Callaway Golf has announced the launch of a full new line of distanced-focused woods and irons for 2014. The X2 Hot line includes drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons - each with a Standard and Pro version - and have been developed to be longer, faster and more forgiving for a broad range of golfers. Available 17 January, 2014.
“With the X2 Hot line, we challenged ourselves to reinvent each product to meaningfully improve distance, speed and forgiveness across every category,” said Dr. Alan Hocknell, Senior Vice President, R&D, Callaway Golf. “We worked hard for every extra gram of discretionary weight, every thousandth of an inch of metal, to increase ball speed and overall distance while improving total performance, especially on off-centre impact.”
X2 Hot and X2 Hot Pro drivers
Callaway claim to have made the new X2 Hot driver nine yards longer than the X Hot. The new model features its fastest, thinnest and lightest all-titanium driver face ever produced. Not only that, the sweetspot has been made 10 per cent larger for more consistent distances on varying strike patterns while an improved head shape improves aerodynamics.
Advanced Adjustable Hosel Technology allows the golfer to increase or decrease loft (+2° and -1°) and change the lie angle independently to dial in the optimum setting.
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°.
Details: £279. Comes in 9°, 10.5° and 13.5HT (High Trajectory). Aldila Tour Blue shaft. X2 Hot Pro driver comes in 8.5° only and with Aldila Tour Green, the #1 wood shaft on the PGA Tour in 2013, shaft as standard.
Fairway woods and hybrids
Complementing the drivers are X2 Hot and X2 Hot Pro fairway woods, which feature a faster face and improved internal weighting to make them seven yards longer, on average, than X Hot fairway woods.
The hybrids add the Hyper Speed Face Cup and an Internal Standing Wave in a hybrid for the first time. This has resulted in a sweet spot that is 13 times larger than its predecessor’s, CT that is up to 22% higher on center hits and 30-40% higher on off-center hits. There's also a more contemporary head shape, larger face area and a straighter, flatter leading edge with less offset.
Details: RRP £189. Comes in 15°, 17°, 19°, 21°, 23° and 25°. Pro version comes in 13.5°, 15°, 17° and 19°. Hybrid £169.
X2 Hot irons
Callaway say its X2 Hot irons offers more than its predecessor in all areas: more forgiveness, more ball speed and more distance. A large undercut channel increases the rate at which the face flexes and rebounds for more ball speed and distance, making these them 3-5 yards longer than X Hot.
X2 Hot Pro irons feature a Central Mass Bar, which concentrates the weight low and central, increasing MOI (resistance to twisting) and enhancing feel, while a Stabilizing Arch reinforces the face for better feel and higher ball speeds. The set is progressive, so there more offset in the long irons for increased forgiveness and less offset in the short irons for more workability and accuracy.
Details: £549. (Speed step 85 steel), £699 (Aldila Tour Blue graphite)