As a guy who grew up playing woods made of a strange substance called wood, I find many of today’s drivers unappealing to the eye. There’s only one form a driver should take, and that’s pear-shaped.
So my heart skipped a beat when I saw Cleveland Golf’s new Classic Driver, due out early next year. Mahogany finish. Brass-colored face “insert” and sole plate. The word “Classic” scrolled on the crown as an alignment aid. Even a black leather head cover in a shape the company calls “RetroBarrel.”
Cue Homer Simpson drooling sound.
In a word, this is one gorgeous golf club. But that’s the end of the Cleveland Classic’s similarities with its ancestors. (You know, the ones made from trees.) The Classic maxes out the USGA volume allowance at 460cc, about three times the size of a persimmon driver head. Its face is massive – the deepest on the market, according to Cleveland. And off-the-rack models are powered by an ultralight Miyazaki graphite shaft.
While it’s not yet for sale to the public, the Classic has already been tested on Tour. In fact, 2011 Rookie of the Year Keegan Bradley used it en route to winning (with Brendan Steele) the Franklin Templeton Shootout last weekend.
Bradley, who strikes me as the traditional type, instantly fell for the club’s old-school aesthetics. “When I looked at the new driver, honestly, I loved it,” he gushed. “I love the gold face on it… You look down at the face and the thing that you focus on is the sweet spot. I think it’s brilliant. I think it’s gonna change the way drivers are made.”
Of course, Callaway, Ping, TaylorMade et al will have something to say about that. In fact, TaylorMade just introduced its new wood lineup, which carries a decidedly non-traditional name: RocketBallz.
May the best club win.
Golfers are always looking for a way to knock off a few strokes from their game. And then there are golfers who are looking for clubs which can create the miracle that they just don’t seem to be able to attain with their present set of clubs.
Callaway has long been known on the professional tour for their drivers and woods, however the past few years golfers have been introduced to a set of game improvement irons that have been known as the “forgiving clubs”.
Jeff Colton, Senior VP of Research and Development at Callaway Golf described the Big Bertha Fusion Irons with their Tunite creation as “denser than steel and the forgiveness of the Big Bertha Iron built in.” Fusion technology allowed Callaway to have “an extreme weighting which has a very low center of gravity and is so deep that it plays like a wood.”
Colton went on to say that the Big Bertha Fusion Irons were developed “for the golfer who has trouble getting the ball into the air, with an easy, wide sole, just about forgiveness.”
- Callaway developed an alloy called Tunite for a soft cradle. The “Tunite alloy cradle allows 77% of the mass to be positioned around the extreme perimeter of the iron for ultra-high MOI and a low, deep CG.”
- 3 distinct materials – “Tunite alloy cradle, lightweight 6-4 titanium face, and special vibration-dampening TPU SenSert (also eliminates hollow sound and feel of oversized cavity-back) fused together in the most technologically advanced irons manufactured. Faster ball speed with the 6-4 titanium face insert compared to a steel face.”
Callaway created a fusion of three parts which are a contributing factor in the feel. The parts are the frame, club face and the back of the club – which are the 3 types of materials used in the head and face.
- Best distance.
- Superb sole design, prevents digging
- Great feel on center shots – urethane damper works great for those with arching joints; have your Fusion irons with graphite or sensicore shafts increase the damper.
- The large, bulky head and perimeter weight creates great toe shots, thin and fat shots.
- Initial cost was between $1200 and $1400 a set.
When the clubs first came out, you were lucky if you found a new set for under $1200. Now that the Fusion has been out for a few years, you will be able to find a great deal on various online sites as well as your local shops which carry previously owned sets. Used sets of 3-PW with graphite shafts can be found for as little as $154.99, however most sets are roughly under $300 a set.
What players are saying about the Big Bertha Fusion Irons
- Plays longer, very forgiving clubs
- Looks great, unique, not typical Iron club look
- 3 & 4 irons are easier to hit than typical irons, however they come up a little short compared to some hybrids.
