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    Callaway’s new 'Super Hybrid' is made to deliver the power of a fairway wood

  • Callaway’s Super Hybrids will sell for $319.99 starting on November 1. (Photos courtesy of Callaway)Callaway’s Super Hybrids will sell for $319.99 starting on November 1. (Photos courtesy of Callaway)

Golfers of all skill levels employ hybrids for varying reasons, but most either use hybrids as a more forgiving long-iron replacement, or as a more controllable fairway-wood replacement. Callaway has focused on one facet with its new Super Hybrid, however - distance.

Callaway’s goal with the Super Hybrid was to create “a hybrid that can deliver the power of a fairway wood,” according to the company. In order to achieve the distance of a fairway wood in a smaller hybrid head, Callaway says it took a different approach compared to the hybrids the company has been making for years.

The Super Hybrid has a titanium body – instead of steel that’s used in many hybrids -- and a high-strength titanium face insert, which is supported by the company’s familiar Jailbreak Technology. Of course, Jailbreak is the name given to the internal bars that sit behind the face and connect the crown to the sole. This construction stiffens the body to create more “load” on the titanium face insert at impact, according to Callaway, and thus more ball speed.

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The strength of the titanium used throughout the head, combined with a triaxial carbon crown that helps to save weight from the top of the club head, allowed Callaway to displace weight lower in the heads. Callaway used metal injection molded (MIM’ed) tungsten weights in the toe and heel sections of the sole, helping Callaway achieve increased MOI (moment of inertia) and an “optimized” CG (center of gravity) location, according to the company.

Also, the Super Hybrids have new OptiFit 3 hosels that help golfers dial in launch and ball flight by allowing loft and lie adjustments.

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