Looking for a premium women’s set? Here is a top pick from the GolfWRX editors.
Our testers have had Callaway’s 2013 line of X Hot women’s clubs in play for several weeks, and have both commented on how the distance the irons fly has made the game much more enjoyable for them.
The women’s versions use all the technology of Callaway’s GolfWRX Editor’s Choice-winning X Hot woods and irons, making them a top choice for a women who need more height and forgiveness from their clubs than the men’s versions can provide.
And how can you deny the looks of Callaway’s X Hot lineup going to a pink-and-gray scheme?
One of our testers, who is a higher handicap golfer, has always struggled with getting fairway woods off the ground. She said that the X Hot women’s fairway wood is by far the highest-launching and easiest to hit model she has ever gamed.
The whole set looks great, and put together with the XTT Xtreme Cart Bag in grey, the clubs look even more attractive.
You can’t deny the looks of Callaway’s X Hot lineup going to a pink-and-gray scheme is hot!
X Hot’s adjustable Speed Frame Face allows you to set the face angle in an Open, Square or Closed position to fine tune the trajectory and appearance you’re looking for at address.
The X Hot driver has also received a lot of praise from our testers. Both tested the 13.5-degree HT driver, and are hitting the club higher and farther than their previous drivers. Our testers have also enjoyed the fact that they can adjust the face angle of the club. They used Callaway’s OptiFit Hosel to close the driver’s face and get their shots started closer to the center line.
Like the men’s version, the women’s X Hot driver has three different face angle positions (Open, Square or Closed) to help golfers get the look and flight they need to play their best. It also has the company’s Speed Frame Face, which improves ball speed on mishits.
Callaway’s women’s X Hot driver comes with a lightweight, “W-flex” version of True Temper’s Project X Velocity shafts, which helps create a higher launch for more carry. The irons also come with a proprietary PXv shaft that boosts speed and launch.
The deeper undercut cavity on Callaway’s women’s X Hot irons helps create a higher launch and more ball speed over a larger area of the face.
Odyssey’s Women’s Divine putters are offered in shorter lengths than the men’s versions (32, 33 and 34 inches), with heavier head weights (350 grams) to optimize the feel of the putters.
They come in three popular shapes — 2Ball, Rossie and blade (similar to Odyssey’s No. 1 putter) — and have an insert with a feel that Callaway’s testing showed women preferred.
Callaway’s HEX Solaire Golf Ball has an S-Tech core with a lower compression than the company’s other offerings. That helps provide an extremely soft feel off the clubface, as well as improved accuracy and distance for women with slower club head speeds.
Its special HEX Aerodynamics helps create a long, penetrating flight and that is a better fit for low-speed, low-lift players. The pearlescent finish creates a stylish, elegant appearance on the course, and it’s also available in a vivid pink.
You can see the setup looks awesome on a cart. The strap of the bag is in the back side where it belongs. If you are not going to carry your bag or take a caddie, than this cart bag is the best choice.
Anyone play a 9-wood? – GolfWRXers discuss
In our forums, our members have been discussing 9-woods. WRXer ‘Uglande’ wants to know if there is a place for the 9-wood in the bag, especially after the revival of 7-woods in the modern game, saying:
“4-iron is a tricky spot for a lot of us, and I have never gotten along with hybrids. Is bagging a 9 wood that crazy of an idea? If Dustin Johnson can hit a 7 wood, why isn’t a 9 wood a realistic choice for the rest of us mortals?”
And our members have been having their say on the matter in our forum.
Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.
- tbowles411: “Sure do. Love it. It gives me around 200 yards off the tee and off the deck. It makes the long game easier for me, by a LOT!”
- Feelingofgreatness: “9 wood is generally higher MOI, higher launching and across the spectrum more backspin and less hook bias.”
- Argonne69: “Yeah, I replaced my 4h with a 9w a few seasons ago. I had trouble getting the hybrid airborne at times, but the 9w launches easily. I also have a 7w.”
- mosesgolf: “Yup. I love mine, which replaced the 4 iron. It is so much easier to hit and elevate.”
Wells Fargo Championship Tour Truck Report: Rory’s new (old) irons, Bryson’s proto 2-wood, Jason Day is SIK
The tour trucks rolled into North Carolina this week for the Wells Fargo Championship. With the second major of the season — the PGA Championship at the Ocean Course — just two weeks away, players are keen to fine tune (if things are going well) or find answers (if things are going…less well).
