Callaway RAZR Hawk TourTom Andersen | Age: 32 | Handicap: 7 | Height: 5'9" | Weight: 190 lbs. | Occupation: Accountant | Residence: Stamford, Conn. | OLD DRIVER: 460cc titanium head, 9°, Grafalloy graphite shaft, stiff flex, 45.75" length | NEW DRIVER:Callaway RAZR Hawk Tour, 9.5°, UST Mamiya ATTAS graphite shaft, X flex, 45.5" length
FITTER: Chris Marsh, Master Fitter, Hot Stix Golf, Doral Arrowwood Resort, Rye Brook, N.Y.: "Tom has a slightly positive attack angle (he catches the ball on the upswing). That's preferable because it produces more carry and roll. However, he fights a hook, which causes the ball to launch way too low (8°) and lose carry distance. (A closed face at impact is delofted, so the ball launches lower.) We need to get his launch in the 12° to 15° range and his spin under 3,100 to get him the most distance."
RESULT: RAZR Hawk Tour increases Tom's launch to 12°. His spin is relatively the same, but the higher launch boosts carry distance by 15 yards. The Tour head has a 1° open clubface; keeping the face angle open to his target at impact contributes to a higher launch. Tom's dispersion is much tighter because of the stable head and firm-tip, extra-stiff shaft, which fights an early release. The custom ATTAS shaft is designed to keep the face square longer through the hitting area so none of the loft is lost.
Tom Andersen: "I was hooking everything when I came here. Now, my shots feel more solid and fall within the same range [cluster]. It's the difference between hitting a fairway and missing one."