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Posted 28 August 2012 - 02:48 AM

View Postjoeclothing, on 28 August 2012 - 12:13 AM, said:

What's everyone thinking....steel or graphite? I'm thinkin' steel for me:)

Yep. Same here. I'm all over these.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 05:23 AM

View PostTheMoneyShot, on 27 August 2012 - 08:22 PM, said:

View Postsmackygolf, on 27 August 2012 - 08:15 PM, said:

View PostTheMoneyShot, on 27 August 2012 - 07:04 PM, said:


I have that feeling that you are right.  With EE winning the Open with these I would expect Cally to price these a little higher than recent offerings.  It will be interesting in seeing the shaft offerings the have for this too.

No. That is too high. With the wholesale prices being what they are, expect the prices to be very near what I posted earlier.

If they attach this club to the TA line it will be very high.  I would think $250 may be spot on.

Again, regardless of whether it is a "TA" line or not, with the wholesale prices being what they are, it will NOT be $250. Trust me.

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 07:35 AM

View Postcbcrews, on 27 August 2012 - 05:18 PM, said:

callaway pricing list online for retailers has the MSRP at 250 for steel and 290 for graphite. Im not sure what they will be in stores maybe $199 steel $249 graphite
Link?  Or is that one of those backroom, industry-insiders kind of things?
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Posted 28 August 2012 - 09:30 AM

Dear Callaway,

Please make the stock shaft offerings Dynamic Gold, Project X PXi and KBS C-taper.  Also, start offering PXi and C-taper for custom irons, as well as DG-spinner for wedges.

Sincerely,
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Posted 28 August 2012 - 09:35 AM

P.S. You will sell a lot more of these if the prices are reasonable.  I think the most I would like to pay is $200 stock steel and maybe $250 stock graphite if they put a real, good stock graphite shaft.  Diamana Thump perhaps?  Personally, I still want a C-taper I think

p.p.s. That patent looks awesome!  Just like an FT Tour head which I am gaming and love.  Can't wait for that to come out!

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 10:55 AM

View Postlukesmurf59, on 28 August 2012 - 09:30 AM, said:

Dear Callaway, Please make the stock shaft offerings Dynamic Gold, Project X PXi and KBS C-taper. Also, start offering PXi and C-taper for custom irons, as well as DG-spinner for wedges. Sincerely, the guy who will be first in line to buy one of these, 18* C-taper S.

View Postlukesmurf59, on 28 August 2012 - 09:35 AM, said:

P.S. You will sell a lot more of these if the prices are reasonable. I think the most I would like to pay is $200 stock steel and maybe $250 stock graphite if they put a real, good stock graphite shaft. Diamana Thump perhaps? Personally, I still want a C-taper I think p.p.s. That patent looks awesome! Just like an FT Tour head which I am gaming and love. Can't wait for that to come out!

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 11:00 AM

does anyone know if they will be available in different lie angles?

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Posted 28 August 2012 - 11:07 AM

View PostFornesto, on 28 August 2012 - 11:00 AM, said:

does anyone know if they will be available in different lie angles?

Doubtful, but you can order anything you want. Custom orders are great and you shouldn't be upcharged for it at all outside of the shaft and/or grip.
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Posted 30 August 2012 - 07:00 AM

Press release this morning guys....

Callaway Announces Retail Availability Of The X Utility Prototype Irons

Tour proven and Open Championship winning clubs to be made available at select U.S. retailers on Dec. 1st
                                        
CARLSBAD, Calif., August 30, 2012 – Callaway Golf Company (NYSE: ELY) announced today that the X Utility Prototype irons, available only to Tour professionals up to this point, will be released commercially in the United States and available at select retailers as of December 1st. The announcement was made at the Company’s national sales meeting, taking place this week north of San Diego.Callaway’s X Utility Prototype Irons were designed by Roger Cleveland and introduced to the Company’s Tour staff prior to the 2012 U.S. Open. Their introduction sparked a wave of interest on the PGA Tour that extended beyond Callaway’s staff professionals and the clubs soon stood atop the list of utility irons in play at PGA Tour events. Designed to replace the 2-, 3- and 4-irons that many players have been gravitating away from over the last several years, the X Utility Prototype Irons found an immediate home in the bags of several of the world’s best players, including Phil Mickelson, Branden Grace and Ernie Els. Els employed all three X Utility Prototypes en route to capturing his fourth Major victory last month at The Open Championship, held at Royal Lytham & St. Annes.


“Utility irons are not new to the game, but the X Utility Prototypes feature a state-of-the-art forged construction that delivers a combination of distance, speed, feel and control that has been lacking in this important area of a player’s bag for some time,” said Luke Williams, Callaway’s Global Director of Woods and Irons. “Many players have replaced their long irons with hybrids, which are easier to hit, but the X Utility Protoypes offer a level of precision that our Tour staff has been very pleased with, plus these clubs offer a tighter dispersion than hybrids on mis-hits. The amount of excitement that our X Utility Prototype Irons have generated on Tour and among the avid followers of golf equipment has been overwhelming and underscores our commitment to develop and introduce exciting new designs through work with the best players in the world.”

