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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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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

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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June 27, 2013

First Look: Callaway Mack Daddy 2 wedges

Posted at 1:03 PM by Robert Sauerhaft

Forged from 1020-carbon steel, these wedges have machined grooves, enhanced surface roughness and laser-etched oval marks on the face. The 56° delivers 25 percent more spin than Callaway’s current wedges but 25 percent less spin than the original Mack Daddy grooves in the X-Forged wedges (pre-2010 rules change).

The Mack Daddy 2 comes in a standard grind, C-grind or U-grind. Lofts of 54° or less have a standard grind, the 56° comes in a standard or C-grind, and the 58° and 60° are available in a standard, a C- or a U-grind.

The U-grind (pictured here) has a wider sole with a concave area and a more rearward bounce profile designed for greenside explosions. Phil Mickelson, for instance, used the 60° (U-grind) and 64° lofts at Merion. The wedges will be at retail starting on July 14. $119 in chrome or "vintage" finish.

Photo courtesy of Callaway


April 10, 2013

Check out Mickelson's new Phrankenwood driver

Posted at 1:55 PM by Michael Chwasky

P1-Phrankenwood-finalHe's created a monster.

Phil Mickelson showed up at Augusta National this week with his "Frankenwood" driver -- a club Callaway developed after Mickelson asked for a modern 2-wood that he could hit as far as a driver but with a flatter ball flight and more shot-shaping control.

Mickelson is known for his unorthodox approach to equipment -- he carried two drivers in his bag in one Masters, and played a U.S. Open without a driver -- but this time he’s breaking new ground. The X Hot Phrankenwood is currently a prototype, but like other X Hot fairway woods it features a stainless steel construction with Callaway’s Speed Frame Face Cup (made of Carpenter steel) and an ultra-thin steel body. 

Here's what Mickelson said about the club at Augusta National on Tuesday:

It's almost like a small driver but its put the 3-wood technology of our X Hot into a driver. What it's done is taken a lot of spin off of it. And if you watch, you'll see a lot of the shots off the tee that I hit have a lot more scoot on them.

He added that he's already seeing the payoff in distance during his practice round this week:

Tee shots on 9 are getting down to the bottom of the hill, and I haven't been able to do that in years. The tee shot on 10 is getting another 15 to 20 yards, giving me a club or two less than I've had in years. The tee shot on 15 is getting down to where I have one or two clubs less, and because it comes off fast, as well as low spin, it's running, which is exactly what I wanted here. 

According to Evan Gibbs, manager of Callaway's performance analysis group, the key for Phil was getting a club that let him hit down on the ball slightly (more like he does with all the rest of the clubs in his bag) while also producing low spin and the ability to move the ball in both directions. 

 "When Phil hits up on the ball with a driver, it makes the transition to the rest of his clubs more difficult, so he wanted something that let him make his normal, slightly descending swing without creating too much spin. He also wanted to be able to hit the ball from right-to-left, which is critical at Augusta, without losing distance. Utilizing the same technology found in our X Hot 3Deep fairway wood we were able to give him what he asked for simply by creating a slightly larger clubhead and putting a 45" driver shaft on it." 

Gibbs added that Phil's Phrankenwoods (he has two) have been machined, heat-treated, and welded entirely in Callaway's R&D facility in Carlsbad, which is extremely rare for a metalwood product. 

Phil’s X Hot Phrankenwood has 8.5-degrees of loft and measures only 250cc’s (most modern drivers are 460cc’s). A 45-inch Fubuki k 70X Prototype shaft makes the club as long as a typical driver. 

March 27, 2013

New Callaway X Hot 3Deep Fairway Wood

Posted at 10:34 AM by Michael Chwasky

Callaway's brand new X Hot 3Deep fairway wood is the direct result of Tour player demand. Featuring a deep face design aimed at producing a more boring ballflight, the X Hot 3Deep is built with a forged speed frame face for higher ballspeeds and an internal weighting system that creates a lower CG for optimal launch conditions. An improved version of the famous Warbird sole allows for better playability from a variety of lies.

According to Randy Peterson, Callaway director of fitting & instruction, the new model is an extension of the existing X Hot Pro model but with design changes made to suit none other than Callaway staffer Phil Mickelson. 

