Moon Wood 8: Replace Woods/Hybrids/Irons in One Club?
What is the Moon Wood 8?
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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.
Does the Moon Wood 8 Work?
The makers of the MW8 conducted a field test with a group of 16 amateur golfers. Each golfer made a series of shots, first using the longest club they use for approach shots, then using the MW8. TrackMan expert Rob Rashell gathered data on each shot to compare one club against the other.
The reported results included some notable increases in carry yards. Most of the reported yardage gains fell between 15.8 yards (from a golfer with a 5 handicap) to 38.7 yards (7.4 handicap). At the lower end was a golfer who hit the ball 5.3 yards farther with the MW8.
They also collected data for height gains with the Moon Wood, ranging from a 21% to 42% increase. The landing angles mentioned were all around 20% steeper with the MW8.
Of course, it is important to note that the statistics shared represent around 12 of the 16 golfers tested.
So, the question remains, what does the Moon Wood cost, and is it worth it?
Our Test of the Moon Wood 8
We decided to get a Moon Wood 8 in our hands to try it for ourselves. Below are the stats of our own independent field test:
We noticed two big things that happened after testing the Moon Wood 8 against a 7 iron and a 3 wood.
- The Moon Wood hits moon shots. Literally. The apex consistently was higher than a 7 iron.
- If you have any distance with a 3 wood, you will see a dip in performance.
So the MW8 does live up to the billing of 7 iron ball flight. But if you can hit your 3 wood, this club will leave you wanting.
However, if you struggle with hitting your woods and just want a more consistent ball flight, this club might have more merit for you.
You can watch our full Field Test and Review here.
The Cost of the Moon Wood 8
The MW8 is currently priced at $179. It comes with a 60-day money back guarantee. Please note that “money back” means a full refund, minus the cost of shipping and handling.
The club features a stainless-steel clubface and a graphite shaft available in four flex options.
A purchase of the MW8 also includes an instructional video series. This series comes with tips for practicing with the Moon Wood 8. It also highlights uses for the MW8 that don’t immediately come to mind, such as greenside chips and bunker shots.
The Whole Picture
Here’s the quick snapshot of the Moon Wood 8.
The Moon Wood 8 is a club that is engineered with amateur, high-handicap golfers in mind, though anyone can use it.
Its design includes features from mid-irons, hybrids, and fairway woods. Most notably, it is a shorter club with a 25-degree loft, a wide sole, a shallow clubface, and a low center of gravity. All these features are designed to be forgiving, whether you hit the ball fat or thin.
The Moon Wood 8 claims to help you hit the ball higher and farther with softer landings and greater accuracy.
It is currently priced at $179 and comes with a 60-day money back guarantee.
What Do You Think?
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