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Callaway Golf launches new titanium Jailbreak-powered Super Hybrid

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Callaway Super Hybrid

Callaway Golf aims to redefine what a hybrid can be with the introduction of the all-new, multi-material, titanium-powered Callaway Super Hybrid for 2020. Built to offer the distance, ball speed and forgiveness of a fairway wood, with the added benefit of being built into a hybrid chassis, the Callaway Super Hybrid is the designed for those golfers that want control without sacrificing distance.

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Creating a hybrid that performs like a fairway wood takes some serious engineering, and in the case of the new Callaway Super Hybrid, it means pulling out all the stops with technology and packing it all into one finely tuned club.

Here’s everything the R&D team at Callaway has been able to accomplish with this hybrid design

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2020 Callaway Super Hybrid: Details

High-Strength Titanium Face insert

The Titanium face insert of the Super Hybrid promotes greater ball speeds and ball speed consistency thanks to variable face thickness, according to the company. Adding in Callaway’s proven Jailbreak technology helps stiffen the total structure of the clubhead’s titanium body. This places, as Callaway says, more impact load on the Face Insert to push the limits of flex and ball speed retention.

Light Weight Carbon Crown

An all-new T2C Triaxial Carbon Crown has a tighter weave than other composite crowns used in the past which increases strength and saves weight versus a traditional hybrid’s steel crown. The weight savings are then redistributed within the head to lower the Center of Gravity, and raise MOI for consistent distance on mishits.

Full Titanium Body With Precise Tungsten Weighting

Using a titanium body (the crown not withstanding) allows Callaway engineers to place a large volume of tungsten into the heel and toe of each clubs to once again increased MOI and optimized ball flight.

Using the same Metal Injection Molded Tungsten Weighting technology seen in other Callaway clubs, including the Epic Star line, Callaway is able to place a very high volume Metal Injection Molded (MIM’ed) tungsten weight to optimize CG for launch and control. How much tungsten you might ask? 68 grams per head—that’s close to 30 percent of the average hybrid’s total head mass!

Tech Specs and Options

The Callaway Super Hybrid will be available in three loft options, all three of which will also be available in left-handed. The stock shaft is the popular Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei CK PRO Orange 80 Hybrid shaft, but like anything Callaway, it will also include a large amount of no-upcharge options for custom orders.

Callaway Super Hybrid Pricing and Availability

The Callaway Super Hybrid is now available for preorder with retail stock hitting shelves on November 1st.

MSRP: $319.99

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Ryan Barath is part of the Digital Content Creation Team for GolfWRX. He hosts the "On Spec" Podcast on the GolfWRX Radio Network which focuses on discussing everything golf, including gear, technology, fitting, and course architecture. He is a club-fitter & master club builder with more than 17 years of experience working with golfers of all skill levels, including PGA Tour players. He is the former Build Shop Manager & Social Media Coordinator for Modern Golf. He now works independently from his home shop and is a member of advisory panels to a select number of golf equipment manufacturers. You can find Ryan on Twitter and Instagram where he's always willing to chat golf, and share his passion for club building, course architecture and wedge grinding.

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  1. Chris

    Oct 23, 2019 at 6:48 pm

    I don’t get it

    A hybrid is an iron replacement with some wood technology.

    So A super hybrid is an iron replacement with some wood technology with some more wood technology.

    Hmmm!?!

  2. Andrew

    Oct 23, 2019 at 1:27 am

    How long are these things? Specs missing length and can’t find anything on Callaway’s site…….if they’re making the head bigger, I’m suspecting they’ll make it longer too and achieve distance gains they can sell by marketing a pseudo-fairway wood under the guise of a hybrid. I hope the 17 degree isn’t longer than 41″

    • enoughtrumpspam

      Oct 23, 2019 at 1:28 pm

      41.75″

      • Tiger Noods

        Oct 23, 2019 at 7:31 pm

        41.75? hahahahahahahah….

        That’s where the distance is coming from. I’m sure it’s the standard 0.83 CoR.

  3. Decent Handicap

    Oct 22, 2019 at 10:26 pm

    I don’t understand. If I want fairway distance, I’ll hit a fairway, because it’s more forgiving.

    If I’m hitting a hybrid, it’s either as an iron replacement, or as a rescue.

