Callaway Golf Company, which introduced Forged Composite in the crown of its Diablo Octane driver, is taking the technology even farther in the new RAZR Hawk line of drivers. For the first time in club development, according to Callaway, the crown and sole components of the new RAZR Hawk and RAZR Hawk Tour drivers are comprised of Forged Composite. Sort of reminds me of the (short) days of the all-graphite club heads.
The RAZR Hawk, however, sounds and performs better than those all-graphite drivers (remember the Yamaha Top Dawg?) ever could.
Forged Composite, Callaway says, is one-third the density of titanium, features a greater load carrying capacity per unit mass in bending, giving its club designers the ability to engineer speed, power and precision in the club head. Basically the technology is an example of what golf club designers have to do to attempt to improve a club head that according to U.S. Golf Association rules, can’t be made larger than 460cc.
“Forged Composite’s flexural strength and low density allows us to strategically locate every last gram of weight to increase performance,’’ said Dr. Alan Hocknell, Senior Vice President of Research & Development for Callaway Golf,’’ Further, the ability to precisely forge the carbon material to within one-thousandth of an inch yielded aerodynamic shaping that greatly reduced energy lost to drag during a golfer’s downswing.”
The RAZR Hawk, with a 45.5-inch shaft, will be available beginning Feb. 18 with a suggested retail price of $399.