Crazy CRZ-460 Driver Review
Design: The new CRZ-460 is what I would consider a proven design built using the finest quality materials. It uses a monocoque body and the theory behind monocque design is it’s one piece construction maximizes energy transfer to the ball more efficently than multi piece designs. In the auto industry its used to maintain structural integrity and the word itself is french meaning “single shell”.
The face is made of DAT55 which is arguably the hottest material used in golf club faces period. Japanese made DAT55 is especially expensive and is often not used for golf clubs due to price. The famous Crazy 435 long driver also utilized the same Japan made DAT55G in its face construction as well. It provides a sponge like slingshot effect translating into increased distance. The Kamui Works custom drivers are also produced with that face and that’s #2 in the Rating Gate reviews.
Distance: “Stupid Long” Tatsuro Oshimoto our TSG Club Tester would have gotten along much better with a stiffer shaft, As one who plays to a plus handicap and has a 110+ mph swing speed he is used to lower trajectory X flex shafts. The demo club was setup for me and that’s why I requested the Longest Yard 01 NEW (Hot Black) version in 6.9 flex.
The CRZ 460 head is a high velocity low spin design, Like the 435 model its known for its distance. The 460 is designed to have a medium trajectory and fit a wider array of players.
What most people don’t realize is how active the Crazy Shaft’s play, The tip throws the club head forward without shaft deformation. It’s a sub 60 gram shaft for aggressive swingers. The CRZ 460 is very hot off it’s face and coupled with the NEW LY-01 shaft it was producing medium high shots. It was amazing how we could not hook it easily it wanted to fly straight.
Forgiveness: Good Forgiveness it’s deeper faced and suites the player who misses high and low more than left to right on the face. For those familiar with the Epon 460ZR, this club is all that and a bag of chips. To the right you see the face profile looking forward, It’s got lots of real estate to land your ball on.
Lot’s of the drivers forgiveness attributes come from it’s anti deformation design and active tip. It quickly regains its original shape bringing the club head back to where you intended. It’s face that is made of DAT55 are available from Daido Specialty Steel, of Nagoya-City, Japan It’s exactly what you want your driver made from.
All in all it’s a very forgiving driver, from it’s big volume, large impact area and monocoque produced by A.F.D body
Feel: Feels soft when always, especially when hit on the screws. It features an almost spongy feeling to it. It’s got a unique sound of it’s own that again reminds me of the old Epon 460zr in Performance & Feel.
In the video review you saw the CRZ-460 up against the Bridgestone J38 driver which has a huge difference in feel and sound. That’s the “muted thwack” and almost dead at times. That’s a fantastic feel for sure andwhile some players do actually prefer that, In recent years its usually only found on smaller headed advanced level or Pro Limited models.
Overall: Combined with the LY-01 Hot shaft the ball flight was a tad high, It’s distance is the same or a hair longer than my personal AF-102 driver with FireExpress yet dispersion was much tighter and it was more forgiving. The CRZ-460 is a well balanced design offering forgiveness, feel, distance and style and when it’s coupled with what in my opinion are the best shafts available, your only need is to find the right shaft for you. It’s available in 9.5, 10, 10.5, 11.0, 11.5, 12.0 lofts! with your choice of any of Crazy’s custom installed by their technicians in Tokyo.
There are a ton of shaft’s offered by Crazy and to make matters more difficult they are not separated by flex. Crazy uses a completely different flex rating system. The CRZ-460 demo club we were given was requested as an SR flex and they sent us 6.9 that spec’d out to 260cpms! I’m not sure if they used a 7″ clamp or 5″ because this morning when i went to check the cpm’s my machine broke! So my new rule of thumb w/crazy is 6.9 = SR, 7.4 = Stiff and so on.
I would normally play stiff with other shaft companies but with Crazy their weight, torque, and flex can’t be applied with the same thought as them. Its incredibly stable at any weight or torque rating and that’s the thing about high modulus carbon with a very active tip. It allows me to go softer without the ball going all over the place, It stays tight.
So click contact us through the proshop and one of the TSG team can assist you select the proper shaft for your swing. I hope you enjoyed our short review and video. It was a lot of fun making it and look forward to a review on the new Fourteen TC-510 very soon.