Published on April 17th, 2013 | by John Simon0
Review: Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme Driver
For the past few seasons Callaway has struggled in the golf industry, not because of the product the company is making, but more because of poor timing and bad luck. The FT-IQ was a $500 driver that was released in the middle of the recession, and the past two years, Callaway has had to compete with the “White Drivers.” Things will be different this year. The RAZR Fit Xtreme is the first Callaway driver I have owned, and I have no regrets.
The Callaway RAZR Fit Xtreme driver still uses a lot of the technology used last year in the RAZR Fit: forged composite crown, OptiFit hosel, and moveable weights. The differences changes to this year’s model are subtle but important. The face is now faster since it is thinner, and it is also deeper, which will reduce the spin rate it produces. Both are great changes as long as they truly do what they say — which they do.
Pairing the club up with two very high end shaft options (Aldila Trinity & Matrix 7M3 Black Tie) is also a very nice step up.
Distance is awesome. The Speed Frame Face produces the fastest ball speeds in the industry (that I have found) and, with the low spin rate, distance this driver can achieve is second to none.
Accuracy is right up there with any other driver on the market today. Again, I always feel accuracy is a player’s characteristic, not a club’s.
This RAZR Fit Xtreme driver is quite forgiving — not the best I’ve seen due to the smaller 440cc head, but forgiving enough that nearly any golfer can handle it.
The spin numbers are amazingly low. Almost too low. Most golfers will want to look at jumping up in loft to get the most distance possible out their tee shot. With the number of loft options available and the driver’s adjustability, I was easily able to dial in right launch angle that would maximize distance.
The RAZR Fit Xtreme has a very classic look, just a black crown with a black face. If you want something louder and crazier looking they do offer a custom line called “Udesign” where you can choose the color of the crown and the sole for an extra $50. Not a bad deal if that’s what you’re into.
Very solid. The face feels very soft, which I like. It feels like the ball and face are really compressing. Having the moveable weights is handy, too, since you can fine tune the weight of the club to your own personal preference.
I’d say this is the best driver of 2013: great looks, feel, and plenty of custom options. That will be tough to beat, no matter what color crown the other drivers have.