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So let me get this straight (even though I haven't read all 100 posts), There are guys here who have hit their Callaway reps new super long fairway woods and they are much better than the the TM RBZs which was the biggest thing to hcome in FW clubs since Orlimar in the 90's. But Callaway's main player doesn't have one, so he is using the competitors RBZ???
Lot of crap going on here when I hear that the reps have a club that that their leading player doesn't and it magically is better than the the club their player is using???
Yeah, okay, in the next life!
I don't think anyone is saying that. As you know, the RBZ was difficult to hitt off the deck, and easy off the tee. Where was Phil hitting it? Deck or tee? The design difference here is that the hot fwy is extraordinarily easy to hit of the deck, and is longer for nearly everyone. Once you see the design, you'll have no questions. Max COR (in fact, the first submissions to the USGA got a non-conforming letter), and easy to get airborne. The perfect fairway for a guy who hits driver 250 yards.
I have thought that this was why Phil COULDN'T play the new hot Callaway. It didn't pass inspection, non conforming. Happened to Phil and Callaway right after the groove change. New wedges were deemed non conforming and Phil went with a set of old Ping's.
Well what are they doing? Sending out non conforming heads to the reps where they will make an impression that is not really true?
They didn't get these changed to legal and out to the reps in that kind of time frame. It can't happen that quickly. These clubheads are completely made in China. While it is possible to get a few new protos changed and back (at a huge cost!) in short order, there isn't enough time to do that and get USGA approvals and then get enough heads out to the club sales reps. Don't forget all of the OEMs are rushing new production and they all share casting companies. Do you think that the other OEMs (ie. TaylorMade and Nike [let alone Ping and Titleist] who are both rushing new product out) are just going to get out of the way for another OEM? Do you think that Callaway is going to out spend the others for first priority?
Let's get real here!
I don't know. Doesn't add up. Taken separately, they make sense. But, if people are demoing these 2 fairway heads, and they are conforming, why isn't one in Phil's bag. Maybe Phil is waiting on a one-off just for him. It wasn't like the RBZ was a stock offering.
Something doesn't add up and we may never know why...
This is called "media embargo".
X-Hot has not been introcued to the public, and having PM play it before would be a huge breach of embargo way too early.
I don't believe the reps have their bags and shot broadcast worldwide, so after signing a confidentiality agreement, they can hit and learn about new products. After all they are the one selling the products to the public and can make it success or failure!
Edited by leontom16, 22 November 2012 - 09:53 AM.