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March 26, 2014

Callaway Edge Set Provides Blended Set of Forgiving Irons and Hybrids

Posted at 2:28 PM by Michael Chwasky
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Courtesy of Callaway Golf

 

Callaway's new Edge Set ($699/steel, $799/graphite) provides aspiring players with an impressive combination of playability and forgiveness in a modern design. Featuring three hybrids (4, 5, 6) three irons (7, 8, 9), and three wedges (PW, AW, SW), the Edge Set is designed with an optimized progression that bridges distance gaps effectively without missing a beat. The hybrids in the set feature a very low CG location for higher launch angles and extreme forgiveness, while the irons are built with a hollow cavity that makes them just as easy to hit as the hybrids. According to reps from Callaway, the Edge Set is comprised of the most forgiving irons and hybrids the company currently produces. 

Available with True Temper Speed Step 85 shafts or Edge Hybrid graphite shafts. 

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March 24, 2014

Winner's Bag: Matt Every's Gear at the 2014 Arnold Palmer Invitational

Posted at 10:30 AM by Michael Chwasky

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DRIVER:
Callaway Big Bertha (9°) with Fujikura Motore SPD VC 7.0x shaft

FAIRWAY WOODS: X2 Hot Pro (15°) with Aldila Tour Blue 75x shaft, TaylorMade Burner SuperFast (18°) with nVentix Nunchuk shaft

IRONS: Callaway Apex Pro (4-PW) with KBS V-Tour 125 shafts

WEDGES: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 (52° S-grind, 56° S-grind, 60° C-grind)

PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot Pro #9

BALL: Callaway Speed Regime 3

(Photo: John David Mercer-USA Today Sports)

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March 16, 2014

First Look: Callaway X2 Hot Deep Fairway Woods

Posted at 5:39 PM by Coleman McDowell
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Image courtesy of Callaway

 

Phil Mickelson virtually sealed last year’s British Open with a brilliant pair of 3-wood shots to reach Muirfield’s par-5 17th in two during the final round. He smashed those shots using Callaway’s X Hot 3Deep (13°) 3-wood. Now comes a more complete offering called X2 Hot Deep, which consists of the 2Deep (12.5°), 3Deep (14.5°) and 5Deep (18.5°).

These clubs feature a thinner, lighter Carpenter 455 forged cup face than in the X Hot Deep for faster ball speeds (on shots struck low on the face, in particular). A higher MOI contributes to more overall forgiveness and greater shot-to-shot consistency while a flatter roll radius causes shots to launch higher from fairway lies. Phil Mickelson, in fact, is one of the players sporting the X2 Hot 2Deep on Tour. By comparison, this stick is 20cc larger than the X Hot 3Deep with a higher MOI and a bigger face. They are $230 each.

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March 10, 2014

Winner's Bag: Patrick Reed's Gear at the 2014 WGC-Cadillac Championship

Posted at 10:42 AM by Michael Chwasky

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DRIVER: Callaway Big Bertha Alpha (9°) with a Fuel 75X shaft

FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway Big Bertha (16°) with a True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shaft

IRONS: Callaway X Forged (3-4) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts; Callaway RAZR X (5-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

WEDGES: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 (50°,56°, 60°) 

PUTTER: Odyssey Metal-X Milled #6

BALL: Callaway Speed Regime 3

(Photo: Chris Condon/Getty Images)

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January 14, 2014

Phil Switches to New Callaway Big Bertha Alpha Driver

Posted at 10:27 AM by Michael Chwasky

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(Phil Mickelson: Ross Kinnaird/Getty Images; Big Bertha Alpha driver: Michael Chini)

Apparently the days of Phil Mickelson playing without a driver could be coming to an end as Lefty is reportedly very excited about the new Callaway Big Bertha Alpha driver he has in his bag. According to various sources Mickelson says he's hitting the new big stick significantly straighter than any driver he's had in the past and close to 25 yards longer than his famed 3-wood. 

