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Old 05-23-2011, 02:21 PM
 
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Callaway Legacy Driver

Rating: 3 out of 5
  • Currently 3.0/5.0

Introduced to the market as recently as July 24, 2010, this driver is the newest in the prestigious Callaway line. It has a 460cc titanium head, "Hyperbolic Face" technology, and "Power Weighting Draw" bias. Its shaft is graphite. The Callaway Legacy driver's market price is $456, which is well above what I believe the average golfer needs to pay for a good driver.

This club comes with either a 45-inch or 46-inch shaft. The marketing literature suggests that a golfer with a stronger swing can expect to get a mid-to-high trajectory with the 45-inch shaft, while the 46-inch shaft is supposedly designed to provide maximum distance, due to the increased speed of its clubhead and the higher trajectory offered by the extra inch. The average golfer who buys into this argument is definitely getting the shaft. The proper shaft length is determined by many other factors, such as the golfer's body height and mass, arm length, and the comfort that a given shaft length provides him when he is addressing the ball--and this is not an exhaustive list.

Another bit of information provided in the marketing literature is that the "Hyperbolic Face" technology allows for a greater ball speed on hits that are not perfectly square, while the low center of gravity of the head design results in "a higher launch angle for maximum distance." This translates to the ball going at a high rate of speed in a non-advantageous direction--as in the case of a hook or a slice. Of course, the club head is designed to have a higher moment of inertia (MOI), which increases the amount of "forgiveness" on off-center strikes. Its lower center of gravity results in decreased spin and increased launch. This being said, the MOI affects the swing feel of a club, and the prevailing opinion is that if all the clubs in a golfer's bag have similar MOI, and ergo similar swing feel, the golfer will enjoy greater consistency in his game. The converse is also true. This is the theory underlying the now popular swingweight matching, which comes close to MOI matching. The bottom line is that if a golfer chooses to invest $456 in this driver, he should be prepared for similar cash outlays to maintain the consistency of his game. Most golfers will find their cash better spent by hiring a good golf pro to analyze his game and either recommend or make clubs to fit his specific needs. A really good golfer with bad clubs will still be a good golfer. A bad golfer with really good clubs will still be a bad golfer.

Review by professional reviewer, Oct. 2, 2010
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