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Callaway's new AI Smoke drivers, fairways and utilities – The 2024 Sentry


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From what I've watched of the reviews so far, the drivers do seem to test pretty well

 

So I'll to give them a try at least, going to be tough to want to buy one though.

Driver: TaylorMade Qi10 9* - Ventus Black 6S

Woods: TaylorMade Qi10 Tour 3 & 5 Wood - Ventus Black 7S

Hybrid: TaylorMade Qi10 Tour - Ventus Blue 85HYB Stiff

Irons: TaylorMade p790 & p770 Combo Set - KBS Tour 120g Stiff

Wedges: TaylorMade MG4 50 SB - 54 SB - 58 LBV - KBS Tour 120g Stiff

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour DB 35"

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Are Caillaiwai always 45.75" in driver length?

 

Just saw that on a spec sheet in a video

Driver: TaylorMade Qi10 9* - Ventus Black 6S

Woods: TaylorMade Qi10 Tour 3 & 5 Wood - Ventus Black 7S

Hybrid: TaylorMade Qi10 Tour - Ventus Blue 85HYB Stiff

Irons: TaylorMade p790 & p770 Combo Set - KBS Tour 120g Stiff

Wedges: TaylorMade MG4 50 SB - 54 SB - 58 LBV - KBS Tour 120g Stiff

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour DB 35"

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44 minutes ago, Cirta69 said:

Does anyone know what the face material is in the fairway woods, and especially in the triple diamond, if different than the other heads?

face is the same maraging steel. Difference is the triple D uses a bottom sole steel plate where the others use the forged carbon frame found in the drivers.

 

45 minutes ago, Cirta69 said:

What is the difference between the Triple Diamond and the Triple Diamond S driver heads?

Head shape profile. S has more of a smaller pear shaped profile. 

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I saw these in my shop today. wanted to wait to see how they looked in person and they do look so much better in person than photos. I’m glad i didn’t jump the gun. I will probably test it, still kinda prefer the looks of the og paradym but this driver looks way better in person. 

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Love it or hate it I just don’t understand why companies make these bold design choices. It reminds me of the stealth driver with the red face, some just won’t like it and even if it was the best driver we all know the majority of golfers buy off the rack and they want what looks good to them. It splits peoples where a driver like the tsr’s really won’t look bad to many. Personally I like the way the crown looks and don’t like the way the bottom looks so if i were looking to buy this year it would have to really blow me away with its performance over other brands to go into my bag. 

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I really appreciate that the Callaway design team go above and beyond to develop multiple offerings for theirs Staff - but at least throw us the TD - S head this year!?

 

3 Max heads and a basic TD… Cmon!

Callaway Tour Issue Paradym TD-S 8.5 (7.9) - Fujikura Ventus Black TR 5X

TaylorMade BRNR Mini (24) 13.5 - Fujikura Ventus Red TR 6X
Taylormade Tour QI10 16.5 - Fujikura Ventus Blue 7X.
PXG 0311X Gen 5 -  Fujikura Ventus Blue 9X

PXG 0317T - 4 - LAGP L-Series (5) X
Miura KM-700  5-PW - LAGP L-Series (5) X
PXG Milled "Sugar Daddy 2 " 50,54,60 - DG TI S400
Scotty Cameron Holiday LTD (23}/ LAGP 135 (White)
 

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Pretty interesting that’s a healthy weld 

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Cobra Aerojet 9* - LAGP A Series X Mid 

Cobra LTDX 3W - Tensei 1K 75 TX 

New Level 18* KBS Tour Prototype 105X / Cobra LTDX 5w - Tensei Black 85 TX

Artisan HM's / Custom Nike VR Pro Blades - 6.5 Project X Blackouts

Mizuno T22 Copper 50/54 - Project X Blackout 7.0 Spinners

Vokey 58 T Grind - Project X 6.5 Blackout

Artisan 0521 w/ LAGP 135  / Compass G.O.A.T  w/ LAGP135 / LegacyGoods Widebody w/ KBS One Step / Byron DH89 w/ LAGP135 / Cameron Studio 1.5 w/ UST All in

Bridgestone Tour BXS 

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On 1/3/2024 at 11:09 AM, uglande said:

They (almost) look great from address ... For the love of god, can OEMs stop branding the crowns of their clubs!? This one, with the white lettering, is especially egregious. 


