Review of FT-iZ Tour Driver

Published: 04th August 2011
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Callaway Golf says that in its never-ending mission to find more distance and accuracy for golfers, its engineers used an entirely new design to produce the FT-iZ driver which it revealed at the PGA Merchandise Show last week.
When it comes to Callaway drivers, I’m more of an FT-9 man than FT-iQ, and although I certainly recognize the benefit of the crown’s unique shape on the Draw version, I’m not terribly keen on the original Diablo which I'm sure will be usurped, surpassed and become outdated with the launch of the new Diablo Edge in a few weeks’ time.
The question remains though: is the new flagship of Callaway’s range of drivers, the FT-iZ driver, worth your attention? Does it offer more than a quick, but well disguised, restyling job? Should even staunch traditionalists shelve their aversion to innovation and check it out?
If you believe what Callaway is saying, for example 'the FT-iZ driver is longer and straighter than any driver we’ve ever made’, it definitely sounds like you should be heading to your pro shop for a test drive at least.
Fusion technology - a combination of aluminum, steel, carbon-fiber and titanium, allows the weight to be positioned where you need it, makes the club lighter and dampens the sound without the explosive ‘crash’ of an all-titanium driver being lost entirely. The result is an impressively high moment of inertia.
My only reservation when I first clapped eyes on the FT-iZ driver was the shape of the head – the now seemingly standard ‘progressive’ shape that features a wide face tapering towards a point at the back, making it look almost triangular.
Williams says the FT-iZ driver is aimed at ‘anyone who wants to hit longer, straighter drives’, a group, it’s fair to say, to which most golfers belong.
He told me: "It may seem like this design would appeal more to higher handicap players but there is a FT-iZ driver Tour model (8.5, 9.5, 10.5 degree loft options) which has already attracted quite a bit of attention. Believe it or not, some players who like to work the ball a bit don’t use it because they say it goes too straight for them."
Scratch players and low-handicappers who play the FT-9, and who have the inclination and time to test the FT-iZ driver in all its I-Mix variations, will no doubt discern what affect the Polar Weighting, Chemically-Milled Hyperbolic cup face and aerodynamic body design have on their drives.


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