Own Phil Mickelson’s Callaway XR 16 Sub Zero Driver
For all you Lefty fans out there, you can now own the Callaway XR 16 Sub Zero driver Phil Mickelson uses! Unless you’re a lefty, you can own Phil’s driver. How’s that for a knee-slapper? The Callaway XR 16 Sub Zero driver that we showed you pictures of from the USGA Conforming List a while back made it’s way into the bag of their famous southpaw, and it will only be available in right-hand drive. You’ve got a sick sense of humor, Callaway. What do you do in your spare time, watch YouTube clips of babies falling?
Anyway . . . it was only a matter of time until the specs on the new Callaway XR 16 Sub Zero driver came to light considering the USGA photos of it dropped at the same time as the rest of the XR 16 lineup. With Callaway’s stable of big sticks now numbering 5 — Cobra also has 5 drivers — TaylorMade is beginning to look pretty modest in its offerings, but sales in TM continue to fall. So, maybe our complaint of saturating the driver market is invalid?
What’s the deal with the XR 16 Sub Zero?
“Extreme low spin for the best players”
That’s what the release for the Sub Zero says, but how does it accomplish that low spin. The same as usual: a low CG, but typical of Callaway, they don’t tell us where the CG is . . . but it’s low!
The big deal with the other Callway XR 16 drivers is the speed step, something that they developed with Boeing, in case you hadn’t heard. But the Sub Zero doesn’t have the speed step, so what’s the big deal?
Similar to the new PING G driver, Callaway focused on removing as much weight from the crown as possible to get the CG low. The did that by using a proprietary Carbon Triax Crown to redistribute the weight. Again, Callaway is shifting their focus to speed, and this is an example of that.
Callaway XR 16 Sub Zero Specs
The Sub Zero is available in 9.5 degrees — it features the company’s opti-fit hosel for loft and face angle adjustability — it’s a 440cc head, and it has two interchangeable weights (10g and 2g). You will also have the option of 20 different shafts without an upcharge.
Should I drop green for the XR 16 Sub Zero?
Well, that depends. How good are you? Low spin, 9.5 degrees of loft, and high swing speeds says this is a driver for very good players who swing hard and can still move the ball on demand. Most of you out there might want to check their ego at the door before considering this driver.
The Callaway XR 16 Sub Zero driver is available at retail on April 15 for $449.