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Callaway Announces Tour Authentic Line



Ever since Phil Mickelson and Ernie Els put a prototype set of Callaway Blades into play, many in the golf world have been eagerly awaiting word from Callaway for a possible launch date.

The wait is over, since this April Callaway will launch the new X-Prototype irons as part of their new Tour Authentic line. This line consists of equipment straight from the PGA Tour. There are no modifications to accommodate the average player, these are clubs designed for the best players in the world now available to the public. Along with the X-Prototype irons, a new FT-5 T driver, X-Forged Wedges, Tour Milled Putter, and Staff Bags complete the line and offer golfers the chance to play what the pros play.

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FT-5 T Driver

The FT-5 driver was a big hit among consumers, the Tour versions were aimed at better players but still some golfers wanted more. The new FT-5 T driver will take them one step further. By incorporating the traditional FT-5 body, Callaway has added the new T hosel which is placed closer to the leading edge and gives the driver a more open look. The driver will also feature a face angle that lies 1.5 degrees open further enhancing the driver’s open appearance and workability. The FT-5 T driver will be available in Draw, Neutral, and Fade Opti-Fit Weight configurations in lofts of 8.5 and 9.5 degrees.

X-Prototype Irons

Once regarded as a strictly game improvement brand, Callaway has made some major roads into the players market with the X-Tour and X-Forged irons. Taking that design one step further, Roger Cleveland has designed the X-Prototype, a forged muscle back with the X-Muscle which provides forgiveness while still allowing for trajectory and shot control. The X-Muscle also features a flighted center of gravity with the highest muscle in the short irons for trajectory control which moves to the lowest in the long irons for high, soft landing shots. The sole grind of the irons is positioned right between the X-Tour which many players felt had too much bounce and the X-Forged which many felt had too little. The X-Prototype should play somewhere between the two in terms of turf interaction. The irons will be made from soft 1020 carbon steel and are forged by the famed Endo manufacturing facility.

X-Forged Wedges

GolfWRX recently covered the addition of the new X-Forged wedge to the line with a new C-grind added to their wedges. However, as part of the Tour Authentic line, the X-Forged will also be available with the PM grind that made the original X-Tour wedge so successful. The club will also feature a tighter heel to toe radius for greater playability around the greens. The X-Forged also features the super-sharp "Mac Daddy" grooves which are at the USGA’s maximum allowable depth and width providing tremendous amounts of spin. The wedges will be available in both durable chrome and low glare vintage finishes.

Tour Milled Putter

Although many people were very impressed by the Odyssey Black series, quite a few longed for the original Tour-only milled putters prototypes seen among Callaway staffers on the PGA Tour. Odyssey will finally appease the masses with the introduction of the new Tour Milled Putter. Milled from a single blank of 303 stainless steel, this putter is sure to be a big hit among traditionalists. The putter features a thin face for a soft yet solid feel. The thin face also allows weight to be moved to the perimeter and deeper to the back of the putter providing for more forgiveness. The putter will be available in 33, 34, and 35 inch lengths with a standard head weight of 340 grams.

2008 Staff Bags

Callaway will also introduce four new staff bags in 2008 in color schemes that correspond with the major championships.

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  1. Alex S

    Mar 8, 2008 at 12:49 am

    Callaway making the right business moves. Remember, these irons are for the players first, and rumors are that Phil and Ernie and really liking them. If that can translate to more wins, then Callaway ends up as the beneficiary. I thought Callaway needed a set of ‘blades’ LONG time ago and FINALLY we are seeing their attempt at one. Whatever, it is always prudent business to keep your customers (pro tour members as well as the general public). Personally, I think the x-protype irons look absolutely fantastic. Great job Callaway and I’ll be owners of a set in the future.

  2. Finn

    Feb 15, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    Which will be easier to hit? Prototypes or X Forged?

  3. Hans T

    Feb 3, 2008 at 3:19 am

    Cool..! i am waiting to get FT-5 T

  4. Chris K.

    Jan 22, 2008 at 4:21 pm

    I was allways into callaway but they never had a ste of irons I felt confident with and I hope this is going to change as soon as the Proto´s come out!!

  5. K Vakamudi

    Jan 21, 2008 at 1:01 pm

    Jason, all will be available April as custom order only through Callaway dealers.

