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Played my first round with my "new" FT-9


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For years I had stayed away from purchasing any Callaway products, which I guess is a little odd considering FIGJAM is my favorite golfer. I think the main reason is their stuff tends to fall on the more expensive side when new and only recently has stuff hit the grey market that I'm interested in.

 

One such item was the Callway FT-9 iMIX driver. I recently got a great deal on one with a Grafalloy Axis Blue shaft and took it out today for the first time for 18 holes. All I can say is "Wow". I'm still not sure I'm getting optimal launch with the Graffaloy shaft, but I hit some landing zones on the course I had never reached before. Call it a work in progress. The great thing now is I can start switching out shafts to fine tune things knowing the head is a beast. Highly recommended if you haven't tried one yet.

Callaway FT-9 Driver 10.5* Grafalloy Prolaunch Axis Blue

Callaway FT-9 Driver 9.0* Grafalloy Prolaunch Platinum

Cobra Baffler Rail F Fairway 15.5* Fujikura Motore

Wilson FYbrid 19* UST Proforce AXIV Core

Cobra Baffler Rail H Hybrid 22* Fujikura Motore

Ping I15 Irons 5-UW AWT

Ping Tour-W 56*,60* DG Spinner

Ping Redwood ZB Putter, WRX Starshot, 35"

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Like the iMix concept -- and you can find some pretty amazing deals on them these days.

 

What's in the bag:
 
Driver:  :titelist-small:TSi3  
FW Wood: PXG Gen4 2-wood
Hybrids:  PXG Gen4 18-degree
Utility Irons: :wilson_staff_small: Staff Model Utilities 18, 21, 24*
Irons:; PXG 0211; :Hogan: Pro Combo; :benhogan-small:FTX Combo;:benhogan-small:'99 Apex Plus; :benhogan-small:'99 Apex blades; :macgregor-small: 2010 VIP irons; :macgregor-small: VIP 1025 V-Foil MB/CB; 

Wedges:  :cleveland-small: RTZ ZipCore: :benhogan-small:Riviera 52-56-60
Putter: :scotty-small: Newport Special Select;  :edel-golf-1:  Willamette,  :bettinardi-small: BB8; :wilson-small: Buckingham; MATI Monto

Ball: :bridgestone-small: Tour B X; :srixon-small: Z-STAR XV; :wilson-small: Triad

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I loved the FT9 and the iMix concept. I wish that there was a universal bolt on shaft mounting system for all brands of drivers. Also, the FT9 is an awesome driver.

 

Driver:      :taylormade-small:   Stealth Plus 10.5° on Project X Hzrdus Smoke RDX 6.0

Fairway:   :ping-small:  G425LST 3w on Adilia Rogue 80S

Hybrid:       :ping-small:  G425MAX 3H  on KBS Graphite

 Utility:    :cobra-small:  KING Forged Utility Black  4    on   UST RECOIL SMACWRAP

Irons:     :cobra-small: KING Forged TEC Black 5-9 on KBS Tour Black Smoke 

Wedges: :cobra-small: KING MB Black P on KBS Tour Black Smoke

               :mizuno-small: MP T5 Black 5 ES21 54° & 60° on KBS Hi Rev 2.0 

Putter:    :EVNROLL: ER5B

Balls:      :titelist-small: Pro V1 :taylormade-small: TP5x 

Shoes:     :footjoy-small:  

Range Finder: :918457628_PrecisionPro: Precision Pro  NX7 Pro

All grips are BestGrips Micro-Perforated

 

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I found today on the range that the sweet spot seems to be high on the face. I got much better distance when I teed it high and let it fly. Is this why so many used FT-9's have paint chips along the top line?

