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Callaway X2 Hot and X2 Hot Pro Irons

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The most important new feature of Callaway’s new X2 Hot and X2 Hot Pro irons is something that on first glance, golfers might not even notice: Chevron-shaped silver arches on the back of their cavities.

While they look like part of the badging, the arches are actually cast into the faces of the 17-4 stainless-steel irons and play a key role in stabilizing the upper portion of their face. That improves the sound and feel of the irons, and makes them more consistent.

X2 Hot irons

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Photo above: Callaway’s new X2 Hot iron are 40 percent more consistent than the X Hot irons. 

The X2 Hot irons don’t have the high-strength 455 carpenter stainless-steel faces of Callaway’s Apex irons, but their stabilizing arches allow the lower portion of their faces to flex more at impact. That moves their sweet spots lower, where most golfers contact their iron shots. It also helps shots hit below the sweet spot retain more ball speed and launch angle, a big part of the X2 Hot’s 40 percent improvement in consistency.

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Photo above: The X2 Hot irons have a deeper undercut behind the face, which helps make them about 2.5 yards longer than the X Hot irons.

The position of the mass in the X2 Hot iron heads was also changed to make them look less overtly like game-improvement irons. While the blade lengths, top lines and amount of offset remain very similar, the irons were slimmed substantially from front to back.

X2 Hot, X Hot comp

Designers were careful to keep the X2 Hot irons as forgiving as last year’s model, and at the same time move the center of gravity slightly lower and more forward. That, along with the deeper undercuts behind the faces of the irons, helps make them about 2.5 yards longer than their predecessors. The sole widths are also about the same size as they were on the X Hot irons, but 2-to-4-degrees more bounce was added to help golfers improve their turf interaction.

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Photo above: A Callaway X2 Hot iron, viewed from address. Its toplines are thicker than those on Callaway’s X2 Hot Pro irons. 

Like Callaway’s Apex irons, the X2 Hot irons have Callaway’s 30-degree wide-spaced V grooves. They will be available Jan. 17 and cost $799 with True Temper’s Speed Step 85 steel shaft (regular and stiff flexes), $899 with Callaway’s X2 Hot 60-gram graphite shaft in lite, regular and stiff flexes.

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X2 Hot Pro irons

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The most important feature of Callaway’s X2 Hot Pro irons for many golfers has nothing to do with their performance. It’s their price, $899, which makes them the cheapest players iron in the company’s 2014 lineup.

The main reason the X2 Hot Pro irons are $200 cheaper than Callaway’s other new players iron for 2014, the Apex Pro, is their construction. The X2 Hot irons are cast, a more cost-efficient way to make irons than the forging process used to make the Apex Pro irons. But just because an iron is cast doesn’t mean it can’t offer premium performance.

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The new irons lose the undercut cavity that was used on last year’s X Hot Pro irons, giving them a much more compact look. And like the Apex Pro irons, their soles are inspired by the popular soles on Callaway’s 2013 X Forged irons, giving the X2 Hot irons soles that are thicker in the center and thinner in the heel and toe to help better players improve their turf interaction.

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The X2 Hot Pro irons also have a stabilizing arch cast into their cavity, which helps give the irons more consistent ball speeds than last year’s model and also removes unwanted flexure of the irons’ toplines, contributing to irons’ better sound and feel.

Included also is Callaway’s CG Height progression, which moves weight lower in the long and mid irons for a higher launch and less spin, and higher in the short irons for a lower launch with more spin. The short irons also have less offset than the X Hot Pro short irons, giving them the cleaner look that many better players like to see from their short irons.

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The X2 Hot Pro irons will be available Jan. 17. They have the same 37 wide-spaced V grooves as Callaway’s Apex Pro irons, and come stock with True Temper’s Project X 95 shaft, available in 5.5 (regular) and 6.0 (stiff) flexes.

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Click here to see what GolfWRX Members are saying about the X2 Hot and X2 Hot Pro irons, as well as the rest of the company’s X2 Hot lineup.

