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IN-HAND PHOTOS: 2013 Callaway X Hot Irons & Woods!

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Callaway X Hot

(X) Hot off the press!

Here are some sneak peeks at new Callaway X Hot Irons (Pro and Non-Pro) and woods for 2013.

We have complete coverage of the new X Hot line from Callaway.

What do you think?

CLICK HERE TO SEE WHAT GOLFWRX MEMBERS ARE SAYING ABOUT THE CALLWAY X HOT IRONS & WOODS

 

 

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Rob is a golf junkie that has been involved with GolfWRX since its inception in 2005. From designing headcovers, to creating logos to authoring articles to social media management to sales and marketing, Rob has done it all. Born and bred in NJ. Favorite golfers: Phil, Freddie. Favorite club: Driver.

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18 Comments

  1. Shankedmylastshot

    Apr 18, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    What’s the purpose of a uniflex on the xhot irons ? Who should them ? I see no reviews on them . Help me out . Thx

  2. Rob

    Dec 27, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    I think the irons look great. I have never purchased Callaway irons. I never bought the idea of a uniflex shaft for everyone. I feel Callaway has missed the low HC market that doesn’t want forged irons. I want irons that don’t punish me when I miss them. I think these Pro series might work for me. Ofcourse I want to see how they compare with the new rocketbladez.

    • 10Hdcp

      Dec 29, 2012 at 9:05 am

      Gotta hit ’em first. Going to replace my X-14s with either Hot X or Rocketbladez. Can’t wait!!

  3. 7464

    Dec 18, 2012 at 7:40 am

    Wow! I am surprised by the comments about the looks of the irons…I guess “to each his own” but I think these irons (X Hot Pro) look very nice and classy (I did not say classic) compared to the X Hot 24 and Raxr X graphics…I also see them repalcing the Razr X Tour and that was a very good looking iron at address… and played by quite a few on the Tour’s…I just hope in the “Pro” we can get some decent shaft choices without upcharges…

  4. brandon

    Dec 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    We hit the Fairway Wood and it blew everyone away who hit it! Stunning FairwayWood and it is definitely going in my bag when it drops. The Tour FW is so choice.

  5. RAT

    Dec 12, 2012 at 3:29 pm

    Same ol’ same. No wonder they are laying off people.

    • ron b.

      Mar 3, 2013 at 10:15 pm

      maybe rory should give them a try.nike should stick to shoes.

  6. pete61

    Dec 12, 2012 at 2:19 pm

    any specs available yet? lofts/lengths etc..

  7. clubman

    Dec 12, 2012 at 1:16 pm

    Awesome. These clubs fly at least a club longer than my AP2’s

    • g0edw1g01

      Dec 12, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      Yeah, but how do the lofts compare? Most of these new ‘longer distance’ irons being made today are being delofted – hence the greater distances eg the loft of the new TM Rocketbladez 6iron is akin to the Callaway X-22 5iron but TM claim thieir 6iron is 11 yards longer than the X-22 6iron!!

  8. deven

    Dec 11, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    I hit all of the new callaway equipment. Probably the best theyve had in a while

  9. Marcus

    Dec 10, 2012 at 6:01 pm

    Why cant people build a normal looking golf club, graphics and decals look horrible.
    TM has started a disgusting trend

  10. Johnny

    Dec 9, 2012 at 11:51 pm

    MONEY BABY!!!!

  11. tom

    Dec 9, 2012 at 6:28 pm

    I think the irons looks great.

  12. Johnnie

    Dec 8, 2012 at 2:06 am

    Best looking callaway irons in many years.

    • Ra

      Dec 9, 2012 at 2:38 am

      Really? It looks like a Titty-TM mangled step-child.
      Like an AP2 with the Burner 2.0 mixed together, no?
      LAZY design! Truly, truly lazy. Nothing unique or cool about this one, at all!

      • bob

        Dec 13, 2012 at 2:48 pm

        Oooh, that taylormade butthurt. Here…have some salt.

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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)
  • DIAMANA ZF-Series 50 (R, S, TX Flex)
  • 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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