The Callaway Golf FT-5 Driver Review

By Lyle@Nymble

The Callaway FT-5 Driver was introduced in 2005 with what was then some of the latest technology in golf drivers. The two biggest points available were the carbon fiber body that lightened the weight of the club and enabled Callaway to place discretionary weight elsewhere to promote the second biggest point: clubs made to promote a fade, draw or neutral shot shape to fit the player. While no longer in production, the FT-5 driver is still available on the secondary market for a very moderate price.

Weight Distribution

The ultra-lightweight carbon-fiber clubhead enabled Callaway to move 50g of additional weight to different places around the perimeter of the club. This excessive and tailored perimeter weighting promoted a lightweight club that remained stable through impact.


Callaway's "Opti-Fit" technology utilized the 50g worth of discretionary weighting in different locations to create clubs that promoted a draw, a fade or a neutral shot shape. This makes the FT-5 particularly adept at suiting a wide variety of games from an equally wide variety of players.

Sweet Spot

Callaway made the FT-5's clubhead and face as large as the USGA would allow, maximizing the size of its sweet spot in the center of the club.


This club was originally produced with a variety of shaft flexes from lightweight to extra stiff. The regular flex shaft in the neutral head model was designed for middle handicappers with swing speeds in the 85- to 95-mph range.


Manufactured in several different lofts, the FT-5 came in a 13-degree driver that increased the practical size of the sweet spot even more. The extra loft meant shorter distance off the tee, but the bigger sweet spot meant more fairways hit.

About The Author

Lyle Smith is an award-winning copywriter with a widely varied background. He has completed work for individuals, small businesses and fortune 1000 corporate clients all over the country. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Villanova University.

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