last March/April, the Callaway rep came by the club for a fitting day, and while I wanted to be fit for a putter, he didn’t have that equipment—so I decided just to use some time with him on some golf swing tweaks. I had just bought the disco’d X-460 late in 2007, it was about 4 months old, and he said - ‘well this is a great club and all but it is old technology—here try this one’ and handed me a Callaway FT-i squarehead.
Every drive went straight, every drive. He tried to sell me on one on the spot, but at the time they were still $400-500 (I think it was actually the iMix version)- I told him the X460 was brand new, and as soon as those FT-i’s came under $200 I would look at them.
Well on Black Friday, Callaway pre-owned had a $100 off deal on used, for some of them as low as $99 (the senior flex really used versions)—I picked up one with an Aldiva NVS shaft, Very Good condition (which on Callaway pre-owned means “hit twice and immaculate”) for $240 - 100 = $140. I gave it to my wife for my little girl to wrap up for Christmas and it was a long 3 week wait to hit the club.
Saturday I went out, and WOW. I was sick Friday night, and didn’t even know if I could play- I was still sore and tired at 10:20 tee time. I hit the driver 3 times, fairly well off the range. 30-40mph gusting winds on the first tee box. I have been suffering on the first hole for a few weeks- but today the ball flew perfect and the gust even blew it into a better place. I par’ed for a net birdie and won a skin on the first hole. Followed up with 11 of 12 drives being very good, and the last was ok.
The FT-i was effortless. I think it is a little shorter than my Taylormade Burner Draw, maybe a little shorter than my X460 (the FT-i is 10-degree, the others are 9.5 and 9 respectively)- some could be due to wind, and the roll stunk as well, but I have been carrying two drivers for a while, the Burner when I am very confident for bigger distance, and the X460 when I get tired or unconfident. The FT-i will move into the X460s slot.
Good buy, especially for $150. See if you can match that deal.