Callaway’s FT driver line has had quite a year. To be sure, Phil Mickelson’s third Masters win with the FT Tour in his bag was a highlight. But Ernie Els and Jim Furyk have each won twice with their FTs, and at one point the driver racked up seven PGA Tour titles in nine weeks.
So, what’s it all about?
The FT comes in two models, both of which sell for $400. One is the more traditionally shaped FT Tour, which Philly Mick used with such great success at Augusta. It boasts a 440cc head that combines an ultra-lightweight, carbon-composite body with a titanium clubface. With a full-length hosel, open face angle and less face progression, it offers the sort of traditional look at address that better players prefer. And the club’s External Web Weighting is designed to position the center of gravity in a way that it generates longer and more penetrating ball flights as well as greater workability.
“Finally, we have a commercial version of a driver that we’ve had on the pro tours for about a year,” says Dan Stevens, Callaway’s manager of industrial design. “The pros liked it so much that we decided we had to make it for our consumers.”
The FT-iZ has a very different look with a triangular, multi-material head that is designed to reduce aerodynamic drag. According to Stevens, a proprietary design feature called Polar Weighting, which locates weight at the front and back of the clubhead, is designed to optimize stability at impact and also enhance ball speeds.
Whatever the technical specifications, the combinations appear to be quite effective, as the FT’s run of PGA Tour wins so far this season indicates.