Ball speed leading to distance gain is the objective of the new X Hot driver and fairway woods from Callaway, which has employed its Speed Frame Face Technology to save weight and enhance stiffness and stress distribution across the face for better energy transfer.
Callaway has also decoupled face performance from the rest of the driver head with the objective of increasing ball speed without sacrificing trajectory.
The X Hot also has a tighter curvature face compared to Callaway’s RAZR X Black to enhance look and offer consistent sidespin and disperson for better accuracy.
“With the X Hot Drivers, we pushed the Speed Frame Face’s efficiency to a new standard, producing high ball speeds while maintaining the trajectory and accuracy that discerning golfers demand,” said Dr. Alan Hocknell, senior vice president of research and development for Callaway Golf.
“The fast face on X Hot is one piece of the puzzle, though. We went to great lengths to configure the X Hot drivers not only to promote distance, but to progressively optimize performance for various player types,” he added.
In the X Hot Drivers, Callaway has implemented its thinnest casting technology ever in the all-titanium head to create a lighter swing weight and overall configuration, a combination to benefit players in terms of head speed and distance, especially those with average swing speeds.
Another benefit of the thin casting technology is the inclusion of Draw Bias Progression to change the amount of draw bias depending on the loft and help golfers control sidespin and tune their shot shape.
Players with higher lofts would have a higher draw bias for straighter shots, while players with lower lofts can utilize a more neutral centre of gravity to fit their respective games.
Another feature of the Callaway X Hot Driver is the adjustable OptiFit Hosel, which adjusts the face angle in Open, Square or Closed positions.
The Callaway X Hot Drivers also feature Project X Velocity shafts as the stock offering.
The Standard Callaway X Hot Driver will be available in 9.5, 10.5 and 11.5-degree models and a 13-degree HT-model, and will feature a lighter overall club weight and a lower swing weight than the X Hot Pro model.
At 460 cc, it also features acrown decals and an alignment Chevron on the matte grey-coloured crown.
The X Hot Pro Driver, which has a slightly smaller headshape at 440 cc, will be available in 8.5, 9.5 and 10.5-degree models and feature slightly more open face angles than the standard version.
In addition to the X Hot Drivers, Callaway is introducing a new line of fairway woods.
Callaway R&D engineered a Forged Speed Frame Face Cup made of high strength Carpenter 455 stainless steel that is up to 40 percent thinner than last year’s fairway wood with a larger sweet spot to produce hotter responses across the face.
The low centre of gravity in the head, accomplished with a proprietary design called the Internal Standing Wave, has the objective of more ball speed and lower, more consistent backspin, resulting in longer, more consistent distances.
This new, wave-shaped weighting design engineered inside the club head projects up from the sole toward the face to create a lower and shallower CG and higher MOI.
“We are seriously proud of the X Hot Fairway Wood’s design and performance. We think we have set a new and extremely high bar in the fairway wood category,” said Hocknell.
“The distance gains are for real. In testing with staff professional Alvaro Quiros, for example, he gained nearly 18 yards against the gamer in his bag,” he added.
Callaway is also offering the X Hot Fairway Wood and X Hot Pro Fairway Wood, in which the sole is designed for improved performance from a variety of lies. They also feature the Modern Warbird Sole, an updated design for more dynamic shot shaping.
To further enhance speed and distance, the X Hot Fairway Woods will be available with a lightweight Project X Velocity shaft as the stock offering. The Standard X Hot Fairway Wood will be available in a three, four, five, seven, nine and 11 wood.
The Standard version features slightly longer shafts and more upright lie angles. The X Hot Pro Fairway Wood will be available in 13.5, 15, 17 and 19-degree models.