Callaway RAZR Fit Driver Review

Published: 10th February 2012
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Callaway’s highly anticipated foray into adjustable driver technology leads us directly to Callaway RAZR Fit Driver . Made of forged composite and titanium, the sleek looking RAZR Fit offers a simple, straightforward approach to adjustability. The "OptiFit" hosel offers three clubface settings—square, 2.5° open or 1.5° closed. (The 2.5° open face provides a 1° decrease in effective loft; the 1.5° closed face increases loft by 1°.) In addition, two interchangeable weight plugs—12-gram stainless steel and 2-gram aluminum—affect flight curvature. To operate, simply place the 12-gram screw in the toe and the 2-gram screw in the heel for neutral weight bias, or 2 grams in the toe and 12 grams in the heel for draw bias.
Callaway prescribes an easy-to-follow fitting process to achieve the desired ball flight. First, set the clubface angle so that it looks good to you at address. Then hit shots to determine if the predominant flight path (draw, fade, etc.) is how you like it. If not, you can swap the interchangeable weight screws. Lastly, you can turn the hosel to a new setting to tweak face angle and initial shot direction.

RAZR Fit has less carbon fiber throughout the body than the previous RAZR Hawk driver, which results in a more metallic impact sound. The club comes in 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5° and 11.5° lofts. The stock shaft is the Aldila RIP NV at 45.5”. Callaway also offers a variety of “aftermarket” shafts at no additional cost.

The "Speed Frame" face combines the benefits of a “hyperbolic” face and VFT (variable face technology). Bottom line: This clubface weighs 4 grams less than RAZR Hawk’s hyperbolic face and produces higher ball speeds on off-center shots that are more on par with center hits.

$399, graphite

From The Shop Blog (December 1, 2011)
Adjustable drivers have been around for years, and lots of golfers like them because they allow you to tweak things like the loft, face angle, lie angle, and weight distribution. However, one of the biggest names in golf equipment, Callaway, hasn't offered one. Until now.

In late January, 2012, Callaway will release the RAZR Fit driver, which was quietly made available to tour pros during the PGA Tour's Fall Series. It's already found a home in Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson's bags.

"We wanted the adjustability to be easy for the consumer to use and to matter, so when a golfer makes a change we want him to be able to notice a change in the ball flight," says Luke Williams, Callaway Golf's global director of woods and irons.

Out of the box, the Callaway RAZR Fit Driver will come with a neutral face angle, but using a torque wrench to unscrew the head from the shaft, and then re-attaching it in one of three different settings, lets you open the face 2.5° or close the face by 1.5°.

The RAZR Fit comes with a 12-gram weight in the toe area and a 2-gram weight in the heel, but using the same torque wrench, the weights can be switched to increase the draw bias of the club.

In addition to being Callaway's first adjustable driver, the Callaway RAZR Fit Driver is also the first driver to feature Callaway's newest face, which is dubbed "Speed Frame." It's an optimization of the hyperbolic face pattern than Callaway has been using for several years, but the company says it should help golfers maintain more ball speed when they hit outside of the sweet spot.

"The center of the face tends to be the hottest spot on a driver, and that's capped by the USGA," Williams says. "So what we want to do is make the areas around the center behave more like the center of the face."

The crown of the RAZR Fit is made from Forged Composite, a unique carbon material that first appeared in last season'sRAZR Hawk and Diablo Octane drivers. By melting millions of carbon fibers, Callaway engineers can press and mold the carbon material into very precise shapes and designs; in the case of the Callaway RAZR Fit Driver , Forged Composite has been used in the crown to make it thinner and lighter. This allowed Callaway designers to add weight to the bottom and back sections of the club to lower the center of gravity.

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