Welcome to this month’s Catching Up with Callaway! There is a lot of equipment news this time of year. The PGA Tour season also begins in earnest. Let’s get you filled in on everything happening in Callaway’s world.
Callaway Equipment News
Every year at the beginning of January, the golf industry shows off what is to come to a store near you. Callaway is no exception, launching clubs to fill your entire bag with. Let’s start with the woods and work our way down.
The Great Big Bertha Epic and Great Big Bertha Epic Sub-Zero woods break out with “Jailbreak” technology. The drivers have 2 vertical bars behind the face that keep the club head from flexing too much. The energy saved by this process is transferred to the ball, boosting ball speed and distance. The fairway woods have a new triaxial carbon crown and next generation Hyper Speed Face Cup. The lightweight head and forgiving face cup also increase distance. Read more about the drivers here.
Callaway is introducing the Steelhead XR Pro irons too. The Steelhead XR irons revive the popular Steelhead franchise, which you can read about here. The Steelhead XR Pro irons take all of the technology in the XR irons and put it in a smaller package. Notable feature changes in the XR Pro irons are a thinner topline and less offset than its counterpart.
Roger Cleveland continues to work his design magic with the Mack Daddy Forged wedges. Working with Tour pros on the design, the wedges have a square toe, less offset and straight leading edge. There is a progressive CG location, changing as the lofts increase to control ball flight and spin. A new “R” grind on the Mack Daddy forged wedges aides shot making versatility.
The latest Callaway equipment once you get on the green is the Odyssey O-Works putter line. The face of the putter has “micro-hinges” molded into Callaway’s iconic White Hot insert. The hinges flex at impact and create topspin on the ball. This action gets the ball rolling end over end quicker so a putt can better stay on its line. Nine head shapes are available in the O-Works line.
You’re going to need something to hit with all of these clubs. Presenting the new Chrome Soft X golf ball. Differences in the Chrome Soft X are slight yet effective when comparing it to the popular Chrome Soft golf ball. The Chrome Soft X allows more piercing and workable shots and isn’t as soft feeling as the Chrome Soft. The X still has high speed and low spin off the driver, in addition to control around the greens.
Callaway Staff Tour Results
Whew! That’s a lot of new equipment! How are the guys getting paid to use Callaway equipment performing? Patrick Reed finished T6 in Hawaii at the SBS Tournament of Champions. The following week, in Honolulu, Kevin Kisner turned a strong performance, finishing T4. Shifting to the mainland, Adam Hadwin turned in an amazing round in the 3rd round of the CareerBuilder Challenge. He carded 13 birdies en route to the 9th score of 59 in PGA Tour history! The same week, Henrik Stenson continued a strong early season campaign, finishing T8 in Abu Dhabi.