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Callaway RAZR Fit X-DREAM Trip for a GolfWRX member

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By GolfWRX Member: VAGolfer86

As many of you know, I was fortunate enough to win the recent WRX/Cally give-away for the signed Lefty driver, a trip to Carlsbad to visit Callaway HQ, and a full bag fitting of the latest and greatest gear – putter through driver.  After a very long and anxiety filled couple of weeks, I finally made it out there from Wednesday until tonight.  My primary contact was Chad (HashtagChad on here) and he was awesome from the initial travel arrangements, to walking me out of HQ for the final time last night.  I didn’t get a TON of photos, but enough for my scrap-booking purposes and some good ones to share on here.

I flew out from DC, making the flight about as long as it could have been.  The anticipation was killing me, and I’m pretty sure I beat everyone off my flight to the rental car shuttle.  When I picked up the rental, I sped up I-5 as fast as the 4-banger Mazda would go, paying no attention to the blur of gorgeous mountain/coastal scenery in my peripherals.  There was no traffic and I made it up the coast in under 30 mins, so I called Chad to see what the plan was for the afternoon, it was about 1:30pm at this point.  I was starving and hadn’t eaten since 7am EST, so food was my first question when Chad got on the phone.  Unfortunately, the Callaway Cafe had already closed, so I inhaled a meatball sub from subway and made it on over to Callaway.  Finally!

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Chad came out to the front lobby and escorted me back to the ZooCrew bat-cave.  I got to meet just about everyone, including Scott, Luke, Doc, Matt, and the man, the myth, the legend…Harry.  Mr. Arnett was quite the character.  It’s easy to see his commitment and work ethic right here on the forums, but the man has a true passion for golf, the company he works for, and the people he works with.  His demeanor and attitude can be contagious, and it’s no surprise everyone under him in the Callaway hierarchy have followed suit.

After Chad and I shared some laughs with Harry, Hashtag and I went on a scavenger hunt around the office.  We found some pretty neat equipment lying around…like Jamie Sadlowski’s new wedge, fresh of the press.  I guess he likes Top Gun too!

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or Ryo’s bag from the Masters…

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a sandblasted x-forged iron, and Roger’s gunmetal painted x-forged iron with the matching UST Mamiya Recoil shaft, and the only Master’s version of the Odyssey #7putter (phone pics, sorry):

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Then Chad took me for a tour of the fitting bays upstairs with the proprietary Callaway Performance Analysis System (CPAS), that is used for Callaway Tour pros and anyone else who has access to a Callaway Performance Center.

Here we had one of the head instructors training a new employee on how to extrapolate swing data from the CPAS output, and make it relatable to a prospective customer.  (I think we made the trainee nervous by standing in.)  So much analysis can be done, and it sucks to think there are computers out there that can quantify how flawed our swings are!

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After the hitting bay tour we went down to the newly renovated area for a putter fitting.  Here I am messing around with a few lefty putters laying around.

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At this point, it was just about quitting time, but Chad and I headed back to the bat-cave for a quick game of corn hole, or, as he called it, “Baggo”.  Don’t ask, it’s an Arkansas thing… :dntknw: I pulled out a narrow victory after he took an early lead, but have no pictures to support.  That’s my fault!

PANO_20130424_190733I left for the day and was told to be back by 9:30am sharp, for a tour of R&D, lunch, and then my fitting!  I left, and went back to the room and relaxed.  After researching some local places to eat, I read a lot of good things about In and Out Burger.  Many claimed it to be superior to Five Guys, so I obviously went to see what the hype was all about.  Bottom line: didn’t agree in the slightest and I left disappointed. Not even close to the amazeballs Cajun fries.  Sorry for the tangential rant.  I was really upset by this.  Moving on..

I had no problem sleeping, and snapped this shot before going to bed.  Looks kinda fake, but it was pretty. (another phone pic).

