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Callaway’s new XR OS irons and hybrids



Callaway’s XR irons and hybrids from last year (the standard models, not the “Pro”) were classified as game-improvement clubs, industry code for high-launching, forgiving clubs with big profiles and wide soles. The new XR OS irons and hybrids — the “OS” stands for over-sized — are made to be super game-improvement clubs. That means they’re the highest launching, most forgiving irons and hybrids Callaway has made to date.

Who is the new XR OS line for? Golfers who are either inconsistent or have slow swing speeds, and need the longest, easiest-to-hit irons and hybrids possible. If you had interest Callaway Big Bertha irons, or super game-improvement clubs from another company, these are for you.

So what makes the XR OS line more forgiving, and how exactly will they help your game?


Callaway’s XR irons, released in 2015, were the first generation of irons to utilize Face Cup, a Callaway technology used to improve ball speed across the face, especially on mishits. The new XR OS irons have an improved Face Cup. The second-generation design has thinned out areas around the perimeter, making those areas faster, and a sweet spot located lower on the face where most high-handicap players tend contact the ball. The improvements give the XR OS irons higher ball speeds in the areas where golfers want to hit them (low and in the center of the face), as well as where they hit them when things go wrong.

Related: The best game-improvement irons of 2015

Many irons with extremely thin and fast faces can sacrifice feel due to the significant vibrations that can occur from such designs. To reduce those vibrations, Callaway engineers put TPU between the face and the cavity — called a “snubber” — ultimately improving sound and feel.

For a higher launch and better contact, Callaway redesigned the soles with a trailing-edge bevel. It has the two-fold benefit of moving the center of gravity (CG) lower and more rearward, as well reducing turf interaction to help golfers make cleaner contact for longer-flying, more consistent shots.

Another problem that high-handicappers and slow-swingers face is differentiating the distance their long irons fly. For instance, maybe their 3, 4 and 5 irons all carry within 5-10 yards of each other. That hardly justifies the need to have all these clubs in the bag. But with the XR OS irons, Callaway has added loft and length to the longer irons, helping golfers spread yardage gaps and establish proper spacing throughout the set.

Here’s a look at the progressive loft-gapping, showing the differences in lofts between irons throughout the set: 4-6 irons (3 degrees of change), 6-8 irons (3.5 degrees), 8-9 irons (4 degrees), 9-PW-AW-SW (5 degrees). All of the lofts are below:

  • 4-iron: 22 degrees
  • 5-iron: 25
  • 6-iron: 28
  • 7-iron: 31.5
  • 8-iron: 35
  • 9-iron: 39
  • PW: 44
  • AW: 49
  • SW: 54

The spacing makes creating a combo set more seamless since yardage gaps are more identifiable, according to Callaway.


The XR OS hybrids, like the irons, are the highest launching and most forgiving option in Callaway’s stable of hybrid offerings. They feature wider soles and larger profiles, and utilize the latest Hyper Speed Forged Face Cup for high ball speeds across the club face. They also have a low and back CG, a high moment of inertia (MOI) and increased draw-bias, making them easier to get airborne and turn over compared with the original XR hybrids.


A new sole, which Callaway calls “Dual-Keeled Utility,” is large, but is said to reduce ground contact by 50 percent, improving the versatility of the hybrids.

The XR OS hybrids (3, 4, 5, 6 and 7) come stock with a Mitsubishi Fubuki AT 60 shaft, and are available Jan. 22 for $219.99. The XR OS irons will be available on Jan. 22 in both steel, graphite, and combo-set offerings.

XR OS Pricing

  • Steel: $799.99
  • Graphite: $899.99,
  • Steel Combo Set: $899.99
  • Graphite Combo Pricing: $999.99
  • Available Irons: (4-SW)

See more photos and join the discussion in the forums.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.



  1. Furious Styles

    Jun 17, 2017 at 11:36 pm


  2. Eric

    Jan 17, 2016 at 9:55 pm

    Unbelievable. Go back 15 years ago, and their irons and hybrids look exactly the same as these. What a joke. Take a hint from titleist or ping and release clubs every other year.

  3. Philip

    Jan 14, 2016 at 11:04 pm

    Hard to believe an OEM got the loft gapping backwards…I do not know who is testing this stuff, but it is not the average golfer. How do they think reducing lofts in the lower irons increases yardages between the clubs. And increasing shaft lengths just guarantees poorer results for average golfers who struggle with lengths longer than 7 irons, let alone lengths for a 4 iron (with a 3 iron loft) that is longer than 1 irons used to be.

    • Marcus

      Jan 14, 2016 at 11:26 pm

      These types of clubs are designed with the novice golfer in mind. These golfers are not likely to be as consistent as the mid-low handicapper; they are more likely to be impressed and excited by the distance gains they get from lower lofts and longer shafts. They probably aren’t going to hit these clubs any more consistently than their half-an-inch shorter counterparts, so why would you focus on length and lofts for consistency when you can design a club with game-improvement tech and focus on distance? The vast majority of average players want to see distance gains.

      • Philip

        Jan 14, 2016 at 11:51 pm

        Except they would get likely get more distance with higher lofts and shorter lengths in the lower/mid irons as longer lengths only help if it doesn’t result in a worse impact. I reduced my lengths to improve my ball striking to great success when I was a mid-high handicapper and may just keep them shorter as I move forward. I was also experimenting with my lofts and decided to increase them 1-2 degrees to have 4 degree differences and was pleasantly surprised by my rather large distance gains (better ball flight for my setup) when I was willing to accept some yardage loses based on the current “wisdom” of the OEMs. For the longest time a 4 iron was 38 inches long and 24/25 degrees because the average golfer just couldn’t hit longer shafts or less loft with much success – at least until the marketing departments could show increases with an Iron Byron machine, which I am not. Besides, all I really care about is that there is only 3-4 months till the 2016 golf season! Cheers.

