Callaway’s X Hot and X Hot Pro Hybrids offer longer distances and more playability from a variety of lies thanks to thinner faces and a redesigned version of Callaway’s warbird sole.
Above: Callaway X Hot (19 degrees)
Engineers were able to make the faces of the new hybrids 15 percent thinner than Callaway’s previous version, the 2012 RAZR X, thanks to a heat treatment called precipitation hardening, which means that the 17-4 stainless steel cup faces were essentially baked in the oven for a little while.
Above: Callaway X Hot Pro (19 degrees)
According to Callaway, the thinner faces are more forgiving on mishits and add an average of 3 yards of distance when compared to the RAZR X hybrids.
Photos below of Callaway’s X Hot Hybrid (22 degrees)
Above: Callaway X Hot (22 degrees)
The reworked Warbird sole of the X Hot hybrids features relief in the heel and toe (see how it makes the sole more “u shaped” in the pictures below), which makes the X Hot hybrids more playable from a wide variety of lies.
Callaway also made the lofts 2 degrees stronger than last year’s standard-model hybrids to fill in the gaps between the company’s longer-flying X Hot irons and soon-to-be-released X Hot fairway woods. In the Pro version, the company added a 16-degree model, and while the loft of the 18-degree model did not change, the 20-degree and 23-degree models are 1 degree stronger than the company’s offering from last year.
“We had to reconstitute these to fit the right spots in the bag,” said Dr. Alan Hocknell, vice president of R&D for Callaway.
Both models feature square face angles at address, but the Pro model offers smaller heads, less offset and shafts that are 0.75-inches shorter.
Above: X Hot Pro Hybrid (23 degrees)
- X Hot: Light (60 grams), Regular (65 grams), Stiff (70 grams)
- X Hot Pro: “Real Deal” Project X V — 5.5 (76 grams), 6.0 (77 grams)
Both the X Hot and X Hot Pro Hybrids will retail for $179.