For example, searching for answers and 98th in strokes gained: putting, Jason Day was spotted grinding away on a Quail Hollow putting green with a SIK Flo C-Series putter in hand and an EyeLine Mirror at his feet. The long-time TaylorMade Spider devotee was acclimating himself to the flatstick’s unique Descending Loft Technology.
If you’re unfamiliar, the company describes the tech as follows
“We have four flat surfaces that are milled into our putter face. Each plane descends in loft by 1° from the top of the face to the bottom of the face. When your shaft is pressed at impact the ball contact will be higher on the face, same is true in reverse. DLT delivers consistent launch angles from putt to putt which lead to more consistent and predictable rolls.”
Beyond J-Day, also in the department of seekers, Rory McIlroy, who already reverted from P7MB irons to P730 this season, is rumored to be turning back the clock even further.
Specifically, the Ulsterman was spotted with his 2017 TaylorMade Rors Proto irons.
As mentioned above, Rory McIlory returned to his 2017 Rors Proto irons. McIlroy began the season with P7MB irons before switching back to P730 blades.
Ryan Barath offered some context on the prototypes: “The Rors Protos were part of the custom series of irons made for a number of prominent TaylorMade staff players, including Dustin Johnson and (at the time) Justin Rose. They all featured slightly tweaked profiles of the TaylorMade P730 blade, featuring either a unique grind or blade length profile.”
Lanto Griffin is moving back to a TSi2 driver (from TSi3) for more launch and forgiveness.
Jimmy Walker is testing a TSi3 fairway wood (15 degrees) and a U500 2-iron.
Bill Haas is testing the Pro V1x Left Dash.
Non-staffer Rafael Campos is testing 620 MB irons with Mitsubishi MMT shafts.
Also a non-staffer, Scott Piercy is testing Pro V1x Left Dash.
Phil Mickelson is testing a Fujikura Ventus Blue 8 X shaft in his Mavrik Sub Zero 4-wood.
Tom Lewis had a 14-degree Callaway Epic Speed Triple Diamond built. Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X shaft.
Bryson DeChambeau has a new RadSpeed Big Tour Bryson Prototype. According to Cobra’s Ben Schomin, it’s the same head size and shape as the retail Big Tour, but it’s lower lofted (being played at 10.5 degrees) and features a glued hosel. Most apparently, however, the club features small rails, which were added after the fact for better strike consistency/less digging. BAD has also returned to his Cobra King LTD driver (pictured below).
Jason Dufner was testing a prototype (presumably 3D printed) putter.
Rickie Fowler tested multiple Fujikura Ventus Red driver shafts on the range; was also working with a Fujikura MCI Practice shaft in an iron.
Ping staffer Rob Oppenheimer plans to put a two-driver setup in play. One is eight degrees in loft and the other is 10.5.
Also in the in-hand look department, we were able to check out the new Gen4 0311 T and ST irons.
Pat Perez looks to have returned to his Gen4 0311 P irons after a detour to Gen2’s.
Free agents, others
Charl Schwartzel is testing a TwoThumb putter grip.
Rafa Campos reshafted his Mizuno MP-20 irons with KBS TGI 110 shafts.
Scott Garrison installed a LAGP putter shaft in Jhonny Vegas’ Cameron.
Rory McIlroy switches back to TaylorMade Rors Proto irons at Wells Fargo
It has been a busy equipment week at the Wells Fargo Championship with lots of new gear debuting out on tour, but for world number 15 Rory McIlroy, it’s been less about new stuff and more about reuniting with something older: his TaylorMade Rors Proto irons.
We were on the first tee Wednesday morning to spot Rory tee off with his pro-am partners and that is where we spied the Ulsterman with his old set back in the bag.
To provide a bit of a refresher, the Rors Protos were part of the custom series of irons made for a number of prominent TaylorMade staff players, including Dustin Johnson and (at the time) Justin Rose. They all featured slightly tweaked profiles of the TaylorMade P730 blade, featuring either a unique grind or blade length profile.
There is no question Rory’s game has not been up to his standard recently, and he has been messing around with iron shafts over the last couple of months with the goal of dialing in distance control and dispersion. With the PGA Championship quickly approaching at Kiawah Island, a course where Rory won the 2012 PGA by an astonishing eight shots, this looks to be a switch made for the sake of comfort and trying to find something to get him back into form.
You can join the discussion about the switch here in the GolfWRX forums: Rory is back to the Rors Proto iron at Wells Fargo Championship
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