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Golf Australia Express : GA Express 180
v FORTAKEOFF CALLAWAY XR 16 SERIES AVAILABLE FEBRUARY 26; RRP: $580/$650 (DRIVERS), $390/$410 (WOODS), $340 (HYBRIDS), $168.75/$187.50 (IRONS); au.callawaygolf.com thegear B OEING’S aerodynamics experts played a crucial role in developing the XR 16 line from Callaway, collaborating with the golf company’s research and development team to concoct a full line of drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons for the new year. The unlikely union achieved a new threshold in ball speed with the XR 16 driver. By pinpointing the size and placement of the re-engineered Speed Step Crown, engineers saved weight and lowered drag. That resulted in an increase in clubhead speed and, in turn, more ball speed. The driver’s extreme forgiveness was accomplished thanks to the larger, high moment-of-inertia shape with a stretched crown, and a lower and deeper centre of gravity. All that forgiveness leads to more ball speed at every impact location, which can add more distance for golfers of all ability levels. The alternative XR 16 Pro driver is engineered for more advanced players who desire workability in their long game and has a 450cc stretched head design, lower spin and a more neutral centre of gravity bias that is low and deep in the clubhead. The XR 16 and XR Pro fairway woods plus XR OS hybrids feed off the same engineering gains while combining familiar and successful Callaway features, such as the company’s industry-leading Forged Hyper Speed Face Cup, which has been made hotter and thinner for even more speed and a large sweet spot. To create the new XR OS irons, Callaway’s designers took its Face Cup technology and made it even faster, implemented a wider sole design and placed the centre of gravity in a location that helps optimise launch conditions. The centre of gravity has been positioned lower and further back, making these irons easier to hit and to achieve launch conditions that lead to more distance. The XR OS Irons’ multi- piece construction includes a new heat treatment of the face cup for even more ball speed, and a soft heat treatment on the body for better feel. The wide sole design provides more forgiveness, and progressive lengths and lofts through the set are designed to generate more distance from each club. E SPECIFICATIONS >>
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