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Nuke Em Off the Tee

CARLSBAD -- Callaway has announced the next generation golf club to succeed its beloved Big Bertha line of over-sized drivers. The "Enola Gay" series employs the very latest Department of Defense advanced technology to produce a wide, forgiving area and provide stability on off-center hits.

Slated for market introduction at the PGA Merchandising Show, the design utilizes staballoy metal technology to focus the center of gravity in a position to produce distance enhancing trajectory, maximizing both carry and roll.

Staballoys are metal alloys of a high proportion of depleted uranium with other metals, usually titanium or molybdenum, designed for use in kinetic energy penetrator armor-piercing munitions. They are about twice as dense as lead. Depleted uranium is used by the U.S. Army in 120 mm or 105 mm cannons employed on the M1 Abrams and M60A3 tanks.

Callaway's EG-86 development program was initially plagued by the self-sharpening and pyrophoric properties of depleted uranium. Prototype drivers often fractured, with the impact and subsequent release of heat energy causing the driver head to disintegrate to dust and combust, posing a potential hazard to golfers and caddies.

Several sources have attributed the increase in the rate of birth defects in the children of Gulf War veterans and in Iraqis to depleted uranium inhalation exposure. A 2001 study of 15,000 February 1991 U.S. Gulf War combat veterans and 15,000 control veterans found that the Gulf War veterans were 1.8 (fathers) to 2.8 (mothers) times more likely to have children with birth defects.

Callaway is reported to have solved the spontaneous combustion issues of the club and claims that the hazards of uranyl oxide gas vapor inhalation exposure are minimal.

Right-handed players will have 15 different wood models to choose from, from 1-wood up to 11-wood with a couple "strong" models also in the mix.

Seven models will be available for lefties.

Although the USGA has yet to approve the new design for use in sanctioned competition, the company reports that the first season's production run is nearly sold out.



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