In 1982, former vineyard owner Ely Callaway bought a share of the Hickory Stick USA golf club manufacturer for $400,000. By the end of the decade the company, now called Callaway Golf, had sales of more than $10 million, according to Callaway’s website. Since then, Callaway has grown into one of the world’s largest golf manufacturers, and pros such as Phil Mickelson and Morgan Pressel have won tour events using Callaway clubs. The company continues to manufacture a complete line of irons. Four of the company’s standard iron sets and two hybrid lines earned “gold” recognition on the 2012 “Golf Digest” Hot List.
As of 2012 Callaway manufactures seven different lines of irons, according to the company’s website. Its forged iron set, for “elite” golfers, and the blade set are the only two Callaway lines that include a 2-iron, both of which are lofted 18 degrees. Its players and game improvement sets feature irons 3 through 9, lofted from 19 degrees (3-iron) to 40 degrees (9-iron). Other sets begin with a 4-iron or 5-iron. The irons designed for better players come standard with steel shafts, but most Callaway irons may be customized with steel or graphite shafts; some of the steel-shafted clubs are 1/2 inch shorter than their graphite counterparts.
Callaway advertises 2- through 6-hybrids as of the date of this publication. The three hybrid lines are sold individually or as parts of sets. The 2-hybrid is lofted 18 degrees and measures 40 3/4 inches in length. The 6-hybrids feature as much as 30 degrees of loft and 38 inches of length. Graphite shafts are standard on all the company’s hybrid clubs.
The company offers a variety of individual wedges, lofted from 48 to 64 degrees and all between 35 and 35 1/2 inches long. Within its standard iron sets, Callaway offers four types of wedges, including a pitching wedge, sand wedge, lob wedge and what it terms an “approach” wedge, which some might call a gap wedge. The approach wedge is lofted 49 degrees.
Women’s and Junior's Clubs
Callaway produces four lines specifically made for women. The clubs are slightly shorter and lighter than men’s clubs and contain irons 3 through 9, as well as the company’s four standard wedges.
The company lists eight lines of junior clubs on its website, with four lines tailored for players 5 to 8 years old and the other four for those 9 to 12 years old. Two lines in each age group are described as clubs for girls.
Sets for the younger golfers contain a 5-hybrid, 9-iron and sand wedge. Two of the other junior sets feature a 5-hybrid, 7-iron and 9-iron, plus a sand wedge. The other two sets contain a 5-iron instead of a 5-hybrid.