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Callaway’s XR drivers, fairway woods and hybrids use the company’s new-and-improved Hyper Speed Face Cup technology to produce faster ball speeds — without skimping on forgiveness.

The new Hyper Speed Face Cup has an even thinner, lighter face than its predecessors. The lighter face gave Callaway engineers the ability to move the center of gravity (CG) slightly lower in the club heads, as well as add a bit more perimeter weighting. The results? Higher-launching, lower-spinning shots and club heads that are more consistent on mishits.

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To lighten the face of the XR and XR Pro drivers, Callaway added what it calls “R-Moto” — also used on its Big Bertha Alpha 815 drivers — which is a series of ribs that connect the face to the crown and the sole. The structure reduces weight in the face by as much as 10 percent, and also transfers energy more efficiently, says Evan Gibbs, Senior Manager of R&D for Woods at Callaway Golf.

Callaway’s Speed Step Crown

Callaway also tackled an airflow issue with the XR line. With golf clubs, there’s a tendency for air to separate from the club head’s surface as it moves through space, which increases turbulence and drag.

Callaway’s XR driver uses the company’s new Speed Step crown (gallery above) to improve aerodynamics, while the XR Pro has an aerodynamically-enhanced Forged Composite Crown to slightly boost club head speed.

“THE SPEED STEP CROWN AND THE AERODYNAMIC HEAD SHAPE WORK TOGETHER TO KEEP THE AIRFLOW ATTACHED TO THE CLUB HEAD FOR AS LONG AS POSSIBLE,” SAYS GIBBS.

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The XR driver, fairway woods and hybrids also use what Callaway calls an Internal Standing Wave — a forward-leaning weight pad behind the face that helps lower CG for reduced spin and more ball speed.

Like the drivers, Callaway’s XR fairway woods and hybrids were also the beneficiary of aerodynamic improvements.

Callaway’s XR line offers two different driver models (Standard and Pro), three different fairway wood models (Standard, Pro and Deep) and two different hybrid models (Standard and Pro).

The standard models are the most forgiving option throughout the line for players who need more spin, forgiveness or both. The Pro versions have more compact head designs and offer a lower-spinning trajectory

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The XR Pro 3 Deep fairway wood (14 degrees) is a specialty 3 wood model with a deeper (read taller) face than the Pro model. It combines a larger face with a lower-spinning trajectory to create a club that golfers can use from the tee as a second driver, as well as from the fairway.

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The XR line’s stock shafts are True Temper’s Project X LZ, which are designed to help golfers to maximize shaft load at the top of the swing transfer more energy into the ball at impact.

Standard XR drivers, woods and hybrids will be available in stores on Feb. 20, 2015, and the XR Pro and XR Deep models will be available on March 20, 2015.

XR driver

XR Product Shots-130 copy

Price: $349
Lofts: 9, 10.5, 12 and 13.5 degrees
Shaft: True Temper Project X LZ (Mitsubishi Rayon Bassara 52, no charge)

Design Features:

  • Speed Step Crown
  • R-Moto face
  • OptiFit Hosel offers 8 different loft/lie configurations

XR Pro driver

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Price: $399
Lofts: 9 and 10.5 degrees
Shaft: True Temper Project X LZ (Matrix Black Tie and Fujikura Speeder 565, no charge)

Design Features:

  • R-Moto Face
  • Forged Composite Crown (lowers spin by 300 rpm compared to X2 Hot, according to Callaway)
  • Aerodynamic head design
  • OptiFit adjustability

XR fairway woods

XR Product Shots-187 copy

Price: $229
Lofts: 15, 17, 19, 21, 23 and 25 degrees
Shaft: True Temper Project X LZ

Design Features: 

  • Forged Hyper Speed Face Cup
  • 200 less rpm of spin compared to X2 Hot woods
  • Redesigned head shape — flatter leading edge, higher toe, shallower face height

XR Pro fairway woods

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Price: $239
Lofts: 14, 16 and 18 degrees
Shaft: True Temper Project X LZ
Design Features:

  • Forged Hyper Speed Face Cup
  • Internal Standing Wave for lower CG
  • Deeper face for better performance off the tee, and a more sloped crown to make working the ball easier, especially hitting a draw.