- Mid Irons – 5, 6, 7 are easy to hit, but they are long.
- These clubs were designed for the mid-handicapper, but can fit a wide range of golfers from the low to middle.
- Short irons and wedge – capable of higher trajectory that guarantees a soft landing. Easily worked and versatile. The 8 and 9 are easily turned into pseudo wedges. Superior performance.
- The feel of the clubs are not too light or too heavy, which is the case with many clubs
- The Big Bertha Fusion Irons play with lots of forgiveness due to the big head and face, low CGs and outstanding perimeter weighting. The head seems very lightweight for their size. These clubs are easy to swing and true Callaways.
- Compare to Great Big Bertha tungsten titanium irons or Big Bertha 2002 irons, these are not as good
- Easily scratched, shorter than most irons
- Too much offset, graphite shafts hard to control, many said they preferred steel shafts in their irons.
You could find a previously used set of 3-PW on ebay for about $220 with covers, and the stock mix of steel shafts on the irons P-7 and graphite shafts on the 3-6.
Grip color: Adams Stock Rubber Black
Shaft: Adams A2 OS Graphite/Steel
Makeup/Loft: Stiff Flex 3-PW (8 irons)
Dexterity: Right and Left Handed
Player type: Men and Women
Flex: Stiff or Ladies
X Series Jaws CC Wedges, engineered by Roger Cleveland, Callaway’s Chief Designer, will feature the brand new Tour CC Grooves which will meet Condition of Competition upon Tour, presently the sole location they’re needed for play. Callaway's signature groove pattern will produce an advanced spin, even underneath the brand new United States of Golf Association’s rules. C-Grind Sole, as well as classical head design will assure versatility for a short game as it provides a Tour-level feel from the soft forged construction of 1020 carbon steel.
These X Series Jaws CC Wedges are obtainable just upon Callaway’s Forged products.The signature groove pattern will pack up to forty percent more grooves on the clubface. All testing has proven that these grooves will generate the most spin upon the shots out of the rough as they are compared to additional makers.
The CC Grooves: Will include twenty-one tightly spaced grooves that have sharper edges because of the superior Triple Net Forging process that will offer the optimum conforming region capacity, that will provide the highest spin levels as well as control out of a rough as it is compared with additional club makers.
It has versatility for precision shot-making: The special grind choice has been created to work with every club head’s bounce and loft angle for regular turf interaction. This C-Grind® sole, that is discovered upon the higher bounce offerings, will allow a golfer to lay the face open as he keeps the leading edge down – permitting for more bounce without having to compromise playability. The design will relieve the toe, heel, as well as trailing edge, that will result within a 'C' shape upon your sole.
Soft feedback as well as feel: The higher-grade forged carbon steel will provide a golfer a better feedback as well as feel around the golf greens. A special Triple Net Forging process will permit Callaway to make grooves which will generate more of a spin as well as control around the golf greens.
Shaft options as well as finish: The extended lineup will involve lofts that are obtainable in either a brushed or a slate chrome finish as well as the Fujikura 85 graphite shafts or the True Temper Dynamic Gold steel shafts.
Here include some of the pros of the X Series Jaws CC Wedges:
• Solid Feel
• Good grip
• Easy to hit
Best uses for the X Series Jaws CC Wedges:
• Rough; and
Odyssey putters have long been on the market to offer excellence in the game of golf. When Callaway Golf acquired Odyssey Sports and their premium line of putters, we have never seen a game of professional golf without the use of an Odyssey. Enter the Odyssey TI-Hot 1 Limited Edition Putter.
The revelation of this elite putter from Odyssey is not only bringing in rave reviews but its limited edition status in the U.S. has golfers chomping at the bit to get their hands on the all-titanium constructed, tungsten weighted ports; with hopes of knocking off a few more strokes to their game. Only 1,250 Odyssey TI-Hot 1 Putters will be made available for sale in the U.S. market.
