Gear & EquipmentSeptember 13, 2011

Websites buzzing over Callaway adjustable driver

Adjustable drivers with movable weights and/or rotating hosels have been introduced by nearly every major manufacturer in golf. One of the biggest still standing on the sidelines appears to be about to get in the game.

Callaway Golf, more than a decade removed from being the brand behind the No. 1-selling driver in golf, seems to be the topic of conversation on equipment websites over a driver that will feature both an adjustable hosel and movable weights. A photograph of a Callaway-logoed club with sole weights appears in an equipment forum on the website golfwrx.com. In addition, the site shows what one poster calls catalog pages from a Callaway brochure, which also reveals an adjustable fairway wood. Both the driver and the fairway wood are under the name RAZR FIT.

Earlier this summer, Callaway staff player Stuart Appleby tweeted about his experience with a new Callaway driver, posting several items on August 2, including, "It's a Razar [sic] and is designed to fit your game, it's getting/is being presented to USGA for compliance, so I'm waiting for one later in Oct."

Callaway's only previous attempt at a club with movable parts came in 2008 with the I-MIX platform, in which drivers like the FT-9 and the FT-iQ were sold also as component heads and shafts, allowing a player to easily switch shafts depending on the conditions. I-MIX was not successful in the marketplace.

Callaway's Tim Buckman, senior director of global communications, declined comment on the web chatter.

--Mike Stachura

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