The Callaway FT-iQ definitely deserves a good look this year. The shape looks more like a torpedo than a driver but I must say, the reviews thus far have been very favorable. And, to top off good early indications, the Golf Digest gave it a Gold rating. So it looks like all engines are go for this next launch for Callaway.
The carbon fiber shell provides a an overall improvement to the head stability of the driver. By utilizing a hyperbolic X-design in the cup face and rear-weighted along with a stretched square shape, the MOI on this club stretches the limit of the PGA standard. The ball launch is considered higher than that of the FT-i, it’s predecessor. In addition, the driver boasts a much lower spin rate than that of the FT-i.
Callaway FT-iQ Driver Specs:
- Face Height: 53 mm
- Face Area: 43.7 cm
- Front to Back: 112 mm
- Heel to Toe: 103 mm
- Shaft Length (stock): 45 in
- MOI: EXTREME – bordering on illegal 🙂
Actual Player Feedback:
“Very straight with a muted sound at impact”
“Explosive off the clubface”
“… it’s HOT”
This is a very high tech driver that provides a feeling of confidence at address. The stealthy looking head shape provide a larger hitting area while keeping the sleek design. The extreme MOI this driver possesses provides a the average golfer with the resources to launch the ball with ease. New Mitsubishi Fubuki shaft nails this driver as state of the art. However, the slightly closed club face does take the “workability” away from the scratch or low handicap golfer.
In conclusion, the Callaway FT-iQ will most likely be a success, especially for the average golfer. The club is designed with the recreational player in mind, an extremely high MOI coupled with a low spin, is ammunition for a straight, long ball off the tee. An added bonus is Callaway’s decision to fit the FT-iQ with a Mitsubishi Fubuki, one of the hottest driver shafts on the market. This driver is definitely a must-see, must-try, driver any beginner or intermediate golfer looking for a solid performing, discount main club.