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Callaway’s 2013 Women’s Golf Clubs: Editor Review

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Looking for a premium women’s set? Here is a top pick from the GolfWRX editors.

Our testers have had Callaway’s 2013 line of X Hot women’s clubs in play for several weeks, and have both commented on how the distance the irons fly has made the game much more enjoyable for them.

The women’s versions use all the technology of Callaway’s GolfWRX Editor’s Choice-winning X Hot woods and irons, making them a top choice for a women who need more height and forgiveness from their clubs than the men’s versions can provide.

And how can you deny the looks of Callaway’s X Hot lineup going to a pink-and-gray scheme?

One of our testers, who is a higher handicap golfer, has always struggled with getting fairway woods off the ground. She said that the X Hot women’s fairway wood is by far the highest-launching and easiest to hit model she has ever gamed.

The whole set looks great, and put together with the XTT Xtreme Cart Bag in grey, the clubs look even more attractive.

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You can’t deny the looks of Callaway’s X Hot lineup going to a pink-and-gray scheme is hot!

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X Hot’s adjustable Speed Frame Face allows you to set the face angle in an Open, Square or Closed position to fine tune the trajectory and appearance you’re looking for at address.

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The X Hot driver has also received a lot of praise from our testers. Both tested the 13.5-degree HT driver, and are hitting the club higher and farther than their previous drivers. Our testers have also enjoyed the fact that they can adjust the face angle of the club. They used Callaway’s OptiFit Hosel to close the driver’s face and get their shots started closer to the center line.

 

Like the men’s version, the women’s X Hot driver has three different face angle positions (Open, Square or Closed) to help golfers get the look and flight they need to play their best. It also has the company’s Speed Frame Face, which improves ball speed on mishits.

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Callaway’s women’s X Hot driver comes with a lightweight, “W-flex” version of True Temper’s Project X Velocity shafts, which helps create a higher launch for more carry. The irons also come with a proprietary PXv shaft that boosts speed and launch.

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The deeper undercut cavity on Callaway’s women’s X Hot irons helps create a higher launch and more ball speed over a larger area of the face.

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Odyssey’s Women’s Divine putters are offered in shorter lengths than the men’s versions (32, 33 and 34 inches), with heavier head weights (350 grams) to optimize the feel of the putters.

They come in three popular shapes — 2Ball, Rossie and blade (similar to Odyssey’s No. 1 putter) — and have an insert with a feel that Callaway’s testing showed women preferred.

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Callaway’s HEX Solaire Golf Ball has an S-Tech core with a lower compression than the company’s other offerings. That helps provide an extremely soft feel off the clubface, as well as improved accuracy and distance for women with slower club head speeds.

Its special HEX Aerodynamics helps create a long, penetrating flight and that is a better fit for low-speed, low-lift players. The pearlescent finish creates a stylish, elegant appearance on the course, and it’s also available in a vivid pink.

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You can see the setup looks awesome on a cart. The strap of the bag is in the back side where it belongs. If you are not going to carry your bag or take a caddie, than this cart bag is the best choice.

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  1. Pat

    May 18, 2014 at 5:06 pm

    This review is an insult to women golfers . All the women I play golf with are serious about their game and always looking to improve. This review was nothing more then a description of color and fashion.
    Absolutely useless.

  2. MARIOC

    Jan 29, 2014 at 11:23 pm

    I was looking around to find a new set of clubs
    for my wife’s birthday.This site was a joke,it
    was all a fashion show.She may not be a pro,but
    she is serious about her game.I think she would
    find this site somewhat insulting.

  3. Becky

    Dec 21, 2013 at 12:18 pm

    This is the absolutely the most lame club review I’ve seen. Worthless. Although I now know how to position my clubs on the cart for best asthetic effect.

  4. Rebecca

    Sep 29, 2013 at 7:28 pm

    This review assumes that women only care about how clubs look and not how they perform. Where is the real analysis? You are never going to get more women involved in golf if you don’t realize that like men, one size does not fit all. We don’t all love pink. We don’t need a 13.5 HT driver with a watered down shaft. I am hitting Callaway’s Razr Fit Extreme 10.5 with a cut down senior flex shaft and it has done wonders for my drives. Plus I have switched from the “womens” balls and have found that I am longer off the tee and have a ton more feel around the greens. I wish Golfwrx would take reviews targeted at women seriously rather than just talking about the colors or reviewing clothing.

  5. Tracy

    Sep 9, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    Pink clubs? Are you kidding me?

    • LaineyT

      Apr 3, 2014 at 4:27 pm

      Oddly enough pink is not a bad thing. Last season I was stuck with a choice of hot pink or powder blue when getting my clubs re-gripped (the “feel” was better than the straight black). Although I’m not a fan of pink in general, I felt it had more personality than the blue and in the end I was happy with my choice. The bright colour really stands out against the grass (especially since the shafts on my clubs are green too) and makes it less likely that I’ll forget to pick up an iron after putting.

  6. MMM

    Aug 24, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    Where are the fairway woods (only 1in the bag) and the rescue woods?

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The company offers two distinct lines that push the boundaries of forgiveness and speed: Exotics, which is the premium line targeting total performance at a higher price, and then there is Hot Launch: a line designed specifically for the value-conscious recreational player. As golfers know, you can’t continue to lead without new innovation, and on that note, today marks the launch if the HL4 Driver.

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Speaking to the shape David goes on to say

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Since so much talk of 2019 is about face technology, it has to be pointed out that Tour Edge is not being left behind in this category either. The HL4 features a deeper cup face design and a rounder face shape than previous models for exceptional power and vastly improved acoustics, according to the company.

Combine the newly shaped Cup Face technology with Variable Face Thickness technology and you have a club that provides greater distance from more contact points on the face. All of this plus a Power Channel on the sole delivers amplified ball speed and less spin, as well as added forgiveness on shots struck lower on the face.

Price and options

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The HL4 series also features an upgraded UST Mamiya graphite shaft that offers enhanced tip stability. The drivers are available in ladies, A-flex, regular, and stiff shafts ranging from 48 to 60 grams.

The line has also been upgraded to a Lamkin Z5 multi-compound grip that features distinct hand-placement zones.

Both drivers will be available August 1 at authorized Tour Edge retailers and will retail for $199.99.

 

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Confirmation (sort of): PXG 0311 ST irons coming soon

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I guess it was just a matter of time, but we have some confirmation from the man himself (thanks to an Instagram post) that the irons we spotted a little while back in the bag of Ryan Moore will be coming to retail.

Details are slim to none, but we do have some information that we can share based just off of the Instagram post:

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WAIT, WAIT, WAIT…Pump the breaks for a moment.

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All-new Srixon Q-Star: Spin where you want it!

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If there is anything I have learned in the past year about golf balls, it’s that they are packed with more technology and chemical compounds than most people can comprehend. A lot of premium boundary-pushing technology is found in, as the name states, the premium ball category, BUT Srixon is bringing the same tech found is the Z-Star line to the masses with the fifth-generation Q-Star, priced at $26.99 a dozen.

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