On the market since 2008, the Callaway FT-Irons are very well designed and very stylish looking golf clubs. In terms of target audience, they are generally aimed more at the mid to low handicap golfer, who already plays a decent and tidy golf game.
The FT-irons we tested were equipped with the steel stock shafts for the clubs, which are the Nippon NS Pro 1100 shafts, in stiff flex.
When we first sat eyes on the clubs, it was noticeable that the heads on the FT Irons are slightly smaller than a lot of other irons. This is particularly obvious at address, and may possibly leave some players perhaps not feeling overly confident standing over the ball.
However despite the smaller heads, the Callaway FT-Irons weren't really overly difficult to hit. And good shots in particular, can feel so good at impact, it was actually like the feeling you often get when hitting a hybrid club.
But even on the bad swings and miss-hits, there is very rarely any vibration or feedback with these irons. So generally the feeling you get is actually pretty good anyway on most strikes, whether the actual shot produced was a good one or not.
In terms of forgiveness, these clubs performed relatively well. But they weren't quite as reliable as the X-20 and X-22 irons from Callaway. However we did find them overall to be more forgiving than the Callaway Big Bertha Diablo Irons.
Miss-hits that were punished tended to produce a push more often than a pull, but very rarely were the bad shots really bad. So despite being aimed more at the better player, the FT-irons can be surprisingly generous at times.
Something that probably could take a few shots to get used to is the power of these irons. They do hit the golf ball very far for irons, and it would likely take a bit of time and practice for most people to find their own individual range.
But once you do get used to the clubs, the short irons very quickly become a good friend. It likely wont take a lot of practice for a decent player to really start knocking down the pin regularly.
The shorter FT irons can be extremely lethal weapons to have in your bag, that can produce very quick and almost instant results and improvements, in shots and in scoring.
With regards to the spin that you can generate, the shorter irons do give you very good control. Generally most approach shots with the shorter FT Irons stop and settle around about the area they land, even on firmer greens.
The longer irons admittedly did release a bit more than what was wanted on occasion. However most good, capable players should still be able to hit decent approach shots quite regularly, once they are used to the clubs.
Workability is another thing that is quite impressive in these irons, it's not difficult at all to manipulate the flight of the golf ball with the FT's when you want to.
If anything sometimes it can be a bit easy to over do the effect you're after slightly. However this is something that again is likely to be taken care of with enough practice.
Overall though our view of the Callaway FT-Irons is that they are good, very very good, simple as that.
If you're a mid handicapper looking to take your game up a level, or if you're a low handicapper who wants to get closer towards scratch. Then as far as we're concerned, these clubs are one of the best irons available on the market just now.
Such quality can often come at a price, and originally the Callaway FT-irons were very expensive. However of late prices have come down and become more affordable.
As of 2012, the FT Irons brand new generally retail at around £300 or $476 for the steel shaft versions, while the graphite shaft models can be priced in the area of £350 or $555.
|Easy To Hit||7/10|
|Value For Money||7/10|