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Razr's edge: Callaway's new clubs

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Luke Williams, senior director of global woods and irons at Callaway Golf, isn’t the least bit shy when he describes the company’s new Razr XF irons and hybrids, which will be available at retailers starting in mid-October.

First, he laps hearty praise on the irons. “They are the most premium ones in our line, and they not only have the highest MOI (moment of inertia) of any iron we have designed but also incorporate the best iron technologies Callaway has developed over the years,” Williams says.

As for the hybrids, he lauds them for the ways that larger heads and added offset help to deliver higher, longer and straighter shots. “And they integrate nicely with the irons to give golfers a super game-improvement set of clubs that maximize distance and forgiveness,” Williams adds.

The Razr XF iron boasts a forged, 1025 carbon steel body that is designed to provide softer, more responsive feedback at impact. The clubface is made of thin, high-strength 455 Carpenter steel intended to generate faster ball speeds for greater distances. And it is lighter, so Callaway engineers were able to place additional weight in the perimeter of the clubhead. That’s where the Razr XFs get their increased MOI, which enhances forgiveness.

According to Williams, an aluminum and injection-molded thermoplastic medallion improves sound and feel, while a dark, PVD (physical vapor deposition) finish reduces glare and gives the club “a rich and expensive look.”

The hybrids have that same PVD finish as well as a multi-material medallion. They also feature Callaway’s proprietary VFT technology, which controls face thickness in order to create a larger sweet spot and higher ball speeds for more distance. And the clubs are built with a so-called Zero Roll Design so they may produce a higher launch angle on shots hit low on the face, to bolster distance and encourage softer landings on greens.

The Callaway Razr XF irons and hybrids come in sets of six irons and two hybrids – and are available in three different options: 3H, 4H and 5-PW; 4H, 5H and 6-AW; and 4H, 5H and 6-SW.