’13 Callaway Irons: In-hand photos, video and specs
Callaway’s X Hot and X Hot Pro irons were designed for two distinct categories of golfers, but they have one major similarity — they’re designed to fly a long way with consistent distance.
The X Hot is Callaway’s most forgiving iron in its 2013 lineup, featuring a deep cavity to improve distance and forgiveness. It’s a game-improvement iron, a category of irons that gets a bad rap for causing flyers — shots that are hit slightly above the center of the face and tend to fly unexpectedly far.
That’s why Callaway removed the undercut that sits behind the top line of most cavity back irons. By reinforcing the top part of the face, engineers lowered the sweetspot to slightly below center (0.155 inches lower then than Callaway’s previous game-improvement model, the RAZR X), which is where most amateurs make contact with their irons. By doing this, Callaway engineers said they’ve removed the “high hot spot.”
“Golfers have a mortal fear of hitting the globe first, so they hit it thin,” said Dr. Alan Hocknell, vice president of R&D for Callaway. “That’s why these irons are very forgiving low on the face.”
X Hot 3 Iron
X Hot Pro 3 Iron
The X Hot Pro irons are designed for golfers who need forgiveness but don’t want to look at an oversize club. The Pro model has less off set, thinner soles, thinner top lines and 1-degree weaker lofts than the standard model. Like the standard version, engineers stiffened the upper part of the face to eliminate flyers and make the lower portion of the face more forgiving on mishits. The Pros also feature Callaway’s 20-degree close-spaced grooves, which Luke Williams, global director of woods and irons for Callaway, said increases backspin as much as 1000 rpms out of the rough.
“This is the first time that we’ve cast the groove that we’ve been forging,” Williams said. “It’s a harder, more expensive groove to make. But we wanted to put in in the (pro) line where players are more likely to notice.”
Both models are cast from 17-4 stainless and feature dual-material medallions in the iron cavities to improve sound and feel.
Availability: Jan. 25, 2013
- X Hot Irons: 3-PW or 4-AW — $699 (steel), $899 (graphite)
- X Hot Pro Irons: 3-PW or 4-AW – $799 (steel)
X Hot Shafts:
- Steel — True Temper Speed Step 85 Lightweight, Regular (93 grams) and Stiff (95 grams)
- Graphite — X Hot I-750, Light (68 grams), Regular (79 grams), Stiff (79 grams)
X Hot Pro Shaft:
- Type: Project X 95 Flighted Steel [5.0 (R), 5.5 (S) and 6.0 (X)]
- Weight: weight: 92.3 grams (R), 92.3 grams (S) and 97.3 grams (X)