XR Pro 3 Deep fairway woods

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Price: $239
Lofts: 14 degrees
Shafts: True Temper Project X LZ

Design Features:

  • Forged Hyper Speed Face Cup
  • Internal Standing Wave for lower CG
  • Progressive face height and deeper face are designed primarily for shots off the tee

XR Hybrid

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Price: $219
Lofts: 19, 22, 25 and 28 degrees
Shaft: True Temper Project X SD

Design Features:

  • Forged Hyper Speed Cup Face
  • Redesigned head shape and repositioned weight for 46 percent lower CG than X2 Hot hybrids
  • Internal Standing Wave for higher MOI and ball speed

XR Pro Hybrid

Price: $229
Lofts: 16, 18, 20 and 23 degrees
Shaft: True Temper Project X LZ
Design Features:

  • Compact head design for better players
  • Forged Hyper Speed Face Cup
  • Redesigned head shape for lowest CG ever in a Callaway hybrid
  • Internal Standing Wave for MOI and more ball speed
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  1. Jerry Spencer

    Nov 17, 2015 at 6:00 pm

    Who cares what a club looks like? I rather have totally ugly club that performs to my expectations. Calliway clubs do that for me.

  2. sean mcsweeny

    Apr 20, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    I have just purchased the xr pros is the weight on the bottom of the driver exchangeable and what are the advantages ?

  3. LindyLoulie

    Feb 8, 2015 at 2:47 pm

    I wonder what clubs all the haters play?? The only brands that don’t change frequently are Titleist and Ping. So what?!? If you base your hatred on the looks and haven’t even hit them I guess you’re not being objective about the performance at all. Perhaps y’all are scratch golfers who could hit it a mile and within three feet with a broomstick??

    If the folks involved in the golf equipment R&D departments had no interest in finding a better way to make golf a little bit easier and more enjoyable for us amateurs looking for a bit more distance and forgiveness in our clubs we’d all still be killing ourselves playing those “great” old classic ’76 Wilson Staffs. I still have mine — in the closet! I loved them back in the day, however Father Time has taken his revenge on my ol’ body and hands. I truly appreciate having the opportunity to continue to play and enjoy the game even tho I have gone from a 3 to a 16 due to major health issues and the resulting lost distance. The wonderful advancements in equipment have made that possible.

    As for the new Callaway XR line… I had the opportunity to hit the XR 7 iron in my configuration — Men’s length/Senior flex — and the ball exploded off the face like a rocket! I gained 12 straight/15draw yards over last year’s X2 Hot. LOVE IT!! Can’t wait for my custom order to arrive! BTW, I for one like the looks. I actually prefer the look of the XR Pro at address due to its thinner top line and less offset, however I hit the standard XR a bit further, so that is what I opted for. I have not had the opportunity to hit the XR driver, fairways & hybrids, but if the irons are any indication, I’m sure the “woods” will be great as well.

    While I do not appreciate the fact that Callaway’s — and all other companies’ — policy of bringing out new models about every 6 months leads to rapid depreciation in value, I do appreciate having the opportunity to re-gain some of my lost distance along with greater forgiveness through new technology. I still have to know how to manage the course, make a good swing and have a sharp short game. Also, I still have to putt well, so the challenge of the game is still there, and it is what keeps me coming back for more!

    Now, all you haters go out and hit the new clubs before you hate on ’em! If you still hate them don’t buy ’em!

