Callaway has introduced its distance-focused X2 Hot drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons, each with a Standard and Pro version.
“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,” said Hocknell.
X2 Hot Drivers
Emphasizing the focus on distance, the X2 Hot Drivers have the company’s Hyper Speed Face technology, with a large overall design, based on player impact probability and stress distribution across the face.
Players can independently adjust the driver’s loft and lie with the company’s Advanced Optifit Hosel. Loft can either be decreased by one degree or increased by up to two degrees for preferred launch angle and backspin.
The lie angle can also be adjusted between Neutral and Draw, which will influence the directional bias. Eight total settings are available to help golfers adjust trajectory, shot shape and distance gain.
Callaway is bringing options in the X2 Hot line to promote distance gains for all swings. The standard version of the X2 Hot Driver is 460 c.c. and it’s available in nine, 10.5 and 13.5 HT lofts, and comes stock with an Aldila Tour Blue shaft.
The Pro version, available in an 8.5 degree offering, is 440 c.c. and features a lower, more neutral centre of gravity. It also includes a seven-gram external weight.
The Pro model will be available with the Aldila Tour Green shaft as the stock offering.
X2 Hot Fairway Woods
Callaway added the new Hyper Speed Face Cup technology that incorporates a thinner face for added ball speed, particularly on impacts low in the face.
The Internal Standing Wave, a weighting system designed to give Callaway engineers an ideal CG position for distance from all impact locations on the face, allows them to position weight close to the face without reducing its flexibility.
Callaway will offer several options in the X2 Hot Fairway Wood, expanding the distance and versatility offerings for various player types and playing conditions.
Options include a three, four, five, seven, nine and 11-wood in the Standard model and a 13.5, 15, 17 and 19-degree in the Pro model. Callaway will also add to its Deep series with an X2 Hot Pro 2Deep, a 3Deep and a 5Deep offering.
Stocks shafts are the same as the driver.
X2 Hot Hybrids/X2 Hot Pro Hybrids
The X2 Hot Hybrids add the Hyper Speed Face Cup and an Internal Standing Wave in a hybrid for the first time.
These technologies and others are in place to offer a sweet spot reported to be 13 times larger than its predecessor’s.
A new, more contemporary head shape, largely based on tour feedback according to Callaway, complements the performance and distance technology.
The X2 Hot Hybrids feature a larger face area, a straighter, flatter leading edge and less offset.
Callaway will offer a three, four, five and six hybrid in the Standard model and a 16, 18, 20 and 23-degree hybrid in the Pro model, with the same stock shafts as the other woods products.
X2 Hot Irons/X2 Hot Pro Irons
The Standard X2 Hot Iron have a new Deep Central Undercut that increases the face compliance to boost ball speeds and distance.
A stabilizing arch is designed to increase the stiffness distribution across the face for a great sound and feel, while moving the hot spot lower on the face and therefore, more in line with a player’s impact location.
High MOI, along with a repositioned centre of gravity and improved turf interaction, are features designed to help improve the downrange consistency.
The Pro model, with a thinner face and a stabilizing arch that moves the weight low and central is designed to retain high ball speeds and distance advantages without an undercut cavity and in a compact shape to be more visually appealing.
The X2 Hot Pro Iron is further differentiated through a greater progression in offset and CG height to help retain forgiveness in the longer irons while making the short irons more controllable and more visually appealing.
In the Standard model, the stock steel shaft is a True Temper Speed Step 85. The stock graphite shaft is a lighter-weight offering than has been offered before. In the Pro model, the standard steel shaft is the Project X 95 Flighted shaft.