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  1. steve parlak

    Apr 26, 2015 at 12:56 am

    where can i get a calloway x 2 hot 3 iron

  2. Jimbob

    Jul 10, 2014 at 12:19 am

    Little tip…It does not, repeat does not matter what an iron “looks” like or how low the lofts are. What does matter is how it performs for your swing PERIOD. Get off your high horses and come on out to the course where a 44* X2 Hot Pro PW will go further, and straighter than your super awesome, non-cheap looking, shiny, forever wearing, most workable, forged PGA tour only blades.

  3. Jeff

    Apr 16, 2014 at 8:51 pm

    I tried X Hot irons with graphite last fall and they weren’t enough to change. This Spring I traded my Razr X irons with Uniflex steel for X2 Hot irons with graphite to help with aging elbows. They are super hot, feel great on impact and their control beats my old Raz X irons. That’s hard to do! Over 50 years I have played my brands including Ping, Mizuno, Taylormade and Hogan. These remind me of my Hogan Edge irons I loved. Great club Callaway!

  4. Iron2850

    Feb 25, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    I hit these irons yesterday at a PGA Tour superstore. I hit both X2 Hot and the X2 Hot Pro’s vs. last years X Hot…last years clubs were lighter feeling, due the deep undercut cavity…this years model seems heavier in the head, easier to feel. I know the lofts are much different than what we are used to, but I hit these clubs much higher and longer than my Titleist AP1 712’s. I was hitting the X2 Hot 7 iron 170 and 26 yards high vs. the AP1 6 iron at 160 and 7 iron at 150, 18 yards high. I hit the X2 Hot 6 iron 180, 25 yards high. I am a notoriously low ball hitter which is why I am looking at these. Was hitting regular flex shafts in each club. Color doesn’t bother me much. Whether I hit them consistently (height and distance) are the most important variables to me. I would like to hear from anyone who has played these outdoors. AT $699 they allow Callaway to provide solid clubs at a lower price point than the Apex line. Thanks.

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  6. marko

    Nov 16, 2013 at 2:20 am

    I dont get it? Forged clubs with a cast face. and clevelands cast clubs with a forged face. What is the difference in performance?

  7. Andrew

    Nov 13, 2013 at 6:16 pm

    This does not seem like Callaway’s best effort… very surprised.

    • Keith

      Mar 12, 2014 at 6:45 am

      Andrew I dont know why you would say that? The irons have a distinct look of the old X16-X18 irons from the top. After hitting the Apex Pro irons which I bought, I could not gedt them airborne. A mate of mine – a pro suggested to go back to a more cavity back Iron with a softer shaft. Which I did, the X Hot 2 irons with a regular shaft. And all I can say it was the best thing I ever did. Ball flight is sensational and easier an extra club longer. These things are great to hit, very easy. I am not a wood duck (4 marker) but im getting older so this has help slow my golf swing down, get into better positions at impact and boom.

  8. Joe

    Nov 13, 2013 at 5:19 pm

    I have played Callaway for more than a decade. I cannot believe the looks of the new irons! I wasn’t crazy about the new Apex/Apex Pro…but the new Hot line is terrible looking. Callaway has made such great improvements through the last 4 or 5 years…I am afraid that they have really gone backwards.

    Players won’t play ugly clubs…no matter how they perform.

  9. jgpl001

    Nov 13, 2013 at 4:42 pm

    These look cheap and Callaway have taken ten steps backwards

    Callaway you are going out of business if you keep this up – REALLY

    • marko

      Nov 16, 2013 at 2:15 am

      I have no idea what you guys are looking at? These irons look good and will sell like crazy.It’s all about performance. If they work they start to look good.

    • Keith

      Mar 12, 2014 at 6:49 am

      I could not care if they looked like shovels. They perform! They are long and the flight is high – amazing flight. Easily the most friendly set of clubs I have hit. Put them down and look at them. They look like the old Callaway’s which I loved. Once you see the flight, you would not care if they were pink.

  10. Jamie

    Nov 13, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    I hit the apex iron at the golf show in London, I have a set of Diablo forged with ozik had program shafts, they do not compare to the Diablo forged. The apex is just another offering to the market along with the x2 so callaway now mass produce products like taylormade, but if you hit the apex iron and have the chance to compar it to the legacy black, it’s night and day!!!
    The legacy black is a rolls Royce to the apex, x hot, x hot pro,
    Guess that’s why henrik stenson gamed them on route to the fed ex cup ,
    The apex and the x2 hot are just tweaked versions of the previous.