Callaway FT-9 Driver 10.5* Grafalloy Prolaunch Axis Blue

Callaway FT-9 Driver 9.0* Grafalloy Prolaunch Platinum

Cobra Baffler Rail F Fairway 15.5* Fujikura Motore

Wilson FYbrid 19* UST Proforce AXIV Core

Cobra Baffler Rail H Hybrid 22* Fujikura Motore

Ping I15 Irons 5-UW AWT

Ping Tour-W 56*,60* DG Spinner

Ping Redwood ZB Putter, WRX Starshot, 35"

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I found today on the range that the sweet spot seems to be high on the face. I got much better distance when I teed it high and let it fly. Is this why so many used FT-9's have paint chips along the top line?

 

 

No, the location of the sweet spot has nothing to do with the paint chips along the top line. I left sky marks and paint chips on my FT9 more times than I care to admit and the sweet spot was not even close to the crown. :P

 

 

 

I guess the sweet spot like everything else in golf depends on your swing. I thought the sweet spot was middle height byt a 1/2" outside with a slightly accending blow, but I have not hit it since March and may be wrong. I paint filled the bottom of mine with pink paint, stuck Fubuki shaft in it and added a pink grip and my wife loves it.

 

Driver:      :taylormade-small:   Stealth Plus 10.5° on Project X Hzrdus Smoke RDX 6.0

Fairway:   :ping-small:  G425LST 3w on Adilia Rogue 80S

Hybrid:       :ping-small:  G425MAX 3H  on KBS Graphite

 Utility:    :cobra-small:  KING Forged Utility Black  4    on   UST RECOIL SMACWRAP

Irons:     :cobra-small: KING Forged TEC Black 5-9 on KBS Tour Black Smoke 

Wedges: :cobra-small: KING MB Black P on KBS Tour Black Smoke

               :mizuno-small: MP T5 Black 5 ES21 54° & 60° on KBS Hi Rev 2.0 

Putter:    :EVNROLL: ER5B

Balls:      :titelist-small: Pro V1 :taylormade-small: TP5x 

Shoes:     :footjoy-small:  

Range Finder: :918457628_PrecisionPro: Precision Pro  NX7 Pro

All grips are BestGrips Micro-Perforated

 

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Just put mine back in the bag this morning. I have an 8.5· shafted with a Fuji Zcom 65x.

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:callaway-small: Apex UW 17* UST Elements Wind 9f5

PXG 0311 ST 4 -PW KBS $Taper 130

PXG Sugar Daddy 50*, 54* & 58* TTDG S400

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You should hit the RAZR Fit... ;)

 

 

Dave, I have the Razr Fit, and absolutely love it. I am much longer with it but I attribute that to the shaft that actually fits my swing for the first time ever. I did the adjustment thing when I first got it, but honestly, the whole adjustable hosel thing to me is the equivalent to buying the FT9 vs FT9 Tour. And the weight system is buying the Neutral vs the Draw. Yes, I have it set at the open position and the weights adjusted to I think a draw weighting, but the ball still goes where I want it, well, left to right or right to left depending on my set up. BUT my question is, is the Razr Fit a better driver than the FT9?

 

 

Because this shaft is so much better than any of the other 15 shafts I tried, I can not honestly compare the two heads. But I have no intention of going back to the FT9.

 

Driver:      :taylormade-small:   Stealth Plus 10.5° on Project X Hzrdus Smoke RDX 6.0

Fairway:   :ping-small:  G425LST 3w on Adilia Rogue 80S

Hybrid:       :ping-small:  G425MAX 3H  on KBS Graphite

 Utility:    :cobra-small:  KING Forged Utility Black  4    on   UST RECOIL SMACWRAP

Irons:     :cobra-small: KING Forged TEC Black 5-9 on KBS Tour Black Smoke 

Wedges: :cobra-small: KING MB Black P on KBS Tour Black Smoke

               :mizuno-small: MP T5 Black 5 ES21 54° & 60° on KBS Hi Rev 2.0 

Putter:    :EVNROLL: ER5B

Balls:      :titelist-small: Pro V1 :taylormade-small: TP5x 

Shoes:     :footjoy-small:  

Range Finder: :918457628_PrecisionPro: Precision Pro  NX7 Pro

All grips are BestGrips Micro-Perforated

 

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I used to hit many fairways with my Ft-9, I just couldn't find a shaft that I could get the right distance out of; I'll settle for 275 in the fairway, but the 260s was way too short.

