Martin Hopley
By Martin Hopley

Just three days after launching their Mack Daddy 2 wedge, Callaway have launched the FT Optiforce driver.

With slightly more forgiveness than the X Hot driver and a high ball flight, the latest evolution of the FT (or Fusion Technology) range brings a re-engineered head shape with a very lightweight shaft to the market. Additionally, the Callaway FT Optiforce driver features an updated Advanced OptiFit Hosel.

The last FT driver from Callaway came back in 2010 in the form of the Callaway FT-iZ driver. The new Optiforce driver features many of the same principles with an updated, modern look and design.

The new, aerodynamic head shape features Callaway's Forged Composite material. The lightweight composite material is strong but remarkably lighweight, meaning it delivers maximum clubhead speed which promotes more ball speed.

The head design is not the only way in which Callaway have removed weight from the OptiForce driver. Two stock shafts have been chosen specifically to lower the weight of the driver without compromising stability or performance: the 43-gram PX Velocity shaft and the Mitsubishi Diamana S+ shaft. Both help provide a total club weight of less than 300 grams.

When it comes to ball flight and performance, the Optiforce driver benefits from Callaway's Advanced OptiFit Hosel. The hosel can be removed from the clubhead and altered to optimise launch conditions and shot shape. Players can increase or decrease the loft of their Optiforce driver as well as altering the directional bias to either Neutral or Draw.

Furthermore, Callaway have combined VFT and Hyperbolic Face technologies to create a larger sweet spot on the FT Optiforce driver. The titanium face is engineered to save weight, optimise the centre of gravity and create a longer, more consistent ball flight. Lastly, Callaway have utilised a chemical milling process to selectively remove excess material to ensure precisiont thickness material.

As is the case with many of Callaway's drivers, the FT Optiforce driver is offered in a 460cc (first row left) and 440cc (second row left) head design. The 460cc offers more forgiveness, whilst the 440cc offers slightly more workability and a simpler look at address with no crown graphics or alignment aids.

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Callaway FT Optiforce Driver - Product Details

UK Launch12 July 2013
USA Launch12 July 2013
Handicap Range
GolferMens, Women
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
Left Handed Lofts9.5°, 10.5°
Right Handed Lofts9.5°, 10.5°
Head Volume460 cc
Weight290 grams
Club Length46 inches
Swing WeightD0, D2
AdjustabilityLoft, Face Angle
Shaft NameProject X Velocity 43
Shaft TypesGraphite
Shaft FlexRegular, Stiff
Shaft Weight43 grams
Manufacturer's WebsiteCallaway Website

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