  6. Jason R

    Jan 19, 2008 at 7:32 am

    Please tell us when the proto irons are going to come out..I have the x-forged now but can’t wait for the proto’s!

  7. Brad B

    Jan 17, 2008 at 7:41 am

    Question about the FT-5 T driver – does it launch with less backspin than the regular FT-5 Tour?

    Which Callaway driver launches with the least backspin (equal lofts, of course)?

  8. Steve H

    Jan 16, 2008 at 2:36 pm

    I’m a retailer up in Canada and can tell you now that I’ve got customers just chompin’ at the bit to have this opportunity available to them!
    I’m definitely going to have to give the new driver a test drive, but those irons look amazing. I’ve got TPMB w/ PX6.0 right now, but if these stack up to the expectations, I’ll be trading in fast!

  9. James L

    Jan 16, 2008 at 3:36 am

    I have never been a Callaway fan but am currently using the FT-5 tour driver (changed from Titlesit 905R) and it is an excellent club once you get over the awful sound. The x prototype irons look good and I will certainly try them on the back of the performance of the FT-5. I tried the current x-forged irons for a couple of round and liked the clubs but hated the project x shafts. Am I the only one who doesn’t like project x rifle shafts?? (Currently use S400)

  10. Atlas0_6

    Jan 15, 2008 at 11:19 pm

    Nice. I started of Callaway moved to Nike, Bridgestone.. but the X-proto irons may bring me back to Callaway…
    Nice. Really Nice.

  11. finker21

    Jan 15, 2008 at 9:34 pm

    the irons are so tight put thoes out as soon as possible

  12. T_Lett

    Jan 15, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    This new stuff is really good, I am a Callaway staff professional and I will playing some of this new stuff this year, I can’t wait.

  13. Texashigh 10

    Jan 15, 2008 at 8:27 pm

    Freakin’ sweet!!! Putter looks amazing, not sure i could use the driver or irons though.

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Whats in the Bag

Alex Noren WITB 2021 (May)



  • Equipment is accurate as of the 2021 AT&T Byron Nelson

Driver: Callaway Epic Max LS (8.5 degrees @7)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Ka’ili White 60 TX

3-wood: Callaway Epic Flash Sub Zero 3+ (13.5 degrees set at 12.5)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana White 80 X

Hybrid: Callaway X Forged UT ’18
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Pro White Hybrid 100 TX

Irons: Callaway Apex Pro ’19 (4-PW)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Wedges: Callaway Jaws MD5 (50, 56, 60 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100

Putter: Odyssey O-Works 1W

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet


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Sam Burns WITB 2021 (May)



Sam Burns’ equipment accurate as of the AT&T Byron Nelson. Burns has switched from a 58-degree wedge to a 60 as his highest lofter and a 4-wood lofted down rather than a 3-wood lofted up. 

Driver: Callaway Mavrik (10.5 degrees @10.3, NS setting)
Shaft: TPT Prototype

4-wood: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (adjustable) (17 degrees @15.5, NS setting, 14GF, 10GB)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 8 X (42.75 inches, tipped 1.5 inch, D3)

(Image via Callaway's Johnny Wunder)

4-hybrid: Callaway Apex Pro ’15 (23 degrees @21.6)
Shaft: Fujikura Atmos Blue Hy 8 X (39.5 inches, tipped 1 inch, D3)

Irons: Callaway Apex TCB (4-9)
Shafts: Project X 6.5

Burns has gone full-bag Apex TCB since this photo was taken at the RBC Heritage.

Wedges: Callaway MD5 Jaws Raw (46-10S, 50-10S, 56-10S @55, 60-12X)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400

Putter: Odyssey O-Works 7S (3-degree loft, 71-degree lie, 35 inches)

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X (’20)

Grips: Lamkin Crossline Cord Mid


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Wyndham Clark WITB 2021 (May)



Driver: PXG 0811 X+ Proto (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana TB 60 X

3-wood: PXG 0341 X Gen4

Irons: PXG 0311 T Gen3 (3-5), PXG 0311 ST Gen4 (6-9)
Shafts: Nippon Modus3 130X

Wedges: PXG 0311 Sugar Daddy (46, 52, 56, 60)
Shafts: Nippon Modus3 130X

Putter: Odyssey White Hot OG #7
Shaft: Stroke Lab Red

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord

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