Tuesday, July 02, 2013

Callaway-ft-optiforce_640Midsummer is rarely the time for a major product launch,
but Callaway's new management team is shaking things

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) RELATED: Callaway news, club reviews, photos, more CLICK HERE for Equipment news, photos, ClubTest reviews, custom clubs, more

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