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Hands-on Review of Callaway's new X2 Hot Golf Clubs Range
2013 was something of resurgence for Callaway Golf; their much-lauded X Hot fairway wood was responsible for an incredible 83% increase in fairway wood sales, which shows the company have found their ‘sweet spot’ heading into the New Year.
And as it was their fairway woods which drew such strong public approval, starting with the Callaway Golf X2 Hot Fairway Woods seems appropriate.
X2 HOT FAIRWAY WOODS
There’s no secret ingredient that has gone into making Callaway’s latest foray into the fairway market remarkable. The new models have thinner faces that produce more golf ball speed (according to Callaway this figure is 1.4mph on average), meaning X2 Hot fairway’s are longer (1.4 yards on average) than its highly-successful predecessor.
Additional weight has been moved lower and pushed forward, with the internal standing wave (this is the design feature Callaway uses to push CG closer to the face) being made larger. MOI on both the Pro and Deep versions has been nicely increased as well.
Any negativity placed on the shoulders of the X2 Fairway will likely stem from the fact that, unlike its predecessor, which was adjustable, Callaway has chosen to forego the method used by themselves as well as many of their competitors and given the X2 a glued hosel. However, the handling and performance of these fairway clubs makes it unlikely to turn anyone off giving them a go.
X2 HOT HYBRID
By and large an underrated golf club, hybrids are still relatively alien to some golfers. However, if any hybrid is going to win a players heart then it’s the Callaway Golf X2 Hot Hybrid.
A thinner face of 28% vs. X Hot that is far better at maintaining distance on mis-hit shots, the hybrid’s crown is also thinner and enjoys lower CG placement with generally less spin. So basically a player is getting a little more distance in their shots with slightly better dispersion patterns. Well worth a try on the greens.
If looks are important to you then you’ll be pleased to know the Callaway X2 Hot Hybrid is soft on the eye. The offset has been reduced to a notable extent and for players who thrive on a really compact, iron-like hybrid, this is ideal.
X2 HOT DRIVER
The new version of driver offers the same updated adjustability of Callaway’s wonderful Optiforce Driver, is lighter in construction and unbelievably is even longer than the original X Hot Driver; something a lot of golfers wouldn’t have considered possible.
In Callaway’s player testing, X2 Hot was, on average, 9 yards longer than X Hot while X2 Hot Pro was 4 yards longer than X Hot Pro.
Callaway has made a few pivotal tweaks to the Callaway Golf X2 Hot Driver. The newest model holds a lot more appeal and will surely win over the purists and traditionalists.
X2 HOT IRONS
There was some debate over how effectively the X Hot performed on the golf course, with many pointing to it being a little on the clunky side. It was big - unquestionably so - and carried some reasonable bulk. It did, however, still manage to maintain plenty of playability and achieve crisp distances.
The redesign sees an iron that has lost much of its excess bulk and yet again maintains a high level of playability and distance. The unsupported faces and undercup channels are a popular design feature right now and Callaway is quick to bring that into play here. Brands such as Callaway, Mizuno and Cobra are using this feature to tackle TaylorMade’s SpeedBlade performance, and it seems to be working.
The X2 Hot is at 44°, the same as Titleist, and might not gain approval from all golfers. But they feature Callaway’s new 30WV Grooves, which are designed to promote additional spin out of the rough, and this should make for a very satisfying counterbalance.
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