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  • wldchld22wldchld22  3371WRX Points: 188Members Posts: 3,371 Titanium Tees
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    Do you think we have entered the era where players have too little spin?
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  • wldchld22wldchld22  3371WRX Points: 188Members Posts: 3,371 Titanium Tees
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    How much pressure was there when you brought back the Big Bertha name? Was it named before it went into development or after you developed it?
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  • ThunderBuzzworthThunderBuzzworth Hulk... Smash!!  2635WRX Points: 214Handicap: +3Members Posts: 2,635 Titanium Tees
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    It seemed like the original Alpha was not the prominent driver in tour players bags and that the Xhot and x2 were in more bags. Why do you think that was? Do you think these new alphas will have a larger tour presence?
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  • RandomGolfGuyRandomGolfGuy  495WRX Points: 35Members Posts: 495 Bunkers
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    Does callaway plan to continue the x forged series players irons, or is the apex pro supposed to take over the series being that both irons play very similar as a players CB iron.



    Also does Callaway plan to continue the deep series? And will we see a 4 wood version, or perhaps adjustable versions?



    Thank you in advance!
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    Adams D-hy 21° Aldila Tour Blue Stiff Flex
    Callaway X-Utility Prototype iron 24° 6.0
    Srixon i-506 irons 5-PW 6.0
    Titleist SM5 F Grind 50°
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  • chickenpotpiechickenpotpie #TeamJetSpeed  8538WRX Points: 151Handicap: 5.5Members Posts: 8,538 Titanium Tees
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    Any plans for a driver with multiple gravity cores?



    Is there any benefit to having a gravity core in a fairway wood or hybrid?



    What's for lunch?
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    What was the driving factor behind creating the loyalty bonus program? Do you plan to offer this for other products as well (such as irons)?
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  • mikshanmikshan  200WRX Points: 48Members Posts: 200 Fairways
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    The SuperSoft ball has been my favorite golf ball this season and wondered if you could shed some light on the rumored Chrome Soft ball. How is it different from the Supersoft and when might it be available?



    Thanks for the Q ands A and the giveaway!
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  • Gauchograd99Gauchograd99  1915WRX Points: 356Handicap: 3.2Members Posts: 1,915 Platinum Tees
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    In regards to the shaft options, I noticed that the Matrix 7M3 Black Tie that was a no-charge upgrade in my Razr FIT Extreme is now a $225.00 upgrade making the DBD into a $725 driver, and there are only a few choices that would be "free." What goes into these decisions in regards to what is a no-charge upgrade?



    Thank you again for everything and don't worry about having me in the drawing. You have done PLENTY for me with the ApexMB's.
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    Callaway Mavrik SZ 9 deg, Aldila Rogue White 130 MSI 60S
    XHotPro 13.5deg, stock stiff
    TM Stage2Pro 18.5deg (set low), stiff. (Currently NOT in bag)
    Cleveland TA1 1 iron (Currently NOT in bag)
    Callaway Apex MB Steelfiber i110cw 3-PW
    Mizuno MP-T4 (50/6)
    Callaway Mack Daddy Forged 54/10
    Callaway Mack Daddy Forged 58/8
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    How much weight could use possibly go up to in the core before it would be detrimental to the design of the club?



    Are there going to be options for different gravity core weights in the future? If so I need one please and thank you.

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    Taylormade M1 (2016) 15 Fubuki Z S
    Rocketballz 19' ATX Green S
    X2Hot 22' ATX Green S
    Callaway Apex Pro (2014) C-tapers S
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    In regards to the shaft options, I noticed that the Matrix 7M3 Black Tie that was a no-charge upgrade in my Razr FIT Extreme is now a $225.00 upgrade making the DBD into a $725 driver, and there are only a few choices that would be "free." What goes into these decisions in regards to what is a no-charge upgrade?



    Thank you again for everything and don't worry about having me in the drawing. You have done PLENTY for me with the ApexMB's.




