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FIRST LOOK: New Callaway 2013 Driver udesign Colors

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OK kids, Callaway is launching a new driver for 2013 and for those that want it, they’re taking their udesign capability to a whole new level.

Here’s a sneak peek of just some of the new 2013 Callaway Driver crown paint colors.  This is only a sample, too.  There will be more!

They’re taking udesign and kicking it up a few (hundred) notches.

What do you think? Favorite color?  Enjoy!

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Rob is a golf junkie that has been involved with GolfWRX since its inception in 2005. From designing headcovers, to creating logos to authoring articles to social media management to sales and marketing, Rob has done it all. Born and bred in NJ. Favorite golfers: Phil, Freddie. Favorite club: Driver.

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  1. Tom

    Dec 30, 2012 at 6:54 pm

    I was told that the changes from the 2012 model RazorFit which I play, and think is amazing, are cosmetic only. They put a lot of R&D into that driver, and it shows. For me it was clearly the best head on the market..

  2. Sean

    Nov 30, 2012 at 8:25 pm

    Has anyone seen Callaway’s other wood presumably the X-Hot? Heard great things but can’t find any info……think they’d want to get the word out.

  3. Muhammad

    Nov 3, 2012 at 8:14 am

    Yah go with something from wal-mart or a store like that. Just to start out and once you are good euongh to need better clubs then go on to higher brands at that point. Good luck! your going to need it, its one of the hardest sports out there. Was this answer helpful?

    • dan

      Nov 10, 2012 at 8:01 pm

      o it is not the best anser if you start you still need to go were some stores are spesialiser you gat gear for starters that will help you with your ball strike avery person tath play golf need to go at a golf place with person they no wath they are taking about sorry for my english 3d langouish thanks

  4. katie

    Nov 1, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    the next wave from Callaway will be called the Razr Fit Xtreme so they say…..more colorful to look at and a bit hotter off the face.

  5. katie

    Nov 1, 2012 at 3:53 am

    Phil said today from HSBC in China that he’s playing a ‘hotter’ set of woods that Callaway plan to release in 2013. His #3 wood was going a long way today!

    • ian

      Nov 9, 2012 at 10:52 am

      Yeah, Phil’s playing an TM RBZ fairway… O_o

  6. golfmidd

    Oct 17, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Callaway will have a Black colored Driver!!! It’s also HOT performance also.

  7. Derick

    Oct 14, 2012 at 1:43 am

    @cobranut, Callaway Razr Fit drivers are the best drivers on tour……. Ask any pro and they will tell ya that they are.. they would switch if they could, but due to sponsor obligations, they cannot. I’ve hit just about every driver, TM, Cobra, titleist, Mizuno, and Nike… Razr Fit gives me the most out of shot shaping and hitting my shot right where i want it, unlike the rest of the drivers……

    • dan

      Nov 10, 2012 at 7:52 pm

      sorry i try the fit but my I20 ping waz 25 to35 yards pass the raz fit for me the best is I20 but need to try the new nike covert tour

  8. GSark

    Oct 7, 2012 at 10:41 am

    Focus on feel? Really? Taste begins with smell and feel begins with presentation. if you like something (like a color) you will FEEL better about playing it PERIOD. Although i’m not abig fan of Callaway I’m suprised it’s taken this long for a manufacturer to figure it out. IF you hit the ball flush all equipment FEELS good. If it comes in my favorite color all the better.

  9. Matt Dailey

    Oct 1, 2012 at 7:55 pm

    I feel the same as many of the comments above. I have emailed Callaway. I probably will not get a response, but at least they know how I (we) feel.

    Callawy for years has lost focus for feel. The last time I thought it was cool to play Callaway was the Biggest Big Berta. These clubs may look cool, but if it takes colors to generate revenue, you may want to rethink your clubs performance.

    I’m sure golf has hit somewhat of a wall when it comes to creating longer drivers, but dang, focus on feel!

  10. EricY

    Oct 1, 2012 at 4:10 pm

    Color is exciting. That said, what is the performance benefit of the new drivers?

  11. Bert B

    Sep 28, 2012 at 9:18 am

    Rainbow drivers; clothes by Rickie Fowler and John Daly: Is golf becoming a circus act? I cannot imagine Bobby Jones in a zebra print shirt, orange pants and a candycane driver.

  12. coachB

    Sep 26, 2012 at 11:17 am

    Black is the stock option. As stated these are a few options for the uDesign custom system.

