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July 18, 2014

New Callaway Apex Utility Iron Spotted at Hoylake

Posted at 10:36 AM by Michael Chwasky
Proto UT 1

The Open Championship is known for many things, including traditional links layouts, variable weather conditions and long-irons off the tee. When Tiger won at Hoylake in 2006, he dismantled the hard and fast track with long-iron stingers, and while this year's conditions appear to allow for a few more drivers, a ton of players -- including Tiger -- are still banging a variety of long and driving irons off the tee with regularity.

In light of this fact, Callaway has introduced a new Apex Utility iron at this week's Open Championship, and so far seven players are carrying it in their bag, including Gary Woodland, Branden Grace, Ryo Ishikawa, and Thomas Bjorn (Phil Mickelson experimented with it in practice rounds but hasn't gamed it yet).

Though the folks at Callaway aren't disclosing any details at the moment (the official release should be coming soon), it's pretty easy to see the resemblance to the company's existing X Utility Prototype, which features a relieved sole for improved performance from tough lies, a deep CG location for added forgiveness and a thin, forged face for increased ballspeed and enhanced feel. Safe to say the new Apex Utility contains many of the same features along with some improvements. Keep your eye on Callaway staffers this week and you should get a glimpse of one.

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May 22, 2014

Phil Mickelson's U.S. Open Paycheck Could Be Yours

Posted at 11:27 AM by Michael Chwasky

Today Callaway Golf announced "The Big Big Bertha Payday," promotion in the US and Canada, which gives any golfer that demos a Big Bertha Alpha driver, Big Bertha driver or Big Bertha fairway wood (at participating locations) a chance to win the equivalent of Phil's take home pay from the upcoming U.S. Open at Pinehurst. All you have to do is take the code given to you at your demo session and visit to register. If Phil plays well, which he tends to do in the U.S. Open, the payout could be huge, and if he wins, you'd be looking at around $1.5 million. Not bad for simply watching a tournament you're going to watch anyway. 

Here's a look at Phil talking about the Big Big Bertha Payday promotion: 

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March 16, 2014

First Look: Callaway X2 Hot Deep Fairway Woods

Posted at 5:39 PM by Coleman McDowell
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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January 14, 2014

Phil Switches to New Callaway Big Bertha Alpha Driver

Posted at 10:27 AM by Michael Chwasky


(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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August 07, 2013

Mickelson forgoes driver for 3-wood at Oak Hill

Posted at 11:09 AM by Kevin Cunningham

For the third major in a row, Phil Mickelson will leave his driver at home and stick with his Callaway 3-wood at the PGA Championship at Oak Hill.

Considering his performances at Merion (T2) and Muirfield (win), can you blame him?

According to an interview with ESPN's Bob Holtzman, Phil made the decision Tuesday morning in Rochester.

"I may sacrifice 20 yards off the tee, but I want to get the ball in the fairway, make sure my misses are minimized and keep it more in play," Mickelson said. "I may have an extra club or two into the greens, but that's OK. First and most important is getting the ball in play off the tee. Second, is keeping it under the hole."

The 3-wood that Mickelson uses off the tee is Callaway's new X Hot 3Deep fairway wood.

Mickelson spoke about the club at last week's WGC-Bridgestone Invitational:

"And we've seen what has happened with the X Hot 3-wood. It's changed my driving altogether. We saw it at the U.S. Open and we saw it at the Scottish and British when I was able to get the ball in play and reach 17 in two shots and just hit a lot of fairways."

We'll see soon if the strategy will lead to Phil's second major of the year.

(Photo: Jon Super/AP)

July 21, 2013

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

Posted at 1:22 PM by Robert Sauerhaft


Callaway X Hot 3Deep (13°, bent to 12°) with Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki K 70 X shaft, 43.25"

HYBRID: Ping Anser (17°) with Mitsubishi Rayon Kuro Kage shaft

IRONS: Callaway X Forged (4-PW) with KBS Tour V1 shaft (4-iron), and KBS Tour V2 (5-PW) shafts

WEDGES: Callaway X-Series JAWS (52°, 56°) and Callaway Mack Daddy 2 U-Grind (60°, 64°) with KBS Tour V2 shafts

PUTTER: Odyssey Versa #9 [White-Black-White] with Metal-X Insert, 34"

BALL: Callaway HEX Chrome+

(Photo: Jon Super/AP)