I got to HQ and hung out with Chad until I was ready for the tour.  Unfortunately, I was not able to take any pictures due to the sensitive nature of the tour itself, especially the club side.  Very cool stuff.  The rest of the tour was about the manufacturing process for their golf ball line, or as I recall, graduate level chemistry.  Paul gave me the tour- but lets call him Walter White, because for all intents and purposes, that’s who he resembled.  He even had the lab equipment to match!  I never knew such craziness went into golf balls.  My head was spinning after that one.

Once we got done with the chemistry thesis, Chad, Scott, and I went to lunch.  At this point, the nerves had set in, as I had never gone through the true fitting process before – #leftyproblems.  I had put in tons of range time over the winter anddoubled it once I found out about the trip to Carlsbad.  I am in the middle of a swing revamp that started last fall, so getting some of that stuff committed to muscle memory was important.  Sure didn’t wanna come out here to snap hook all day.

So we pull up and the facility was ridiculous.  I mean it was just silly.  Not a thing out of place and I could see all the left handed equipment waiting for at the range.  Nirvana, indeed.

Here I am trying to soak it all in.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen so many lefty sticks in one place!  There were 3 other racks just like it, and multiple bags with hybrids, woods, and drivers.  Lefty overload. This is my perplexed face.

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Nick Arther was my fitter.  Let me just say something about him briefly.  I have never, I mean never, ever, seen a golf equipment/swing mechanic/physics encyclopedia quite like him.  He knew everything about everything and I am still in awe at the wealth of knowledge he demonstrated in the few hours we spent together.  He didn’t even need CPAS, heck, he probably invented CPAS.  Just goes to show how the tour level personnel, from every facet of the game, is on a different level than the rest of us.

My nerves spiked once he handed me the PW to take a few initial swings to get warm.  I remember shaking as I set the club on the turf.  Earlier in the day Chad and I debated the direction of my first shot.  I said fat and a chunk of grass would travel further than the ball.  As I took the club back, I just tried keep my eye on the ball and make decent contact.  I wanted to hit a decent shot so Nick didn’t think our entire conversation about my swing and long term goals was a figment of my imagination.

Skulled.

A straight worm burner right down the pipe. I could only laugh and tell him where I was at mentally.  Then he said something that made sense to me: “Look, there is no way you are better than the best player I’ve seen, and there is  definitely no way you are worse than the worst player I’ve seen.  So just swing.  Don’t worry about an impression.”  Probably common sense, but it helped me calm down and the next few shots got progressively better.  Once I got a few beads of sweat going, we were in business and went to the 6 irons of the X-Forged line.  I took probably 30-40 swings with different shafts combos as Nick watched and performed CPAS analysis in his frickin head like the super computer that he is.  Every few swings became a physics lesson as he described the shaft technologies and properties, and how they related to my swing.  Incredible.  We did the same process for the X Hot Pro irons, and only a few swings with the X Hot series.  They were a little big and chunky for my taste.

Then we moved to 3woods and hybrids, which was fun, since I hadn’t hit anything below a 6 iron all winter…  We agreed to wait on the wedges until the new line comes out in a month or so.  After that we went inside for the putter fitting.  Here are some pics from the range:

Perplexed by another pearl of wisdom…

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Setting up:

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Getting ready to swing the boomstick:

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Fitting me for a putter:

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Reaffirming that my short game needs a lesson:

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MEAT AND POTATOES!
Ok so the finished product that was recommended by Mr. Arther:

Driver:
Head Model: RFX 10.5
Face angle/ cog setting: S
CG setting: 13gm Heel
Shaft specs: GD Tour ADDI 6 S
Other: -1/2” length

Fairway Wood:
Head Model: X-Hot 3Deep
Shaft Specs: GD Tour ADDI 7 S
Other: -1/2” length

Hybrids:
Head Model: X-Hot Pro 18 and Pro 20
Shaft Specs: GD Tour ADDI HYB 85 S
Other: std length

Irons:
Head Model: X-Forged
Set Makup:  4-P
Shafts: KBS Tour Stiff
Other: +1/4” length and 2 Degrees Upright Lie Angle

Grips: Lamkin Crossline Round at +2 Wraps Tape

Putter:
Head Model: Odyssey Protype 9
Specs: 35” and Std Lie Angle

This was the end of the trip. We went back to HQ and hung out for a bit, discussing how much fun it is to be planning a wedding (we are both grooms).  Chad walked me out one final time and the X-Dream was over.