  11. Hiball

    Nov 13, 2013 at 1:05 pm

    Like every other club manufacturer, they tweak a iron from 6 months ago and everyone jumps on it. Think about it. Every driver is 5-10 yds longer than the previous model. Realty. I should be driving the ball 420. And the longer strong lofted irons? What a joke. You have such a huge gap from the pw to lw? But consumers buy into it. “I’m hitting my 6 iron 215” really? With a 4-5 length and loft. You all are suckers. And the manufactures thank you every year. What a joke.

    • KK

      Nov 13, 2013 at 11:39 pm

      So what irons do you play?? Wilson blades, Lynx Black Cats, Spalding, do your irons have wooden shafts? If by your theory, none of the latest iron offerings are improvements over their predecessors, no one should ever buy a new set of irons. If manufacturers never came out with new products, there wouldn’t be any reason for consumers to buy anything new. If all consumers thought like you, they wouldn’t ever buy anything new no matter how many different models manufacturers made. So who is right, you or the manufacturers?

  12. Ryan

    Nov 12, 2013 at 7:17 pm

    Nothing says “players iron” like a 45 degree pitching wedge.

  13. Santiago

    Nov 12, 2013 at 4:39 pm

    The problem with Callaway is Quality, I get why they are more profitable on their iron business, because they are cheap made. I bought the X Hot Pro and I can’t complain about their playability, they work great for me. But, i have owned them for 5 months and they wear so much, they already look worse than my 9 year old Taylormade RAC LT2 (My previous set) that I used a million times. The X-Hot Pro look like I have been hitting rocks every day since I got them. I clean my clubs after every round and I care about the way they look.
    I contacted them through Twitter and their answer was that this is perfectly normal. This is the first time I tried a Calaway product and for sure will be the last one, I will never waste my hard earned money on their cheap made products and their customer careless company.

    Some pics:
    2013 Callaway X-Hot Pro http://pic.twitter.com/rnkVFECQWQ
    2004 Taylormade RAC LT2 http://pic.twitter.com/5MdJSWpciM

    • Joe

      Nov 13, 2013 at 10:21 pm

      You’re probably a little misguided…basing everything on one experience. I have owned Callaways for years, and overall, have been very pleased, both with the high quality components and also design. I also own Titleist and TM stuff, and think they are all basically the same as far as quality.

    • Joe

      Nov 13, 2013 at 10:25 pm

      Also, I have RazrX forged that are 2 years old that don’t look nearly as aged as your XHots… I do understand your aggravation though.

    • james

      May 19, 2014 at 1:54 pm

      I have the exact same issue with Callaway XHot Pros series irons with one additional issue. The sole of my PW has cracked after only 6 months of play. No abuse, just golf. I’m 64 years old so I don’t slam my clubs into the ground, I don’t hit rocks etc. So, after very minimal use the PW has cracked and the clubs look 10 years old. I like the performance of the clubs but very poor quality club head material.

  14. Shawn

    Nov 12, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    My personal opinion is they hit it out of the park with the Apex line. I don’t see the reason for them to bring a competing club like the Xhot Pro to market? OEM needs to be careful with the iron lines and having to many products on the market.

    • Oldplayer

      Nov 13, 2013 at 2:34 pm

      Very different price point I imagine.

      • Shawn

        Nov 13, 2013 at 5:09 pm

        They said $200 dollar difference. I don’t think that substantial enough to buy a cast club over a forged product.

    • Keith

      Mar 12, 2014 at 6:53 am

      Shawn I hit both sets. The Apex and the X Hot 2 irons are completely different in feel. My honest opinion, the X Hot is better and a lot cheaper.

  15. Jon W

    Nov 12, 2013 at 11:57 am

    Copied Pings “Chevron”?

  16. Rich

    Nov 12, 2013 at 10:12 am

    Looks like the Wilson Staff M3 irons. Rather have the M3.

  17. B

    Nov 12, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Are Lefty’s going to miss out on the A Wedge again this Year!!!