“As I look back on 2013, I played some of my best golf and had some huge breakthroughs, but I did most of it without a driver,” Mickelson said. “This year we have the best driver I’ve ever hit that lowers my spin rate like my 3-wood. I drive it longer and straighter with my driver than I did with my 3-wood. It’s a whole different weapon in my arsenal now."

Mickelson will be putting his new weapon in play this week as he kicks off his 2014 season at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship. 

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January 13, 2014

Lydia Ko Signs Endorsement Deal With Callaway

Posted at 1:46 PM by Kevin Cunningham

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Callaway announced today that it has signed 16-year-old LPGA phenom Lydia Ko to an endorsement deal. Ko will play all Callaway clubs with an Odyssey putter.

From Callaway's press release:

"Lydia is an exceptional talent and a great addition to our staff," said Nick Raffaele, VP, Sports Marketing, Callaway Golf. "Last year we had several Pros win after successfully transitioning into our products and we're excited to see what Lydia can accomplish on the LPGA with the world's best clubs, balls and putter in the bag."

"Lydia is digitally connected with golf enthusiasts across the world," said Harry Arnett, SVP, Marketing, Callaway Golf. "Her meaningful participation in the fast, interconnected network of golf makes her an exciting fit for our strategic objectives."

Ko is coming off an incredible year that saw her rise to No. 4 in the women's world rankings. By the time Ko announced she was turning pro in October of 2013, she had already racked up four professional wins. Her victory at the ALPG Tour's Women's NSW Open in January of 2012 at the age of 14 made her the youngest golfer to win any professional event. She became the youngest ever to win an LPGA event at the 2012 CN Canadian Women's Open, and successfully defended her title in 2013.

(Photo: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

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January 07, 2014

Callaway signs Stenson, English, Manassero

Posted at 11:30 AM by Michael Chwasky

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Henrik Stenson at the 2013 Tour Championship. (Credit: Fred Vuich/Sports Illustrated)

Already boasting an impressive array of staff players, including Phil Mickelson, Gary Woodland, Jim Furyk, and Nicolas Colsaerts, among others, Callaway Golf announced the addition of Henrik Stenson, Harris English and Matteo Manassero for 2014.

Stenson, who had a massive year in 2013 that included winning the Race to Dubai, the Tour Championship and the FedEx Cup, played Callaway irons and fairway woods en route to pocketing over $15 million. His formal agreement with Callaway should see him play an even wider variety of the company's gear going forward.

"After having the best season of my career to date in 2013 using Callaway irons and fairway woods, the option of extending my relationship with Callaway Golf was a very natural progression, and I look forward to continued success in 2014 being back as part of the Callaway family." -- Henrik Stenson

24-year-old Harris English enjoyed a breakout season in 2013 with two Tour wins including the FedEx St. Jude Classic and the OHL Classic at Mayakoba. A former four-time All-American at the University of Georgia, English will play a full bag of Callaway and Odyssey gear this season.

"I've been really happy with the new Callaway clubs. And the team at Callaway has been fantastic. In a short period of time I've been able to take advantage of the resources they have and I'm excited about the start of the 2014 season." -- Harris English

Matteo Manassero, the youngest addition to the Callaway team already has four European Tour wins at the ripe old age of 20, including the '13 BMW Championship. Manassero first made his presence known as a teenage amateur in the '09 Open Championship at Turnberry, where he tied for 13th.

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December 18, 2013

First Look: Callaway's new Speed Regime golf balls

Posted at 4:44 PM by Kevin Cunningham

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Callaway unveiled their new line of golf balls for 2014. The balls, which Callaway calls "Speed Regime," come in three versions: the SR 1, SR 2 and SR 3.

The Speed Regime balls are designed to match golfers' swing speeds. The SR 1 is for players with swing speeds 90 mph and below. The SR 2 is made for swing speeds from 90-105 mph, and the SR 3 is for better players with swing speeds in excess of 105 mph.

