin also, what kind of recourse do I have? Can we tinker with weighting? I also need 3 to 4 degrees flat. Help! 🙂
DAVID The 929HS is designed as a 4 piece construction head so we can separately weld a 304 stainless hosel on to the high COR face body to allow the head to be able to be easily bent to as much as 4-5* flatter than normal fwy wood lies. But of course the clubmaker has to have a suitable bending machine that can properly clamp woodheads. Most clubmakers have iron bending machines only that cannot clamp a wood or hybrid head. You can also order the head bent flatter by Diamond Golf before you or your clubmaker or whoever is… Read more »
Tom, which wood shaft has a firmer tip your older Interflexx mid/ low or your S2S black?
The tip section of the old Mid/Low version of the Interflexx would be stiffer than the tip section of the Black 85 iron design.
I was speaking of wood shafts not iron shafts in comparing tip stiffness in inerflexx vs black 65 or 85.
Same answer as other than the S2S Red the mid low Interflexx had the stiffest tip section of any shafts I designed for us, wood or iron.
I’ve lost the little weight located on the sole on my fairway wood 4 929HS.
I don’t see any significant différence on my game, may be an apex ball flight lower ?
What do you suggest ?
Best regards from Guadeloupe
XAVIER If what is missing is the oval shaped cover for the weight chamber on the sole, that cover is a little medallion that virtually weighs nothing. So from a pure shot performance and head weight feel standpoint, not having it there won’t change a thing. However, it does expose the weight chamber and cosmetically that is not so great because it just doesn’t look good with that weight chamber showing. Contact the clubmaker that built the club for you and ask him to contact Diamond Golf in the UK to get a replacement medallion for the sole weight chamber.… Read more »
Thank you Tom +++
i bought a sterling set fitted by Andre Tahon : its great!
I would be Interested in 5W and would like to know what the shortest lenght i could have.
Thank you in advance .
Best regards from France
Stephane It is good to hear that you found Andre to work with for your iron fitting needs. Andre truly is one of the best fitters and clubmakers in the world, and I am not making that up. He really is. Andre will be the best guide for you on your fitting needs for a 5 wood. Contact him and make an appointment and tell him you are interested in a much shorter length fairway wood and he can help you. All of my 5 wood heads are set up at 218 grams with two weight bores that could accept… Read more »
Hi Tom, I am trying to select a fairway wood from your options and I am looking for the least amount of face progression. I like to look down on a clubhead that looks “open”, or at least that’s how I perceive the look of the club. I need some clarification on the difference between face progression and face angle. So if the face progression of the 14 degree 3 wood is 14mm with a square face angle, would the face progression change if you bent or selected the same club head with a 1 degree open face angle? Any… Read more »
BEN Face progression is the horizontal plane distance from the center of the hosel bore to the leading edge at the bottom of the face. If the face sticks out more in front of the shaft, there is more face progression on the head than if the face does not. This term is also confused with offset. The two are similar but defined differently. Offse is the horizontal plane distance from the FORWARD WALL of the hosel to the leading edge at the bottom of the face. Face angle is what direction the face points when you rest the driver,… Read more »
Morning Tom, May I ask your advice? I have recently bought a 4 wood 929HS which I am very happy with. It hasn’t been optimised by a club fitter yet, but it will be. The 4 wood carries an average of 200yds, and it does on some shots go a touch longer and run into the bank on the range at 240yds. So distance is plenty. I lack confidence on long distance shots, but have the strength and speed to ‘get out there’. It’s mostly a mental thing. I know my average iron swing is 94mph, I’m not sure about… Read more »
MATTHEW Thanks for taking your time to ask your questions. Seriously it is not long winded and I am always happy to help. I’m pleased to hear that you are doing well with the new 4w and irons. From what you say about the 4w, you seem to not have any accuracy issues there so it sounds to me like you just need to spend some more time hitting shots both on course and on the range to build your confidence and find out how much you could push it with your swing before you know what tempo seems to… Read more »
*Follow up* Hello Tom, Thanks for your previous advice. I wanted to follow up: I now have a complete set of Sterling irons 4-LW, (Nippon 950GH S Flex shafts) I prefer the 4 to the hybrid after playing both. Still loving playing them, and i get many compliments as to how nice they look. I have two 929HS woods and they are a dream to play! 4 wood, 42″, D2, Nippon 950 FW S flex steel shaft. 7 wood, 41″, D7?, Nippon 950 FW S flex steel shaft. The 4 wood is consistently good for 220yds, and the 7 wood… Read more »
MATT For the vast majority of golfers, if they have solid experience in using a shaft model and flex in a fwy wood and like it a lot, it is the shaft of choice for the driver without question. It’s only natural for people to think odd of a player using steel in the driver and woods since the market share for steel in woods is something like 1.5% ! For players like you who tend to do better with a little heavier weight shaft in the woods to get the total weight of the clubs up there a little… Read more »
Hi Tom, I’m interested in trying to create a set of fairway woods using single-length principles and I have a few questions about the suitability of these. The 12° 16.5° and 21° clubs from the 929hs range would seem to fit my plans in terms of loft, but I’m unsure how feasible it is to adjust them to be uniform in length, lie and weight. I see that lie angle can be bent +/- 4° with each of the heads on the 929hs, so I assume it would be relatively easy to get uniform lie angles across the 3 clubs.… Read more »
DAN Pretty much all the answers to your question about using the 929HS wood heads for a single length set depend on what length you would want these to all be. And that is a huge decision because if you go too short trying to make them all easy to hit, you may very well lose distance with the 12 and 16.5* woods versus the distance you get from other fairway woods of those lofts made to normal lengths. And then if you make them longer to get back the clubhead speed to prevent them from being shorter in distance,… Read more »
I am getting ready to get a set of the Sterling irons and will be looking at getting some fairway woods to compliment them. I will most likely be going with a 4 and 7 wood so I was just wondering if it is possible, with 2 weight ports and minor lie adjustment, to make any of your 4 and 7 woods to play at the same length (i.e. 7 wood length)? I also know that you are currently working on “real” same length fairway woods, is there any word on estimated release date for them?