  13. mrhacker

    Sep 24, 2012 at 12:49 pm

    Purple or blue would due. Although I am not a big fan of Callaway so it would take more then a snazzy color for me to lug it around.

  14. Chad Gillespie

    Sep 24, 2012 at 2:45 am

    Purple I would definitely play the purple

  15. Cobra nut

    Sep 23, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    kevmonton you are dead on, I switched all my gear to Cobra and am very happy I did, much better clubs which concentrate on performance first then they chose to paint the heads. Used to hit a Callaway FT-iZ and loved it but wanted more distance and control and none of the new gear they produce gave me that.

  16. kevmonton

    Sep 23, 2012 at 10:47 am

    If Callaway was as concerned about the performance of their products they wouldn’t have to produce multi-colored clubs to generate sales…………..

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  18. Kalob

    Sep 21, 2012 at 10:39 pm

    I love my razr fit and was really excited about the extreeme, but no black, come on guys give me something traditional looking

    • wilsongolf

      Sep 29, 2012 at 6:39 am

      u-design is only an option !! Callaway has it’s heart in the tradition of performance……….so why the hate that they have outdone the others in the color stakes. I can’t imagine they are going to turn their backs on the traditional Black Head ?

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Members’ Choice: The top-5 drivers that golfers want to test in 2018

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Golf’s “off-season” is upon us and the PGAM Show in Orlando is quickly approaching in January, which means it’s time to start thinking about the upcoming driver releases.

We’ve seen a few companies launch their “2018” lines already — such as Cobra with its new King F8 and F8+ — while speculation swirls around the companies who have yet to announce their newest products. For instance, we’ve spotted a new “TaylorMade M4″ driver, and a new “Rogue” driver from Callaway. If history repeats itself and Titleist remains on a two-year product cycle, then we’ll see a replacement for the 917 line sometime in 2018, as well.

The question we posed to our GolfWRX Members recently was, which new or unreleased driver has you most excited heading into 2018? Below are the results and a selection of comments about each driver.

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Note: The comments below have been minimally edited for brevity and grammar. 

Titleist (7.39 percent of votes)

BDoubleG: I know it’s well down the road, but the Titleist 919 is what I’m most looking forward to. I played the 910 until this year and loved it, but I realized that I wasn’t getting much in the way of distance gains with the 915/917, and I was just leaving too many yards on the table. I know it’s a cliche, but I was seeing considerable gains with my G400LS, then my M2 I have now.

I feel like Titleist has been hurting in the driver market share category (and probably elsewhere), as I think a lot of people think that the 913, 915 and 917 have been minor refreshes in a world where almost everyone else has been experimenting with structure (jailbreak, turbulators) or with COG (spaceports, SLDR, G-series extreme back CG). I think if Titleist is going to recapture some of their market share, they will need to start taking an interest in stepping outside of their comfort zone to catch up with everyone else. Maybe I’m hoping for too much, but a D2-style head with ample forgiveness and low-spin (maybe a back-front weight), with the same great sound of the 917, and hopefully getting rid of the “battery taped to the sole” look would be a huge hit in my book.

I’m really looking forward to seeing what they come up with…and I hope I’m not disappointed.

Mizuno GT-180 or otherwise (8.87 percent of votes)

mrmikeac: After thoroughly testing the Mizuno ST-180 and seeing the distance gains I was getting from my Epic, I can’t wait for the GT to get here. Cobra would be next in line for me, but Mizzy really did something special with that JPX-900 and it seems to look like they’re going the same route with these drivers. Excellent feel, forgiveness and simple but effective tech. 

Callaway Rogue, Rogue Sub Zero or otherwise (17.73 percent of votes)

cvhookem63: It seems like we’re not getting a lot of “NEW” this time — just some same lines “improved” on a little. I’m interested to try the Rogue line and M3/M4 line to see if they improved on their previous models. The Cobra F8+ is intriguing to me, as well. I’d like to compare those three to see how they stack up. 

tj7644: Callaway Rogue. It’s gotta make me hit straighter drives right? It sure can’t be my swing…

Equipto: Callaway Rogue Sub Zero, and that’s about it. Most of my testing will be with shafts I presume. 

bangabain: Excited to give the Rogue a shot, although with the hope that there’s a little more fade bias despite the lack of sliding weight.

