Category: Max Game-Improvement Drivers
WE TESTED: 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5° with Fujikura Motore F8 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The aerodynamic, forged composite head creates 17 percent less drag than Diablo Octane to increase swing speeds. Its “Speed Frame” face technology improves performance on offcenter hits, and the club also has a higher MOI and more draw bias than the Diablo Octane.
OUR TESTERS SAY: Among the higher-rated clubs. One of the longest, straightest drivers. High marks for accuracy.
DISTANCE: Smooth, easy swings yield big results, even on toe and heel hits.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: It keeps you in play and goes where you point it, with no surprise hooks or slices.
FEEL: Crisp, satisfying composite “click” that Callaway drivers are known for; square shots with the 46-inch club feel like they’ll travel a mile.
PLAYABILITY: Shots get up in the air easily but maintain a consistent trajectory; no ballooning.
LOOK: Red alignment lines on the crown draw your eyes to the sweet spot; relatively shallow, long face (from heel to toe) sits below the ball to give the appearance of a high-launching club.
Off-center hits feel “heavy” to a few testers; a minority of guys are turned off by the tortoiseshell look on the crown.
From Golf.com (Janaury 9, 2012)
Like other companies that entertained clients during the 2011 Masters, Callaway Golf rented a house among the pines in Augusta, Ga. The house was stocked with lots of food, big-screen TVs, and plenty of frosty adult beverages. There was also a fleet of Lamborghinis parked outside that was roundly ogled like a pack of Sports Illustrated swimsuit models.
Lamborghini reps were giving VIPs rides around the neighborhood, because Lamborghini and Callaway had partnered to develop a super lightweight carbon fiber material called Forged Composite. Callaway had just released the RAZR Hawk and Diablo Octane drivers, the first clubs to feature the material, and Lamborghini was planning to use it in the body of its next line of automobiles.
The look of those cars in the driveway must have stuck with Callaway's designers because the shiny, wet-black finish and red trim of the new RAZR X Black driver were certainly inspired by those machines.
Callaway also tried to match the performance of those Lamborghinis, making the RAZR X Black sleeker than its predecessor. Luke Williams, Callaway Golf's director of product design, says the RAZR X Black creates 17 percent less drag on the downswing than last season's Diablo Octane, the club it replaces in Callaway's lineup.
Dan Stevens, Callaway's industrial design manager, says, "We've used a lot of simulation to ensure that we are getting the sleekest, lowest-drag shape. What that means is that you'll swing the clubhead faster and the ball will go farther because of it."
The RAZR X Black features Callaway's “Speed Frame” face, which is thicker in the sweet spot and thinner near the edges. The company claims this helps golfers maintain ball speed on off-center hits. Callaway also says that because the Forged Composite used in the crown is so light, designers could strategically re-position weight into other areas of the club to lower the center of gravity and encourage a higher launch angle.
Unlike many of Callaway's recent drivers, the RAZR X Black has a hosel and the crown has a traditional pear shape. A red alignment aid on the top of the club should help you square the face to your target.
The RAZR X Black is not adjustable like Callaway's new RAZR Fit, and there is not a smaller-headed Tour version of the driver.
The RAZR X Black will cost $249 when it arrives in pro shops in March, and it will come standard with a 46", 60-gram Fujikura Motore F8 shaft.