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Callaway RAZR FIT Driver Editor Review
GolfWRX Editor Review by: Johnny
Callaways first venture into the adjustable weight and face angle driver category. Out the box the driver comes loaded with 12g and 2g removable weights in the sole in the toe and heel positions. Face angle is adjustable from S (standard) C (closed 1.5 degrees) and O (Open 2.5 degrees).
In addition to being Callaway’s first adjustable driver, the RAZR fit also has the latest technology in a newly designed and optimized hyperbolic face. This new face is designed to maintain ball speeds outside of the main sweetspot and work with the new overall weighting redesign of the head.
· Clean design from address (no alignment aids)
· Not sure how many CC’s but does not seem like 460cc
· Face is adjustable and it’s noticeable when changed
· Familiar feel and sound to FT9-TA (my favorite driver over the years)
· Headcover is nice and easy to use and protective.
· The face angle is adjustable independent of shaft rotation *thank you*
· 12g and 2g weights make noticeable difference as well.
· Golf Pride Dual Multicompound as stock grip
· Can use other MFG wrenches
· Less adjustments then competitors
· Designed for shaft
· .350 sleeve
· What took you so long
This driver is very close to becoming my gamer and unseating the Callaway FT9-TA that I have had in the bag going on 3 years plus. The ballspeed is nearly equal to the FT9-TA, the forgiveness is superior and right now all I need to do is bring down my spin and landing angle degree which I think I will be able to do with some shaft tweaks. The driver is very playable as is, but being how I am….well I am very particular to the ballflight I want to see. In the words of Tiger Woods “I’m close ”
LOOKS ( 4.5 Stars)
All business from address, the way it should be. Callaway in my view was very smart to keep it simple with no alignment aids and all black. Yes I prefer the overall shape from the top of the FT9-TA since the RAZR Fit seems ever so slightly elongated to the rear, but I no longer have to look at a glued seam so it’s a trade off that I am willing to live with.
Now to the face which of course has some funny shaped hyperbolic symbol in the center which Callaway in one form or another has been using for years. Do I like it ? Of course not, boy I would just love some simple scoring lines straight across the face, but that’s me. The overall face shape is similar to my FT9-TA with the exception of the heel area which seems to have gotten smaller. The face is not quite as deep as other drivers as well, which should help with launch conditions.
The sole is pretty simple to me, couple weight ports and plenty recognizable emblem for those hawkeyed GolfWRX members that watch TV coverage for equipment changes in SuperG slo mo.
PERFORMANCE/PLAYABILITY (4.5 stars)
You can tell from what I have written about this driver so far, I like it. For me the driver is the most important part of the game and it’s what I struggle with the most. If I hit fairways or minimize the misses I can score. I guess that comes with all the years of having to get myself out of terrible positions because of my weak driving accuracy..ala the late Seve.
Direction: I am not a big worker of the ball with the driver.. maybe 5-10 yards in either direction max. This driver is very straight and I like it. Sure I can move it a little if I try, but honestly it moves it fine by my standards and more important than that, it goes more of less where I am aiming.
Forgiveness. This is where I feel this driver excels the most at. In the 4 rounds I have played with the driver my fairways hit is between 60-65% which for me is extremely good. As mentioned earlier this is a big weakness in my overall game. Now you can’t spray it all of the face and expect any driver to work, but with no change in my normal routine and the percentage up 10-15%… speaks volumes to me.
Ball flight. With the stock RIP’d NV in stiff ball flight was high and a tad spinney compared to what I am used to. Moved on to the Tour AD Di-6s (tipped 1 inch) and ballflight remained high, maybe even slightly higher than the RIP’d NV, but the spin was reduced with the Tour DI and my average drives increased by a few yards. Recently went for shaft #3 just to see and wow !…this might be a winner. I still need to get this combo on the course but I am pleased with what I see . Overall my summary would be higher than stated loft ballflight wise with mid to midhigh launch conditions.
FEEL ( 4.5 stars )
So much of feel for me is attached to the sound and this club does not disappoint in that regard. It’s not loud, it’s not overly muted..Just very very solid sounding. The ball shots off the face and you know instantly where you hit it. Definitely one of the better feeling and sounding drivers I’ve hit in recent memory. Granted you strike it near the center J Extreme heel and toe shots will be punished feel wise as expected.
Now on to the shaft, the club comes stock with Aldilia RIP’D NV which is weighted around 60g. On the frequency meter it just reached the stiff area on the chart. The shaft is pretty good for a stock offering and will probably fit a good number of people looking for mid launch and mid spin characteristics. It held up pretty well to my overswings and had a good overall weight and release at impact. Sure there is always better, but it’s a good overall start.
OVERALL (4.5 stars)
Nothing is a 5 for me.. so 4.5 is just about as high as I could rate any driver or club for that matter. Gone are the worries about melting a seam on their flagship drivers and for someone who changes shafts often this is a welcome design change. Callaway indeed does deliver the good with this new bigstick. The Razr Fit to me combines the best combination of looks, forgiveness and distance performance I’ve seen to date in a driver and was worth the wait.
The Callaway FT9-TA has long been the king of drivers in my bag and this may soon change with my latest shaft change to the RAZR Fit. Expect more FT-9 TA’s to be hitting Ebay soon, I have already sold all my backup FT9-TA already…..
The retail driver will be available sometime in the first quarter of 2012 for a price estimated to be $399 US and be available in lofts of 8.5, 9.5,10.5,11.5 and come shafted with an Aldila RIP’D NV Shaft.