Callaway Continues Dealing From A Hot Hand
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The turnaround at Callaway continues to astound me. They were one of the last players left in The Composite Driver Game, and this time they've really built a good one. Yes the company is really hyping this "forged composite stuff, and for a while there I really thought it was going to be yet another boring experience where I hit a composite driver, it goes straight, it goes pretty far, but feels thuddy enough at impact to kill the thrill. Not this time. I'd be lying if I said there were no shades of thuddiness left, but this is by far, the best composite driver to ever hit the market. Allow me to expound on that if you will. After all, I've hit most of them, and even owned a Cleveland Composite Launcher at one point, but I could never get ovewr that "THUD" at impact. This is as close to a titanium feeling driver as a composite driver can get.
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The corporate line is that "Forged composite was designed in collaboration with Lamborghini to help bring you...." you get the idea. The sports car anaology and oall that rot. Well, for those who have been around awhile, you may very well remember that Nicket Golf also developed a Carbon Fiber driver..."...in collaboration with Lamborghini..etc...etc..." Whereas Thi Nickent Cross was a very hot driver for its time, it still suffered the same thuddy curse that all carbon drivers of that ilk and era suffered. It was a real no go in the market place.
Callaway has a different process now, and carbon fibre technology has gotten so good lately--just look at all the hot new shafts we used to only dream about if you doubt this claim--that allows for much thinner micro layers of micro laminate to be joined, fused, bonded, and/or forged into very thin and distinctive shapes. Now form fits function. The different shot shapes are no longer controlled by such crude means as internal weight pads, screw weights, or other such draconian methods, but by the actual wall, crown, and other head shapes that go into forging the clubs head. Form literally fis function.
Callaway deserves major props here. Every year their compostie drivers became better, and better balanced. This one is so well balanced, that even at it's off the rack 46" length ( a slice monster in the making for lesser clubs) this thing shoots very very straight. Club head awareness, which usually suffers exponentially for me, once you pass 44 1/2" overall length, is very--very--very good. You will no where this little puppy is riding at ar all times. That's a huge plus, as this is also supposed to be THe Shot Shaper's Driver as compared to the Diablo being the Distance Driver. I am only a mid-capper, so if I am able to use the neutral model and work her left and right--it shouldn't be a big problem for anyone else out there. Cally is back in the driver's seat as far as technology living up to the hype goes.
Longer than the R11--easily. Able to hld its own against The Burner. Actually, now that I hit The New Diablo further than the new Burner--maybe I should say it holds its own against its "Octane" monikerred sibling. THis driver is plenty liong, but if all you want is grip it and rip it distance, there are a few others out there that can put a good whooping on this one. THere are, however, none of them that can whoop on her, shoot straighter than her, or beat her in the workability department. Even my Nakashima ended up sucking hind tit to this one when you quantify all three factors.
See for yourself. She's a very handsome club in a star wars sort of way. I think one reviewer out there even duvbber her "Darth Vader's Driver." The bg titanium cup face attached to the composite body is nothing new, but Cally did find a way to make it look a little more appealing and a little less odd than it did in the FT-9 clubs. Overall, she deserves a good solid rating in this department.
Techs and Specs
This driver is availabe in the regular model at lofts of 9.5, 10.5, 11.5, and 13* models. If you want the slightly spicier Tour Version you get your choice of 8.5, 9.5. and 10.5* models. The shaft is the now very familiar and highly effective Aldila RIP. This is a great shaft, but do get fitted before buying. For openers, there are two versions to this shaft. The Red Eyed version (colour of eyes in the skull insignia) is a tad beefier and is standard issue on the Tour Preferred version. The green-eyed version has a slightly more active tip, and comes on the regular model. While I can hit the Green Eyed version in "Stiff" flex, the Red-Eyed Version is fine for me in Regular Flex. At $400--make sure to swing with both versions of the shaft if at all possible.
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