    This is just another version of “17 more yards”. Ugh.

  4. Jack Bauer

    Oct 22, 2019 at 8:40 pm

    You don’t see too many 17-degree hybrids available for lefties so I might be willing to give this a try next fall or in 2021 when it doesn’t cost $320.

  5. Duke Park

    Oct 22, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    Another version of yesteryears 1 iron that no one can hit. Yay!!!!!

  6. Carolina Golfer

    Oct 22, 2019 at 6:08 pm

    Do you guys ever have any positive posts?

    • PV

      Oct 23, 2019 at 1:37 am

      Yeah true, way too much negativity in forums.

      For what it’s worth, I do like the look of these hybrids and am in particular interested in the 17 degree one to replace broken 16 degree I loved. The 17 and 23 would sort my long game nicely!

    • FloppyJoe

      Nov 1, 2019 at 3:18 pm

      I will probably pick the 17* up. I’ve never gotten along with fairway woods and could use the additional distance. Every forum is the same regarding this stick. People haven’t hit it or researched the club. They just come on a post their opinions without experience or data. I’ve been in the club repair and fitting industry for 35+ years. This club has me intrigued.

  7. Uncle Bobo

    Oct 22, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Callaway irons are looking better and better and the woods/hybrids are going the exact opposite way.

  8. Scott Francis

    Oct 22, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Color combo….ugh.

    • chad

      Oct 23, 2019 at 12:43 pm

      i told that to my rep. Burnt orange is not a good color. Callaway might be in for a rough year

  9. C

    Oct 22, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    I’m gonna hit the 17 degrees longer than my current 14 degree 3wood, fer surrrrr

  10. Stan

    Oct 22, 2019 at 11:02 am

    $319 for a hybrid? Are they nuts?!?
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    Will they continue to copy Adams with the “Super” line of hybrids & fairway metals?

    • nope

      Oct 22, 2019 at 11:12 am

      what? Yonex was using super in it’s naming conventions before Adams even existed

    • Moosejaw McWilligher

      Oct 22, 2019 at 2:01 pm

      I did not realize Adams invented and trademarked the word “Super”. Seems more likely that the folks at Callaway who named this are young enough to not even remember Adams golf – I certainly don’t!

      Hardly the first $300+ hybrid in the world.

      Fake news!

      • Stan

        Oct 22, 2019 at 6:06 pm

        Well then, keep quiet until you grow up.

      • jl

        Oct 23, 2019 at 12:24 pm

        Most of the people who work at Callaway worked at Adams golf, including the CEO Chip Brewer.

    • Eric

      Oct 22, 2019 at 6:50 pm

      If you took all mentions of Callaway out of the article, i’d think it’s 2010-2013 and it was about Adams. Reminds me a lot of the XTD Super Hybrid.

      • Brandon

        Oct 22, 2019 at 7:48 pm

        My super DHy might be my favorite club in the bag.

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Driver: TaylorMade SIM (9.0 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 80 TX

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM Rocket 3 (14 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 80 TX

5-wood: TaylorMade SIM (19 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro Blue 80 TX

Irons: Ping Blueprint (3-PW)
Shaft: Nippon NS Pro Modus 3 Tour 130 X

Wedges: Ping Glide Forged (54-10, 58-8)
Shafts: Nippon NS Pro Modus 3 Tour 130 X

Putter: Ping PLD Anser

Grips: SuperStroke S-Tech

Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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What Titleist tells us:  “SM8 features a reimagined progressive center of gravity, which produces the most accurate and forgiving Vokey wedge yet. Using tungsten weights and varied hosel lengths, the Vokey R&D team has moved the CG outside of the wedge head and placed it in front of the face, resulting in increased MOI and exceptional feel.” 

“For the golfer, this means an optimized ball flight and a clubface that simply wants to square up at impact. SM8 accomplishes all of this while preserving the classic Vokey head shape players demand.”

In simple terms, what Bob Vokey and his team have done is gone even further with CG placement and dialed it in to make sure each unique wedge has its own flight DNA. Since most players go with a four wedge system—46, 52, 56, 60, for example—it is essential that full shot wedges do full shot things and higher lofted wedges do their duty around the greens. 

