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December 18, 2013

First Look: Callaway's new Speed Regime golf balls

Posted at 4:44 PM by Kevin Cunningham

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

(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

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


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

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

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WINNER'S BAG: Tiger Woods's Clubs at the Farmers Insurance Open

WINNER'S BAG: Brian Gay at the Humana Challenge

[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.

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

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