In 2013, Callaway Golf released two new models for their fairway woods. First, there was the XHot Fairway Woods. Later, they released the FT Optiforce Fairway Woods. This might have made some people upset, especially the ones who bought the XHot only to know that a new model is out a little later. Well, that’s quite understandable, but the XHot is still one of the best clubs in the market.
Some golfers, on the other hand, are happy for the release of the Optiforce. After all, wouldn’t it be nice for companies to share their latest technology to their consumers?
Here, we’ll take a look at how the Callaway Golf FT Optiforce Fairway Woods measure up. We’ll break it down to different components and have a few comparisons on the way. Let’s see if it was really necessary for the company to release a second model in the same year.
Let’s start with the Optiforce’s aesthetics. When you look at it, you’ll see that it’s one sleek-looking golf club. You can say that it looks cooler than the XHot. It features a clean look coupled with a darker and deeper red, plus glossy black and touches of gray.
The markings of the club are not all for looks. The face of the club has an ‘X’ mark that indicates the exact position of the sweet spot. This will give you better chances of utilizing that sweet spot.
When it comes to the technology fitted into the Optiforce, the foundations are just similar to the XHot: the cup-faced type of design with a forged 455 Carpenter club face made of steel in varying thickness. They just added some aerodynamic properties resulting in a faster club. The standard shaft is a Project X Velocity (53-gram). This shaft offers decent performance.
Here are the technologies Callaway Golf put into the Optiforce:
- Modern Warbird Sole.
This is claimed to add versatility for the club. From usage, it apparently holds up to that promise.
- Dynamic Standing Wave.
This is for positioning the center of gravity for the club precisely for high launch angles. It also provides optimization for the spin rates.
- Forged Speed Frame Face Cup.
This is the result of the combination of the Speed Frame Face and the Forged Face Cup. This results into faster balls when hit with this fairway wood.
- Speed Optimized Technology.
This club’s main focus is on speed. The club head with an aerodynamic design plus the light overall weight of the shaft ensures the greatest speed for the club head.
The concept that Callaway Golf worked under is pretty simple: more speed equals more distance. This is what they have claimed to achieve with the FT Optiforce Fairway Woods. It supposedly improves from the XHot and the RAZR Fit Extreme when it comes to speed of the club and the height of ball flight. Of course, as a consumer, you should not just take their word for it. Actual usage will tell if the club delivers its promise.
In comparison, the difference between the performance of the Optiforce with the RAZR Fit Extreme and the XHot may not be that big, but it is enough to be notable. The club is indeed faster and adds distance to your shots. Another impressive quality is that the Optiforce really gets the ball off the ground fairly easily. The resulting ball flight makes the ball land softly onto greens. This means the club can be used in a good deal of situations throughout your play.
Whether you feel upset or glad due to the second release, there’s no denying that the Callaway Golf FT Optiforce Fairway Woods is a great club. It is fast and versatile – it will help you play your best.