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’13 Callaway X Hot drivers and fairway woods

by   |   January 2, 2013
Callaway X Hot Driver

X Hot and X Hot Pro Drivers

Most major equipment companies offer at least two drivers in their new product lineups. There’s usually a larger, more forgiving model aimed at average golfers and a more compact model with lower-spin characteristics for players who have more swing speed.

Along with Callaway’s RAZR Fit Xtreme driver, Callaway is releasing its X Hot and X Hot Tour drivers for 2013, which take individualization a step further. Not only was each head made specifically for a certain type of player — each loft was engineered with a specific player in mind as well.

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The X Hot is the most forgiving driver of the pair. At 460cc, it is 20cc larger than the Pro version. It’s also 14 grams lighter than the Pro, which could allow slower swing-speed players to increase clubhead speed.

Dr. Alan Hocknell, vice president of R&D for Callaway, said data from Callaway’s fit bays across the country showed that most golfers who need more loft also need more draw bias, which is why the X Hot and X Hot Pro drivers have center of gravities that move toward the heel as the lofts increase, helping golfers square the club at impact. That draw bias is more severe in the X Hot driver line than it is in the X Hot Pro drivers, which are aimed at players who need less help squaring up the club face.

The X Hot Pro driver features a smaller head (440cc), with a deeper face that helps golfers reduce the spin on their tee shots. Unlike the X Hot, the X Hot Pro driver does not have any alignment markings on the crown, providing a clean at Callaway’s new dark grey matte finish.

Both all-titanium drivers use Callaway’s Forged Cup Face design, which Callaway says leads to high ball speeds across the face, and are adjustable with Callaway’s Opti-Fit Hosel System.

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Face angle and loft

The X Hot driver is designed to have a square face angle in its neutral setting. Setting the face angle to the open (O) position on the Opti-Fit Hosel will open the face to 2.5 degrees and subtract 1 degree of loft. A change to the closed (C) setting will set the face 1.5-degrees closed and increase loft 1 degree.

The X Hot Pro driver is designed to have a face that is 0.5-degrees open in neutral. Setting the face angle to the open (O) position on the Opti-Fit Hosel will open the face to 3.5 degrees and subtract 1 degree of loft. A change to the closed (C) setting will set the face 1-degree closed and increase loft 1 degree.

Specs

The X Hot is available is lofts of 9.5, 10.5, 11.5 and 13 degrees. It comes stock with a proprietary True Temper Project X Velocity shaft in light, regular and stiff flexes. The standard length is 46 inches with a swing weight of D3.

The X Hot Pro is available in 9, 10.5 and 12 degree lofts, and comes stock with a “real deal” Project X Velocity shaft in the following flexes: 5.5 (64 grams — 4.6 degrees of torque), 6.0 (65.1 grams — 4.7 degrees of torque) and 6.5 (76 grams — 4.0 degrees of torque). The standard length is 45.75 with a swing weight of D3.

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Fairway Woods

Callaway’s X Hot and X Hot Pro fairway woods look much like the company’s previous fairway woods, but changes to materials and construction make them top-tier performers.

The new fairway woods borrow the forged cup face design from Callaway drivers, which moved the weld line away from the face to allow Callaway more control over face thickness and tolerances. They also employ 455 Carpenter steel faces, which paved the way for faces to be constructed as thin as 0.047 inches in certain areas, 40 percent thinner than the previous RAZR X Black fairway woods.

These changes give X Hot and X Hot Pro fairway woods performance that is near the USGA limit without having to increase the size of the clubhead or add a slot to the sole or crown of the club.

“The reason we didn’t want to add a slot to the front of the sole is because the weight we would be removing is in a pretty good place,” said Evan Gibbs, manager of performance analysis and club configuration for Callaway. “We also wanted to keep it small so it would have the versatility and functionality of a true fairway wood.”

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Both fairway woods have what Callaway calls dynamic weight projection, a structure with a “weight” that hangs over the cup face (shown in the video above) and moves the CG in the fairway woods lower and further forward, optimizing launch angle and spin.

The X Hot Pro has a more forward and CG than the standard model, giving it a flatter trajectory with less spin. It also has more camber and less offset for more versitility. Both models feature a modern version of Callaway’s warbird sole for enhanced turf interaction from less-than desirable lies.

Specs

The X Hot comes in lofts of 15, 17, 19, 21, 23 and 25 degrees, and is available with a proprietary Project X Velocity shaft in light, regular and stiff flexes. The standard length is 43.5 inches (3 wood) with a standard swing weight of D3.

The X Hot Pro comes in lofts of 13.5, 15, 17 and 19 degrees, and is available with a “real deal” True Temper Project X Velocity shaft in the following flexes: 5.5 (70 grams — 5 degrees of torque), 6.0 (74 grams — 5 degrees of torque) and 6.5 (75 grams — 5 degrees of torque). The standard length is 43 inches (3 wood) with a swing weight of D3.

The X Hot fairway woods have a square face angle, while the X Hot Pro fairway woods will sit 1-degree open at address.

