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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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Zak is the Editor-in-Chief of GolfWRX.com. He's been a part of the company since 2011, when he was hired to lead GolfWRX's Editorial Department. Zak developed GolfWRX's Featured Writer Program, which supports aspiring writers and golf industry professionals. He played college golf at the University of Richmond (Go Spiders!) and still likes to compete in tournaments. You can follow Zak on Twitter @ZakKoz, where he's happy to discuss his game and all the cool stuff that's part of his job.

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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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Andrew “Beef” Johnston WITB 2017

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2017 RSM Classic (11/14/17).

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 70TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F3 (15 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 80TX

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H2 (19 Degrees)
Shafts: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 90HY TX

Driving Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB 2 & 3 Iron (17 & 20 Degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Irons: Titleist 718 MB (3-9)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (46-10F, 50-08F, 54-10S)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Super Rat I GSS Inlay
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Pistol

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Newport 2
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Cord Pistol

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Super Rat II GSS Inlay
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Cord Pistol

WITB Notes: Beef was testing a variety of putters ahead of The RSM Classic. We will update this post when his choice is confirmed. 

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Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Beef’s clubs. 

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As we’ve written before, the decision to put a new driver in the bag is usually obvious. Better numbers at testing, perceptibly longer distance, and as long as your bank account allows, you have your new gamer.

The iron switch, however, is a trickier beast. Comfort with the variety of shots one needs to hit is key. Confidence from one’s long irons through the higher lofts is critical. Thus, even the greatest enthusiasm for a new iron release isn’t always followed by a mass exodus to gaming said irons. This is doubly true at the professional level, where the tools are critical to a player’s livelihood.

That said, the combination of forum chatter, GolfWRX member enthusiasm, and what we’re spotting in our WITB photos from tour stops are a reliable indicator of the hottest irons in the game.

And judging by the response to our recent Instagram post, we’re confident that these four models are the hottest blade irons in golf right now.

Callaway Apex MB

Buzz built steadily for the Apex MB iron when we first spotted them in Tour players’ bags at the beginning of 2017. The irons are the product of direct feedback from the company’s Tour staffers, according to Luke Williams, Director of Product and Brand Management at Callaway. Forged from 1025 Carbon Steel, these irons have the shortest blade lengths, the thinnest soles and the smallest overall heads in the vast line of Callaway irons. They’re designed for maximum workability, and for tour-desired turf interaction.

Related: Callaway (finally) launches new Apex MB and X Forged irons

Mizuno MP-18

The pioneers of Grain-Flow Forging, Mizuno went back to its roots with the MP-18 iron model. A throwback to the great muscle backs in the company’s history, Mizuno was shooting for the look of an iron that could have been forged a century ago. Shorter blade length, cambered top line, sharp, compact wedges, all combined with the most minimal badging make the MP-18 an instant classic that set the GolfWRX forums afire.

Related: Mizuno brings the MP family closer together

TaylorMade P730

TaylorMade’s P730, particularly in its prototype incarnations, made quite a splash on the PGA Tour. Building on the heritage of the TP-MB irons, P730 was developed in collaboration with the very best players in the world. The 1025 carbon steel irons irons feature a smaller profile and crisper lines than the MB series irons. The combination of the clean look and a deep rear groove have players drooling. Discussing working with Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose to design the P730, TM’s Senior Director of Irons, Tomo Bystedt said, “What these players need is a very low-inertia club that they can [manipulate] easily, almost like a surgeon’s scalpel.” Behold the scalpel.

Related: Taylormade expands forged offerings with P730 and P790

Titleist 718 MB

“For the purist there is no substitute for a one-piece, muscle back iron. The 718 MB is the modern choice for those desiring a traditional forged look and feel,” says Titleist in the 718 MB marketing materials.

It’s hard to argue with that statement from the “appearance of a classic forged iron” standpoint. Purists appreciate that the 718 MB maintains Titleist’s traditional lofts (the 6-iron is 31 degrees, the pitching-wedge is 47 degrees), thin top-line, minimal offset, and limited badging. In short, if it ain’t broke…

Related: Titleist’s 718 irons offer endless possibilities.

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Austin Cook’s Winning WITB: The 2017 RSM Classic

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Driver: Ping G400 LST (8.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution TX-Flex

3 Wood: Ping G400 Stretch (13 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujifuke Motore Speeder VC 7.2 TX-Flex

Hybrid: Ping G400 3 Hybrid (19 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91X

Hybrid: Ping G400 4 Hybrid (22 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91 X

Irons: Ping S55 Orange Dot (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour S-Flex

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 SS (50-12, 56-12), Ping Glide 2.0 WS (60)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne 
Grip: SuperStroke Mid-Slim 2.0

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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