Callaway FT-9 Driver Review

While many of us are recovering from a long winter and offseason, golf’s top manufacturers have continued to push the limits of club head design and performance. I recently had a chance to test and review Callaway’s latest creation, the FT-9 driver. While manufacturers have continued to push the limits of design, I have continued to use an older, more traditional club head and set up. Geometric head designs produce solid results but do not always instill the type of confidence at address that a traditional pear shaped driver produces. The Callaway FT-9 is a healthy mix of traditional and modern design principles, ultimately producing confidence and performance that is tough to match. The combination of performance, playability, control, and distance create a solid driver that will meet the needs of a wide range of players.

At first sight the relation to the FT-3 and FT-5 is apparent with the Callaway FT-9 driver. The club head sets up well at address and has a slightly longer and deeper club head than Callaway’s previous FT models. While Callaway has pushed the limits of the FT-9, the club head maintains a traditional design while incorporating performance enhancing features such as Hyperbolic Face, OptiFit Internal system, and a unique External Web weighting systems which accurately changes the center of gravity to produce a desired trajectory. Simply put, the Callaway FT-9 represents versatility, distance and control all in a powerful package.

Drivers continually peak my interest as many of the world’s top manufacturers continue to develop and release new technology. With market competition at the highest it has ever been companies continue to push the limits of design with the goal of producing the best overall product. While I have tested a number of the latest drivers very few seriously threatened to take the place of my trusted and tried Titleist 905R. The opportunity to test the Callaway FT-9 sat high of my list as I had previously enjoyed the FT-5 driver. A few minutes on the range and I knew I had a serious driver in my hands. It is often difficult to find a driver that combines playability and distance. The Callaway FT-9 does just that. While it is not the longest driver I have tested, the driver has an incredibly hot face and control making this one of the best drivers I have encountered in recent years.

Callaway Golf prides itself on its innovation and design. The FT-9 benefits from the latest technology to produce an incredibly low-spin driver that is long and easily controlled. Callaway’s Hyperbolic Face technology creates an incredible feel at impact which produces a hot face with unmatched distance. Incorporating the success of the FT-5 with the Hyperbolic Face allows engineers to push ball speed specifications even further across the entire face without sacrificing any control. Aesthetically I was not overly impressed with the graphics of the driver as I found the sole graphics to be touch too flashy for my eye but the overall performance of the driver overshadows a relatively unimportant aspect. Fortunately, Callaway has avoided crown designs and maintaining a rather minimal club head producing confidence at address.

Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed the Callaway FT-9 and feel that is one of the better drivers currently available on the market. The driver combines traditional design with the latest technology producing a driver with a hot feel without sacrificing workability and forgiveness. With an MSRP of $399.00 the driver is competitively priced compared to its competitors. If you are looking for a new driver seriously consider the Callaway FT-9. I was overly impressed with the results of this driver and look forward to adding this driver to my bag in the near future. We must add that despite my rave reviews of this club most of the testers actually preferred the Callaway Diablo to the FT-9 when hitting both side by side. You can read more about this driver at Callaway FT-9.

Dan D.

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