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The surprising Callaway Fusion driver

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  • ewe8523ewe8523  392WRX Points: 81Handicap: 18Members Posts: 392
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    I never tried it with the 5 gram weight. With the 12 gram weight which at 44.5 makes it the “heavy” version, it just performs better than other drivers I have at the same length. You can feel when you have an off center hit and expect the ball to slice as it would with another driver but instead it still goes straight just a few yards off center.
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  • ewe8523ewe8523  392WRX Points: 81Handicap: 18Members Posts: 392
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    Interesting development. I had the club weighed today and it’s at D0.5 when it’s supposed to be D2 per the website.
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  • Striker AceStriker Ace  348WRX Points: 10Members Posts: 348
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    Pulled the trigger on this. Could not resist the $125 like new from CPO. Hopefully it will help!
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    Callaway BB OS 3 hybrid
    Mizuno CLK 4 hybrid
    Callaway Apex CF16 irons
    Cleveland CBX wedge
    Nike Method putter

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  • MaineMarinerMaineMariner  662WRX Points: 410Members Posts: 662
    Joined:  edited Aug 20, 2018 #365
    I have the Big Bertha Fusion 3 wood in the stock Recoil stiff shaft and absolutely love, love, LOVE the thing. It's easily my favorite 3 wood I've ever hit. I hit absolute missiles off the tee with it, and am pretty consistently good from the fairway as well (rare for me with fairway woods).



    At the same time, I've struggled badly with driver for the last couple years. I finally decided that if I love the 3 wood so much, why not get the Fusion driver as well? I've always liked a slightly shorter driver shaft, so the Fusion Heavy seems like a perfect fit. I found one on eBay in the same stock shaft as the 3 wood. It's arriving today and I can't wait to give it a test at the range.



    Also, the very first non-knockoff junk driver I owned was the Callaway FT-iZ driver with the same funky triangular head shape, so this feels like a homecoming for me.
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    Mizuno ST190
    Adams Tight Lies 16 deg. 4 wood
    Srixon Z H45 3 & 4 hybrid
    Srixon Z 565 irons, 5 - AW, Nippon Modus 3 Tour 120
    Callaway MD3 S Grind 54 deg.
    Callaway MD4 W Grind 60 deg.
    Bettinardi Studio Stock #8 / Toulon Austin
  • Striker AceStriker Ace  348WRX Points: 10Members Posts: 348
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    Mine arrives Wednesday, Diamana Red short and heavy. I use my hybrids off the tee.



    I'm not a fan of the triangular shape but if it hammers them from the tee then it will be overlooked.
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    Callaway X series driver
    Callaway BB OS 3 hybrid
    Mizuno CLK 4 hybrid
    Callaway Apex CF16 irons
    Cleveland CBX wedge
    Nike Method putter

    Callaway Superhot Bold
  • me05501me05501  414WRX Points: 14Members Posts: 414
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    I've been playing mine most of this season and I think I almost have it dialed in.



    Mine is 10.5 and I had it set at +1/D for yesterday's round. I recently trimmed 1/2" off the butt and swapped in the 12g weight. All of this was to make the driver play more like my SLDR Mini Driver (43" & 14*). So my Fusion is around 44.5" and 11.5* as of today.



    I hit some really nice drives on the course yesterday. The best ones started right down the middle then fell off gently to the left, coming to rest well inside the fairway but 5-6 yards left of my playing partner who was hitting them dead center.



    I was afraid I might hit it too high at 11.5* but that wasn't the case. I may try the N setting now that I'm starting the ball online.
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  • propmanpropman  1810WRX Points: 133Handicap: 15Members Posts: 1,810
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    I have the Callaway Fusion heavy with the 12 gram weight playing at 9.5 n. Shaft is the stock 450 (r flex). I usually don't play drivers at this low loft but have no problem getting the ball elevated.



    Presently, I am torn which driver to use - this one or my Cobra Fly z which I cut down to 44.5 with a 16 gram weight at the 10.5 setting. Shaft is aldila dvs (r flex).



    Right now I'm leaning towards the Flyz which is going further with pretty much same dispersion as the Fusion.