    The replacement for the Matrix 7M3 is the Matrix 7M4 and that is available at no cost. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
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  • Gauchograd99Gauchograd99  1915WRX Points: 356Handicap: 3.2Members Posts: 1,915 Platinum Tees
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    HISPL wrote:



    In regards to the shaft options, I noticed that the Matrix 7M3 Black Tie that was a no-charge upgrade in my Razr FIT Extreme is now a $225.00 upgrade making the DBD into a $725 driver, and there are only a few choices that would be "free." What goes into these decisions in regards to what is a no-charge upgrade?



    Thank you again for everything and don't worry about having me in the drawing. You have done PLENTY for me with the ApexMB's.




    The replacement for the Matrix 7M3 is the Matrix 7M4 and that is available at no cost. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />




    Callaway website doesn't show that shaft as an option for the DBD (at least in the USA)... but the question still stands in regards to what goes into deciding on which are stock/no-charge upgrade vs. which shafts are an uncharge. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
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    XHotPro 13.5deg, stock stiff
    TM Stage2Pro 18.5deg (set low), stiff. (Currently NOT in bag)
    Cleveland TA1 1 iron (Currently NOT in bag)
    Callaway Apex MB Steelfiber i110cw 3-PW
    Mizuno MP-T4 (50/6)
    Callaway Mack Daddy Forged 54/10
    Callaway Mack Daddy Forged 58/8
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  • HISPLHISPL  3073WRX Points: 61Members Posts: 3,073 Titanium Tees
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    HISPL wrote:



    In regards to the shaft options, I noticed that the Matrix 7M3 Black Tie that was a no-charge upgrade in my Razr FIT Extreme is now a $225.00 upgrade making the DBD into a $725 driver, and there are only a few choices that would be "free." What goes into these decisions in regards to what is a no-charge upgrade?



    Thank you again for everything and don't worry about having me in the drawing. You have done PLENTY for me with the ApexMB's.




    The replacement for the Matrix 7M3 is the Matrix 7M4 and that is available at no cost. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />




    Callaway website doesn't show that shaft as an option for the DBD (at least in the USA)... but the question still stands in regards to what goes into deciding on which are stock/no-charge upgrade vs. which shafts are an uncharge. image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />


    In Australia at least, if a driver is a no cost option in a less expensive model then you can order it at no cost in a more expensive model. At least over the last few years anyway image/smile.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':)' />
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  • FLGOLFJUNKIEFLGOLFJUNKIE My Drives Go Longer Than Yours  1824WRX Points: 108Members Posts: 1,824 Platinum Tees
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    Please answer this question for me. Was there ever a definitive answer on what was happening to the majority of us that were purchasing Apex Pro irons? I don't know them, but myself I was left pretty dissatisfied with Callaway and the way that your customer service team handled the situation (for me anyways). I know many around here had the same issues and I was basically told to deal with it. The main issue was the way that the clubs were finishing, the browning after 2-3 rounds of use, the noticeable scratches just from clubs rubbing off against each other, the noticeable ferrule separation, etc. I'm not posting this to get anything from Callaway, but I feel like something needed to be done at the time, and it left me feeling pretty sour about Callaway and the way they handle their customers.
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  • OUZO PowerOUZO Power #CallaWRX2  2712WRX Points: 0Banned Posts: 2,712
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    This is fantastic.



