What we say...
This updated version features a lighter and thinner forged cup face than its predecessor. A higher MOI is said to boost forgiveness while a flatter clubface allows the ball to launch higher from fairway lies.
Appears to be the most compact of all the new driver alternatives out there. The lack of alignment aid and short length from heel to toe will appeal only to the better player.
Similar to the X2 Hot driver, explosive from the centre and pretty good away from it, too. The high-spec shaft really feels like it contributes to the power and stability of the clubface through impact. Because the head is smaller, the shaft feels longer, making the ease of control even more impressive.
The reduced gear effect on shots struck low on the face make it a top performer from tight lies.
Reviewed by Equipment Editor Joel Tadman: “Solid ball strikers will love the options this gives them. Off the deck, I actually hit the 14.5° version further than the 12.5° due to the additional launch, but because of the flatter clubface towards the bottom, the spin numbers remained similar. Off the tee, the 12.5° goes miles when struck well on a really boring flight. You can still shape it if you want to, but it’s not easy to curve significantly off line. The lower-lofted model could easily slide in the bag as a driver replacement, it just doesn’t look as inviting to hit because of the size of the head.”
Callaway Fairway Woods User Reviews
I'd been playing Ping Tisi Tec woods for years with prolaunch red shafts and had tried every wood on the market each year but nothing knocked them out of the bag untill I tried these. Carry is marginally longer, but what is realy impressive is the straightness, boring flight and shear shot after shot consistancy with low spin that just shrugs off the wind. I find these easy off the fairway, but from the tee they're simply awesome. As with any large headed club they are no rescue club out of the rough, and if you struggle to get the ball up look elsewhere, but the decent ball striker looking for long distance, controlled flight & spin, with arrow straighness you should definitely give them a knock.