    Thru this process, I learned an important lesson - the shorter driver is much easier to hit on or near the screws. Only took me almost 30 years to figure this out - I'm a quick learner. image/superman2.gif' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=':superman2:' />
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  • ewe8523ewe8523  392WRX Points: 81Handicap: 18Members Posts: 392
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    I e-mailed CPO a few days ago about the swingweight issue but have yet to hear back.
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  • LaymanMLaymanM Cincinnati, OH 2211WRX Points: 300Handicap: 7Members Posts: 2,211
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    Miss how straight my 44.5" Fusion was. Thinking about picking one up again. Was a great driver
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    Callaway Steelhead XR 4+
    Mizuno MP-18 mb 4-PW
    Titliest SM7 50f, 54s, 58d
    SC Phantom X 5.5
  • Matt023Matt023  42WRX Points: 23Handicap: 18Members Posts: 42
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    I picked up the 10.5 with the Diamana red with the 5 gram weight set it to -1 with the neutral setting. I'm leaving it where it is this thing is a Canon...in the words of Frank Barone..." Holy Crap "
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  • me05501me05501  414WRX Points: 14Members Posts: 414
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    I now have my 10.5 Fusion set to +1/N with a 12g weight. Very high and straight flight and I can feel the head throughout the swing which I like.



    I'm going to play a round or two like this. Might end up playing stated loft/N.
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  • Hateto3PuttHateto3Putt Smoking Makes You Look Cool!  6354WRX Points: 300Members Posts: 6,354
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    I liked my Fusion much better than the Rogue SZ.
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  • ewe8523ewe8523  392WRX Points: 81Handicap: 18Members Posts: 392
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    Has anyone else weighed their heavy version to see the swingweight?
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  • ewe8523ewe8523  392WRX Points: 81Handicap: 18Members Posts: 392
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    CPO is mailing me a new driver since the swingweight was wrong. I also got refunded $16 since the price dropped in the two weeks after my original order.
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  • ewe8523ewe8523  392WRX Points: 81Handicap: 18Members Posts: 392
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    Got the replacement in the mail today and it’s still wrong. It’s also in worse condition than the original. Not happy.
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  • MaineMarinerMaineMariner  662WRX Points: 410Members Posts: 662
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    I'm confused as to why you are concerned about the swingweight scale reading if you are hitting the club well. Maybe a dumb question, but are you playing the standard grip? And isn't some slight variance in swingweight to be expected anyways?
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    Mizuno ST190
    Adams Tight Lies 16 deg. 4 wood
    Srixon Z H45 3 & 4 hybrid
    Srixon Z 565 irons, 5 - AW, Nippon Modus 3 Tour 120
    Callaway MD3 S Grind 54 deg.
    Callaway MD4 W Grind 60 deg.
    Bettinardi Studio Stock #8 / Toulon Austin
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  • ewe8523ewe8523  392WRX Points: 81Handicap: 18Members Posts: 392
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    It’s got the stock grip on it. While I’ve hit it well on some shots, it’s not performing as well as I think it should and would if it had the extra weight. Plus I ordered and paid for a club with certain specifications so that’s what I expect to receive. If I wasn’t concerned with the swingweight then I would have just ordered one of the -1 length standard Fusion drivers for $20 less.
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  • WVPWVP  2903WRX Points: 52Members Posts: 2,903
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    My first session with mine was well, a work in progress. I was hitting low bullets with the 9 degree head which I'm ok with - I've historically hit towering high drives with zero roll out so I was wanting to lower the ball flight a bit. Will get outdoors with it tomorrow.



