The Open: Callaway's Open 'crew' given speeding tickets

Clubhead speed tested with new driver

Bob Warters's picture
Wed, 17 Jul 2013

CALLAWAY GOLF staff professionals including Scottish Open runner-up Branden Grace went head-to-head in a series of golf challenges on the eve of The Open Championship, putting the brand's FT Optiforce driver and Mack Daddy 2 wedges to the test.

The Optiforce Speed Challenge was the highlight of the evening, where clubhead speed was captured and both players and guests issued with speeding charge notices, subsequently posted on Twitter.

Fastest clubhead speed was produced by the 'Belgian bomber' Nicholas Colsaerts (122.8mph), ahead of Alvaro Quiros (120.8mph).   Other players included Thomas Bjorn, Alex Noren, Danny Willett, Niclas Fasth, Marc Warren, Shiv Kapur and Brendan Jones.   

The FT Optiforce features a lightweight head, shaft and grip combined with advanced aerodynamic head shape that reduces drag by 23% to increase club head speed, delivering ball speed and distance.

Later players and retailers had the opportunity to test out the new Odyssey Tank Putters available in short and long options and featuring Tour preferred balance points for a higher MOI (resistance to twisting) and greater stability as well as Mack Daddy 2 wedges.

Said Callaway President and CEO, Chip Brewer: “There is a real momentum at Callaway right now. We are no longer waiting for any traditional dates to release new products. We are not following other people’s expectations. We are designing great products, our staff professionals are testing them, and we’re going to bring these products to the public whenever they are ready.”

 

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