What we say...
Callaway claims the X2 Hot is nine yards longer than the X Hot. It features Callaway’s fastest, thinnest and lightest all-titanium driver face ever. The sweetspot is 10 per cent larger while a new head shape improves aerodynamics. An adjustable hosel lets you increase or decrease loft (+2° and -1°) and change the lie angle independently.
The winning matt silver crown is slightly darker, the graphics on its perimeter have carried over from the X Hot. Other than the orange details, little has changed from an aesthetic point of view.
You’re making a statement if you use this driver. The headcover is bold, the sole funky and the loud sound lets you and everyone around know a ball has been hit hard. It feels strong, but not overly firm.
Myself and the pro that tried it started by hitting everything left. But by playing with the adjustability I managed to sort the problem out in a matter of minutes. There’s no doubting this is a strong driver at a reasonable price. It offers distance and forgiveness in a great-looking package. The stock stiff shaft is lighter and softer than the aftermarket options and won’t suit everyone. Note that the two rings on the uptight hosel don’t represent loft and lie respectively – there’s loft and lie settings on both cogs. So set the loft first, then the lie angle.
The Pro Version features a smaller, 440c head with more neutral bias designed for more workability, and delivers penetrating trajectories with low spin. It costs the same as the standard version and comes in an 8.5° head and can be tweaked from 7.5°-10.5°.