BILL I am working on a single length wood concept to go with the irons but I am dragging my feet a bit on the project for several reasons, not the least of which is the effect of being semi retired these days !! HA ! I need to make that be SEMI retired so there is more emphasis on the SEMI, which means I need to keep working more !! Actually I am still working on trying to figure out the lengths I want these woods to be fit and built to be so that has been causing some… Read more »
Thanks for the update. Trust me I know the “semi” retired thing, retired from the Navy and got 2 weeks off before the other half had me back at work, and that was 9 years ago.
Happy New Year!
In this conversation you mentioned about the possibility of introducing the single length woods to complement Sterling irons in Spring 2018.
Is there any update on it?
Thank you !! And may you and your family have a superb year in 2018 !! I’m sorry to say that there won’t be a single length set of Sterling woods – at least this year anyway. I just was unable to find a length that could allow a wide range of golfers to get enough distance from the 3w and 4w while not being too long for the highest loft woods. I had wanted to do this at a length of 39.5″ but unless the golfer had a driver swing speed of 95mph or more, that length was too… Read more »
Hi there, I am looking for recommendations for the best options for Woods and Irons for juniors transitioning out for the Future Pro Junior Heads. Your expertise and time are most appreciated!!
HI Andrew: Thanks very much for your question. Depending on the junior’s age and skill level, but assuming that you are thinking about trying to avoid jumping totally into a large adult clubhead model, (and keeping costs in mind too) I would recommend thinking about the 365PF fairway woods. yes the 929’s are fine because they are a more shallow face design, but the 365’s are not tall faced at all and as you go from 4 to 5 to 7 to 9 wood in the set, the head sizes shrink progressively. Plus the 365 is a 2-pc investment cast… Read more »
If you are considering going to adult size heads, Sterling irons are the only game in town. Why learn – and keep in tune – 9 different iron swing setups when one is enough?
Thank you Tom Wishon!
Thanks so much Tom, we are going to look at the 365PF’s. We are actually setting up Junior Custom Fitting here in Malaysia. When transitioning juniors what is the most likely best option for shafts in the irons and woods? S2S Green?
Yes, I would put the S2S Green graphite shaft as a very good transition shaft for juniors between the actual junior shaft and an adult shaft. This is a pretty light shaft at 65g and it would be lighter yet as you cut it down to the lengths you might use for some of these kids. It is also a more flexible bend profile with a softer tip design too, which would be ok for kids with slower swing speeds that are higher than what a Jr shaft requires but still lower than a slow swinging adult.
I’m working on putting together a bag to compliment the Sterling Irons. This wood is listed as available in 7 wood for left handed players but I don’t see it in the spec chart. I just wanted to confirm if it is available for lefties. Thanks Tom!
JEFF Sorry for the long explanation to come on this. In October I went into semi retirement and handed my product line over to Diamond Golf International in the UK to take over worldwide distribution of all my models and products. When they took over our remaining inventory in October, there were still units of the 929HS #7 wood in left hand that were available. I will say that in our discussions about the future product line, we both felt that based on the extremely small demand for the left hand #7 wood, we would drop it from the line… Read more »
Dear Tom , I am so happy to be able to hit again consistent strokes with fairway woods. I nearly quit golfing for 10 years, and here I am back to the game for 2 years I am 65 years old and a rather tall French man…In the 80’s I played my 3 and 5 woods from the deck with rather good results, loving to win MP (sometimes) with my fairway woods whitout too much strugling idea on mind. Now , except a poor bench of shots I was struggling and most of my fairway woods’ shots were poor and… Read more »
Thank you VERY MUCH for your post !! We are so pleased that you had the chance to be fit by Andre. He is one of my very best students and I now feel that he is one of the top ten clubfitters in the world. Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us and may you continue to enjoy this great game more than before, and for a long time !!
What alternative 3 wood would you offer to the 929HS? I love the feel but the head is slightly to small for me and do not hit it often out of the center. Do you have a slightly larger head with the same feel? Thank you, Markus
First off, my sincere apology for the delay in responding. The notification feature for posts and comments was not working so we haven’t seen the posts being made here for us to respond. That’s a big Ooops. Sorry about that. The other fwy wood model we offer is the 950HC. Same higher COR, same bendable hosel, same set makeup options as the 929HS but the 950HC is a larger size head with a taller face height than the 929HS. This would be the model you are looking for.
Tom, I am enjoying my 919 F/D 11 Degree driver. I can almost rip shots off the fairway with it, but 11 degree is just a tad too low for me to be consistent. Before just building the 14 degree and calling it my 3 wood, I want to ask how you would compare and contrast your fairway wood offerings, present along with the 915 series, some of which were in Titanium? My shot profile is excellent with the 11 degree F/D and I don’t need a lot of help getting shots to fly when hitting fairway woods. However, I… Read more »
DAVID Thanks much for your post and letting us know your experiences with the F/D. There are some players who have decided to try it off the deck and you’re right, the 14 is much better for that. Only the 3 wood in the old 915 series was made from titanium. I did the 5 and 7 woods from stainless steel as normal construction because I felt that most people would not opt for the higher price of Ti in those higher loft woods but might with the 3w since it is used by some off the tee. The 929… Read more »