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Lofty Aspirations


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lthough there have been a number of adjustable-loft hy- brids to hit the market over the years (most successfully launched by the pioneers of adjustability, TaylorMade),


they have come in dribs and drabs, never really constituting a legitimate trend—until now. Why the delay? After all, adjustability in drivers has existed for


more than a decade. Well, for one, the demand wasn’t overwhelming. Why would you need adjustable lofts in a hybrid if it’s customary to carry two or three of varying lofts in your bag? Also, it’s a bit of a design challenge. The technology cannot add significantly to the size of the head. A compact head design is an important contributor to the hybrid’s performance and versatility. Today, as these clubs reflect, the technology


The following are a


few of the latest and most interesting entries into the growing adjustable-length hybrid category.iiiii


has arrived. And people have begun to recognize the benefits of loft adjustability in hybrids. For example, you can dial-in your hybrids’ lofts to correspond to par-3 lengths, or to suit the day’s wind conditions, or even course characteristics such as the length of the rough. (Of course, in-round adjustments are impermissible under the Rules of Golf.) But probably the most important reason to consider adjust-


able-loft hybrids is that they give you the ability to more precisely fine-tune the length and ballflight of the clubs at the longer end of your set, making the ballflight and distance gaps as consistent with these clubs as they are with your scoring clubs.


TOM DELLNER writes about golf from his home in Dana Point, Calif. Tom’s work has apperared in Rolling Stone magazine and he was formerly the West Coast editor of Links magazine and the editor in chief of Golf Tips magazine.


Optif it hosel


Callaway Big Bertha


For the first time, Callaway brings adjustability to a hybrid. The key to the Big Bertha hybrid is the Optifit hosel, which allows for eight different loft, lie and shot- shape configurations. Additional technology features include an Internal Standing Wave, which lowers and deepens the clubs’ center of gravity for an easy launch; and a face cup, which promotes faster ball speeds across the face. The Big Bertha hybrid is available with lofts of 19, 22, 25, 28 and 31 degrees.


Minimum Advertised Price (MAP): $249 Contact: CallawayGolf.com


70 / NCGA.ORG / SUMMER 2015


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