Callaway’s X Hot Pro 3Deep is the third and lowest-spinning version of Callaway’s X Hot line of fairway woods to hit the PGA Tour this year.
Three different models might seem like overkill, but according to Luke Williams, senior director of global woods and irons for Callaway, they’re necessary because changing to a new 3 wood is one of the toughest equipment changes for a Tour player.
“With 3 woods, there’s two different camps,” Williams said. “There’s players that hit their 3 woods primarily off the tee and others who use it mostly off the fairway. The longer hitters use it mostly off the tee, because they very rarely are far enough out on a par 5 to need it.”
The X Hot Pro 3Deep was designed for the Tour’s longest players, those that want a very low-spinning 3 wood that they can hit almost as far as their driver off the tee. It features a noticeably deeper, or taller face, making it 25 cubic centimeters larger than the more shallow-faced X Hot Pro model.
It seems illogical that Tour players would want a driver and 3 wood that go close to the same distance, but according to Williams, it’s a setup many players use to help them shape shots both ways off the tee.
The main influencer behind the X Hot Pro 3Deep’s design was Phil Mickelson, who carries a 13-degree model and a Callaway Razr Fit Xtreme driver. Mickelson’s driver is weighted in such a way that it has a slight fade bias, which allows him to more easily create the right-to-left ball flight he prefers for control off the tee.
But if Mickelson wants to hit a draw, he can opt for his 3Deep, which is easier for him to turn over. According to Williams, the weighting of Mickelson’s 3 wood is very similar to his driver, but the 3 wood’s smaller head places the center of gravity closer to the shaft. That, combined with the fact that his 3 wood has more loft, makes it easier for him to shape shots left to right.
The X Hot Pro 3Deep is available in one loft for lefties, 13 degrees, and two lofts for righties, 13 and 14.5 degrees. The 13-degree head measures 185 cubic centimeters, while the 14.5 degree head is 180 CC’s.
Like the X Hot Pro, the 3Deep three woods feature the same 455-carpenter steel construction and warbird-inspired sole, and will come stock with True Temper Project X Velocity shafts in flexes of 5.5, 6.0 and 6.5. But they will measure 43.5 inches, 0.5-inches longer than similar X Hot Pro models.
They will be available April 19, and cost the same as the X Hot Pro fairway woods – -$229.
Check out the in-hand comparison photos we snapped of a 13-degree X Hot Pro 3Deep and 15-degree X Hot Pro fairway woods in the gallery below.