For the SR 1, Callaway designed a ball that helps players increase lift towards the end of their shots despite slow swing speeds. The SR 3 has a profile design that reduces drag at higher speeds. Golf balls fly fastest immediately after impact, which is the same time that drag forces are strongest on the ball, causing the ball to slow down. In theory, by reducing drag the balls should fly farther. Finally, the SR 2 is balances the technologies for reducing drag and increasing lift found in the other Speed Regime models.

The Speed Regime balls will be available on January 24 at golf retailers nationwide and on CallawayGolf.com.

(Photo: Courtesy of Callaway)

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December 02, 2013

First Look: Callaway Big Bertha drivers

Posted at 10:11 AM by Robert Sauerhaft

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Big Bertha is back. It's been five years since Callaway rolled out a driver with the iconic name. Now come two new models, the Big Bertha and Big Bertha Alpha, with innovative technologies.

The newest Big Bertha is designed to max out distance for average players. It has a 19% larger sweetspot (the face area that provides ball speeds within 2 mph of max speed) than last year’s RAZR Fit Xtreme, and features the same 8-way adjustable hosel (four lofts, two lies) as in Callaway’s Optiforce drivers. The coolest update is an 8-gram weight that slides on a five-inch track along the back edge of the club. Moving the slider can shift the club’s lateral center of gravity up to 0.138 inches. Callaway says it translates to a 360 rpm change in sidespin, and a 15.6-yard dispersion.

In addition, a composite crown helps to keep the club light despite the rear track, while added perimeter weighting boosts forgiveness. Available in 9°, 10.5°, and 13.5° lofts with a 45.5-inch Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki shaft. The club will be at retail on February 14, 2014. $399.

Its sister product, the Big Bertha Alpha, has adjustable loft settings to strengthen loft by 1° or weaken loft by 2°. The Alpha, for better players, has a first-of-its-kind removable carbon tube in the head -- heavy tungsten on one end and a light nylon on the other -- which allows you to alter backspin up to 300 rpm without changing loft. Positioning tungsten near the sole creates a mid-spin head; tungsten higher in the head makes it a low-spin driver. The club will be at retail on February 14, 2014. $499.

(Photo: Michael Chini)

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November 12, 2013

Callaway to release new X2 Hot line of clubs

Posted at 4:02 PM by Kevin Cunningham

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On Tuesday, Callaway revealed its new X2 Hot line of golf clubs. The line spans multiple club categories, including drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons, with each available in a "Standard" or "Pro" version. With the X2 Hots, Callaway sets its focus squarely on distance.

"With the X2 Hot line, we challenged ourselves to reinvent each product to meaningfully improve distance, speed and forgiveness across every category," said Dr. Alan Hocknell, Senior Vice President, R&D, Callaway Golf. "We worked hard for every extra gram of discretionary weight, every thousandth of an inch of metal, to increase ball speed and overall distance while improving total performance, especially on off-center impact."

The X2 Hot drivers will feature the first instance of what Callaway has dubbed "Hyper Speed Face technology," which the company designed to improve ball speeds and increase distance. Adjustability has not been abandoned, as the drivers will feature eight different loft and lie angle settings. The "Standard" version of the X2 Hot driver is 460cc and available in 9°, 10.5° and 13.5°HT lofts, while the 440cc "Pro" is available comes with 8.5° loft and features a lower, more neutral center of gravity, in addition to an external 7-gram weight.

With a release date set for January 17, 2014, the suggested retail price for the drivers is $349.99, the fairway woods are $229.99, the hybrids are $199.99, and the irons are $799.99 with steel shafts ($899.99 for the Pro version).

(Photo: Courtesy of Callaway)

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November 06, 2013

First Look: Callaway Apex Pro Irons

Posted at 10:28 AM by Robert Sauerhaft

 

Callaway Apex Pro Iron
Credit: Schecter Lee

 

A better-player extension of the new Apex line, the Pro model is aimed at players who want the workability and control associated with blades while also enjoying the benefits of some forgiveness. Forged from carbon steel for enhanced feel, the Apex Pro features 7-gram tungsten weights in the sole of the 2- to 5-irons for higher launch. New, wider-spaced grooves allow for more control and consistent spin from a variety of lies. Lastly, the KBS Tour-V steel shaft (mid launch, low torque) is based on feedback from Phil Mickelson. The clubs will be at retail on January 17, 2014. Set of eight: $1,099, steel; $1,299, graphite.