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32 Comments

  1. Nathan Frisby

    August 27, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Just like to add my opinion here. Today I received my X-Hot Fairway 3 & 5 woods, I couldn’t stand it any longer. I bought my X-Hot Driver in late May and I will say that changing from my Taylor Made Superfast was quite a difference. I saw at least 15 yards on my drives and while trying to figure out closed or straight I was getting improved accuracy from the tee. I have a much better percentage of fairways hit now, and since changing my shaft to a UST MP4 I’m getting another 10 yards per drive. At 58 years old I can stay with those in the 40s and I’m looking forward to hitting these new fairway woods and getting my 2nd shot into those par 5s on the green. Callaway has made some great improvements that I found to be very helpful to average player, my only suggestion would be a bigger selection of shafts.

  2. Paul

    April 21, 2013 at 5:16 am

    To me these look amazing!!!my last driver was a ping i20 so I love the darker look.i really hate all this new white drivers TM make but its is all too do with proformance really people!!!!callaway are really starting to bring out amazing clubs again.ive two Callaway forged copper wedges and the feel of them are amazing.will be going to mcguirks today to get fitted for the x hot pro or razor extreme driver and I know I’m going to enjoy launching balls of the tee box with these bad boys

  3. cgksaiiehyup

    March 28, 2013 at 7:19 pm

    daqeanbnywoc

  4. Jack

    March 2, 2013 at 7:33 pm

    #bringit

  5. Bill

    February 10, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    Spent an hour or so getting driver fitted yesterday. Hit the Titleist 913 D2, Ping Anser, Callaway X Hot and Razor Fit Xtreme as well as a couple others who I don’t include because they didn’t have the available loft/shaft mix I wanted to try. Anyway, the Callaway and Anser were the best fits for me. I preferred the Xtreme to the X Hot both in performance and looks. The longer shaft of the X Hot didn’t appeal to me where as the Xtreme felt like an extension of my left arm. I know higher lofts are “in” but my slightly upright swing produces best with the 8.5 to 9.5 lofts. Perhaps flatter swings will do better with the higher lofts. The Callaway rep was trying to build excitement for the X Hot but the Xtreme was both more accurate and longer for me. Not to mention that the gray shaft/ head of the X Hot is unattractive. He also stressed that the color combos for the Xtreme can be ordered custom so those that don’t like green can do their own thing.

  6. Ricky

    February 7, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    I got fitted for irons today and it came down to callaway X Hot and Adams Super S. I can tell you the Callaway’s are called HOT for a reason! Because the ball is HOT off the club face. I was hitting the hybrid 3 iron 225, 231, and 238 yards. I’m a 18 handicap golfer with a 100 to 105mph swing speed. I cant imagine what I could do with the fairway woods or driver! Both clubs were very very comparable. I was a little more accurate with the Adams but not by much. Yet, I had much more distance with the Callaways. I have still yet to decide but I’m a fan!

  7. chris

    February 6, 2013 at 1:45 am

    I didnt get a chance to hit xhot driver but the 3 wood is awesome..It was 15-20 yrds farther than my rbz 13.5tour.. and it was only the 15 deg not even the 13.5 calli.. i cant wait to see the real world yrd not on a screen. all i know is how far i hit my rbz 3 and xhot was wayyyy easier for me to hit farther… oh yeah for sale rbz 13.5 used 1 season lol

  8. Craig berry

    February 2, 2013 at 8:11 am

    Just hit this along with the TM R1 and new RazorFit XTREME and the XHOT came out on top.

    They were all stiff shafts but obviously slightly different probably with weight, torque and kick point etc . . .

    But like I say, consistent bombs with the Grey finished XHOT. PERFORMANCE ALWAYS COMES FIRST! I put it down to the shaft though, suited MY SWING BETTER!

  9. Rob

    January 27, 2013 at 1:53 pm

    I think these drivers / fairway woods look nice. I haven’t played any callaway equipment since the FT-5. I bought the tour version of the rockeballz driver , 3 wood and 3 hybrid last year. I don’t like the white heads but they perform well for my swing. I wish they looked like these clubs.

  10. RogerinNZ

    January 26, 2013 at 8:09 pm

    Fairway Cally X Hot Pro 3 wood with 1 degree open face and
    PX 5.5 looks great for me! Black paint view at Address is wicked!
    Like an i20…… My Razr Hawk 13.5 may get traded in….
    Hope they are truly a D3 swingweight, my Razr Hawk is under D 1
    as delivered. Go Callaway!!

  11. Mike

    January 11, 2013 at 12:02 pm

    You heard it here first! The best drivers of 2013 are (in alphabetical order): Adams Speedline Super S and LS, Callaway X-Hot and X-Hot Pro, and Nike VR_S Covert and Covert Tour! We are talking performance here, not hype or looks.

  12. Endural

    January 9, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    They should have included a weight port for swing weight adjustments

    • SB

      March 24, 2013 at 3:41 pm

      Try the Razr Fit Xtreme if you are looking for moveable weights…

      Callaway has started to comeback after TM controlling the market for a few years.

