Will The New Callaway Driver Fit Your “i”?

As I mentioned here a couple months ago Callaway Golf will be introducing a geometry-based design for 2007, a “square” driver if you will. I have had the opportunity to see this driver a few times now and with each viewing my resistance to the looks seems to diminish.

We all know it is about performance and not looks anyways although Callaway was vigilant in getting the input of automobile designers when crafting the shape of this “departure from the norm.”

Word I have from the PGA Tour is that various players have experimented with the driver and will put it into play for 2007. This even though a few tour guys have come to nickname the club “the Ciabatta” with deference to the similar shaped bread.

Hey if it would work, I’d hit the ball with an old boot and from all indications this new generation of drivers offer up stability and overall performance not available from traditionally shaped drivers.

The FT-i Driver also incorporates Callaway Golf’s proprietary OptiFit(R) Weighting System, which produces three centre of gravity configurations–Draw, Neutral or Fade–and enables golfers to choose the configuration that best suits their individual game, according to the company.

“We are committed to developing the most innovative technology to help golfers better their game, and in some instances, that means starting from scratch and completely changing the shape of club design,” said Jeff Colton, Senior Vice President of Research and Development. “Simply put, the Callaway Golf FT-i Driver pushes the boundaries of shape, imagination and performance.”

The new FT-i Driver is available in both standard and Tour models as well as men’s and women’s versions. The standard models feature lofts of 9-, 10-, 11-, and 13(HT)-degrees and feature the new Fujikura(R) Speeder(R) 586 shaft in light, regular and stiff flexes. The 10- and 11-degree models are available left handed. The Tour version has a slightly more open face, comes in 8.5- and 9.5-degree lofts and features the new Fujikura Speeder 686 shaft in regular, stiff and extra-stiff flexes, and the 9.5 degree model is available left-handed.

Callaway Golf will officially unveil its new FT-i driver and an array of other new products at the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Florida, in January 2007. It will be available at retail beginning February 2007.

Will it be for you? Only you can be the judge of that.

But my advice is to at least give it a second look – you might be surprised how much it grows on you.


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