The Callaway FT5 Driver was released in 2007, and one of the first things that golfers are likely to notice is the very large club head and face, which is designed to the USGA legal limit. This combined with some sharp looking graphics, does help to make for quite an impressive looking golf club.
Both neutral and draw versions are available, with the choice of lofts on offer of 9, 10, 11 and 13 degrees, though only the 10 and 11 degree models are produced in left hand as well as right.
We tested the 10 degree neutral FT5, fitted with the factory standard Fujikura shaft in regular flex.
To begin with, very good and reliable accuracy is usually something that most golfers expect in many drivers from Callaway, but even we were surprised at how exceptionally well the FT5 seemed to perform here.
Similar to the case of the Callaway Diablo Driver, the FT5 offers extremely reliable forgiveness, and it's very unusual to see a drive go way off line with this club in your hands.
Not only that, but we also found this Driver to be a pretty easy club to hit. Mainly due to the incredibly large face of the club. The FT5 would certainly be a club worth a try for higher handicappers, or players that are a bit intimidated by, and not totally confident in playing with the driver.
The distance that this Callaway FT5 can give you is also pretty impressive, but it wasn't really massively long. It felt like this was a driver made more to keep you in the fairway, than to get you a mile down it.
Despite not producing massive distance though, the FT5 does often produce a pretty powerful ball flight. Though sometimes it can push a tad towards the high side, but not too much. Generally golfers should expect most of their drives with the FT-5 to penetrate through some stiff to strong winds, when playing in such conditions.
Trying to shape the flight of the golf ball with the FT5 was quite a similar experience to attempting it with the Callaway Diablo Driver. Meaning that decent results were possible, but it does require a certain degree of effort, due to the forgiving sweet spot.
The last real important point to mention about this or any driver is the price. Brand new the Callaway FT5 offers very good value for money, with prices as of 2012 usually around £85 or $135. Though some good deals can also be found on some second hand models.
Overall we would mainly recommend this Callaway Driver to any golfer that wants to hit more fairways off the tee, but is also not obsessed with hitting the ball a mile past their playing partners. The FT5 is a very consistent and safe golf club to have in your bag.
|Easy To Hit||9/10|
|Value For Money||9/10|