The TI-Hot 1 Putter has a precision milled titanium head which has a noticeably deeper and sharper milling pattern that provides a better feel, truer roll and more consistency in every putt. The tungsten weighted ports are strategically placed in the sole of the TI-Hot 1 to optimize performance. This unique feature offers an ideal balance of feel, control and accuracy. The weights also lower the center of gravity, which causes a stable feel and a good sound on impact.
Odyssey’s use of an all-titanium construction allows the player to feel the softness that steel construction putters don’t have. The TI-Hot 1 Putter is designed for comfort and style with its crank-neck hosel, full shaft offset, and muted charcoal finish with the signature Odyssey logo – your fellow golfers will be asking you, “what is that?” and “can I try your new putter?” However, your final game score will speak for itself as you adjust to the ease of a true premium club, you’ll find that your confidence in letting the putter do the work is assured at the end of every hole.
The retail price of the Odyssey TI-Hot 1 Putter is $349.99; however with the limited edition marketing there may be those golf fans that are willing to pay more than the premium to get their hands on this model. Many retailers were limited to just a few putters to their inventory, which means your best bet would be to order directly from Callaway online. However, if you’re hoping to get your hands on one to try it out first, that may be just as difficult to do as purchasing one, which might just be the thought behind this exclusive model.
- Grip color: Black
- Muted Charcoal Finish
- Putter type: Blade
- Rounded heel-toe
- Comes in two lengths, 34” and 35” for Men/Right hand only
- Retails for $349.99 plus tax and shipping
The Diablo Octane Tour Black drivers mark the presentation of the revolutionary newer material referred to as Forged Composite. This Forged Composite was created in connection with their Development and Research partner Automobili Lamborghini and includes the strongest, lightest, most precise material golfers have ever utilized. It’s permitted the designers to create an enhanced club head that has a bigger transfer of power at impact as well as more accurate trajectories than this driver’s all-titanium predecessors.
This Forged Composite crown, that’s 1/3 the density of titanium, will mean that the MOI (Moment of Inertia) and CG (Center of Gravity) within this Diablo Octane Black Tour will precisely be set for maximum launch and as its more efficient and lighter club head has been coupled with a longer 45” shaft to power for longer distances as well as raise the club head speed.
Diablo Octane Black Tour units have a smaller head size than Diablo Octane Black Drivers, a complete hosel, and a more open look at address that’s preferred by skilled golfers. These drivers additionally benefit from Callaway’s signature Hyperbolic Face Technology in order to offer a bigger sweet spot and better impact effectiveness adding a median distance of 5 yards to golfers’ drives.
With an amazing black PVD finish, made especially for the European marketplace, and Project X Graphite shafts as the standard, Callaway Golf produced within this Diablo Octane Black Tour driver a technical performance level and aesthetic excellence which is perfectly custom-made for those advanced golfers.
Quicker swing speeds reap the advantages here, yet the ones searching for distance that come from a higher first launch ought to consider the head’s standard version. The different flight in between the Tour and standard versions is clear. For quicker swingers who usually generate excessive spins, the driver within the right spec ought to provide an ideal flight.
Many Low-Handicappers Will Choose the Diablo Octane Tour Model
The Diablo Octane driver’s marketing campaign touts eight more distance yards. That’s a great attention grabber - who does not wish to be utilizing one club less on the green? Yet real-world testing alongside testing upon simulators proved these gains were harder to come by, as well as within a few instances did not come at all. A strong one-handicapper tested Diablo Octane and Diablo Edge drivers with the exact same specs upon a launch monitor. This longer shaft upon the Octane resulted in higher swing speeds as well as greater ball speed, yet an additional result included more off-center hits as well as a reduction in the median driving distance. The highly skilled one-handicapper was losing in between five to eight yards with the Octane, as compared with the Diablo Edge. However, it must be noted, that the one-handicappers out there will be more likely to choose the Tour model.