July 15, 2013

Winner's Bag: Phil Mickelson's equipment at the Scottish Open

Posted at 9:42 AM by Michael Chwasky


DRIVER: Callaway X Hot Pro Phrankenwood with Mitsubishi Rayon Kai'li 70 XX shaft (45")

FAIRWAY WOOD: X Hot Pro 3Deep (13°) with Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki K 70 X shaft (43.5")

HYBRID: Ping Anser (17°) 

IRONS: Callaway X Forged (4-PW) with KBS Tour V1 shaft (4-iron), and KBS Tour V2 (5-PW) shafts

WEDGES: Callaway X-Series JAWS (52°, 56°) and Callaway Mack Daddy 2 U-Grind (60°) with KBS Tour V2 shafts

PUTTER: Odyssey Versa #9 [White-Black-White] with Metal-X Insert 

BALL: Callaway HEX Chrome+

(Photo: Andrew Redington/Getty Images)

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. 

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]

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)

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.

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(Photo by Brian Spurlock/US PRESSWIRE)

April 11, 2012

Callaway udesign: With new customization engine, you can pimp your driver

Posted at 7:59 AM by David Dusek

If you wanted to buy a Model T from Henry Ford, he'd sell it to you in any color you wanted, as long as it was black. In recent years, golf companies have started offering white drivers, as well as clubs with bright orange, red and green trim, but Callaway's new udesign personalization and customization engine is a quantum leap forward.

Golfers can now go to and create a customized Callaway RAZR Fit driver, choosing from one of four lofts and eight colors.


But the personalization doesn’t stop there. Using udesign, you'll also be able to choose from more than 100 customized shaft options, in lengths ranging from 2 inches longer than standard to 2 inches shorter than standard. You can pick any of the 24 different grips currently available and have up to eight wraps of tape added underneath the grip.

According to Callaway, there are more than 70,000 possible clubs combinations.The image below shows the website's interface.

In a release, Jeff Colton, Callaway's senior vice president of global brand and products, said, "The opportunity to design your very own driver in the colors of your favorite team, alma mater or whatever you happen to feel looks best has never been offered on a mass scale. Our research and instincts show that this level of personalization and customization is what golfers want, and we’re excited to be the first brand in golf to offer it.”

Phil Mickelson, in Callaway's PGA Tour van last week at Augusta National, held a RAZR Fit designed in blue in honor of his beloved San Diego Chargers.


According to Callaway, Alvaro Quiros requested a RAZR Fit in every color so that he can match his driver with his apparel.

While the standard RAZR Fit driver retails for $399, customized RAZR Fit drivers will cost $50 more, with certain customized shaft and grip options pushing the price even higher. Orders created in udesign will begin shipping May 1.

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April 08, 2012

My Bag: Phil Mickelson at the 2012 Masters

Posted at 2:18 PM by David Dusek


DRIVER: Callaway RAZR Fit (9.5°) with a Mitsubishi 'ahina 70 shaft
FAIRWAY WOODS: Callaway Big Bertha Diablo (15°) with a Mitsubishi Fubuki 73X shaft; RAZR Fit (19°) with Mitsubishi Fubuki 60X  shaft
IRONS: Callaway X-Forged (4), RAZR X Forged Muscleback (5-PW) with KBS Tour shafts
WEDGES: Callaway X Series JAWS (52°, 60°, 64°) with Rifle Project X 7.0 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG Blade Prototype
BALL: Callaway Hex Black Tour

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February 12, 2012

Winner's Bag: Phil Mickelson at 2012 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro Am

Posted at 7:50 PM by David Dusek

DRIVER: Callaway RAZR Fit (9.5°) with a Fujikura Motore Speeder VC7.2 shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: Callaway Big Bertha Diablo (15°) with a Fujikura Rombax 80B shaft
HYBRID: Callaway X prototype (19°) with a Mitsubishi Fubuki 73X shaft
IRONS: Callaway X-Forged (4), RAZR X Forged Muscleback (5-PW) with Rifle Project X 7.0 shafts**
WEDGES: Callaway X Series JAWS (52°, 60°, 64°) with Rifle Project X 7.0 shafts
PUTTER: Odyssey White Hot XG Blade Prototype
BALL: Callaway Hex Black Tour

**Mickelson carried a 3-iron earlier in the week but switched to a 4-iron before playing Pebble Beach.

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