Callaway RAZR Fit Driver
From Golf Magazine ClubTest 2012 (March 2012)
Category: Game-Improvement Drivers
WE TESTED: 9.5°, 10.5° with Aldila RIP’d NV graphite shaft.
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The multimaterial head—a forged composite crown and a titanium body—has an “OptiFit” hosel that enables you to adjust face angle (square, 2.5° open or 1.5° closed). Two interchangeable weight screws (12 grams and 2 grams) are used to affect flight curvature (neutral or draw bias).
OUR TESTERS SAY: Top tier for distance, high marks for maneuverability and feel. Adjustability is a welcome addition for golfers who need help correcting ball flight.
DISTANCE: One of the longest drivers; most testers hit it as long or longer than their own; one mid-handicapper is 11 yards longer with RAZR Fit than with RAZR Hawk.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Plenty of forgiveness for average to good ballstrikers; adjustability feature makes the RAZR Fit a correction club for a lot of shot patterns.
FEEL: Crisp metallic sensation at impact; stable head on a 45.5” shaft; nice heft keeps you aware at all times where the head is; club begs to be swung hard.
PLAYABILITY: Consistent performer responds well to shot shaping; testers like its low, penetrating flight.
LOOK: Plain black crown belies high-tech adjustability; tall face gives confidence to smash it; nice sweet-spot identifier on face.
A few testers prefer a bit more help on directional misses; no alignment aid on the crown, such as Callaway’s small chevron.
From GOLF Magazine (January, 2012)
Callaway’s highly anticipated foray into adjustable driver technology leads us directly to RAZR Fit. Made of forged composite and titanium, the sleek looking RAZR Fit offers a simple, straightforward approach to adjustability. The "OptiFit" hosel offers three clubface settings—square, 2.5° open or 1.5° closed. (The 2.5° open face provides a 1° decrease in effective loft; the 1.5° closed face increases loft by 1°.) In addition, two interchangeable weight plugs—12-gram stainless steel and 2-gram aluminum—affect flight curvature. To operate, simply place the 12-gram screw in the toe and the 2-gram screw in the heel for neutral weight bias, or 2 grams in the toe and 12 grams in the heel for draw bias.
Callaway prescribes an easy-to-follow fitting process to achieve the desired ball flight. First, set the clubface angle so that it looks good to you at address. Then hit shots to determine if the predominant flight path (draw, fade, etc.) is how you like it. If not, you can swap the interchangeable weight screws. Lastly, you can turn the hosel to a new setting to tweak face angle and initial shot direction.
RAZR Fit has less carbon fiber throughout the body than the previous RAZR Hawk driver, which results in a more metallic impact sound. The club comes in 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5° and 11.5° lofts. The stock shaft is the Aldila RIP NV at 45.5”. Callaway also offers a variety of “aftermarket” shafts at no additional cost.
The "Speed Frame" face combines the benefits of a “hyperbolic” face and VFT (variable face technology). Bottom line: This clubface weighs 4 grams less than RAZR Hawk’s hyperbolic face and produces higher ball speeds on off-center shots that are more on par with center hits.
From The Shop Blog (December 1, 2011)
Adjustable drivers have been around for years, and lots of golfers like them because they allow you to tweak things like the loft, face angle, lie angle, and weight distribution. However, one of the biggest names in golf equipment, Callaway, hasn't offered one. Until now.
In late January, 2012, Callaway will release the RAZR Fit driver, which was quietly made available to tour pros during the PGA Tour's Fall Series. It's already found a home in Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson's bags.
"We wanted the adjustability to be easy for the consumer to use and to matter, so when a golfer makes a change we want him to be able to notice a change in the ball flight," says Luke Williams, Callaway Golf's global director of woods and irons.
Out of the box, the RAZR Fit will come with a neutral face angle, but using a torque wrench to unscrew the head from the shaft, and then re-attaching it in one of three different settings, lets you open the face 2.5° or close the face by 1.5°.
The RAZR Fit comes with a 12-gram weight in the toe area and a 2-gram weight in the heel, but using the same torque wrench, the weights can be switched to increase the draw bias of the club.
In addition to being Callaway's first adjustable driver, the RAZR Fit is also the first driver to feature Callaway's newest face, which is dubbed "Speed Frame." It's an optimization of the hyperbolic face pattern than Callaway has been using for several years, but the company says it should help golfers maintain more ball speed when they hit outside of the sweet spot.
"The center of the face tends to be the hottest spot on a driver, and that's capped by the USGA," Williams says. "So what we want to do is make the areas around the center behave more like the center of the face."
The crown of the RAZR Fit is made from Forged Composite, a unique carbon material that first appeared in last season's RAZR Hawk and Diablo Octane drivers. By melting millions of carbon fibers, Callaway engineers can press and mold the carbon material into very precise shapes and designs; in the case of the RAZR Fit, Forged Composite has been used in the crown to make it thinner and lighter. This allowed Callaway designers to add weight to the bottom and back sections of the club to lower the center of gravity.
The RAZR Fit will come with an Aldila RIP NV shaft and should cost about $399 when it arrives in pro shops.