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New Clubs for 2017 By Ed Travis In late summer and on into fall club companies begin to introduce the models for the coming year and often they are first seen on the professional tours as manufacturers hope to get early publicity from staff pros playing well or even winning. After researching the new crop of clubs from on information provided to us by the manufacturers here are those we consider significant and if something really attracts your attention you may not have to wait since many models are in shops now.
Callaway Golf Callaway is on a roll and hopes to grab more market share with the Big Bertha Fusion Driver. It employs a titanium cage construction with the space between the metal ribs in the crown and sole filled with a very light triaxial carbon composite. Compared to last year’s XR16 driver this allowed 35.4 grams to be moved to better resist twisting and promote a higher ball trajectory. Depending on the shaft selected the overall club weight has been reduced to between 295 and 305 grams allowing so it may be swung faster for more distance. The crown has the drag-reducing Speed Step from last year, designed in conjunction with Boeing, and there’s choice of two stock shaft lengths, 44.5 inches and 45.5 inches. The BBF uses the familiar OptiFit adjustable hosel with draw or neutral settings and retail price is $400. Similarly constructed fairway woods (3, 5 and 7) are priced at $250. There are also Big Bertha OS Hybrids and Irons. The OS Hybrids are $250 each and
have a deeper body, larger and faster rebounding face and Callaway’s newest Face Cup technology. The OS Irons (OS stands for Over Size) use an Exo-Cage design that allows weight to be placed for more forgiveness, the 360 Face Cup to be more efficient and better retain ball speed across the face. With steel shafts 4-iron through attack wedge are price at $1,100. Callaway also has announced the Steelhead XR Hybrids and Irons. The Hybrids are available in 3H (19-degrees) through 6H (27-degrees) at $220 each and have a larger face with what they are calling a Next-Gen Hyper Speed Face Cup. The clubhead is also larger allowing the center of gravity to be pushed lower and deeper for higher launch. Steelhead XR Irons have a similar shape to the venerable Steelhead X-14s of fifteen years ago updated with the Next Generation 360 Face Cup and a steel-infused polyurethane layer behind the lower part of the face for more feel and better launch. Pricing is $800 for 4-iron through attack wedge.
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Published on Oct 11, 2016
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