I couldn’t have asked for a better experience, or better hosts.  Everyone made me feel like I was one of the group and it was a trip I will never forget.  They have a championship team over there and the product to back them up.  I absolutely can’t wait to get the clubs in and get out on the course with fellow WRXers.  I apologize for the length, but I wanted to share.  Thanks for reading and hope everyone enjoyed it half as much as I did.

Let me know if I left anything out!!

Thank you to Callaway and Golf WRX for putting this on.  If only I had this much luck at the craps tables!! :read:

And a special thanks to HashtagChad for being such a great host and making sure I had everything I needed before, and during my trip.  I can’t exaggerate how seamless everything was.

Let me know what you guys think about the set up!

-Adam

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  1. arthur leblanc

    May 8, 2013 at 5:21 pm

    Thank you for this chance to win. I’ve got X 18s. Would like the upgrade.

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GolfWRX members predict where Tiger will finish at the 2017 Hero World Challenge

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If you’ve managed to stay off the internet for the entire week, then I’ve got some exciting news for you: Tiger Woods announced he is playing in the 2017 Hero World Challenge.

No more back surgeries, no more time off, no more legal issues, no more speculation on when he will play again. Tiger will tee it up in competition on November 30. That leaves us one last question; “What place will he finish?”

For the record, I was asked the same question and predicted he’d finish 18th out of the 18 players in the limited field. But what do I know? We put the same question to our GolfWRX members to vote, and here are the results they came back with.

See the full poll results and comments here.

Second (0.54 percent)

*Apparently no one was bold enough to predict in the comments that he would play well enough to contend, but not well enough to get the job done on Sunday while wearing his power red. 

Top-5 (3.26 percent)

*Top-5 and not win? Again, no GolfWRX members put their commenter names on the line to make that prediction.

Win (3.80 percent)

sekrah: Anyone who thinks a healthy (key word obviously) Tiger Woods can’t play high level golf anymore, they are out to lunch. You don’t just lose “it” when you are that great. Muscle-wise, 42 is not that old for golf and he keeps himself into great shape. Now is he legitimately pain free to point where he can practice regularly without interruption?? That’s the million dollar question.  With previous long layoffs and limited playing time because of extreme nerve pain the last 4 years, he’s still shown flashes of great golf. If he’s healthy and can practice a full time schedule, pain free?  I’ll bet anyone here he wins on tour again and contends for majors.

WD, or withdraw (14.13 percent)

80sFredrickson: Let’s just hope the guy can stand after 4 rounds

QuickFeet: It will be a victory in its self if he finishes 72 holes without hurting his back or coming away with another injury. I’ll be surprised if he can be competitive with the top players in the field.  I think it will take several tournaments, playing 4 rounds, before he can regain an “A” game that may allow him to win, if that is even possible now.

18th, or last place (23.37 percent)

youngwaldo: He will have some great shots no doubt but last place is what will happen and I am one of his great fans. 

leventhalc: I bet he will crack the top 20 haha

cradd10: The only way he doesn’t finish last is… if he invites me to play in field.

Top-10 (27.17 percent)

bladehunter: He finished 15th last year and dropped from top 10 on the last day with 4th round 76. So an even par 4th round is a solid top 10 last year. And led the field in birdies, so id take that bet.

Dave230: Middle of the pack I think. Show some glimpses but make a few silly mistakes. It’s a fairly soft event, small crowds, limited danger, and with no cut you’ll get some guys who just don’t have it at all for the week. 

straightshot7: I will guess he finishes 7th (I know it’s ambitious but I want to he optimistic). As others have said, I’ll be happy if he just finishes 4 rounds without setbacks to his health. 

