Callaway has announced their 2008 club lineup which GolfWRX recently covered.
However, there were two new additions to the line which were recently announced: the Sabertooth putter and the FT-i LGC driver. Both products capitalize on the success of previous designs but introduce new features to help improve performance.
Callaway's FT-i driver was a huge hit in 2007, delivering on it's promise tremendous forgiveness. However, better players with higher swing speeds often found that the FT-i produced too much backspin costing them distance in the wind and preventing roll on the ground. To address this, Callaway has introduced a new model once only found on the professional golf tours. The FT-i Low Center of Gravity (LCG). The LCG places weight deeper and further back in the club head producing less spin with a higher intial launch which should decrease backspin. Here is Callaway's description, 'Designed with input from Callaway Golf's Tour players, the FT-i Tour LCG Driver has discretionary weight positioned lower and in the extreme corners, producing the highest moment of inertia (MOI) of any Callaway Golf driver.'
Not only will the FT-i LCG feature a new internal weighting strategy, but it will also have a new Matrix Ozik X-Con as the stock shaft. Although Callaway has not formally confirmed this yet, the club's high MSRP suggests that there will be a super high end shaft offering for this driver. The expected MSRP of the FT-i Tour LCG will be $675.
Odyssey's White Hot XG insert features a softer, more consistent insert than previous White Hot models. The new line has a solid stable of traditional anser and mallet styles. However, Odyssey has pushed the evelope to produce new high MOI mallet styles which help alignment. The Sabertooth putter is the newest model in the White Hot XG line.
According to Callaway, 'The Sabertooth putter features the most radical head shape in golf. The Sabertooth utilizes high-density Dual Fangs to position more weight to the outer-most limits, helping keep the putter on-line for wicked accuracy. Aiming Channels inside the fangs make lining up putts easier and the multi-layer White Hot XG insert, our most popular and most responsive, generates our softest feel with fine-tuned responsiveness.'
Look for these and other new additions to the '08 line at the PGA merchandise show scheduled for early 2008.
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