Callaway X2Hot Irons – A Late-Season Option for Forgiveness

Nov 25, 2014 by

Callaway X2Hot Irons – A Late-Season Option for Forgiveness

In many parts of the country, golf season is over.  The first cold snaps of the impending winter, the flakes of new snow and switching your A/C to ‘Heat’ can be depressing.  I mean, it can be depressing if you live in a part of the country that has a finite start and end to golf.  Fortunately, in South Texas, play is open all year.  The fall and winter months are a time when I traditionally audition new gear to see what will end up in the bag the following spring.  It is a time to experiment and play for fun.  Fall and winter are also when manufacturers are shuffling in new product while slashing prices on old gear, which can be a great opportunity to try something new without breaking the budget.  In the midst of a busy summer and even busier fall, I let the Callaway X2Hot irons slip out of my peripheral vision, so they were first on my list to put through a trial.

The Callaway X2Hot irons are in the current lineup, and satisfy the generous cavity back space that won’t drain your wallet.  A follow up in name only to last year’s XHot line, the X2Hot utilizes innovative technology to help high to mid handicap golfers achieve distance and playability:

  • Face Reinforcement – keeping the face stable during impact improves both sound and feel, while eliminating “hot” and “dead” spots in the club
  • Undercut Cavity – while stable, a deep cavity allows the face to “give” on impact, generating high ball speeds, high launch angles and great stopping power from a distance iron
  • Perimeter Weighting – another factor in promoting high launch angles and forgiving distance

All translated, the X2Hot is also shaped like a traditional iron.  One of my personal drawbacks to last year’s XHot was the fact they looked like shovels.  The X2Hot is pleasing to the eye, not oversized excessively, and the offset is just the right amount to inspire confidence.  They remind me in many ways of the Callaway X18 I played when I started to take the game more seriously.

So, how did they perform?  Spoiler alert: Really well.  My set was built 3-PW with KBS Tour X-Flex shafts and standard Callaway grips.  I took them out for a round on my home course to get some real world play information.  What immediately sticks out is the address position.  While a generous topline exists, the offset is not offensive and as a serious game improvement iron, the X2Hot sets up in a traditional view.  It’s a pleasing sight, even for a better player.  The X2Hot is also very difficult to hit off-line, regardless of impact.  They are simply straight.  What they did expose was a flaw in my alignment, given that I finally had an iron I could hit consistently straight.  The feel is superior as well, and shots hit in the center of the face made a pleasing ‘click’ and shot out like a cannon.  So, as a cannon shot, these irons are LONG.  I found them to be a full club to club-and-a-half longer.  More than once I hit the 7 iron 180 yards, which is normally reserved for a shoe-ripping 6 iron.  It took quite an adjustment to get comfortable taking, in my mind, such a short iron from a long distance.  While evaluating the clubs, I found myself opting for the X2Hot 4 iron over my hybrid, because I knew I’d hit it straight and give myself a chance to score.

Consistency is also a strong point of the X2Hot irons.  I parked myself at my “test hole” and proceeded to hit 140-160 yard shots with the PW, 9 and 8 iron to gather data about shot grouping and dispersion.  Once I had the distances dialed in, I had a very tight dispersion with each club.  Mishits were shot a little short, but still in line with where I wanted it to be.  Often, when you play a distance or game improvement iron, there are inconsistencies around the face that cause certain shots to really fly and others to just die in the air.  Callaway’s R&D deserves some praise here, as they’ve somehow combined a crazy distance iron with the confidence inspiring consistency to place the ball where you want it.  My best advice is to get fit for the right shafts, because it will make all the difference in these irons.

The bottom line here is that if you’re looking for a late-season set that will carry you into Spring, take a hard look at Callaway X2Hot irons.  There are newer releases, sure, but I would be hard pressed to find a better value.  Beautiful design, long, straight and forgiving, the X2Hot is a solid all-around game improvement iron.  For more information, please see http://www.callawaygolf.com/golf-clubs/mens/irons%2Fcombo-sets/irons-2014-x2-hot.html, or visit a local retailer for a fitting.  The Callaway X2Hot irons retail for a 3-PW set for $599.99.

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