    Q: This one is about the new BBA 815 Fairways. While not introduced to the NA market yet they are no secrete. They are sold on the Australian site.



    a) What was the thought process behind selecting a different weight shape compared to those used on the drivers? I understand from an engineering and design standpoint that the 30gr-3gr combo yields the results you are looking for. I'm not asking why that combo. What I'm asking is why not select a weight system that works across the board? I would have loved to be able to change the SW with such ease. There are dense materials that can produce a 30 gr weight that would be the exact same mold fitment as the weights in the driver lines.



    b) Will other weights for the FW be available to the public?



    c) If no additional weights are available, why not leave the consumer with the option of changing the weights? Wouldn't this fall under Callaway's approach regarding adjustability, tuning and ample selection. With no weights wouldn't this be against what Callaway has been promoting? (Answer pending Answer b)



    Thanks again for your time and thanks GWRX for setting this up.
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    Driver: Callaway Big Bertha Alpha 815
    FW: Callaway Big Bertha 3W
    FW: Callaway Big Bertha 5W
    Hybrid: Callaway RAZR X Tour 3H
    Irons: Callaway Apex 4-9, PW, AW, SW
    Putter: Odyssey Metal X Milled #9HT
  • double or triple?double or triple?  2016WRX Points: 127Members Posts: 2,016 Platinum Tees
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    Question for Mr Manwaring, if you had to choose just one, what is the single most important aspect in an iron that drives the direction of the irons Callaway produces knowing that pros are paid to play Callaway product and most amateurs can swing like them ? Forgiveness, workability, asthetics?
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  • MobMob Just Another Lefty Indianapolis 3526WRX Points: 204Handicap: 5.5Members Posts: 3,526 Titanium Tees
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    I found the Callaway drivers the past season had great feel and sound, but when I demo'd them, they spun way too much for me, even the alpha. Do you think the 815DBD can compete with the SLDR and the Cobra Bio Cell Plus and Pro when it comes to low spin? Obviously the SLDR wasn't a very forgiving driver, but the Cobra BC+ and BCP were low spin and very forgiving. Can the DBD match those in both categories?
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    Callaway Super Hybrid 17 degree with Tensei Pro Orange 80 stiff shaft
    Callaway Super Hybrid 23 degree with Tensei Pro Orange 80 stiff shaft
    TM P790 5-P with Fujikura Pro 95i shaft stiff tour spec
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  • DavePelz4DavePelz4 A golf course in the Chicago area. 25291WRX Points: 2,350Handicap: 2 ManyClubWRX Posts: 25,291 ClubWRX
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    What do you see as the next technological improvement with the Callaway golf ball line?
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  • MitchellMitchell  5622WRX Points: 454Members Posts: 5,622 Titanium Tees
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    What changes were incorporated in the new drivers and/or fairways based upon feedback from tour staff players compared to previous product?



    Thanks in advance for taking the time to answer questions here.
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  • eagle1997eagle1997  18298WRX Points: 946Members Posts: 18,298 Titanium Tees
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    Was there any substantial difference between the leaked image of the 815 and the actual release? Was the party responsible for the leak ever prosecuted?
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    TEE XCG4 3w 15°
    Cally Steelhead XR 17°
    Cobra BioCell 22°
    Cobra One Length 5-PW
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  • youngwaldoyoungwaldo NJ 3300WRX Points: 179Members Posts: 3,300 Titanium Tees
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    I am a TM guy when it comes to drivers. What would you recommend I should try and what advantage would that driver have to replace my gamer.



    Thank you.



    Wk
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  • dccbryandccbryan  933WRX Points: 73Members Posts: 933 Golden Tee
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    What's next in the utility iron category? The X Utility prototype series was very good.

    dccbryan
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  • LaBraeGolferLaBraeGolfer  795WRX Points: 72Handicap: 7.3Members Posts: 795 Golden Tee
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    What will be the iron releases in 2015, will their be irons replacing the Apex and Apex Pro?
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  • Scooterboy59Scooterboy59  978WRX Points: 86Members Posts: 978 Golden Tee
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    How much does the fact that the X2 Hot. X2 Hot Pro, Big Bertha, Big Bertha Alpha, Big Bertha V, Big Bertha 815, and the Big Bertha 815 DBD have all been played on the professional tours (Web, PGA, LPGA, European,) this year validate the technology that is in use for these clubs?

