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Billed at launch as “The Longest Driver in Golf,” this club, aimed at better players, incorporates Callaway’s best technologies to live up to that hype…and succeeds. Another winner from the “new” Callaway.
Right out of the box, the RAZR Fit Xtreme tells you that it’s meant for better players with its looks. The black crown is free of any alignment aids. The RFX cuts a modest-sized figure, by modern standards, at 440cc. The face is a little taller than average, though not extremely deep. Overall, I think the shape will appeal to almost any player: not too deep or shallow, not too long or short (heel to toe or front to back).
For those that want a pretty sole, too, the green color that Callaway went with is pretty bold, but it’s used tastefully. It’s enough to be eye-catching coming out of the bag, but it’s not overwhelming and doesn’t detract from the overall classy looks.
Sound & Feel
In keeping with the theme of “for better players,” Callaway went with a more muted sound on the RFE. There’s still a satisfying metallic crack on impact, but it’s miles from the “banging trash can lids together” sound of other drivers.
There’s ample feedback to let you know where on the face you hit the ball, but the sound or feel is never harsh or loud. One thing I’ve noticed in recent rounds (where I’ve driven the ball a bit better) is that even my playing partners can tell the difference between contact that’s good and contact that’s absolutely pure. Every time I’ve really caught one, everyone in the group knew it from the sound. That little ego boost is a definite motivator to find dead center.
When Callaway launched the RAZR Fit Xtreme, they billed it as “The Longest Driver in Golf.” After having played and tested it extensively, I can’t argue with their claim. In switching from the RAZR Fit, my ball speed has stayed just as high, but the spin is slightly lower, leading to more roll and more distance. I’ve also tested most of the major driver that have been released this year and can’t find a reason to trade my RFX for any of them. This driver is just plain long.
Long is great, but is it forgiving? The answer there is “Yes and no.” In terms of ball speed: Yes. The Speed Frame Face Technology that Callaway uses means that even when you get a little bit too far from the center of the face, you won’t lose too much ball speed. When it comes to accuracy, the RFX is decidedly less forgiving. If you hit the ball off the heel or toe, you will see a significant amount of gear effect (translation: the ball curves a lot). If you have a consistent miss tendency (always heel or always toe), you can use the weights to help you a bit, but ultimately you need to hit the center of the face if you want to know where the ball is going to end up.
For players with decent club head speed who are able to consistently find the middle of the face, the RAZR FIT Xtreme may be the best driver of 2013. The ball speed is robust across the face, the looks are great, and the sound will make your playing partners jealous when you pure one. This is a huge win for the “new” Callaway and it makes me anxious to see what they bring out next.
Price, Specs, and Manufacturer’s Notes
The RAZR Fit Xtreme carries as MSRP of $399
The RAZR Fit Xtreme comes in lofts of 8.5°, 9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5°, and 13.5°. The 11.5° and 13.5° heads are 460cc, all other lofts are 440cc. Only the 9.5° and 10.5° are available in LH.
Callaway offers two stock shaft options: the Tour Grade Aldila Trinity and the Matrix 7M3 Black Tie.
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