Why Callaway have introduced the new XR Speed driverApril 13, 2018 Golf Equipment
Callaway now have SIX drivers to choose from - but where does the XR Speed sit in the range? Also in All the Gear, releases from FootJoy and TaylorMade
The Callaway XR Speed driver and fairway woods are the latest new products from one of golf’s market-leading brands.
But why are Callaway introducing new woods to the market just after launching their Rogue range of products?
It does seem a little bit odd considering the Epic line is still continuing as well.
So there are now three families of woods to choose from which includes six drivers in total (Rogue, Rogue Draw, Rogue Sub Zero, Epic, Epic Sub Zero, XR Speed).
It can leave consumers scratching their heads.
But let’s take a closer look at the Callaway XR Speed driver and understand the thinking behind it.
The XR range has been hugely popular over the years.
It was the first driver Callaway created in conjunction with Boeing with a ‘speed step’ crown to improve aerodynamics.
The brand say the Callaway XR Speed driver will be the best ‘non-jailbreak’ driver out there. What does that mean?
Well, as I’m sure you know, Jailbreak is the technology in the Rogue and Epic drivers which helps increase ball speed by connecting the crown and sole with titanium bars.
The Rogue and Epic drivers are very much in the ‘super-premium’ price bracket at £469. The XR Speed will set you back £339.
Callaway XR Speed driver is by no means a ‘budget’ option, it’s still premium, but but it’s £130 cheaper than Rogue and Epic.
“Our Jailbreak Technology made Epic the number one selling driver globally in 2017, and this year the new Rogue family of woods, also featuring Jailbreak, is off to an equally strong start,” said Dr Alan Hocknell, Callaway’s R&D guru.
“We are however aware that drivers in the super-premium category aren’t accessible to every golfer.
“So our challenge with the new XR Speed was to deliver the best ‘non-Jailbreak’ driver possible, to sit in the premium category, that would still outperform competitor drivers, as well as give Epic and Rogue a run for their money.”
So what does the XR Speed do? And how does it still produce good distance and ball speed without the Jailbreak technology?
Callaway say it has the lightest and most flexible face they’ve ever produced which should produce fast speed over a larger area.
XR Speed is also the first XR Driver to feature an ultra-light triaxial carbon crown – similar to that in the Rogue and Epic.
It’s actually 45 percent lighter than the XR 16 titanium crown.
Callaway say this allows them to improve the forgiveness and promote high launch and lower spin off the tee.
How does it perform? We’re still waiting for our sample to review. Watch this space.
More information can be found on the Callaway website.
FootJoy Arc SL
FootJoy do a fantastic job at offering something for every type of golfer.
If you want the latest performance technology and a sporty look, check out the Pro SL and Tour-S.
For more traditional looks, there’s the Icons and DryJoys Tour.
And now for golfers whose main priority is comfort and convenience we have the all-new Arc SL.
They are named for the active response cushioning found within the midsole of the shoe.
The shoe also boasts leather uppers with a one-year waterproof guarantee and added support around the ankle to help to secure the golfer throughout the swing.
Colours: White/navy, black, white/grey
More information can be found on the FootJoy website.
TaylorMade P790 UDI 2-iron
This has been used on tour by many TaylorMade staffers including Dustin Johnson, Rory McIlroy and Justin Rose – and now it’s available for us club golfers.
It has similar technology to the regular P790 irons with increased flexibility from heel to toe and low on the clubface, resulting in more ball speed across the entire face.
There’s also strategically located tungsten weighting for precise CG placement and more stability (high MOI).
Shaft: Project X Hzrdus Black 85g
More information can be found on the TaylorMade website.
Intelligent GPS and game-tracking technology
Golfication X combines a GPS Rangefinder, shot Tracker and swing analyser.
It also provides holistic insights into your game and helps make sense of the statistics.
Built by a team of young engineers from the Indian Institutes of Technology, the wearable gadget clips on to your glove and features an inbuilt GPS and 9-axis motion sensor.
It detects shots automatically without taps, manual-input or use of a smartphone.
It can be paired with the Golfication App to help identify swing problems, track your game in great depth, and suggest shots accounting for elevation, wind and your shot-history.
More information can be found on the Golfication website.