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Does anyone think that it's time for Callaway to get a new driver model to replace the FT-3 model. Anyone heard of a new one going to come out soon? I know that the FT-3 brings a lot of sucess to Callaway but they have kept the FT-3 for a while now. Should there be a new one to replace the FT-3 or is there one on the way?

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new CALLAWAY? i read an excerpt from an interview with Dick Helmsetter, Ely Callaway's replacement, wth some interesting remarks. according to D.H. new technologies are on the horizon, but when, he didn't say. what he did say though i found wild and curious. talk of GLASS being used to create new heads for the future. if i remember correctly that's very simular to the way that the idea of the C4 was let out years ago. sorry CALLAWAY for bringing up that club.

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I would be really surprised to see anything out of Callaway in the near future.

 

They have had good success with the FT-3 with their Tour Players and the public, i for one think it is a great driver.

 

I have not hit the X Drivers or Fairway Woods but all the reports are good, so like i said it would shock me to see something replace them so soon. But who knows?

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I used to play the old GBB Titanium and an Hawkeye Pro Series and liked them a lot.

 

But in the last few years, they came out with the C4, GBB II and the original Fusion. Saying these were unsuccessful is generous.

 

The X Tour Driver is pretty nice, though and that just came out this year, right? What's wrong with that?

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The FT-3 was used to win what, 4 majors last year? It would be a dumb move for them to go away from this design already. The X looks like a solid driver. But despite the "special" sole, nothing about it has excited me enough to want to actually hit it. The ball speed reports of the FT-3 have caught my attention though, and I wouldn't mind giving that stick a go. I'm sure Cally has plenty of irons in the fire for driver R&D right now, but actually bringing a club to market costs a lot of money. I doubt the FT-3 or X line are "off the books" so to speak.

 

I think Callaway has made some odd moves with their club lines in recent years, which has caused me to avoid them for the most part. They seem to be getting their act together now though. I think they need to stick with what they have and let people re-discover their line for those that have avoided it for a while.

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Given the restrictions on driver head size, driver COR and possibly soon driver MOI, I'm not sure how much 'better' drivers are going to get.

 

I've hit pretty much every current driver and couldn't really say that any one was 'better'.

 

I think the area for improvement is fitting drivers and shafts to your swing, whether that is closed, open, offset heads; high launch, low launch, mid kick shafts or whatever.

 

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Until they can top the FT-3 they are not going to touch it. I believe that club is still on it's way up in terms of sales & tour victory exposure. Once it levels off they can go after that goofy glass thing or whatever. I agree with whoever suggested the X was the annual / bi annual new release for all us club whores.

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I think it is nice when an equipment company sticks with their product for 1+ years. Standing behind a product line and avoiding rapid product turnover (*cough* Taylor Made) engenders customer loyalty, since one could argue that a company put out the best possible gear that is designed to stand up over time. One reason I avoid Taylor Made is that even though they make good equipment, I am turned off by their obsolescence rate. It is as if they release a product line that is replaced shortly thereafter by modification after modification, giving the impression of rushed gear that baits a consumer. I respect Calloway's decision to offer the FT-3 for a couple of seasons. Those that bought the club can feel confident that they have the best of what Calloway has to offer at the time.

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