  4. Michael M

    Jan 15, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    same pos new paint on some

  5. Jgolf

    Jan 15, 2015 at 10:38 am

    It seems like these releases are coming fast and furious. But really it follows the one year cyle.
    BB 815 & BBDBD relpace BB & BB Alpha. XR 7 XR Pro replace X2 Hot & X2HP. So I figured we would be looking at an early summer release for the “Speed Enhanced Driver” to replace the BB V Series.
    But after visiting their website, they are billing this as “Crazy Speed” so maybe XR combines the X2 Hot and V series. When Callaway droped the FT Optiforce on us, they did say they were going to keep bring products to market when they have better tech. That being said, I agree with Leon. How much less spin do I want with my average club head speed. I know….more ball speed, etc.
    I’m a huge Callway fan, but I’m not feeling these so much.

  6. Golfnut99

    Jan 14, 2015 at 11:40 pm

    I am confused as to what everyone is yapping about with the graphics??? What is considered traditional today? The g30 graphics look like a spaceship with a sort of horned frog look at address? The XR pro dr/fwy/hy look about as clean as it gets out of anything in the industry. I am a 120 sis guy and hit both the fwy wood and hybrid in the pro model and std driver all with the stock stiff shafts. I have already pre ordered the pro in everything!!!! That’s how impressed I was. The ball just shot off the face and the club has great feel and sound. I have been a tmag guy for a long time ( u want to talk about cheap graphics look no further than r15 or aero burner??? ). I thought I would never replace my stage 2 tp fwy or my sldr 430 but this line has me super excited for 2015. Good stuff Callaway!!!

  7. Lee H.

    Jan 14, 2015 at 9:34 pm

    I’m not crazy about the cheap looking graphics, but I’m sure the clubs will all perform, including the irons. That’s what really matters…The XR line is a replacement of the X2 line, not the BB Alpha line that just came out (for those complaining about product cycles)…I am heading to the PGA Show for the 1st time and these are definitely on my list to try out. I’m more curious about the irons though since I’m sticking with my X2 driver.

  8. bogeybirdiebogeybirdie

    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:18 pm

    When Callaway, Taylormade, and (insert any major brand here) come out with new equipment and “new” technology every few months, it really begins to discredit them and unfortunately show how stupid we are as consumers. If we truly believe that they come up with something revolutionary every 16 weeks, then we need to put these club designers in charge of cancer research and world hunger. They could wipe those out in under a year! However as long as the ignorant consumer (us) continue to buy $400 drivers and accept $50 trade value 4 months later for the next $400 driver, they will continue to change the crown color, add sliding weights, adjustable everything, and claim it will add 5 mph to our swing.
    P.S. If that last statement was true we would all have 250 mph swing speeds by now!

  9. Wilson63

    Jan 14, 2015 at 7:53 pm

    This replaced the x2 hot line and the 815 series replaced the original alpha series? Don’t really understand how this is confusing? Also, I have not a fan of the color scheme at all, but I mean the x2 hot pro 3 wood was one, if not the best 3 wood of 2014. So it’s the performance for me that counts. Can’t wait to hit it!

  10. Jgolf

    Jan 14, 2015 at 6:36 pm

    Actually it’s seems like these new releases are coming in fast and furious. But they are holding steady with the one year cycle on the Drivers, Fairways and Hybrids. 815 & 815DBD replaced BB & BBA. Now Xr & Xr Pro replaces X2 & X2HP. So I figure we’re gonna see a new version of the “Speed Enhanced Driver” mid summer to replace BB V Series. Callaway said when they dropped the FT Optiforce on us they were going to keep bringing new releases when they have new technology.
    That being said, I agree with Leon. How much less spin do I want with my very average clubhead speed. I’m a big Cally fan. But I’m not feeling these.

