With so many brands releasing so many clubs it can be hard to keep up, so in this series I’m going to go through the offering brand by brand and talk a little about what I’ve seen from them in a fitting scenario. Today we’re having a look at Callaway.
Not to be out done by perennial marketing rivals Taylormade, Callaway’s recent woods release, the Rogue ST, is a really exciting addition to the fitting bay. What’s most exciting is the range of heads now available, particularly with the addition of the Triple Diamond LS, a very compact and low spinning head, previously reserved only for tour players. The continuation of the jailbreak frame does provide great stability and ball speed across the face and consistently excellent launch conditions for any level of golfer.
These woods run alongside the yet to be released Rogue ST irons which run from the Max OS model, a stronger game improvement iron geared towards launch and forgiveness, to the hollow back Pro model which is aimed at lower handicappers due to it’s player’s profile. This follows the success of other hollow back models such as Mizuno’s HMB and 223. The Apex line is Callaway’s forged offering, providing the option of a forged club for any style of golfer. Getting into the better players clubs such as the Apex Pro, you are still presented with an iron with plenty of tech that offers the looks and feel of a skinnier club with all the help in launch and forgiveness that you may need.
The Mack Daddy wedges that Callaway have offered for a little while now have offered consistent performance owing to their distinctive weight ports on the back, removing weight from the lower portion of the club which puts the centre of gravity higher to create spin more consistently. They’ve also in recent models focussed on more aggressive groove designs with the Jaws model. The face now trying to squeeze every last bit of friction it can onto the ball to allow the club to spin in all weathers. The bounce and grind options are essentially a given in most wedges nowadays and Callaway’s offerings are no different, giving options to the player who likes to open the face up or play it square.
When it comes to putters, Odyssey have always been a market leader and the range of putters they offer is almost unmatched. With offerings in feel ranging from the White Hot range with one of the softest inserts you’ll find, to the milled Toulon which offers a more classic, solid feedback. In head shape you will find blades in every range, to the fang models of the number 7, to the larger mallet head of the Ten line. There are even options in the shafts you can get, with the revolutionary Stroke Lab shafts constructed with graphite in the top ⅔ of the shaft. This pushed weight lower in the club to give you the feel of more head weight. It’s hard to tell you one good thing that Odyssey offer because in reality there is truly something there for everyone.
If you’re into your tech and want to read more about what manufacturers currently have to offer, check back in here to see what I’ve found from all of the other brands’ offerings!