  13. goodgolfer64

    January 5, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    well they cant be any worse than the razr fit FW range imho….so easier to get airborne presumably….not a big fan of the TM R11 range..feel dead in the head to me…..so be curious to see how these fly…..

  14. RobH

    January 5, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    Not sure what Andy means by out of sync and tacky colors. They are Black, red, and white. If I am not mistaken, the same colors as his R11? I don’t think they are running away from the industry, it’s just that everyone is doing something unique now. Who is the new standard? Taylormade with a white head, Cobra with multi-colored heads, Ping has black, Titleist has Black. If anything, it’s Taylormade that has been running away from the industry. They just have a bigger marketing budget to pay tour pros to use the driver which drives product sales.

    • Andy

      January 7, 2013 at 4:40 am

      This is only my opinion, but these clubs look awful. Dull crowns and underneath the design looks cheap and tacky. I’d love to see Callaway coming back at the market leader, but I see these clubs as setting them even further behind.

      This years most talked-about and anticipated designs are the polar opposite of these . TM, Cobra and Nike are all going to be taking market share away from Callaway. Even in terms of marketing and publicity they are bad news because all the others are instantly recognisable on TV, whereas these are very nondescript.

      • Mitch

        January 16, 2013 at 3:10 pm

        Face it man, you’re mad because callaways new drivers maintain the classy and clean look rather than selling out and making a red driver (nike) a rainbow of drivers (cobra) or a god damn race car driver (taylormade).

        to me, these look great. and from the way they are being reviewed, i anticipate them to be the driver i buy this year. GO CALLAWAY

        • Enzo

          January 16, 2013 at 8:40 pm

          I hit the XHot today and it performed better than Titleist 913, Nike and TM. Both models are really good. Preordered mine this afternoon.

          • Vin

            June 24, 2013 at 7:50 am

            I tested Taylor made RBZ and R11, Ping G20 and G25 and then just out of interest tried the Calloway X hot.
            Not only did it sit squarely at address but it was easily 20-30 yards further every time and direction was good too.
            The crown may be dull grey but aren’t we supposed to look at the ball whilst swinging, rather than the club head?
            I took it to the range yesterday and was blon away by the carry. Can’t wait to unleash it on the course…….

  15. Jason Bell

    January 5, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I like what they have done here. Like any club I try its more about performance than the look. So i cant wait to try theses out. The new TM stuff is too out there for me so I am glad there are a few simple designs (especially) on the crowns out there. Love the look of the pro versions as well as the new razr forged irons and the Xtreme driver.

  16. Hunt

    January 4, 2013 at 8:24 am

    Pro is the best looking driver Callaway has produced! And the 3 wood looks sweet as well!

  17. Andy

    January 4, 2013 at 8:11 am

    To me these just look so wrong, and so out of sync with where the rest of the golfing world is going. It’s like Callaway are deliberately trying to run away from everything happening in the industry. Not only dull colours but tacky too.

    I’ve had 3 sets of irons from Callaway and 2 Drivers, but right now they are a million miles away from the R11 I currently use. I can’t see me buying anything from them for a long time if these clubs are anything to go by.

    • spokane

      January 28, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      taylormade makes clubs for kids. enjoy those toys child.

      • chris

        February 6, 2013 at 1:35 am

        You may not like the color but I would tell you atleast try he xhot 3 wood and see what you think. I cant tell you how fast im trying to get rid of my rbz 13.5 3 wood to pic this 3 wood up. 15 dg calli was 15 or so yrd fartehr than rbz 13.5.. ball flies off this club.not sure about xhot drivers..

    • Cian

      April 15, 2013 at 5:35 am

      Why do you really care what colour it is? This is the most ridiculous point I have seen in a while if it gets me 30 yards I wouldn’t care if it was modeled to look like a turd.

    • Josh

      May 31, 2013 at 5:06 pm

      I disagree, the New line of Callaway drivers are great, taylormade is way to overrated and sucks in my opinion Andy.

    • JB

      July 22, 2013 at 10:18 pm

      Taylormade is the Jersey Shore of golf equipment

  18. pinhigh18

    January 3, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Aesthetically speaking, the muted, flat finish on the crown is a step in the right direction in my book.

  19. Brian Cass

    January 3, 2013 at 2:13 pm

    A 45.75 inch driver? No thanks.

    • Bogey Guy

      February 10, 2013 at 9:15 am

      I was at Golf Galaxy yesterday watching a guy testing several new drivers. He kept getting 220-225 until he hit the Cally X-hot 2013 driver, all of the sudden he got 250-260 according to the simulator. I could not believe my own eyes… How could it be? that means he has increased SS by approx 10 mph, how could it be ???

  20. Ian harris

    January 3, 2013 at 10:52 am

    3 wood adjustable?

    • Zak Kozuchowski

      January 4, 2013 at 10:15 am

      Not adjustable

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