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As a touch­ing and heart-felt wed­ding present, I went out and got my non-golf­ing brideto-be a set of clubs. Yes; as a cer­ti­fied hope­less ro­man­tic, on the emo­tional oc­ca­sion of our 25th an­niver­sary, I re­placed that orig­i­nal set. I know, again, it tugs at all the heart­strings. I’ll never for­get what she said when she first swung that beau­ti­ful new ladies Big Bertha driver: “I’ve never hit a ball so far in my life!” Maybe it’s just be­cause I’m such a sen­si­tive guy, but I might have de­tected just a hint of “You waited 25 years to up­grade my sticks?” roil­ing ir­ri­ta­tion in her voice. Nah, I’m prob­a­bly just imag­in­ing.

Yet I can’t help but no­tice that lately she has been com­ment­ing on the ads in the var­i­ous golf mag­a­zines and the odd week­end news­pa­per club sale flyer that have mirac­u­lously sur­vived the In­ter­net apoc­a­lypse and made it to our door. OK, I’m get­ting it.

The lat­est Call­away women’s clubs don’t look any­thing like those wed­ding Patty Bergs (Skookum in the day). The Big Bertha Fu­sion and the XR 16 driv­ers not only look like weapons, they re­ally are. The Fu­sion, for in­stance, in­cor­po­rates the ‘Speed Step’ de­sign to re­duce drag and pro­mote swing speed. The ti­ta­nium Exo-cage head al­lows for a light car­bon crown to pro­mote for­give­ness and longer, straighter shots. The XR se­ries is de­scribed as: For­give­ness meets fast. Call­away tech­nol­ogy made it for­giv­ing with a new shape, lower cen­ter of grav­ity, and thin­ner face; Boe­ing tech­nol­ogy helped cre­ate the aero­dy­namic Speed Step head shape.

The fair­way woods and hy­brids have the same tech­nol­ogy, and the XR irons have the Face Cup de­sign that makes them longer and more for­giv­ing. At this stage, I like the more for­giv­ing part the best. If you know a lady golfer, or are about to marry one, check out­away­

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