 

 

275? Man I wish I still lived in Indiana - I used to hit them that far when I lived there - oh wait I was also 12 years younger. :angry:

 

Oh well I'm straighter because at 250 the ball stays in the fairway and I've gotten better with my longer clubs into the green.

Taylor Made Stealth 10.5  Aldila Ascent Red R flex

Ping G410 5, 7, 9 wood  Alta 65 R flex

Wilson D7 forged 5-GW -  Mamiya recoil 460 R flex

Edison Wedges 54 and 59 KBS Tour Graphite 80's

EVNRoll ER 5

Titleist Pro VIx optic yellow with revkev stamped on them

Still on that elusive hunt for a 3 wood that I'm able to hit - I don't know why, I crush the 5 wood and it's really a 4 wood anyway. 

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I hope that this isn't too far OT, & if it is, my apologies, however I just got a call & I have the opportunity to pick up a brand new, never hit FT Tour w/Ozik XCon 6.1 S(I Love this shaft!) for $100...I'm gonna do it just for the shaft, though my Razr Hawk Tour is the back up to my I20...Never hit FT Tour...

 

How's it stack up to Razr Hawk Tour?...Thanx much...Fairways & Greens 4ever....

 

I think the FT Tour will have a smaller head and more traditional shape. I'd imagine it's a bit less forgiving due to the smaller face and lower MOI but if you're a low handicapper who makes solid contact more often than not then that won't be a concern.

Callaway FT-9 Driver 10.5* Grafalloy Prolaunch Axis Blue

Callaway FT-9 Driver 9.0* Grafalloy Prolaunch Platinum

Cobra Baffler Rail F Fairway 15.5* Fujikura Motore

Wilson FYbrid 19* UST Proforce AXIV Core

Cobra Baffler Rail H Hybrid 22* Fujikura Motore

Ping I15 Irons 5-UW AWT

Ping Tour-W 56*,60* DG Spinner

Ping Redwood ZB Putter, WRX Starshot, 35"

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Well, still loving the FT-9. It's consistently 10-15 yards longer than my Cleveland DST with much tighter dispersion.

 

Now, in the spirit of full disclosure, I don't think I was playing with a stiff enough shaft in the Launcher. But, I also think I was more inconsistent with it because it had a lighter club head and longer shaft. I know that's Cleveland's thing now (lighter weight to generate more club head speed and longer shaft to add distance), but I think it hurt me more than helped.

Callaway FT-9 Driver 10.5* Grafalloy Prolaunch Axis Blue

Callaway FT-9 Driver 9.0* Grafalloy Prolaunch Platinum

Cobra Baffler Rail F Fairway 15.5* Fujikura Motore

Wilson FYbrid 19* UST Proforce AXIV Core

Cobra Baffler Rail H Hybrid 22* Fujikura Motore

Ping I15 Irons 5-UW AWT

Ping Tour-W 56*,60* DG Spinner

Ping Redwood ZB Putter, WRX Starshot, 35"

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A2G, do you have the regular DST or the tour head?.....I hit the Tour for bout 1/2 season & then this past year hit the 290 & 310 and I thought the DST Tour was a better driver..For me, much hotter face....Fairways & Greens 4ever....

 

I had the regular DST. Didn't even know they had a tour version in that club.

Callaway FT-9 Driver 10.5* Grafalloy Prolaunch Axis Blue

Callaway FT-9 Driver 9.0* Grafalloy Prolaunch Platinum

Cobra Baffler Rail F Fairway 15.5* Fujikura Motore

Wilson FYbrid 19* UST Proforce AXIV Core

Cobra Baffler Rail H Hybrid 22* Fujikura Motore

Ping I15 Irons 5-UW AWT

Ping Tour-W 56*,60* DG Spinner

Ping Redwood ZB Putter, WRX Starshot, 35"

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