Callaway Golf to Reward Baseball's Longest Home Run Hitters
Baseball's top sluggers have even more incentive to drive the ball deep this season, as Carlsbad, California-based Callaway Golf Company announced an initiative to reward the game's most aggressive home run hitters. Throughout the 2010 season, Callaway will provide a full set of its new Diablo Edge golf clubs, the longest of their kind that Callaway has ever developed, to any big league player who hits a home run that travels a distance of at least 470 feet. According to hittrackeronline.com, which collects data on every long ball, there were 10 such home runs in 2009. An additional 27 home runs traveled between 460 and 469 feet.
While pitchers' affinity for the links surrounding major league ballparks is well-documented, an increasing number of power hitters are taking their cuts on the golf course. According to the April 2010 edition of Golf Magazine, some of the game's most prolific batsmen are attacking their handicaps like a fastball down the middle of the plate. Not surprisingly, as is the case in the ballpark, their golf games are built on bold, aggressive swings.
Underscoring Callaway's commitment to distance and power, the new Diablo Edge line features the Diablo Edge Driver--the longest, straightest all-titanium driver that Callaway has ever made. The Diablo Edge Fairway Woods, an immediate hit with Tour Professionals around the world, offer significant distance gains over their predecessors. Moreover, Callaway's Diablo Edge Irons feature an accessible sweet spot and are the longest stainless steel irons the manufacturer has ever developed.
“Driving the ball longer than anyone else during competition takes talent and a bold approach that we want to reward in 2010," said Jeff Colton, senior vice president of U.S. marketing and sales, Callaway Golf. "Ballplayers that embody the attitude and skill that it takes to drive a ball 470 feet and longer are exactly the type that would want to play our new Diablo Edge clubs, which are perfect for anyone looking to blast the ball longer and straighter than ever before."