  18. Jack

    Nov 12, 2013 at 2:19 am

    Interesting that they are not doing the cut cavity. Yet they are able to keep it just as forgiving.

  19. Paul

    Nov 12, 2013 at 1:17 am

    Pros look great, i sold my razr x tours and grabbed some titlesit CBs. Maybe should have waited for these…? Probably not.

  20. EM

    Nov 12, 2013 at 1:15 am

    X2Hot from the top line reminds me of Callaway clubs of old, like the X-series irons (12, 14, 16, etc) starting from more than a decade ago. Which is a good thing, as it will remind a lot of people of what they were using back in the day and bring them back to these clubs.

    The X2Hot Pros look awesome! They look really solid.

    • Keith

      Mar 12, 2014 at 6:55 am

      I Have a set, and could not agree with you more. Look like the X 16 but with longer and better flight. They are on a winner

  21. Soul

    Nov 12, 2013 at 1:11 am

    whoa the xhot pros are literally a club stronger than most players irons. I’m surprised they would do this with the xhot pros They sure look nice!!

    • Tyler

      Nov 12, 2013 at 11:18 am

      I think cuz they lowered the cg s much. Crazy though, 24 degree 5 iron.

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WRX Spotlight: Ricky Johnson Putters Wide Body Series No. 3

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Ricky Johnson is a man who loves the game of golf and has incredible skills working with metal. Johnson is a machinist and welder by trade and built his first putter in his machine shop for himself. He got requests from friends and soon a small hobby has now turned into a business. Johnson is proud to make all of his putters from the finest 303 stainless steel stock and machined right in the USA, Texas, to be exact. He takes pride in combining great materials, extreme precision, and attention to detail to make sure that every putter that leaves the shop is the best it can be for its new owner.

We got our hands on the Five-O-Six Wide Body No. 3 putter for our review. The Five-O-Six Wide Body No. 3 looks similar to a traditional Anser shape, but with a longer flange and double-stepped bumpers. When ordering your own Ricky Johnson putter you have a bunch of options, from finish to style of neck, as well as the standard loft, lie, and length you would expect. I went with the double bend neck so the putter would be face balanced, similar style to what I have been using for years.

Out of the box, you can tell that this is a quality putter with a great satin finish and minimal milling lines. Even without those milling marks, you can tell the putter is milled from the sharp, crisp lines and perfectly beveled edges. The face contains their “RJ” logo, a built-in Texas symbol, and their own GameFace technology milling. GameFace uses a combination of loft and geometry to help get the ball rolling immediately without the skidding and hopping of traditional putters. Keeping the alignment simple is what I like and Johnson nailed it with a single, thick site line on the elongated flange.

If you desire something different for alignment, or nothing at all, Johnson can customize a putter with pretty much anything you’re eye desires. The shape of the Wide Body No. 3 is very square with sharper corners and bumpers but for you who like a little softer shape, the Wide Body No. 2 is available as well. This putter came with the Pure Big Dog oversized putter grip and for me, it is a little too round and soft. Not a big issue at all since Johnson offers many other grip options when you order.

On the course, the Five-O-Six Wide Body No. 3 really performs well. I didn’t think much of the GameFace technology, but it performed as described and got the ball rolling smoothly right away. Even on these rougher fall greens, the GameFace created a smooth, consistent roll that was easy to dial in. Sometimes these technologies that help roll can make distance control a little more of a guessing game, but not with the Wide Body. Putts were very consistent and you never had one come off the face hot and roll past the hole more than expected. Alignment for me was point and shoot simple with the longer site line and the thicker top line. The combination of those two made it easy to line up the ball on my intended line, giving me more confidence that I could make the putt I was looking at.

The Five-O-Six Wide Body No. 3 is a really well-balanced putter, even for being on the slightly heavier side. Johnson’s putters are between 350 and 360 grams depending on options but it never felt too heavy, like you were having to control the putter during the stroke. Simply pull the putter back and let the well-balanced head do the work on its way through the ball. The feel on this putter is Goldilocks porridge perfect, not to firm and not too soft. Impact will give your ears a slight audible click while your hands feel the solid impact and the ball leave the face. This 303 stainless putter gives great responsiveness on all your putts, hit on center or not. Heel contact is actually pretty soft, just slightly more harsh than center, but the rollout and accuracy is close to spot on. Toe contact will give you a little more harsh vibration, letting you know you missed, and coming up just a bit short of your intended target.

