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July 04, 2011

Limited Edition Callaway Diablo Octane Drivers

Posted at 2:28 PM by David Dusek

Callaway is offering an all-black, Limited Edition Diablo Octane Tour driver, the same club used by Fredrik Jacobson, who won the Travelers Championship two weeks ago, and Trevor Immelman, the 2008 Masters champion.

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If you decide to put this club in play, expect it to perform like any other Diablo Octane Tour. Both drivers feature a 450 cc head made with Forged Composite, a lightweight carbon material that allows engineers to make lighter, stronger and more-powerful clubs, according to the company. 

There will only be 5,000 of the drivers made, all right-hand models with 9.5 degrees of loft. To complement the all-black head, the club will come with a black, 45 1/2-inch Project X 7C7 shaft, along with a black-and-white Golf Pride New Decade grip.

To get your hands on one of the limited-edition drivers, which will cost $379, contact your local Callaway dealer. You can see a list of them here.

For more information, go to callawaygolf.com

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

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May 09, 2011

Callaway releases the RAZR X Muscleback irons

Posted at 6:42 PM by David Dusek

Callaway RAZR Muscleback Irons Callaway has been making some of the best-selling irons for years, featuring clubs that help a lot of golfers hit the ball higher and farther more easily. Several offerings in the X Series and Big Bertha family of irons had big heads, massive sweet spots and low centers of gravity to make that possible.

The new RAZR Muscleback irons give you none of that. The first hint that these clubs are only for serious players is that the photo samples distributed by Callaway (right) show a 2-iron.

"If you aren't good enough to get your clubs for free, this might not be the best club for you," says Luke Williams, Callaway's director of product design. "I mean, really good amateur players and college players could play this club. There's a market for it, but it's small."

What the RAZR Muscleback, which is forged from carbon steel, does give players with an efficient and repeatable swing is the ultimate in feel and control.

Today's RAZR Muscleback irons started as prototype clubs built with tour players in mind. With small heads, short blades, anorexically-thin toplines and narrow soles, they first appeared in the bags of players like Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson with "X Prototype" stamped on their backs. After a while, Callaway made a few sets available to the public, calling the clubs the Tour Authentic X Protoype irons.

As Callaway considered its 2011 iron offerings, Williams says the company started thinking that it might be a good idea to bring the X Prototype irons out to the masses.

"When we thought about including an iron like this in our current line, we went out and got some feedback from players," Williams says. "We told them, 'Okay, if we're going to make a new version of this iron, what should we do differently?' And what we commonly heard back was, 'Well, change the name on the back. Don't change anything.' The players told us the size is perfect, the sole is just what we want, all of that. After hearing that often enough, that's what we decided to do."

The RAZR X Muscleback is, in fact, the X Prototype with some subtle cosmetic alterations made to the back of the club.

"While this iron may not include some of the latest technologies or come with a lot of bells and whistles, there are some things about it that are very important to get right," Williams says. "It's not just, 'Make a small forged blade and the players are going to love it.' You've got to get the offset right, you've got to get the blade length right, the toe shape, the topline width and angle. You've got to get the transition from the offset into the leading edge right. Those are the things that Tour players and better players are really concerned with."

The RAZR Muscleback are available now for $999 and come standard with Project X Flighted shafts, however, Callaway will change them to any steel shaft it carries for no additional charge. You can get more product specifications about the clubs on Callaway's Web site.

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

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August 12, 2010

My Bag: Y.E. Yang at the PGA Championship

Posted at 2:35 PM by David Dusek

"I recently upgraded my driver and irons to new ones, and I really like the new driver—the TaylorMade SuperFast." — Y.E. Yang

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DRIVER: TaylorMade Burner SuperFast (8.5°) with Aldila NV X shaft
FAIRWAY WOOD: TaylorMade Burner TP (13°), V Steel (18°) with Aldila NV X shaft
HYBRIDS: TaylorMade Rescue TP (19°, 21°, 23°) with Aldila NV X shafts
IRONS: TaylorMade R9 TP (6-PW) with Project X 6.5 shafts
WEDGES: TaylorMade RAC TP (50°), Titleist Vokey Design Spin Milled (60°) with Project X 6.5 shafts
PUTTER: TaylorMade Rossa Spider Vicino
BALL: TaylorMade Penta TP

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Eagle/Parrot Headcover: "We can't figure out what it is, but I thought it was an eagle, and eagles are always good on the golf course."

Hand Warmers: "I need them, especially in Europe. I used a whole bunch at Pebble Beach and also in Scotland."

Camera: "I decided to get a camera with video to check on my swing on site. My caddie or manager takes the video. Primitive, but efficient."

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about TaylorMade clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTec.

(Photo by William Rutledge)

December 01, 2009

Nike Set to Release Victory Red Tour Drivers

Posted at 5:43 PM by David Dusek

Nike-Victory-Red-STR8Fit-Driver_600 Paul Casey spilled the beans about Nike's Victory Red drivers on his Twitter page back on September 15. However, the company has now officially released both versions of the club and revealed more details about their design.

The Nike Victory Red STR8-Fit Tour driver has a traditional headshape that varies in size between 440cc to 460cc based on the loft. The stock shaft is an Aldila Voodoo, but the first thing that golfers will notice about the club is the orange Compression Channel running along the bottom of the club.

According to Nike, the channel allows the lower portion of the driver's head to bend slightly when shots are hit lower in the face. Tom Stites, Nike director of product innovation, says that's a good thing.

"High-handicap players usually miss high on the toe of their driver," he told me, "while better players tend to miss low and on the heel. So we wanted to make a driver that is more forgiving low in the face."

Nike-Victory-Red-Driver-Toe Stites says hitting the ball low in the face usually adds spin and reduces ball speed, but flex created by the channel in the Victory Red driver reduces that effect. "Balls hit low in the face of this club will come off with a little more ball speed, a little less spin and on a slightly higher launch angle," Stites says.

Nike also enhanced its STR8-Fit head-positioning system. Using a torque wrench, the original version allowed golfers to set the club into one of eight different settings to help create the desired ball flight—the updated STR8-Fit system has 32 positions.

Fifteen settings promote a right to left ball flight, 15 help you work the ball from left to right, and the two neutral settings should help maximize overall playability. A torque wrench comes with the driver.

Nike is also releasing the 400cc Victory Red Tour driver, which does not feature the company's STR8-Fit technology. The head of this driver is glued into place before shipping, and the stock shaft will be the Project X Graphite.

Both clubs should be in pro shops by Feb. 1, 2010 with a suggest retail price of $479.

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