Today, there is a lot of debate and discussion on what the top longest drivers on the market are. As a matter of fact, each person has their own opinion regarding this based on what kind of hitting drivers they are using when they play golf with their friends or family. And most major manufaturers and even retailers claim that what they have in their store is the longest driver on the market and those are usually the most sellable brand items to them.
When we are to determine what the top five (5) longest drivers on the market are, we are going to seperate those in the price range of over $350 and under $350, based on some surveys by well known major manufacturers of golf drivers on the market.
On top of the list which rate over $350 is the Callaway FT- 9 that ranks as the highest of all golf drivers that combine versatility, distance and control in one driver. Unlike other drivers, this kind of gold driver sounds great. Nike SQ Dymo and Dymo2 Str8- Fit are revolutionary drivers that everyone is raving about since they offer eight (8) different clubhead positions that a player can adjust depending on the swing he or she wants to target. Among the best golf drivers that are under $350 is the Adams Speedline. Consistently this is rated as the number 1 top golf driver since it represents a new technological shift in driver design. The club head is crafted mainly to increase speed and distance. Next in the list is the Callaway Big Bertha Diablo, which is one of the longest and straightest drivers that anyone can purchase but has one major setback as considered by some to be big and ugly. Cleveland Hibore Monster XLS is big and aggressive. It is not a subtle driver and the loud noise off the tee sounds like a cannon has just been fired. The Cleveland Hibore Monster XLS also has one of the highest MOI available.
Whatever kind of driver you have and want to purchase you should determine the type by its design and most of all the consistency and distance it offers when YOU use the driver yourself.
A golf iron is designed specially to be used when striking the ball. Generally, these are available in three forms which include putters, irons and woods, notable by design and intended use.
The putter club has a loft which does not exceed ten degrees and is designed mainly to use when putting on the green. Golf irons should not be essentially different from the usual and traditional make and form. The club should be made from a head and shaft, plus it might also have additional materials on the shaft to help players get a stronger hold. All the parts of the club should be solid to give one unit without external supplements. Some exceptions might be made for contraptions that will not change the function of the club.
Some Benefits of the Top 3 Game Improvement Irons
Adams Idea a2 OS irons are a great game improvement set. These are very easy to hit and can be found for reasonable prices. This set will be perfect for players with mid-to-high handicap who want to enjoy the game. The clubs in this set come with a large spot that will strike the ball high. Most people really love the idea of using a steel shaft in shorter irons with graphite within the hybrids. In general, this can help players to have much better control using their scoring clubs and much better distance with the longer clubs. Based on the promotions, it will pretty easy changeover from one club to the next and gapping will be consistent throughout the set.
Callaway Big Bertha Fusion irons have a traditional look with a lot of non-traditional technology. These have a good appearance and can provide the benefits of using an oversized iron for game improvement. They were made to maintain a conventional look, but behind this familiar appearance is a variety of unfamiliar technology. Basically, the idea was to combine these aspirations into a single club. The Big Berth Fusion is among the top three game improvement irons presently on the market, plus it’s the ideal Callaway set for the advanced handicapper.
Ping G5 irons are made for optimum performance, assisting to enhance ground impact to strike the ball better. Improved weighting tends to make this iron set very flexible. These irons come with club heads with traditional look along with dull-grey finishing and light-weight steel or the graphite shafts, to suit a player’s preference. The clubs include perimeter-weighted heads in order to retain distance control no matter where you strike the ball. These irons can be found with many different lie angles (shown by several colored dots on the clubs), allowing players to modify the clubs to make a swing. There is also a unique weighting technology that will increase the moment of inertia, resulting in an improvement for an average distance shot.