  11. Dan

    Jan 14, 2015 at 6:30 pm

    I didn’t even read the article but I’m willing to bet that in order to increase distance they moved the MOI to here which resulted in this and they changed a price to increase face speed. All of this research was done in less than 12 months time. Next year they will change the MOI to a different location and charge you $429

  12. Matthew Bacon

    Jan 14, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Brought to you by BMW M Series

  13. dsw

    Jan 14, 2015 at 5:48 pm

    This is my first time posting on GolfWRX and I just had to respond to this horrendous line of clubs. My dad plays Callaway clubs and when I picked up golf a few years ago, I chose to play Callaways too, but this is just ridiculous. Callaway…what the heck are you thinking? Just horrible.

  14. jgpl001

    Jan 14, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    This is ABSOLUTE NONSENSE

    It’s nearly one new club a week, even TM would be proud of this charade

    So how long do I have wait for the 815 DD to drop in price, next week maybe???

  15. FTWPhil

    Jan 14, 2015 at 4:08 pm

    Callaway doesn’t seem to like #6 hybrids again. One year they have them, and the next they don’t. Kind of like when they made the RAZR X in a #6, but not the RAZR X HL. Not everybody who wants a #6 wants Edge Combo sets.

    • Thibault

      Jan 15, 2015 at 4:17 am

      Have a look at the Big Bertha HY line, they even carry a 7H

    • Large chris

      Jan 15, 2015 at 8:10 am

      My Grandma loves her 6 hybrid

  16. Jason

    Jan 14, 2015 at 2:44 pm

    I’m sure they are great clubs, would love to hit a bucket of balls with them. But I have to say that color and graphics scheme on the bottom is pretty Wal-Mart looking.

  17. Leon

    Jan 14, 2015 at 2:43 pm

    Now, I can hit 300 yards with less than 1000 rpm spin by switching to this trash. Wait, did I mention my swing speed is about 90 mph? Never mind, callaway told me that I can reduce 300 rpm spin rate by using their new drivers every time I switched. So I figured it out that my spin rate right now must be something less than 1000 rpm. Great.

  18. Troy

    Jan 14, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    I am a loyal Callaway customer and have been for nearly 20 years.
    I am no fan of the soles of any of the drivers or fairway woods, they look cheap.
    With that being said, one does not see the soles of woods or drivers that often, but wish they would make them look a little more classy/traditional.

  19. steve

    Jan 14, 2015 at 2:32 pm

    Cant believe they went back to the project x shafts, those are terrible. I figured they would stick with the tour blue and green since they were such a huge improvement.

  20. Dpavs

    Jan 14, 2015 at 1:20 pm

    Yuck.

  21. Regis

    Jan 14, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Wow. I just ordered a 2014 Big Bertha Alpha today because the price had dropped enough. Had to debate between the Alpha, The Big Bertha, the X2Hot or the V series. Didn’t even consider the 815 series. I’m a Ho and TMAG is my go to brand but even I’m confused as to where Callaway is going. Can’t imagine what the retailer is trying to juggle and this is just one brand.

  22. John

    Jan 14, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    I thought the 815 double black diamond just came out? What was product cycle on that line? My goodness. Is there a race between Callaway and TM for who can come out with the most woods in a 365 day window?

  23. Johnny Miller

    Jan 14, 2015 at 12:02 pm

    So X2 didn’t work at $329… Callaways solution: $349 and $399!!

    • Scooter McGavin

      Jan 14, 2015 at 2:41 pm

      Actually, or store sold a ton of X2 Hot woods.

      • Johnny Miller

        Jan 14, 2015 at 5:17 pm

        before or after they dropped $100?

  24. Person

    Jan 14, 2015 at 11:20 am

    I am confused; why are people still eating up these gimmicky looking clubs?

    • RobG

      Jan 14, 2015 at 11:36 am

      Who cares if they look gimmicky, its the performance that counts.

      • bradford

        Jan 15, 2015 at 8:35 am

        Do you also believe that a razor with 6 blades does a better job?

    • POS

      Jan 14, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      They don’t look any more gimmicky than those POS Titleist drivers

  25. Curt

    Jan 14, 2015 at 11:09 am

    I like the all black look so I can live with the colors on the bottom. I just won’t look underneath.

