Drivers: Callaway XR16/Pro

Golf Digest equipment editors Mike Stachura and E. Michael Johnson, discuss the Callaway XR16/Pro, which the manufacturer produced in consultation with aerodynamic experts at Boeing.

Released on 2/2/2016

Transcript

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[Mike] - You know, Callaway's XR16 driver,
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one of the first things you're going
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to notice about it is, this is a big honking beast.
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Thick club head, you know, very forgiving,
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you can wipe it all over the face,
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and get a good result, but not always
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big club heads are the most efficient.
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[Mike] - Well, exactly right. You make something big
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like a mailbox, gives you a lot of forgiveness,
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doesn't want to generate speed
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as you're going through the air.
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In fact, it resists speed, so Callaway
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was thinking about how do we make
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things go faster through the air?
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Let's talk to somebody who actually
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is really good at making things
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go fast through the air: Boeing, and airplanes, right?
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So what they looked at specifically
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was that front part of the crown, okay,
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and you'll see some ridges there
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that basically reduces the drag
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as the club head is going through the air.
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That means, with the same amount of effort,
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you're going to generate more club head speed relatively.
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So that means whether I'm a slower swinger,
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and I'm fighting it to get it through the air,
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or I'm a faster swinger, I'm going
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to get those aerodynamic benefits
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combined with the forgiveness that you were talking about.
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[Mike] - Yeah, hard to believe these little doohickeys
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on top of the crown can do all that, but they do.
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You know, but we can't lose sight
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of the fact that it's also an adjustable driver,
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and you know, in addition to the
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adjustable hosel, which lets you effect loft if you want,
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you can have adjustability in other ways,
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and one of the ways is what they've done
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here, is by having a second model.
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They have a pro version, a little bit
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smaller club head, a little more of an open face.
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Kind of appeals to that better player type
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that doesn't worry about, you know,
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leaving the ball out to the right.
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You know, that's a pretty cool trick too.
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[Mike] - Give me the gigantic head, give me
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all the forgiveness, and if I can swing it
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a little bit faster, that's giving
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me a lot of stuff that I don't have,
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and I'll take everything you can give me.
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[Mike] - I'll take it too.
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