2013 Callaway X Hot and X Hot Pro Hybrids

by   |   December 17, 2012

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.

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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.

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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.

Click here for in-depth pictures and more discussion in the “Tour/Pre-release equipment” forum. 


Above: X Hot Pro Hybrid (23 degrees)

Click here for in-depth pictures and more discussion in the “Tour/Pre-release equipment” forum. 

Specs:

 

Shafts (Graphite):

  • 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.

Click here for in-depth pictures and more discussion in the “Tour/Pre-release equipment” forum. 

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2 Comments

  1. Don Wood

    July 28, 2014 at 3:31 am

    Where can I buy a HOT-X 6 hybrid and what is the cost?

  2. Mike

    December 28, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Very nice looking club. It sets up well to my eye and the matte black crown is smart looking. The only negative is the industry wide trend of going low profile with clubhead designs… I HATE LOW PROFILE!!!

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