  26. frendy

    Jan 14, 2015 at 10:44 am

    Turbulators!

  27. Callaway X Hot

    Jan 14, 2015 at 9:23 am

    I assume this is the replacement for the X2 Hot line of woods. Will they be coming out with a set of XR irons also?

  28. CB

    Jan 14, 2015 at 9:01 am

    I hope it performs because it looks horrible.

    • POS

      Jan 14, 2015 at 12:21 pm

      Looks great, performs great. Just like all Callaways always do.

  29. Zach

    Jan 14, 2015 at 9:01 am

    whoa! No 2 or 5 deep?

    • Dakota

      Jan 14, 2015 at 9:51 am

      They will becoming out around the time of the XR Pro driver, I think the Cally rep said sometime in mid-march, but march for sure.

  30. Scooter McGavin

    Jan 14, 2015 at 8:24 am

    Color scheme seems to be a bit all over the place. But i suppose if they perform, that’s what really matters.

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WRX Spotlight: Swag Golf proto putter

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Product: Swag Golf proto putter

Pitch: From Swag “Swag is the brand that isn’t scared to push the limits in a conservative sport that isn’t evolving to meet changing styles. We like to listen to music on the course, we want to be bold, we love having fun, we love golf, and we’re going to express that both on and off the course. We aren’t going to try to sell you on how great our proprietary materials are and we don’t need to rely on clever marketing to sell more. We’re a no BS company. What matters is that our putters feel good and in turn make you feel good when putting. We have some crazy ideas, we love to tinker, and we experiment on how to perfect everything we do. ”

Our Take on the Swag Golf Proto putter

Though relatively new, Swag Golf has been making a big splash in the industry for their high-end and striking headcovers and accessories. Perhaps less talked about when it comes to the company is their putters – something which I feel is likely to change after testing out their prototype rainbow finish flat-stick.

The putter is beautiful from whatever angle you look at – but especially at address. Extremely smooth lines, and with full-shaft offset, the blade’s shoulders and bumpers are flawlessly balanced to frame the ball and let the putter sit perfectly square. The single line alignment aid enhances the look and is positioned right in the center of the blade’s sweet spot, while the CNC milled flat-stick delivers perfectly smooth edges – noticeably on the neck for a sublime and soft profile.

With a head weight of 354g, the putter from Swag feels exceptional in your hands over the ball. Every detail matters when investing in a premium putter, and the sensation of the stable and firm feel of the flat-stick as well as there being no wavering of the head, makes the putter feel like an extension of your body when standing over a putt.

The sound and feel of the putter is an area where Swag has knocked it out of the park. With a fly milled face from 303 Stainless Steel, the flat-stick delivers an incredibly soft feel at impact.

No vibration is felt on impact, even on long-distance putts. It never feels like your hitting the ball but more caressing it, which is a pleasant sensation when putting from downtown. What you get in terms of sound at impact is a low, deep pitched note from a putter which rolls beautifully on its axis and produces no vibration on slight mis-hits.

To nitpick, the company’s “black mid pistol tackified kangaroo leather grip” took some getting used to. Initially, it took a little away from how impressive the flat-stick feels in your hands, but it gradually becomes more comfortable.

Overall performance-wise though, the putter from Swag provides everything you could hope for from a high-end putter. Exceptional feel at address, painfully attractive profile and precision at impact.

As of now, the company boasts self-confessed “putting nerd” Kevin Streelman as their PGA Tour ambassador. Streelman is currently gaming the brand’s Handsome Too proto, and after experiencing the Swag rainbow proto for myself, the highest compliment I can give is that I would be surprised if he (and PGA Tour newcomer Rhein Gibson) are still the only Tour pros to game one of the brand’s flat-sticks in 12 to 24 months time.