When it comes to the top 10 easiest drivers to hit straight, golf enthusiasts vary on which of these drivers were the most outstanding. Golfers value drivers which are versatile and have optimal distance and control. Golfers insist on having the straightest drivers available and club heads which are aerodynamic to increase the speed and distance of the ball.
One of the most valued gold club drivers in the top 10 easiest drivers to hit straight was the Callaway FT-9. The Callaway FT-9 is said to be a forgiving driver which gives the golfer a combination of versatility, control and distance.
Another driver that helps hit straight is the Adams Speed driver. Adams Speed Drivers are valued for their innovative driver design and aerodynamics.
Golfers looking for a quality hybrid driver may be looking for a consistent handicap hitting like the Cleveland HALO and the Cleveland Launcher drivers. The Cleveland HALO may not be as valued in the top 10 easiest drivers to hit straight list with its shaft, it is valued for its ability to clearly outdistance most driver hybrids with consistency. The Cleveland Launcher is valued for its thin crown and horseshoe-shape which allows the golfer to maintain low weight in the club head for distance and stability.
The Cobra S9-1 scores on overall consistency with distance and accuracy. Golfers also appreciated the drivers which are versatile in their adjustability like in the Cobra L5V. The setting in the Cobra L5V include straight or draw and is said to be an excellent driver in hitting. Another Cobra noted for its driving consistency is the Cobra DWS driver. Although the Cobra DWS driver is said to be lacking in weight, it launches the ball a good bit of distance and height.
Additional hybrid drivers in the top 10 easiest drivers to hit straight are the Nike SQ Series of drivers. These drivers are said to be equivalent to putters in the way they have to personally fit the golfer’s swing, and many of the Nike SQ Series fit the bill. Nike SQ Series has become favorites with amateurs and with the pros for their adjustability, square clubheads and low profiles.
Golfers who have a minimum handicap may like the sleekness and performance of the Nike Slingshot 17. It is said to be easy to hit from the rough and fairway and when it comes to hitting off the tee. The Nike SQ Str8-FIT is said to be one of the best adjustable-head drivers designed by Nike as of yet.
Also making the list of the top 10 easiest drivers to hit straight is the Ping G10. The PingG10 is said to be an outstanding solid performing driver which has an excellent range of the ball on the freeway. Even if it is the last driver on of the top 10 easiest drivers to hit straight it still has the ability to combine speed and power for a high launching ball.
Callaway Golf and CBS Sports have reached an agreement that establishes the golf equipment manufacturer as a presenting sponsor of Sunday’s Super Bowl Today pregame show. It’s the first time a stand-alone golf manufacturer has purchased such rights.
The 30-minute sponsorship includes a Callaway-themed opening interstitial to introduce the company’s presence, as well as product and branding exposure on the CBS set throughout the show. Phil Mickelson, Callaway's primary pitchman, is slated to appear in an additional segment to run during the sponsored programming.
Callaway will also use the Super Bowl platform to debut 90 seconds of commercial time that will feature the company’s focus on technological innovation and its 2010 products. Terms of the partnership were not disclosed.
Super Bowl pregame sponsorships are regarded as an aggressive and effective way for marketers to reach a substantial mainstream audience that culminates as the game’s kickoff approaches. Last year’s Super Bowl pregame show drew a Household rating/share of 11.6/24, and featured a viewership of 21 million during the 5:00 – 5:30 p.m time slot.
“We understand the pent-up desire for cutting-edge products that has been building through the recession as consumer spending declined,” said Jeff Colton, Senior Vice President, U.S., Callaway Golf. “Our 2010 product line featuring Diablo Edge has been generating a great deal of excitement within the golf industry, and we’re looking forward to introducing it to a mainstream audience.”
The Tour Authentic looks like a FT3 from address; the face resembles the Hyper X, while the sole incorporates the new Ft-9 design. Looks like a nice blend of Callaway's best.
Rumors are that the Tour Authentic FT-9 is coming to retail in November, but we cant be sure yet.
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