Top-17 (27.72 percent of votes)

Debow: T-11th

Santiago Golf: Very doubtful that he finishes top 10. Though it wouldn’t surprise me if has a round in the 60s. Key thing here is he doesn’t have more than one blow up hole all week and play with in himself.

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Does Tiger Woods need golf more than golf needs Tiger Woods?

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In light of Tiger Woods’ return to the public eye as an assistant captain at the Presidents Cup, and his admission that his future in the game remains uncertain, GolfWRX Member Need4spd raises the question highlighted in the headline: “Does Tiger Woods need golf more than golf needs Tiger Woods?” Piggybacking off a Golf.com video, this GolfWRX forum thread has seen more than 125 replies this week and is heating up.

The responses are excellent, with many revolving around the idea that, putting aside how much we want to see him play, a return to golf may not be what’s best for Woods personally (although it would surely be difficult for the 14-time major champion).

Mackepa writes: “I genuinely believe time away from golf and the lime light is best for Tiger. Just let him have something close to a normal life.”

MidwestGolfBum writes: “Golf isn’t going to go away because he isn’t playing. There may be less interest in it at the professional level from people who don’t actually play the game like when Tiger was in his prime, but it’s not going to die as so many have predicted.”

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And dbleag has an excellent take: “I am reading ‘The Fine Green Line: My Year of Golf Adventure on the Pro-Golf Mini-Tours,’ by John Newport. He meets Ivan Lendl at a mini-tour event in Florida where IL shoots 73/83.

“They discuss whether IL is trying to get good enough to go on to the PGA Tour. Lendl admits that he isn’t nor will ever be good enough to play at the highest level, but he has “competitiveness” in his blood and has to be in an environment which allows him the rush that tennis used to give him.”

To the Lendl point, Woods mentioned in his press conference yesterday that he’s been playing competitive golf since he was four. He misses it. He wants to get back to it. Certainly, if Woods were able to remain healthy, a return has substantially less downside than the grim pattern of coming back, getting hurt, needing another surgery, and being cast into that dark place again.

Great discussion with no shortage of variables to consider.

Discussion: Have your say in the thread

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What’s your favorite Scotty Cameron putter ever?

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The GolfWRX forums exist so golfers have access to the latest equipment releases, hottest discussions, real equipment reviews, best instruction, new technologies and everything golf you can imagine. So if you love golf, the GolfWRX forums are your sanctuary.

In the From the Forums weekly feature, we bring you the hottest, most buzz-worthy topics from our forums for your convenience. I’ll be your trusty tour guide to navigate the latest buzz. Here’s a peek behind the curtain into golf’s sanctuary.

Your favorite Scotty Cameron…ever!

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Simple enough question. Numerous possibilities. Plenty of passion. An excellent thread in theory turns out very well in practice as mattd1206 asks for WRXers favorite Scotty Cameron models. Check it out if you’re a sucker for Scotty.

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Forged + forgiveness + beauty? 

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Different golfers. Different handicaps. Different wants and needs in a golf club. Mfm22 is looking for a forged iron that offers a measure of forgiveness and is aesthetically pleasing? Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and forgiveness in a forged iron is highly subjective, so this is an interesting thread to peruse.

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How common is using fewer than 14 clubs? 

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14 clubs. If you were just coming to the game of golf, you’d think that was a lot, wouldn’t you? How many weapons could you get by with if you had to? Five? Six? Spartan6910 poses the question to the forum faithful: Do any of you carry fewer than 14 clubs (and why)?

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Jack Nicklaus’ Rolex 

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(Photo credit: Hodinkee)

Fantastic stuff here as the Golden Bear tells the story of a Rolex (the only watch he’s ever owned!) that he’s worn since the 1960s. Ebrasmus21 spotted the video on Hodinkee and shared it with the community. An absolute must watch, and the forum chatter is top-notch as well.  

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Peeping PGA Tour tax documents 

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Ever wondered what the PGA Tour’s (non-profit organization that it is) Form 990 looks like? Ebrasmus21 (again!) dug it up. And while the form itself is interesting, it’s the five pages of hot takes from GolfWRX members that are worth your time. Interesting stuff.

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