Advancements in golf technology have led to the development of some exciting new products. We are constantly discovering new tools and clubs that challenge us to sharpen our skills, measure our abilities, and better ourselves as players.
Or, some cases, innovation can serve one, straight-forward purpose: to help golfers have more fun on the course.
The Moon Wood 8 is a club designed specifically for the weekend golfer. This is a product meant to make the most of an imperfect swing. It promises high, long drives, even in the hands of a high-handicap player. The primary goal is increased confidence on the course and a better scorecard for those who can’t throw themselves into daily practice.
Does this sound like your kind of club? We took a look at the Moon Wood 8 so we could give you all the details. Let’s get into it.
What Does the Moon Wood 8 Do?
The MW8 comes with a lot of specific promises for your golf game. Higher launch. Longer carry distance. Increased accuracy. More consistency. Softer landings.
The big picture, however, is that the Moon Wood 8 is designed to be a potential replacement for your fairway woods, irons, and hybrids. It is a club created first and foremost for high-handicap golfers. The goal was to combine the most amateur-friendly aspects of woods, irons, and hybrids. The result, they say, is a club that forgives the common errors of the weekend golfer and helps you achieve long, high shots with increased accuracy.
The Moon Wood 8 is designed for versatility. It can be used to shoot off the tee or in the rough just as well as on the fairway.
So, what exactly makes the MW8 a worthy go-to for all your long-game and approach shots? Let’s take a look at the design.
The Moon Wood 8 Design
The design team for the MW8 is headed by Josh Boggs, a Golf Digest “Hot List” medal winner. You might also recognize him as the designer of the Square Strike Wedge, another club we recently profiled.
As previously mentioned, Boggs and the MW8 team engineered this club to be the best of all worlds. They borrows from the traditional design of irons, hybrids, and fairway woods to combine the most amateur-friendly features. Here is what you get on the Moon Wood 8:
The Features of a Mid-Iron
One of the first things you notice on the MW8 is its shorter shaft length. At 38 inches, it’s within the standard range of a 5 or 6 iron and, like those mid-irons, it’s easier to control. Of course, you may have the concern that a shorter club length negates the claim that the MW8 will help you strike the ball farther. The designers would argue that because it’s easier to control a shorter club, you are likelier to square the clubface. What you may lose in swing arc and clubhead speed, you make up for in solid, accurate impact.
The Moon Wood 8 also features a 25-degree loft—another design typical of a mid-iron. This higher loft helps you get that high launch angle, lower spin, and longer drive.
The Features of a Hybrid
You can see the hybrid influence in the shallow clubface of the MW8. The club also features an ultra-low COG (Center of Gravity)—another quality borrowed from typical hybrid design.
The COG of the Moon Wood 8 sits below the vertical center of the clubface. This positioning promotes a quicker launch and higher ball flight. It also allows a little forgiveness on thin shots, ensuring that you still get some height.
The Features of a Fairway Wood
Much like a fairway wood, the Moon Wood 8 features a wide sole. The designers call this the “SuperGlyde Sole,” and it measures 3.25 inches from front to back. The MW8 designers built the sole with a curve, enabling it to glide easily through any turf. Even if you hit the ball fat, you still have a decent shot at making clean contact with the ball.
By now, you probably understand what we mean when we say the MW8 is designed with high-handicap golfers in mind. The clear goal of this club is to help amateur golfers make the most of imperfect shots… or reach brand new distances with strong shots.
Of course, there’s still the most important question to address.
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