Callaway X2 Hot/Pro

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The Hybrids Test 2014: Callaway X2 Hot/Pro - GOLD AWARD

Cost: £169

Tech: For the first time, Callaway has brought thinner, lighter and more robust faces to its hybrids. The iron- like head shape inspires confidence over the ball and enhances turf interaction for better accuracy from all lies. Also comes in more compact Pro.

What we said... James Ridyard: “I got on better with the Pro version. It has a very compact head with a shallow face and minimal offset, making it a true player’s club. It’s actually similar in size to a super game improver long iron. But it felt really hot with a strong, flat trajectory. I found it equally workable from tee and rough thanks to the slightly rounded bottom edge.” Joel Tadman: “The Pro version is one of the smallest models on test, which is fine if you’re a competent ball striker and it’s actually easier to hit than it looks. I like the simple look with no distracting graphics or alignment aids and found it easy enough to get in the air with good distance, too. Surprisingly long and I loved the weight and feel of the Aldila Tour Green shaft.” Peter Ward: “My standard version sounded a touch tinny but was pretty powerful and I was surprised at how well I hit it from the rough. Generally I achieved a strong flight with a tight dispersion. Overall I was very impressed.” Ross Nichols: “I’d probably prefer a little more offset,  but I like the matt silver finish and
the performance was up there with the others. I found that accuracy was easy to come by.”

Pros: A long, versatile weapon to conquer all lies consistently.

Cons: Tinny sound and matt grey crown won’t please all.

The numbers: Distance consistency: 9.5 Dispersion: 9.5 Looks: 9 Feel: 9.5 Forgiveness: 9 Versatility: 9.5

TG Rating: 9.5/10

Details: Lofts: 19°, 22°, 25°, 28°. Pro: 16°, 18°, 20°, 23° Contact: www.callawaygolf.com

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