TaylorMade M3, M4 or otherwise (27.09 percent of votes)

DeCuchi: TaylorMade M3 of course, and the F8+. I’m more interested in the fairways this year though. TaylorMade M4 fairways and Rogue fairways are top of my list. 

elwhippy: TaylorMade M3 and M4. Not owned a TM driver for several seasons and want something with a bit more power than the Ping G Series…

cradd10: M3. Still rocking an OG M1. Super solid driver. Curious to see if the updated version can beat it. 

Cobra F8/F8+ (33.66 percent of votes)

WAxORxDCxSC: I sure want to like the F8 based on looks (I understand I’m possibly in the minority on that one at GolfWRX).

TWshoot67: For me, it’s three drivers: the Cobra F8, F8+ and TM M4. 

The General: Cobra F8 is going to dominate everything, just wait, on the F8

Ace2000: Definitely F8/F8+. Love my Bio Cell+ and can’t help but wonder if these perform as good as they look. 

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True Linkswear goes back to its spikeless roots

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True Linkswear is getting back to its roots, while expanding the singular golf shoe brand’s reach at the same time.

The Tacoma, Washington, company’s Director/Partner, Justin Turner, told us that with the release of the two new models, the company is course-correcting from a move toward the mainstream, spiked golf shoes, and a loss of identity.

In addition to durability issues, Turner said the core True Linkswear customer didn’t appreciate the shift — or the deluge of models that followed.

So, in a sense, the two-model lineup both throws a bone to True devotees and casts a wider net.

Turner and company asked: “If we wanted to restart the brand….what would we value?” A commitment to the brand’s core outsider identity, style as articulated in early models, and an emphasis on quality led Turner on multiple trips to China to survey suppliers in early 2017. Eventually, the company settled on a manufacturing partner with a background in outdoor gear and hiking shoes.

“We’ve spent the last few years scouring the globe for the best material sourcing, reputable factories, advanced construction techniques, and time-tested fundamentals to build our best shoes yet. No cheap synthetics, no corners cut.”

Eventually, True settled on two designs: The Original, which, not surprisingly, has much in common with the zero-drop 2009 industry disrupting model, and the Outsider: a more athletic-style shoe positioned to attract a broader audience.

True Linkswear Original: $149

The company emphasizes the similarity in feel between the Original and early True Linkswear models, suggesting that players will feel and connect to the course “in a whole new way.”

  • Gray, White, Black colorways
  • Waterproof full grain leather
  • Thin sole with classic True zero-drop heel
  • 12.1 oz
  • Sockfit liner for comfort
  • Natural width box toe

True Linkswear Outsider: $169

With the Outsider, True Linkswear asked: “What if a golf shoe could be more? Look natural in more environments?”

  • Grey/navy, black, white colorways
  • EVA midsole for lightweight cushioning
  • Full grain waterproof leather
  • 13.1 oz (thicker midsole than the Original)

The company envisions both shoes being worn on course and off.

True Linkswear introduced the more durable and better-performing Cross Life Tread with both models. Turner says the tread is so good, you can wear the shoes hiking.

Both models are available now through the company website only. True Linkswear plans to enter retail shops slowly and selectively.

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Sean O’Hair and Steve Stricker’s Winning WITBs from the 2017 QBE Shootout

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The team of Steve Stricker and Sean O’Hair closed the QBE Shootout with an 8-under 64 for a two-shot win over Graeme McDowell and Shane Lowry. O’Hair made a timely eagle on the par-5 17th hole at Tiburon Golf Club to lock up the first place prize of $820,000 ($410,000 each).

Here’s a look at their bags.

Sean O’Hair

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White Prototype 60TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F2 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana S+ Limited Edition 70TX

5 Wood: Titleist 915F (18 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Diamana S+ Limited Edition 80TX

Irons: Titleist 716 T-MB (4-iron), Titleist 718 AP2 (5-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM7 prototype (50, 54 and 58 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Scotty Cameron prototype

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

Related: Sean O’Hair WITB

Steve Stricker

Driver: Titleist 913D3 (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 8.2X

3 Wood: Titleist 915F (13.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Rayon Tensei CK Pro White 80TX Prototype

Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 (17.0 degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Motore Speeder VC 9.2X

Irons: Titleist 718 CB (3-9)
Shafts: KBS Tour Prototype

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM6 (46, 54 and 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 w/ Sensicore

Putter: Odyssey White Hot 2

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Related: Steve Stricker WITB 2017

Note: We originally reported Stricker had a Scotty Cameron putter in the bag, per Titleist’s equipment report. Stricker did, however, have a Odyssey White Hot putter in play during the final round of the QBE Shootout.

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