    I really like the 44.5" build and the look from address. No issues at all with the headshape or the aesthetics. The WRX crowd overreacted a bit about the looks of this one.
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    Callaway BB Fusion – 9°
    Taylormade M4  – 16.5°
    Titleist 818H1 - 21°
    Titleist AP1 718– 4-P, 48°
    Cleveland CBX – 54°
    Taylormade EF – 60° ATV
    Ping Vault 2.0 Craz-E H
  • HackerD  HackerD Student of the game  3213WRX Points: 185Members Posts: 3,213
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    Playing the heavy version with Recoil 450/F3 off and on all season and finally getting it dialed in. I’m a slow swing-speed player and don’t find that the Fusion spins excessively. I’m actually getting nice trajectory and decent roll out. Getting a high percentage of good strikes with the shorter shaft, and finding the fairway. Pretty happy overall.
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    Ping G30 12°
    Adams Tight Lies Ti 3w
    Cally X2 Hot 3-4H
    Mizuno JPX-850 5-GW
    Vokey SM 54.14
    Cally MD PM 58.10
    SC Studio Select Newport 2
  • platgofplatgof platgof  1888WRX Points: 251Handicap: 17ClubWRX Posts: 1,888
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    I played my Fusion today and found out a neat thing about them. Hit it on the toe and the results are not good, but play it center or toward the heel, and it responds quite nicely. After I figured this out I was killing it. Avoid the toe at all costs. I hit some of my best drives today with this club, and last Saturday it was pretty bad, toe hits?
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    Ping GMax 10.5
    Cobra F9 5 & 7 Wd
    Callaway OS 5 ,6 Hybrid
    Cobra F9 6-Pw Irons
    Ping Glide 50,54, & 58 Wedges
    TM Pro Spyder Mid Putter
    ERC
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  • MaineMarinerMaineMariner  662WRX Points: 410Members Posts: 662
    Joined:  edited Sep 7, 2018 #382
    Sweet holy ****. I've been struggling with hitting up on the driver since... well, forever. I finally decided to kind of give up on it by teeing it lower and basically swinging like a 3 wood off the tee with just a little more tilt and hanging back (to try to influence a bit of upward strike).



    Anyways, the results were quite good with my Fusion Heavy 9 degree head turned up to 11 degrees. But I knew they could be better as the ball flight was still a bit low. I'm guessing my AoA is slightly negative to neutral, and my SS of about 100 mph is launching it straight but not really THAT long (I was at about 240-250 ish with roll). I decided, what the ****, let's try the 13.5 degree "high trajectory" model and see what happens.



    It arrived today for only $80 shipped from CPO's Ebay store. It was so cheap because I got it in the light shaft and the non-heavy version. I switched out the shafts for my stock stiff shaft and put in the 12 gram weight.



    Long story short, I cannot believe the balls I was just hitting at the range. Just absolute BOMBS, high and dead straight. I hit a couple that definitely should have had a good deal of slice spin, but I guess because of the loft the slice was just a manageable fade. I hit one high off the face - it went a mile in the air, but it still traveled a respectable distance and went straight. If that's my miss now, so be it. But for the most part my strikes were right in the middle of the clubface.



