The Drivers Test 2014: Callaway X2 Hot/Pro – Silver Award
Tech: Callaway say the X2 Hot is nine yards longer than its predecessor due to the fastest, thinnest and lightest all-titanium face it has ever produced. The sweetspot is also 10 per cent larger for more consistent distances on varying strike patterns. The loft and lie is adjustable via OptiFit hosel. The better-player Pro version is 440cc, offering more workability and comes with an Aldila Tour Green shaft.
What we said… James Ridyard: “Typical Callaway design, not to my taste but it will be to many. My Pro model felt light and was effortless to swing. It was a little hard to control initially, but had high ball speeds. Adjusting the loft down to 7.5° really helped.” Joel Tadman: “Also had to adjust the 8.5° Pro version to 7.5° for the best flight. This driver lives up to its name, it feels really hot from the centre and pretty good when you don’t catch it too. The compact head of pro version is for consistent strikers only.” Stephen Kidd: “Prefer the standard model but did have to reduce the loft to keep the spin down. A solid driver, very straight and fast off the face.” Steve Milnes: “The option of draw bias really helped. It feels light but in balance, made it easy to square the face and hit consistently long.”
Pros: Long, but controllable. Lots of settings to reduce your big miss.
Cons: Matt grey is an acquired taste.
The numbers: Looks: 8 Feel: 8.5 Sound: 8.5 Forgiveness: 8.5 Performance: 8
TG Rating: 8.5/10 Silver Award
Details: Lofts: 9°, 10.5°, 13.5°. Pro version 8.5°. Both adjustable. Contact: www.callawaygolf.com
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