Spin Milled grooves to ensure maximum spin and consistency is also a trademark of Vokey wedges. All OEMs have their version of this, they all work effectively and the SM8 is no different.

Vokey SM8 wedges: Specs and grinds

The grind I was most taken with was the M Grind, which, according to Titleist, is the most versatile of all the grinds. It’s got plenty of bounce squared up and has just the right amount of heel and toe give when opened up.

Overall thoughts

I had the opportunity to test the SM8. My biggest takeaways: the feel, which is solid, the flight on the gap and sand wedges was lower with a ton of spin and the higher-lofted wedges were extremely stable on mishits, especially off of a tight lie.

Do you know that shot that comes out at the toe and floats a bit? Maybe not getting to the top of a slope or carrying some rough? Those shots hold their line a lot better which ultimately could be the difference between a six-footer for par or another chip.

In simple terms, this one was kind of a layup. Of course, Vokey is going to make a fantastic wedge line. It’s the most played wedge on Tour by a bajillion and for good reason. They always have a clean simple look, there are enough grinds to satisfy any golfer—and you can’t argue with legacy.

Truth is, there are a ridiculous amount of good wedges out there by all the big OEMs. I know. I’ve tried em all. But there is something about the golfing public and Bob Vokey that just won’t stop. That’s a great thing. 

 

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Today from the Forums showcases our members helping out ewe8523 who is on the hunt for a 14th club. Per ewe8523:

“My home course is fairly short 6050 yards, so I’m not really in a position where I have to hit a lot of long fairway shots. There is one par 5 on each side – 548 and 449 respectively.

Open to other options as well.

Including current specs and avg distance.

  1. Driver – Cobra F9 – 250 yards
  2. 3-Wood – Cobra F7 – 220 yards
  3. Hybrid – Callaway Epic – 200 yards
  4. 5 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 175 yards
  5. 6 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 165 yards
  6. 7 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 155 yards
  7. 8 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 145 yards
  8. 9 Iron – Callaway Apex CF16 – 130 yards
  9. PW – Callaway Apex CF16 – 115 yards
  10. 50 Degree – Vokey SM6 – 100 yards
  11. 56 Degree – Vokey SM6 – 75 yards
  12. 60 Degree – Cleveland CBX – Bunker Only
  13. Putter – Scotty Cameron Newport 2
  14. ?”

WRXers have been giving their suggestions on what could work best for ewe8523, and also discussing what they have found most useful from a 14th club standpoint.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • heathpitts: “Very similar setup and gapping to my setup. Although my wedge lofts are a bit different. I have wedges at 50, 54, 58, and 62 but generally, only carry 3 per round. I adjust the 54-62 based on where I’m gonna play. I do also have a graphite shafted 3 utility iron that I play around with as a driving iron, but I see that you haven’t really found one that you like. I adjust the 14th club based on the course or conditions or time of year (due to different wedge grinds) sometimes but try to keep it as simple as possible. I think your setup is pretty good honestly. I always seem to score better with fewer options, so I don’t try to get cute with shot selection 🙂 I play 13 clubs a lot of times.”
  • MP4444: “I agree with the others on a club to hit that 185-190yrd spot. Either a hybrid or an iron with extra help compared to the CF16s. I personally have a 4 hybrid and a more game-improvement style 5 iron that I use interchangeably for this spot in my bag depending on how I’m striking the ball. When my ball striking is on, I usually prefer an iron in this spot because my misses are smaller, but it’s nice to have the help of a hybrid when I’m not feeling so on with my game. If you go the iron route just be sure to check out the lofts to ensure the proper gapping. Some game improvement and super game improvement type irons have stronger lofts so you may need to look at a 4 or 5 iron depending on the model. I would also recommend hitting both on a launch monitor and comparing peak height and spin numbers. You are still typically looking to hold a green at this distance, so you want to make sure you are getting enough height and spin to have a chance.”
  • Z1ggy16: “The obvious choice is like a 188-yard club but if you never need that shot… Why spend the money? Other option is like a 64* wedge, but that’s probably going to get you into trouble more often than not. I’d lean toward the 185-190 yard club, probably another hybrid, gives you more flexibility if you play other courses that are longer.”
  • crapula: “Higher lofted Callaway Epic?”

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