"Initially the X Hot Pro came about when Phil asked for a fairway wood that he could hit off the tee with a little more distance and workability but could also hit from the fairway. The Pro has great ballspeeds but works better for players who contact the ball a bit lower on the face. Phil tends to hit it a little higher on the face so we made the clubface on the 3Deep about 10-percent higher. This change produces both higher ballspeed and more optimal spin rates for players who strike the ball a bit higher on the clubface." 

The X Hot 3Deep fairway wood ($229) is available in 13- and 14.5-degree models (only 13-degree for southpaws) and comes standard with a lightweight Project X Velocity shaft.   


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February 05, 2013

VIDEO: Callaway explains the science behind Phil Mickelson's new driver

Posted at 1:57 PM by

When Phil Mickelson won the Waste Management Phoenix Open, he gave a lot of credit to his new RAZR Fit Xtreme driver. In this video, Dr. Alan Hocknell, Callaway's senior vice president of research and development, reveals how Callaway built a driver to help Mickelson take the left side out of play and lower his spin rate, while also offering some forgiveness.

WINNER'S BAG: Phil Mickelson's clubs at the Phoenix Open

February 03, 2013

Winner's Bag: Phil Mickelson's clubs at the Phoenix Open

Posted at 9:28 PM by

Mickelson_bagDRIVER: Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme, 9.5°(8.1° of actual loft with 5gm in the toe and 3gm in the heel) with Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki K 059 70X prototype, 45" shaft

FAIRWAY WOODS: TaylorMade RBZ, 15° with Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki K 80X prototype shaft; Titleist 980F, 17° with Graphite Design PM902x shaft

IRONS: Callaway RAZR X Muscleback (4-PW) with KBS Tour V2 shaft

WEDGES: Callaway JAWS (52°, 60°, 64°) with KBS Tour V2 shaft

PUTTER: Odyssey Black Series Tour Design #9

BALL: Callaway HEX Black Tour

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Callaway clubs and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC  or Golfsmith.


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[PHOTO: Mickelson watches his tee shot on the ninth hole of the Waste Management Phoenix Open on Sunday. Getty Images]

January 10, 2013

My Bag: Tommy Gainey at the Sony Open in Hawaii

Posted at 12:42 PM by

"The face of my new driver is definitely hotter. I've seen improvement in both carry distance and ball speed." -- Tommy Gainey


DRIVER: Callaway X Hot (10.5°) with a Aldila RIP NV 65X shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Callaway X Hot (15°) with a Aldila RIP NV 65X shaft
HYBRID: Adams Idea Pro a12 Proto (20°) with a Aldila RIP Hybrid shaft
IRONS: Callaway RAZR X Forged (four through PW) with Royal Precision Project X shafts
WEDGES: Callaway Forged (50°, 54°, 60°) with Royal Precision Project X shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey Backstryke Blade
BALL: Callaway HEX Black Tour

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Callaway and Odyssey gear and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

(Photo: Fred Vuich/SI)

November 02, 2012

Mickelson playing stealthy TaylorMade fairway wood in China

Posted at 2:54 PM by David Dusek

Before the start of the HSBC Champions at Mission Hills in Shenzhen, China, Phil Mickelson pulled out his Callaway Big Bertha Diablo 3-wood and added a TaylorMade RocketBallz 3-wood to his bag.

According to Callaway's senior vice president of marketing, Harry Arnett, Mickelson arrived at a Callaway photo shoot last week in Fort Worth, Texas, and told Callaway designers that the Mission Hills course in China presented a problem.

"He said, 'Here's my dilemma: Because of the course set-up, I'm not going to be able to hit driver. I need to have something that I can hit 290 off the tee. My 3-wood goes about 275 to 280 and my driver goes 305. I can't hit my driver there because if I do I'm in all the junk, but I don't want to hit it 270 because in some cases I may not be able to reach some of the par 5s. What do we have?'"

Arnett explained that Callaway is releasing a new fairway wood in a few weeks, but the company didn't have one ready to give to Mickelson for his trip to China.

Mickelson brought a TaylorMade fairway wood to Fort Worth and Arnett said he saw the club. While the off-the-rack RocketBallz fairway woods feature a white crown, Mickelson got one from TaylorMade that is black.

Arnett said, "We told him, 'Play whatever you want. We've got the prototype coming in a few weeks. If you really feel like this is the best way for you to compete and win, then go for it!'"

When Callaway releases its new fairway woods, Arnett said he was confident that Mickelson, who has already tested prototypes of the new Callaway woods, would take the TaylorMade club out of his bag.