    The short shaft plus high loft might be exactly what I need. Hopefully this high I'm riding isn't dashed on Sunday morning because I've honestly never hit range balls like I just did.
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    Mizuno ST190
    Adams Tight Lies 16 deg. 4 wood
    Srixon Z H45 3 & 4 hybrid
    Srixon Z 565 irons, 5 - AW, Nippon Modus 3 Tour 120
    Callaway MD3 S Grind 54 deg.
    Callaway MD4 W Grind 60 deg.
    Bettinardi Studio Stock #8 / Toulon Austin
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  • RamminMoparRamminMopar Illinois 140WRX Points: 34Handicap: 25Members Posts: 140
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    The fact that this thread has survived this long while the fusion being in the shadows of the epic/rogue says something.
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  • CwingCwing #TaylorMade TwistFace Experience 2018 Go Big Blue!!! 8x Champs. Who Dey !!! Go Bengals, 8284WRX Points: 304Handicap: 12.1Members Posts: 8,284
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    Ive moved on from mine but have kept it as a backup. I would recommend the Fusion to nearly anyone. It’s a great driver. Those high toe strikes typically resulted in long high draws. Sometimes I’d over due it but mostly high draws.
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    TaylorMade Kingdom M4 9.5* Red 5S stiff Atmos 44.5”
    TaylorMade M4 3HL 16.5* fairway stiff Atmos
    TaylorMade M4 3 hybrid stiff Atmos
    TaylorMade M4 4 hybrid stiff Atmos
    PING G410 5-U w/DG 105s
    Cleveland RTX 54*
    Cleveland RTX 58*
    Seemore si5
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  • ewe8523ewe8523  392WRX Points: 81Handicap: 18Members Posts: 392
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    I finally got the correct club from CPO after they shipped a third to me overnight. I calculated that they spent over $100 on shipping sending all of these clubs back and forth. I told the rep on the phone that they should probably have better quality control in the warehouse to save money from situations like these.
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  • GolfChannelGolfChannel Orlando, Florida 2377WRX Points: 635Handicap: 0.9Members Posts: 2,377
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    I bagged the FT-9 Tour as my gamer for 8 years. There are few better than it in the history of drivers. Held many an audition, but they all wilted under the pressure.
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    Driver: Ping G410 Plus w/Tensei Orange
    3 Wood: Titleist TS2 w/HZRDUS Smoke
    Hybrid: Titleist 718 H2 w/Atmos Blue TS 
    Irons: Ping iBlade Nippon AWT 2.0 Stiff
    Wedges: Callaway MD3 50, 54, and 58
    Putter: Original Odyssey White Hot XG No. 7
    Ball: Bridgestone XS
  • g-offg-off  410WRX Points: 143Handicap: 16.9Members Posts: 410
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    anyone tried a 3 wood shaft in the fusion, just pondering the thought.
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  • MaineMarinerMaineMariner  662WRX Points: 410Members Posts: 662
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    I just want to mention that I absolutely love this thing. I'm playing the 13.5 degree head in the Heavy set up and absolutely murdering the ball off the tee. It might be odd for a 32-year old with a SS around 100 mph to be playing what most would consider an "old man" driver head, but it works for my swing. I'm hitting nice and high draws and, most importantly, hitting the middle of the club face more often than not. Driving the ball is fun again!
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    Mizuno ST190
    Adams Tight Lies 16 deg. 4 wood
    Srixon Z H45 3 & 4 hybrid
    Srixon Z 565 irons, 5 - AW, Nippon Modus 3 Tour 120
    Callaway MD3 S Grind 54 deg.
    Callaway MD4 W Grind 60 deg.
    Bettinardi Studio Stock #8 / Toulon Austin
  • Charles.eichmanCharles.eichman  352WRX Points: 49Handicap: 6.5ClubWRX Posts: 352
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    I just want to mention that I absolutely love this thing. I'm playing the 13.5 degree head in the Heavy set up and absolutely murdering the ball off the tee. It might be odd for a 32-year old with a SS around 100 mph to be playing what most would consider an "old man" driver head, but it works for my swing. I'm hitting nice and high draws and, most importantly, hitting the middle of the club face more often than not. Driving the ball is fun again!




    One of the most consistent players ive ever played with had a nike SQ in 13 degree in senior flex that he crushed. He easily swings 105
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  • GolfChannelGolfChannel Orlando, Florida 2377WRX Points: 635Handicap: 0.9Members Posts: 2,377
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    My wife still games a Nike SQ 3 & 5 wood. Long and automatic in her hands.
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    Driver: Ping G410 Plus w/Tensei Orange
    3 Wood: Titleist TS2 w/HZRDUS Smoke
    Hybrid: Titleist 718 H2 w/Atmos Blue TS 
    Irons: Ping iBlade Nippon AWT 2.0 Stiff
    Wedges: Callaway MD3 50, 54, and 58
    Putter: Original Odyssey White Hot XG No. 7
    Ball: Bridgestone XS
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  • nsxguynsxguy Just anudder user Florida 6510WRX Points: 1,019Handicap: 4.9Members Posts: 6,510
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    My wife still games a Nike SQ 3 & 5 wood. Long and automatic in her hands.




    QOTD - Does she play Titleist Tour Soft ? image/wink.png' class='bbc_emoticon' alt=';)' />
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    Callaway Epic 10.5 Project X Hzrdus Yellow 63 gr, 6.0
    Adams A12 Pro hybrids, 16*, Aldila VS Proto Stiff
    Ping G400 19* hybrid Stiff 70 Stock shaft

    Ping G20, 5-PW, DGS300
    Ping Glide Forged 48*, 52* 56*, 60* DGS300
    Taylormade Spider-X Copper (Today - always subject to change LOL)
    Titleist AVX

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