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Callaway RAZR X Black Irons Review
Forgiveness is my MIDDLE name! Long is my FIRST name! The black hides lot of Super GI features into a pleasing compact GI head. HOT all over the face. Plenty of offset to hit the ball HIGH and STRAIGHT. DURABLE finish.
PW with a smidge too much offset and a thicker topline for my liking. Really geared more towards a refined RAZR X than a replacement of the Diablo Forged.
An excellent alternative to the Titleist AP1 712, PING G20, and TaylorMade RBZ. The PVD finish is durable and very classy look in the bag and at address. Virtually eliminates glare.
Just a little about myself. I’m a 6 handicap, play several times a week (9 holes during the week mostly). I have a driver swing speed that’s in the 105-111 mph, 6-iron of about 93 mph. The strength of my game lately has been my iron play, and have a decent short game (putting can improve of course. LOL) And I LOVE golf equipment, especially Callaway Golf products. They have treated me like a Touring Professional over the years, from excellent products to outstanding customer service. I have been able to have several range sessions and rounds using them in a variety of on-course situations, and hope that you enjoy reading my review. Lots of pics, comparison pics and a video to follow.
Well what can I say? I like the PVD finish. It holds up REALLY well. Unlike other irons in this category that shall remain nameless (cough, had 4 numbers in it, cough), the finish on the RAZR X Black is very clean, durable and eye catching.
Now, these will never be confused for it’s brethren, the RAZR X Tour or RAZR X Forged, but I’ll add that if Callaway were to provide this finish on those two irons, they would fly off the shelves. In fact, if they came out with a Tour Authentic version of the RAZR X Tour, RAZR X Forged, or even RAZR X MB’s, they would really sell like hotcakes on a nice summer’s morning.
At address, each iron provides plenty of “heft” behind the ball to provide a lot of “there’s no way I can miss this” confidence to aid the 20+ handicap to even the low handicap that prefers this type of iron.
The long irons ARE so confidence inspiring, without being gaudy. In fact, to be honest, I hit the long irons the best! LOL. Never thought I would say that. The 4 and 5 irons are pleasing to the eye; especially due to the black PVD finish (do you see a trend?? LOL). In fact, my one wish is that they made the PW look as nice as they did the 4-iron! I’d be willing to bet that the 3-iron would be clean as well, and I’d certainly be willing to be that if they made a 2-iron, it would sell too!
I will break up this set in terms of the short, middle and long irons during this review.
The short irons, while being on the “thick and meaty” side, are basically point and shoot. Point, hit the shot HIGH, and shoot. Yes, they have stronger lofts, but I’m so use to my Diablo Forged, that I really like not losing any distance whatsoever. I do tend to hit the ball HIGHER than my DF’s, with EVERY iron, but I had expected that, as the COG in my opinion is lower and deeper than that of that of the RXB’s. The offset does it’s job to a tee. If you struggle to hit the ball HIGH, or even HIGHER, the offset does it job and every iron benefits. I will say that I found that I gravitate towards my GW or SW, than using the PW for short chips and pitches. I need to get use to the look of the PW before I’m completely comfortable, but on full shots, it’s point and shoot. The 9-iron and 8-iron are actually nice to look at, and Callaway did a fine job of reducing the offset just enough that it’s not distracting.
The mid irons of the set are very easy to hit, especially with a draw. I found that I actually just had to move the ball back just a smidge that I was use to, and voila, straight shots. If you don’t want to fade the ball, THESE irons are right up your alley. There is literally ZERO glare off the clubface with these. NONE. NADA. NUN-CA! The black PVD finish really does it’s job well. For those of you that struggle with mid irons height, you’ll LOVE these. I mean LOVE them. (See a trend here as well??) For me, the offset does take some getting use. In all honestly, I’m not 100% dialed in yet, which is a testament to these irons in that I still get decent results even though I’m not swinging well and not use to the extra offset, compared to my DF’s. When I demo’d the 6-iron, I hit it with the stock shaft. I recommend it. WOW, it’s actually really good for it’s intended purpose of getting the ball UP and OUT there. I went with the PX Flighted 6.5’s, and man, I’d better bring it each and every time.
The long irons are well…. Let me put it this way. They are like taking candy from a baby. They’re like playing poker with a group of people and they all have to wear mirrored sunglasses so that you can see their cards. They are SO easy to hit. SO easy to hit, they just might be illegal (only joking!!). I hit them off the tee, off the fairway, in light rough and heavy rough. WOW! These long irons just GLIDE through the rough, seeking out the ball, and then hitting that very golf ball on a HIGH launching arc. Whoa. Scary. And I thought my DF’s were forgiving, but these are stupid easy.
Okay, I’ll preface this by saying that they aren’t forged, and I don’t expect them to be. The “feel” off the face is NOT Mizuno-soft, it’s NOT DF’s soft, but it IS hot, crisp and pleasing to the ear. Callaway does a nice job with these irons of creating a “thwick” type of sound off the face that sounds and feel very nice. I can hit the club all over the face, and it’s nice. There’s no hard stinging feel, yet they provide feedback and let you know where you hit it, just enough feel to give you some feedback, yet still be pleasing. They will not be confused with the MP-59’s, RAZR X MB’s, or any other pure forged iron, but they’re not supposed to be either. They have that “thwick” right off the face. The ball comes off hot and lively, yet pretty consistent as well.
Overall Bottom Line:
Overall, I will go out on a limb and say that a lot of mid-high handicap players, and quite a few low handicaps are going to be drawn to this iron. They are not only THAT easy to hit, but again, I cannot reiterate it enough, the black PVD finish really does disguise the offset and thicker topline (save the PW). Callaway is offering a GREAT alternative to it’s own RAZR X, and those of the Titleist AP1 712’s, PING G20’s and TaylorMade RBZ irons. The PVD finish is pretty awesome and it seems to hold up really well. I’ll definitely give an update on them as I put more rounds on them. If you prefer a GI or even SGI type of iron, THESE are right up your alley. In fact, I’m of the opinion that it’s safe to say that they have SGI features PACKED into a GI iron. They are THAT easy to hit. I really mean that. Now, with that said, if you’re in the market for a RAZR X Forged, RAZR X Tour or even a replacement to my much beloved Diablo Forged, you may not prefer these, until you hit them. But even then, that’s what those other iron options are for. But if you really want an iron that will feel HOT with a nice “thwick” off the face, definitely check them out. Please enjoy the rest of the pics, as it’s time for me to be quiet now and let the pics & video do the talking for themselves.