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Equipment Report

August 29 2013

9:26 AM

Callaway prototype driver spotted

By Jonathan Wall, PGATOUR.COM Equipment Insider

NORTON, Mass. — Looking ahead to next season, members of Callaway's R&D team, including Senior VP of R&D Dr. Alan Hocknell, made the trip to the Deutsche Bank Championship to give staffers a sneak peek at a prototype driver the company's been working on.

Callaway officials decline comment on the prototype, which features a sliding weight channel in the perimeter of the head and a adjustable hosel with two cogs that's similar to the hosel on FT Optiforce.

Keeping the sliding weight in place on the channel is a removable plug on the heel of the driver. The prototype also has a high gloss finish on the crown.

TaylorMade released a driver, SLDR, a couple months ago that featured a similar weight channel on the sole that promoted a center of gravity that was lower and more forward for a penetrating ball flight, low spin and increased ball speed.

While Callaway's prototype has a similar design, the weight screw and channel are positioned in the perimeter of the head, giving the driver a different CG.

No word yet on when it will be released, but based on the fact that the version on Callaway's Tour Van didn't have scoring lines or stamping on the sole, it's safe to assume the final product might not be available until next year.