Available in three lofts (18, 21, 24 degrees), the Callaway X Utility Prototype Irons are made with a hollow forged construction of 1020 carbon steel, a tungsten sole to precisely dial-in the CG location, and a high-strength maraging steel face that promotes high ball speeds. Each iron features also features removable weights on the sole that range from two to eight grams in two-gram increments that allow players to make swingweight adjustments to fit individual needs surrounding specific length, shaft and grip options. Callaway’s X Utility Prototype Irons will feature a new product introduction retail price of $199/steel and $229 with graphite shafts.

“I didn’t expect the [PGA Tour] players to gravitate much towards the 24-degree version,” added Roger Cleveland, Callaway’s Chief Designer. “I thought that loft would more address the needs of the Champions Tour, LPGA and skilled amateur golfers, but the guys on the PGA Tour put them right into play. Ernie Els immediately adopted all three and asked, ‘Where is the rest of the set?’”

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 07:15 AM

Awesome! Thanks for the update.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 07:26 AM

And this, IMO, is a very very good start.

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Callaway’s X Utility Prototype Irons will feature a new product introduction retail price of $199/steel and $229 with graphite shafts.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 07:30 AM

Wow this is awesome. I will defiantly be buying 2. Now I have to get some Diamana Thumps on order! Good job Callaway!

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 09:05 AM

Looks like the Diablo Tour hybrids have had their last season of work! On to the new X Utility!
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Posted 30 August 2012 - 09:13 AM

And Callaway gave The Wrx the scoop from the FB link!  It comes right to GolfWrx!  Nice!

And nice price point!  These are going to sell like crazy!

Edited by tbowles411, 30 August 2012 - 09:14 AM.


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Posted 30 August 2012 - 09:23 AM

View PostPuppetmaster, on 30 August 2012 - 07:26 AM, said:

And this, IMO, is a very very good start.

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Callaway’s X Utility Prototype Irons will feature a new product introduction retail price of $199/steel and $229 with graphite shafts.

http://www.golfwrx.c...30#entry5543863

Guess I was off on the steel....


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Posted 30 August 2012 - 10:54 AM

Great news...now if we can just get Titleist to come on board with their utility iron as well.  (You're welcome :secret: )
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Posted 30 August 2012 - 10:59 AM

US only?

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 07:56 PM

View PostHipCheck, on 30 August 2012 - 07:00 AM, said:

Ernie Els immediately adopted all three and asked, ‘Where is the rest of the set?’”


i wouldn't mind seeing them add additional lofts.

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 08:00 PM

View Postdriverhead, on 30 August 2012 - 07:56 PM, said:

View PostHipCheck, on 30 August 2012 - 07:00 AM, said:

Ernie Els immediately adopted all three and asked, ‘Where is the rest of the set?’”


i wouldn't mind seeing them add additional lofts.

Maybe it is in the works now?

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Posted 30 August 2012 - 08:22 PM

Well done Callaway! Can't wait to try it out..... BUT, 2 hundy is just a little too much!!


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Posted 31 August 2012 - 08:16 AM

View Postarmydiver, on 30 August 2012 - 08:22 PM, said:

Well done Callaway! Can't wait to try it out..... BUT, 2 hundy is just a little too much!!

If retail is $199 and $229, they will likely be on eBay for 20-30 percent less in a matter of time.
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Posted 31 August 2012 - 07:27 PM

Is this more of a hybrid replacement, or could you use the 18 degree off the tee as a driving iron?

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 07:32 PM

View PostCTEagle, on 31 August 2012 - 07:27 PM, said:

Is this more of a hybrid replacement, or could you use the 18 degree off the tee as a driving iron?

I don't see why you could not use this as a driving iron. I really think Callaway has a winner with these, i've not seen this much hype around a Callaway offering in quite some time.
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Posted 31 August 2012 - 08:07 PM

View Postlukesmurf59, on 28 August 2012 - 09:30 AM, said:

Dear Callaway,

Please make the stock shaft offerings Dynamic Gold, Project X PXi and KBS C-taper.  Also, start offering PXi and C-taper for custom irons, as well as DG-spinner for wedges.

Sincerely,
the guy who will be first in line to buy one of these, 18* C-taper S.

they do offer c taper.

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 08:32 PM

Are they gonna offer lefty version?


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Posted 31 August 2012 - 08:58 PM

Dear 5 Wood,

    I would like to thank you for the past year and a half. We have had some good times. I just hate to inform you that you will be replaced sometime within the next 90 days. Callaway is FINALLY bringing there tour popular X Utility Prototype to the public. As soon as possible I will be ordering one for your replacement. I would like to still ask for your cooperation and continued hard work through this hard time.   P.S. I will still bring you out of the house for some fresh air every now and then.


  Sincerly,

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Posted 31 August 2012 - 09:05 PM

Gents,

Word is that most of the tour pro's are using the X Utility with the same shaft that they use in their irons and play it about .25 to .50" over the length of the std equivalent.

I've got an 18* on the way and will post a review after a few uses.

The company is very excited about the launch of the 2013 line. There is some great stuff coming out. Stay tuned!

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 03:50 PM

http://www.4-traders...Irons-14480410/

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 03:52 PM

View Postmasonaw92, on 01 September 2012 - 03:50 PM, said:


Great find!

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Posted 01 September 2012 - 09:03 PM

I might give the 21 and 24 a try to see how they feel and if they fit my game and gaps better than my 22 degree hybrid.

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