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September 24, 2013

First Look: Callaway brings back famed Apex irons

Posted at 11:53 AM by Michael Chwasky

Callaway-apex-irons_300The famed Apex (Callaway retained the name when it sold the Ben Hogan Co.) returns with this forged, multi-piece model. Designed as a "distance" iron, the Apex has a carbon steel body to soften feel while a thin, Carpenter 455 steel face insert (most recently in Diablo Forged irons) should increase ball speed and distance.

The 3-5 irons have tungsten sole weights, which shift the effective hitting area lower on the face and make it easier to hit high-launching shots. New, wider grooves are designed to help average Joes produce more spin on shots from the rough for more consistent ball flight and carry distance.

Apex irons will be in stores starting December 6. Set of eight: $1,099, steel.

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(Photo: Manfred Koh)

August 18, 2013

Winner's Bag: Patrick Reed's equipment at the Wyndham Championship

Posted at 6:10 PM by Michael Chwasky

ReedDRIVER: Callaway FT OptiForce 440 (9.5°) with Aldila Tour White Rogue 70x shaft

IRONS: Callaway X Forged irons (2 and 4), Callaway RAZR X Muscleback irons (5-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

WEDGES: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 (50°, 56°, 60°) with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot Pro #3

BALL: Callaway HEX Chrome+

(Photo: Streeter Lecka / Getty Images)

August 05, 2013

Winner's Bag: Gary Woodland's equipment at the Reno-Tahoe Open

Posted at 10:05 AM by Michael Chwasky

WoodlandDRIVER: Callaway RAZR Hawk Proto (8.5°) with Oban prototype shaft tipped 1 3/4"

FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme (16.5°) with Graphite Design G Proto shaft

IRONS: Callaway X-Tour (2); Callaway RAZR X Muscleback (3-9) with Rifle Project X 7.0 shafts

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Spin Milled (48°), Titleist Vokey SM4 (54°, 62°)

PUTTER: Odyssey Versa #1 Wide 

BALL: Callaway HEX Chrome+

(Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

July 02, 2013

First Look: Callaway FT Optiforce driver

Posted at 3:46 PM by Robert Sauerhaft

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Midsummer is rarely the time for a major product launch, but Callaway's new management team is shaking things up.

The FT Optiforce driver weighs less, offers greater adjustability and is more aerodynamic than both the RAZR Fit Xtreme and X Hot models unveiled earlier this year. With FT Optiforce, you can dial in four lofts ("standard," -1°, +1°, +2°) and two lie angles (standard or 2° upright) in a single head. By contrast, the RAZR Fit Xtreme and X Hot only allow you to adjust face angle.

The 460 cc head, for 100 mph or slower swingers, is pre-set at 10.5° loft ("standard") and can be altered to 9.5°, 11.5° or 12.5°. A 440 cc version, for players with 100-plus mph swing speeds, comes standard at 9.5° and can be tweaked to 8.5°, 10.5° or 11.5°. As you'd expect, the 460 cc head has greater MOI (more forgiveness) than the 440 cc and produces higher- launching shots with slightly more spin. Initial robot tests indicate that the 460 cc is slightly higher-spinning than the X Hot, while the 440 cc spins slightly more than the X Hot Pro.

At 290 grams, the FT Optiforce is noticeably lighter than many other adjustable drivers. A combination of the sub-200-gram head (titanium body with carbon crown) and light shaft should help players swing faster, while subtle changes to head shape can improve aerodynamics. Refinements to decrease club drag include a shallower face, changing the height differential between the top of the face and highest point of the crown, and relocating the crown's peak.

The FT Optiforce driver will be available at a suggested retail price of $400 starting July 12.

(Photo: Andrew Schlotterlein/Callaway)

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