Overall, the Ricky Johnson Putters Wide Body Series No. 3 is a great putter from a brand you probably haven’t heard of yet. I think they are really high-quality flatsticks, with lots of custom options, that you can tailor to fit your needs and wants. Make sure to check them out at rickyjohnsonputters.com.

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Pitch:Shapland Sports Co. is passionate about design, quality, and doing things right. We believe that quality design is built to last.  Whether it is a beautiful building, a classic car, a family heirloom, or a well-made sports bag, these things become more important to us as time goes on.  We have engineered all of our products so you can take pride in them for years to come. While our products gain inspiration from the great designs of the past, we will only make something if we believe we can improve upon it. Whether by using the best materials available or tailoring it to the modern age, our lightweight and water resistant products made from 14-oz canvas, top-grain leather accents and antique brass hardware will become a reliable addition to your life. When you buy a Shapland product, you know that you are not just getting the best made product money can buy, but the best designed product of its kind.”

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Shapland’s Sunday bag is built for comfort and for those walkers out there on the course; it’s a detail which is impossible to overlook. One of the best features of this bag delivers that comfort through the two shoulder straps which are billed as “cushion-like” – a description which is a very accurate assessment. An added benefit of these straps is also the fact that these cushion straps are removable, which gives players options depending on the way they like to carry their bag on the course.

The bag’s lightness is a wonderful relief. Weighing in at just 3.5lbs, the Sunday bag is an excellent walker’s bag and combined with the cushion straps, really provides the low maintenance and practicality which walkers seek on the course.

The bag contains a 4-way cushioned divider which, like the entire bag, is very pleasing on the eye and the bag also boasts an impressive full-length spine rod, and the overall balance of the bag is on point. While lightweight is the priority of a bag such as this, the company have gone to extra lengths to deliver quality, and the premium leather trim enhances the style of the bag, while the actual feel of the bag is luxurious and of excellent quality.

The UV resistant and water-resistant canvas fabric provides you with ultimate protection against the elements which you might not expect to find in a lightweight bag such as this, while the waterproof zippers are another delightful addition of a bag which mixes nostalgia with modernity. The classic colors provided also add to the style, with navy, black, gray, burgundy, and green color codes available.

Generous storage areas on such a lightweight bag is another excellent element provided by Shapland, while the waterproof head comes in the same color as the bag keeping in line with the classic look. Shapland also offers custom embroidery on the bottom of the bag—if personalization is your thing.

Nailing everything you’d want in a lightweight bag while also being easy on the eye, the Shapland Sunday bag retails at $275 and is available to purchase at ShaplandBags.com.

 

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Cuater by TravisMathew introduces two new golf shoes: The Moneymaker and The Legend

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New performance brand Cuater by TravisMathew marks its launch today with the release of two new golf shoes – The Moneymaker and The Legend.

Focusing on versatile, comfortable footwear, Cuater’s “The Moneymaker” is a lightweight spikeless golf shoe featuring a waterproof construction. The shoe features a fabric upper which has been treated with 3M Defender to keep stains at bay and to provide maximum durability.

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The Moneymaker contains an ultra-light, foam midsole, designed to provide comfort and rebound while the TPU spikeless bottom bids to offer golfers extra stability and traction.

Finishing off the new shoe from Cuater is a molded, dual-density Ortholite sockliner and microsuede top cloth.

“The Legend” shoe features Sweet Spot technology throughout the midsole for ultimate comfort on the course and contains a 100% waterproof construction.

The shoe is constructed of premium, full-grain leather, which includes perforations to provide players with a shoe offering excellent breathability.

The company have also launched “The Daily” (Wool/Mesh), which is geared towards your everyday needs. Featuring a moisture-dispersing wool upper, The Daily is available in multiple color options and contains a lightweight feel.

The Moneymaker ($159.95), The Legend ($249.95) and The Daily (from $109.95) are all available to purchase now at travismathew.com/cuater.

 

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