In terms of an Anser-style putter, Swag packs a hefty punch with their numerous offerings. While I personally love the eye-catching rainbow finish (which has been blasted to remove some of the boldness), I realize it’s not for everyone. However, the company has plenty more traditional finishes on their array of flat-sticks, which you can find on their website here.

Whatever finish you prefer your putters to come in though, it’s unlikely that any department of Swag’s flat-sticks will leave you disappointed.

 

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New Mitsubishi Chemical ZF shaft in play at the Tour Championship

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Even after winning just a week ago, Justin Thomas has put a new MCA Diamana ZF-Series shaft into play for the Tour Championship and FedEx Cup Final this week at East Lake Golf Club. JT is using the 60g TX version in his 9.5-degree Titleist TS2 driver (see Thomas’ BMW Championship-winning WITB here).

MCA has confirmed the new shaft and given us some great information on why it is are adding this fourth profile to the Diamana line—something the company has never done before.

The new Diamana ZF has taken the easy loading bend profile from the BF-Series and tweaked it in certain spots along the length to further maximize the design and find greater performance for players across swing speed ranges.

“The result is a profile that makes ZF a little more explosive and easier to accelerate.” -Mark Gunther, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for MCA GOLF.

Like the other shafts in the Diamana Fourth Gen. Series, the Diamana ZF shafts owe their stiffness and stability to two unique technologies. First: the MCA-developed MR70 carbon fiber material, and the second: Boron fiber. MR70 is found in both the butt and tip sections of the shaft and is 20 percent stronger than conventional materials, with a 10 percent greater modulus (a measure of stiffness). These designs have additional strength thanks to Boron fiber in the tip section to create the exact EI curve desired.

When you compare the new ZF to Diamana BF-Series, the ZF-Series shafts are a slightly stronger profile and built to have increased stability in both the butt and tip sections. They feature a softer, more active middle for better energy transfer and clubhead acceleration.

A cool feature for those looking to get a bit more distance but are on the lower end of the swing speed spectrum: There will also be a 40-gram version of the ZF, which is the lightest shaft of the fourth generation Diamana family.

“We’re extremely happy to have a 40g option within Diamana™ ZF,” says Gunther. “This opens the performance benefits of these unique Mitsubishi Chemical materials to a whole new range of players who prefer to play an ultra-lightweight shaft.”

Mitsubishi Diamana ZF-Series Availability and Specs

Diamana ZF-Series will be available September, 13 2019 at MCA GOLF authorized retailers and dealers nationwide, with a suggested retail price of $400.

Weights and flexes

  • DIAMANA ZF-Series 40 (R2, R, S Flex)
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  • DIAMANA ZF-Series 60 (S, TX Flex)
  • DIAMANA ZF-Series 70 (S, TX Flex)
  • DIAMANA ZF-Series 80 (S, TX Flex)
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Forum Thread of the Day: “Are 919 forged irons really that good?”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day comes from 9ironiscash who asked fellow members what they thought about Mizuno’s 919 forged ironsOur members dish out their experiences gaming the irons, with the majority of WRXers answering with a resounding yes to 9ironiscash’s original question.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire thread and have your say at the link below.

  • Gmack1973: “I think the 919 forged are great irons. I play to a handicap of 4 and think I’m not a bad ball striker. I had the tours 6-pw, and they were great but a bit unforgiving if you don’t get them out the middle. I now have 919 forged 4 – PW and couldnt be happier. They have the Nippon Modus 120 stiff shafts.”
  • Gofguy224: “They are great irons! Had them for about a month and I’ve already shot 3 of my lowest scores ever! Very forgiving and they feel buttery soft
  • chjyner: “The whole 919 range is probably the best on the market “
  • PowerCobra98: “I like them. Moved from Apex 19’s into 919 Forged. I’ll likely be looking at a set of MP20 HMB’s though.”

Entire Thread: “Are 919 forged irons really that good?”

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