Released for the start of the 2008 season, the relatively new Callaway FTi Squareway Wood is what the name says, a square headed fairway wood from Callaway.
At first glance the club does look great, even those who dislike square headed clubs should probably still find the FTi Squareway clubs very attractive to look at.
There is a 3, 5 and 7 wood available in the range. The 3 wood has 15 degrees of loft, the 5 wood 18 degrees, and the 7 wood 21 degrees.
Custom shaft options are available, but at most retailers the squareway wood comes equipped with a Fujikura Fit-On M graphite shaft, in light, regular, and stiff flex.
The model we reviewed was the 3 wood, fitted with the stiff flex version of the Fujikura shaft mentioned above.
Despite being quite attractive to look at, the head certainly looks massive at address. And the square shape can be a bit intimidating if you're not used to playing with these sort of clubs.
But although being very large, the Callaway FTi Squareway club head does sit behind the ball quite well at address. And along with that this club also does have a nice weight to it, the larger head definitely doesn't make the overall weight too heavy.
However unlike a lot of other woods from Callaway, this club isn't overly easy to launch from the fairway. It can take a while to get used to the head shape if you're not used to using clubs with the square design.
However hitting from a tee is still quite easy with the squareway, and shouldn't pose much of a problem to most players.
The FT-i Squareway is also not the most forgiving wood ever, we found that it did need to be hit well to get the most out of it. Where as a lot of other woods available today can sometimes almost seem to do the work for you.
But when this club is hit well, it is definitely very long and powerful. Probably not quite as long as the Big Bertha Diablo Wood from Callaway, but it can still get the golf ball out there, almost as far as some Drivers can on occasion.
This is a wood that can certainly fill the gap left in some players bags when they reluctant to play the often intimidating Driver.
Although needing to be hit well to get the best out of it, accuracy wise the club didn't perform too badly. However it is very hard to miss a shot right with this club, almost all miss-hits that went off-line went to the left.
Anyone who struggles with a slice or a push is very likely to be a fan of the Squareway.
But if you're a decent player though, who often likes to work the ball left to right, then a Squareway wood may perhaps not be for you. It just takes too much effort to achieve a fade.
So although the Callaway FTi Squareway definitely offers some very good benefits. One thing that definitely has to be mentioned is the rather irritating sound at impact.
Despite the fact that the club does feel very good at impact when you hit one well, almost every shot produces a very, very loud noise. Even when you don't hit the ball that hard, the sound can be almost insulting.
You're playing partners and probably every other golfer on the course you're playing, will know when you've just used your Squareway wood.
If you get to hit one you will likely find this out, every golfer will have their own level of what they're prepared to put up with though.
In terms of price, the Callaway FTi Squareway woods are probably in most golfers price range at the moment. With most retailers just now in 2011 generally pricing one of the clubs at around £145 or $230 brand new.
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