There’s been a fair bit of buzz over the a recent club by Callaway that was leaked online. The clubs name is the Callaway Ft-Mag driver, mygolfspy.com has some great pics of this club, I’ve displayed them below, but he’s got a bunch more details on them, including what Phil Mickelson had to say about them, so be sure to check out his site for more details. Check out the pictures below, but read on… in terms of the clubs features.. little is known… but the story gets a little juicier.
This club has also appeared recently in the patents office by Callaway, which makes me think Callaway is on to something they want to take to market someday. We recently found this patent on our good friends website golf-patents.com. Have a look at these drawings of patents recently issued by Callaway Golf. Look familiar?
Figure 6B is the kicker for me – that clubface position looks quite similar to those pictures. The patent itself digs a little deeper into the actual features of this new club. The patent application published as US Pub. No. 201000234126 and explains:
Existing driver heads are generally designed such that when the club is soled on the ground, the bottom of the striking face is near the ground. As a result, there are limits to how low the cg of the head can be placed relative to the striking face. As driver sizes increase towards USGA limit dimensions (5” x 5” x 2.8”), especially in depth, these shapes have a common deficiency in that the CG tends to be high, relative to the face center normal. As a result these drivers, many of which have a depth approaching 5”, appreciatively have large Izz and Iyy moment of inertia values, but also center of gravity, (“CG”) positions that are deep and high, which is unfavorable. The high CG position results in shots that have excess backspin which causes a less preferable ball flight and reduced distance.
BRIEF SUMMARY OF THE INVENTION
The current invention allows for the forgiveness advantages typical of a large, deep driver, while having the added advantages of reduced backspin and improved trajectory and distance. It is hypothesized that the distribution of ball strikes on the face will migrate to follow the center of the face. This is in part due to visual perception that the preferred hit location is at the center of the face. Thus, as the face and center are raised further off the ground, so too will the hit distribution.