Is Callaway worried that when I'm standing on the tee box I'll forget which club/brand I'm playing? 


Yeah, I thought Callaway was past that with the Paradym last year. Looked very clean. Now they're back at it

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On 1/2/2024 at 12:33 PM, iNeedMoreGolf said:

Intrested to know why no alignment on max driver. These look alot white swirlyier look the initial pics released. The 3d max looks great im curious what the story is on that one.

Its modeled after the Std Tour from last year so the shape is a little tighter/compact VS Paradym with the weight forward. The pictured head is a TC head with the + after the loft which means a high lofted version IE [email protected] vs 9@9. TC Max heads don't have the chevron as the staff preferred not to have it. I like the chevron personally. 

 

 

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Basic idea here guys is creating the performance of a high MOI without having to add even more weight to the perimeter to stabilize the head. Focusing on the face allows us to use the weight in more efficient ways to enhance potential shot shape/launch etc. As you all know on here the easiest ways to make a driver forgiving is to pull the weight and CG back but with Ai they can achieve the same result with fine tuning the face. Also why we can explore a more TOURish retail head with a weight forward Max design. 

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38 minutes ago, JohnnyDub said:

Its modeled after the Std Tour from last year so the shape is a little tighter/compact VS Paradym with the weight forward. The pictured head is a TC head with the + after the loft which means a high lofted version IE [email protected] vs 9@9. TC Max heads don't have the chevron as the staff preferred not to have it. I like the chevron personally. 

 

 

So is the smoke max a literal replacement for the std tour number for number or is there an MOI diff?

AITD MAX  10.5° + UB6 AIMAX 16.5° + 21° + 24° + UB6+7+8 / FRGD TEC5-G + MODUS115 / JWS RW + MODUS120 / SPDRL-NCK+ CT 120

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I dunno why, the triple diamond is calling my name this year. I think the whole package looks great and all the reviews on performance are pretty positive. 

Ai Smoke ♦️♦️♦️ 9* Ventus TR Blue 6x

BRNR Mini 13.5 Kaili White 60x

Apex UW 19* DI 8x

P DHY 22* Ct-aper lite 110
Ping Blueprint S 5-PW $-Taper 120

PING S159 50, 55, 60h 
Phantom X 7

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6 minutes ago, Cirta69 said:

Looks like AI welded that. 😂😂

I love all the talk of the forgiving face, but what a about a shot close to or on that weld? Doesn't appear that far north of center. Are all companies faces like that? Seems detrimental to performance. 

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9 hours ago, third-times-a-charm said:

So is the smoke max a literal replacement for the std tour number for number or is there an MOI diff?

Not number for number no as the shapes is a bit different, crown is lighter etc. the new Max is easier to turn over than the STD Tour

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9 hours ago, Brooks_Cupcake said:

Hi the Smoke Max and TD today for about an hour, tested the Denali as well as the new AV Blue. This was late in the day after a 2 hour morning session on my last day off before back to work next week.

 

I will say, in hand it’s much nicer than pics. 
The feel is more solid than PD, and much more of a thud, vs hollow-ish face of last years models. Hitting it next to TSR was a mistake on my part as I currently have it, AI Smoke felt way better to me.

 

Performance was about 2mph faster vs PD in the same loft, head shaft, and spin only climbed about 500 on heel strikes and dropped about the same on toe strikes. The only thing I wasn’t a fan of was the feel above the equator.

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Thanks for sharing! You mentioned feel was better for AI Smoke than TSR. Were there differences in performance too?

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