Quiros offers preview of Callaway Razr Fit driver
Sunday, May 12, 2013
Alvaro Quiros has the charisma of Seve Ballesteros and the power of Zeus. His drives are lightning bolts from the sky.
“If only he had a short game,” is the lone common complaint about the 28-year-old Spaniard.
When the Q-Man sank a 40-foot eagle putt to win the Dubai World Championship, there was evidence of an emerging short game. Still, most fans want to see him hit big drives with the big stick.
At Dubai, Quiros used a new Callaway Razr Fit driver (9.5 degrees). He averaged more than 311 yards off the tee, down from the 327 yards he averaged the week before at the UBS Hong Kong Open.
So what is the Razr Fit driver and when will it be available to consumers around the world?
Second things first: Callaway’s new driver is scheduled to be in golf shops on Feb. 17. The retail price will be $399.
This is Callaway’s first fully adjustable driver sold to the public. It is adjustable in two ways. First, it has three face angle positions -- square, open and closed. Second, it has one weight port in the toe and another in the heel, with interchangeable weights of 12 grams and 2 grams.
“We wanted the adjustability to be simple. We wanted it to be easy to do,” said Luke Williams, Callaway’s senior director of global woods and irons. “At the same time, we wanted it to matter. When someone makes a change, we wanted them to see a difference. And, believe me, they will.”
Why has Callaway waited until now to bring an adjustable driver to market?
“Because,” Williams said, “over the years we have focused much of our energy on materials. We designed drivers that delivered better performance through distribution of weight. We have made robust drivers that perform very, very well for a range of players.
“We’ve been looking at adjustable drivers, of course. We prototyped various types of adjustability in the past. All along, we felt we had to achieve a certain threshold in performance. We weren’t going to sell any driver just for the sake of adjustability. . . .
“With the Razr Fit, we feel we got it right. We’ve got the adjustability, and we’ve got the performance.”
The crown of the Razr Fit driver is made of Callaway’s proprietary lightweight material called Forged Composite. Callaway claims the material is lighter, stronger and more precise than titanium. According to Callaway, this allows more weight to be placed in the body of the driver for a lower center of gravity.
The driver’s titanium body incorporates an aerodynamic shaping technique that Callaway calls Streamlined Surface Technology. Lofts are 8.5, 9.5, 10.5 and 11.5 degrees. The driver is 45.5 inches in length, and the stock shaft is Aldila’s RIP’d NV.
Of great interest to some golfers is this interesting tidbit: When the Razr Fit face angle is changed by moving a cog located on the hosel, the shaft does not rotate with the cog. This means that the grip position and shaft graphics always remain the same. This is crucial to golfers who use a reminder grip on their drivers.
Williams also talked at length about the acoustics of the new driver. Callaway relied heavily on its staff of touring pros to achieve a precise sound.
“We’ve learned a lot about sound,” Williams said. “That’s another potential pitfall of adjustable drivers. Tour players are very sensitive to sound, and we had prototypes with all kinds of different sounds. In the end, the sound came our great. Everybody liked it.”
Quiros carried 14 Callaway clubs in Dubai. One was a 17-degree 4-wood, bent to 15 degrees. At other tournaments this year, he has used a 15-degree 3-wood, bent to 12.7 degrees.
The Q bag: Razr Fit driver (9.5), X fairway wood (15), Razr Muscle Back irons (3-PW), X-Forged wedges (52, 56, 58), Odyssey PT10 ProType putter (Black Ops), Tour i(z) ball.
Golfweek.com readers: We value your input and welcome your comments, but please be respectful in this forum.