Before the start of the BMW Championship at Crooked Stick in September, Mickelson pulled his Callaway RAZR Fit 5-wood and added a 9-year-old Titleist 980F 5-wood to his bag. The Titleist 5-wood made the trip to China and Mickelson is still using it.

The four-time major winner and World Golf Hall of Fame member shot 66 on Thursday and 69 Friday, putting him tie for sixth, six shots behind Louis Oosthuizen.

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(Photo by Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images)

October 22, 2012

Winner's Bag: Tommy Gainey at the McGladrey Classic

Posted at 12:32 AM by David Dusek

DRIVER: Callaway RAZR Fit (10.5°) with an Aldila RIP NV 65X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway FT-i Tour (15°) with an Aldila RIP NV 65X shaft
HYBRID: Adams Idea Pro a12 Proto (20°) with an Aldila RIP Hybrid shaft
IRONS: Callaway RAZR X Forged (4-PW) with Royal Prescission Project X shafts
WEDGES: Callaway Forged (50°, 54°, 60°) with Royal Precision Project X shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey Backstryke Blade
BALL: Callaway HEX Black Tour

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Callaway and Odyssey gear and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

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(Photo by Sam Greenwood/Getty Images)
September 13, 2012

Mickelson using 9-year-old fairway wood

Posted at 5:06 PM by David Dusek

Phil Mickelson continued his hot play last week at the BMW Championship and finished tied for second, two shots behind Rory McIlroy. While most onlookers noticed that Mickelson was putting with the claw grip, sharp-eyed equipment junkies might have noticed another change.

Mickelson continued to use his Callaway RAZR Fit driver (9.5°) and his Callaway Big Bertha Diablo Octane 3-wood (15°), but the Hall of Famer replaced his Callaway RAZR Fit 5-wood (18°) with a Titleist 980F 5-wood (17°) with a Graphite Design PM 902 shaft.

Titleist's 980F line of fairway woods debuted in 2003, while Mickelson was a Titleist staff player. Before the start of the 2004 Ryder Cup at Oakland Hills, Mickelson signed a deal with Callaway and switched to the company's gear before the start of the matches against Europe.

It's not unusual for pros to hold on to old, trusty fairway woods. Tiger Woods uses a Nike SasQuatch II 5-wood, a club that was released in 2007, and Geoff Ogilvy has been playing a Cobra S9-1 5-wood since 2009.

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Titleist clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith. 

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(Photo by Brian Spurlock/US PRESSWIRE)

August 08, 2012

PGA Championship apparel for Woods, Fowler, Schwartzel and more

Posted at 1:02 PM by Jessica Marksbury

It's the final major of the year, and that means it's also the last high-profile opportunity for golf companies to showcase their players wearing the latest apparel collections. This week, Rickie Fowler won't be the only player in bright colors and prints. Check out the scripts below for some of the season's best looks from brands like Nike, Callaway and Puma.


Tiger scripting
Schwartzel scripting
Cink scripting
Casey scripting
Molinari scripting
Pettersson scripting
Dyson scripting
Coston scripting
Representing Puma, Rickie Fowler:
Rickie scripting

Brian Davis Scripting - PGA CHampionship


Keegan Bradley Scripting PGA Championship

Mark Wilson Scripting PGA Championship


Wearing Callaway, Alvaro Quiros (Friday - Sunday):
Alvaro's PGA Championship Scripting-2_new

Cameron Tringale PGA Championship

John Senden PGA Championship 2012
Poulter USPGA

DJ_PGA Champ_2012

Garcia_PGA Champ_2012

Rose_PGA Champ_2012

July 17, 2012

My Bag: Ernie Els for the 2012 British Open

Posted at 1:40 PM by David Dusek

"When I look down at my irons, I don't want them to seem totally straight. I want to see some round edges on the ground because that's when I know I can work the ball." -- Ernie Els

DRIVER: Callaway RAZR Fit (8.5˚) with Fujikura Motore Speeder 7.2 X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway X Tour (15˚) with a Project X shaft
UTILITY IRONS: Callaway X Utility Prototype Utility Irons (18˚, 21˚, 24˚) with KBS Tour X shafts
IRONS: Callaway RAZR X Muscleback (5-PW) with KBS Tour X shafts
WEDGES: Callaway X Series JAWS (52˚, 60˚) with KBS Tour X shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG1
BALL: Callaway Hex Black Tour

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Callaway/Odyssey clubs and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith.

(Photo by Darren Carroll/SI)

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