    Callaway, building the best clubs you can play.
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  • bosox4509bosox4509  56WRX Points: 0Handicap: 14Lefty Boomers Posts: 56
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    The last couple of years you have really opened up the "stock" shaft options by allowing more shafts at no upcharge, starting with steel shafts in your irons last year and including your graphite shafts with your drivers this year. Is this trend going to continue into your hybrids and your fairway woods, giving everyone a better opportunity to find the shaft profile that can fit them with those clubs?



    Thanks!
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  • ThunderBuzzworthThunderBuzzworth Hulk... Smash!!  2635WRX Points: 214Handicap: +3Members Posts: 2,635 Titanium Tees
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    What is it like in the Callaway headquarters when Phil makes the decision to put a different "Rival brand" club in his bag?



    Have you experimented with gravity cores being inserted on angles at all instead of straight in?
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  • TPG1971TPG1971 Don't Get Rolled  980WRX Points: 106Members Posts: 980 Golden Tee
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    I currently play the Callaway X2hot Pro 8.5 with an Aldila Blue shaft. Having played golf since before the original Bertha came out (and that was considered very big at the time), I find it difficult to look down at most 460CC drivers. I love the look and the shape of the X2hot Pro, but I am looking for something with a little more configuration. Which of the two 815 drivers would give me a similar look and feel to the X2hot Pro and not look like a toaster on the end of stick? I think I can get past the 460CC if it doesn't look like it's 460CC.
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  • VNutzVNutz  6601WRX Points: 581Members Posts: 6,601 Titanium Tees
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    Hey guys, first off thank you for taking the time out of your scheduels to talk with a bunch of crazies like us. It's always fun to get a little sneak peak into what goes on in the behind the scenes work of club production. And also, great work in "reviving" the Callaway brand, as a former user of the Big Bertha and Great Big Bertha in my high school days it's great to see the brand turn around, and I'm loving the X2Hot Pro 3w in my bag right now, and the Deep series is fantastic as well.



    My question is in regards to the current Big Bertha V series line of clubs. When I first heard of these clubs and saw the early pics I was ecstatic, a revival of the clubs I used and loved in the past. But when I saw the specs and swung a few I was a bit dismayed due to the lack of head weight, specifically in the fairways. I love the size, finish, look and feel, and totally understand the intention of more club speed was when these were designed and released, but the light weight makes them very difficult for me to game. In the design process was there any discussion of whether this might sort of overlook a part of the golfing public? And are there any plans to release a "pro" or tour line with a bit heavier weight in the near future similar to what you've done with the X2Hots and the X2Hot Pros, and also the blue Big Bertha fairways and their limited pro version? I'd love to game the 3w and 7w or heavenwood, but without hotmelting them (with which I have zero experience) I just cannot be consistent. Thanks guys and keep up the good work.
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  • bayoubogeyguybayoubogeyguy  122WRX Points: 52Members Posts: 122 Fairways
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    Ok congrats Callaway on creating such a buzz on the new 815. I tried the big Bertha Alpha and with the Gravity core up or down it just didn't work for me. The Big Bertha with the sliding weight became my gamer. I love the idea of low spin with forgiveness so the 815 is my next driver. What is the biggest factor in determining whether the Gravity Core should be up or down. I want to fine tune that baby and get the most out of the engineering. The Rogue shaft is definitely a perfect companion.
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  • Yellow JacketYellow Jacket  3537WRX Points: 121Members Posts: 3,537 Titanium Tees
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    One OEM got a lot of coverage last year with a low/forward CG design in their driver, but we've also seen high profile releases this year that use a low/back CG. Do you think it will be possible to reconcile these differing philosophies?
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    915F 15* Diamana D+PLUS 80X, 18* Grafalloy Epic 90TX
    716MB 4-PW X100
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    Callaway has a reputation for being a leader in materials and engineering, but it can be difficult to take advantage of that expertise with something inherently low-tech like a muscleback blade. Where do you see this product segment heading in the next few years?
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    716MB 4-PW X100
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