The Callaway golf driver remains one of the best on the market. Here are some of the recent developments, tech advancements, and hot sticks coming out of Callaway.
The Callaway golf driver has come a long way from the time of the company’s inception. In 1982, a year after Ely Callaway sold his $14m Callaway Vineyard and Winery; he saw hickory-shafted wedges and putters in a golf shop in California. In 1983, he purchased stakes in Hickory Stick USA, became half-owner, renamed the company Callaway Hickory Stick USA, made himself President and CEO, and moved it to Cathedral City, California, where he personally delivered golf clubs from his Cadillac’s trunk.
With tech guru Richard Helmstetter, the company’s Chief Club Designer, Callaway became the first to use computer-controlled milling machines. The intent was to establish uniform flatness on their putter’s surfaces. In 1988, the Callaway Hickory Stick USA company officially became Callaway Golf Company. With the introduction of Core S2H2 technology in 1988, Callaway’s sales escalated and by the end of 1990, the S2H2 drivers hit number one on the Senior PGA Tour.
In the year 2000, Arnold Palmer joined the company and in 2001, Ely Callaway retired as President and CEO of Callaway Golf. Phil Mickelson, Annika Sorenstam and Arnold Palmer (all championship golfers) are part of Callaway Golf Company’s roster of professionals who have used and endorsed Callaway’s clubs.
Some Recent Wins Using Callaway Golf Clubs
- Phil Mickelson wins his 4th major championship at 2010 Masters Tournament (earns 3rd Green Jacket)
- Graeme McDowell (Callaway staff pro) wins Celtic Manor Wales Open, with a win at the US Open at Pebble Beach following soon after.
- Alvaro Quiros (staff pro) wins the Open de Espana in Spain (using Fusion driver technology)
- Olin Browne (staff pro) wins wire-to-wire at US Senior Open
- Thomas Bjorn wins three European Tour events (using RAZR Hawk driver)
- You can read about the company’s history and all winners from the start on Callaway Golf’s website.
Ely Callaway had a desire to assist golfers, from novice to professional, to be more successful in the game. When Ely passed away on July 5, 2001 of pancreatic cancer, his philosophy and mission of helping all golfers to strike the ball with the best manufactured clubs possible, was carried on. All clubs are tested to confirm optimum capacity performance, with goals to surpass its predecessor. This attitude carries over in the testing of all their products.
Callaway continues to use advanced technology, while providing several options with its products, so that individual golfers play can perform in their style with ease, comfort and confidence, using the clubs that are best suited to them. The feel, comfort, distance and accuracy, as well as optimizing shot shape to suit each individual’s game must be consistent, so that each ball will become airborne in any condition upon the golf course and from any lie angle. This remains Callaway’s goal.
Here are some of the latest hot drivers coming out of Callaway in the last year.
Callaway Diablo Octane and Diablo Octane Tour
The other driver to come out of the Callaway shop recently is the Diablo Octane. Although other manufacturers have forsaken using carbon fiber in production, Callaway prefers to use this lightweight material in the Octane to control the club head’s center of gravity. Callaway uses the carbon fiber more precisely than other manufacturers to make this work. The shape of the Octane is also very appealing. Here are some of the features you can expect on this fantastic piece of equipment.
- Weighs a light 195 grams
- Constructed of lightweight carbon-fiber crown
- Head has low CG (center of gravity) – off-center hits are stabilized resulting in long and straighter drives
- 46 inch shaft to increase swing speed
- Cup face milled chemically to improve ball speed coming off of impact
Reviews for the Diablo Octane
Here are a few of the things golfers are saying about the Diablo Octane.
- “Best-looking driver”
- “Perfect distance and forgiveness”
- “Hit this any place on the clubface, and it will still go like a center strike.”
- “Everyone wants to try my club.”
- “It’s the best Callaway driver ever and light weight too.”
- “Impressive shot making”
Reviewers love this club, with one stating that there is a wide variety of stock shafts to choose from, so you can get fitted with an excellent shaft without the extra charge associated with a custom shaft.
Another reviewer claims that with the Diablo he hits the ball further and more accurately, driving 300 yards up from 285. Some of his furthest drives ranged between 339 from 345.
Another popular Callaway driver is the FT Tour. Here is what you can expect using this piece of equipment.
- Higher ball speeds and hence longer distance
- Strong, powerful trajectories
- Accuracy, workability and feel
The ball speed is increased and it has impressive distance gains. The FT Tour is a high performance driver with a conventional shape.
Irons and Hybrids
RAZR irons feature technology that moves the center of gravity in the club head so that it’s deeper down and lower to the ground. The clubface is also integrated and built using a cavity system that is undercut to maximize the ball speed. Hybrids have a zero roll design that helps golfers hit the ball higher and longer. The design is such that it balances distance, feel and workability.
Golf Digest’s Gold Medal Winners 2011
On the Hot List at Golf Digest, Callaway drivers took the first four positions. The top four choices were:
- Callaway RAZR Hawk Tour Driver
- Callaway RAZR Hawk Fairway Wood
- Callaway Diablo Octane Fairway Wood
- Callaway Diablo Octane Tour Fairway Wood