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2021 Virtual PGA Show: Things we loved, Day 1



As promised, we’re checking out all the digital booths at the 2021 Virtual PGA Show for items of intrigue and note, and we’ve found no shortage of interesting items.

Here are a few of our favorites from our first day of browsing.

(More on the 2021 Virtual PGA Show here)

Altaz rangefinder

That’s not a flip screen video camera—it’s an alternative to playing pirate with a telescope to acquire distances. 

Product description: Our rangefinder adds an external 3″ LCD screen which makes it much easier to search the target. No more twitching eye, sunglass in the way, or shakey hand, our rangefinder eliminates all the problems that many golfers experience. It is simple as using similar to digital camcorders, just point, and press. Golf will get the right distance to help them select the right club to improve their scores.


Sik Component Bag

We like this presentation of the buffet of options for Sik putters both for the fitting capabilities and the minimal use of shop square footage for retailers…and of course, if you’re a real gearhead, you just buy the thing for personal use. 

Product description: Become a SIK Golf retailer with SIK Golf’s Component Bag, a complete matrix of interchangeable heads, hosels, and gripped shafts that are ready to assemble into every possible SIK putter combination. The Component Bag also includes multiple standard shaft lengths and Armlock setups for your customers to test drive. Displayed and stored in a classic SIK Golf Staff Bag, featuring organized and compartmentalized drawers.


Custom Golf Bag Hoods

We’ve seen specialty bag hoods before, but nothing on the level that Custom Golf Bag Hoods is doing.

Company info: Custom Golf Bag Hoods was created so that golfers around the world could dress their bag up from the ugly black rain hood you get when you buy the golf bag which eventually you’ll end up losing or miss placing it. CGBH are made of water-resistant nylon fabric with a 24-inch zipper and vinyl leather piping to keep the hood upright and sturdy, velcro straps to secure it to the bag, and DIY button snaps to make your own buttons in the position of your existing snaps on your bag.


Areso Golf: RW Design Wedge

While we can’t speak to the feel or performance, the materials story is compelling and the aesthetics would definitely earn these wedges a test at a traditional PGA Show Demo Day!

Product info: RW Design Wedges are made from forging carbon steel and milled face for maximum spin around the greens. Grooves and face are machined for spin and face variable thickness controlled for performance.

Ecco: Biom H4 shoe

An enhanced, improved, and even more stylish version of one of the most popular designs on the market. What’s not to love?

Product description: The ECCO BIOM H4 is made in durable ECCO leather with a slick, micro-perforated embossing and GORE-TEX waterproof technology to keep your feet dry even in wet conditions. The new ECCO MTN GRIP outsole features our signature FLUIDFORM™ Technology, as well as an eye-catching PU midsole with TPU inserts on either side that securely hug your foot and offer added stability and support while you’re on the green.


Puttist Putting Meter 

We may be biased, as our James Chang covered the Puttist back in November, but this is one of the most unique training aids on the market. 

Product description: Puttist Inc. was established in 2009 for “PUTTIST”, the first putting meter in the world. Don’t practice, just have fun with distance-metering game up to 50ft. Your score will go up so naturally and no more suffering from 3-putt. That is why people call “PUTTIST” 3-putt Killer! Rechargeable and Plug-in model available for meter and feet. Just Putt & Win!


PuttView: The Book

There are plenty of green book vendors, but Puttview’s stylish presentation of the maximum amount of information allowed under USGA rules definitely caught our eye. 

Product description: PuttView’s “The Book” is the component that brings your indoor and outdoor experience together. Every detail of “The Book” was designed to help you save a shot under the most critical tournament situations. PuttView’s technology and attention to detail results in the most accurate book allowable under the Rules of Golf.


Stay tuned tomorrow for more products from the 2021 Virtual PGA Merchandise Show!

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Whats in the Bag

Jimmy Walker WITB 2021 (January)



Driver: Titleist TSI3 (8 degrees @7.25, D1 SureFit setting)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 7 X

3-wood: TaylorMade SIM (15 degrees @13.5) 
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 8 X

5-wood: Titleist TSi2 (18 degrees) 
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 9 X

Irons: Titleist T100 (4) Titleist 620 MB (5-9)
Shafts: True Temper AMT Tour White X100

Wedges: Titleist Vokey Design SM8 WedgeWorks (48-10F, 54-M, 60-04L), Titleist Vokey Design SM8 (64 degrees)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue  X100

Putter: Scotty Cameron GSS Newport 2 Custom

Ball: ’21 Titleist Pro V1x

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Whats in the Bag

Akshay Bhatia WITB 2021 (January)



Akshay Bhatia what’s in the bag accurate as of The American Express.

Driver: Callaway Epic Speed LS  (8.5 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZURDUS Smoke Green 65 6.5 TX

3-wood: Callaway Mavrik Sub Zero (15 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZURDUS Smoke Green 75 6.5 TX

Irons: Callaway X Forged UT Proto (3), Callaway Apex MB ’21 (4-PW)
Shafts: KBS TG Hybrid Proto 105 X (3), KBS $-Taper Black 125 S+ (4-PW)

Wedges: Callaway MD5 Jaws Raw (50-S, 54-S, 60-C)
Shafts: KBS $-Taper 125S+

Putter: Odyssey Stroke Lab Black Armlock 7

Grips: Iomic Sticky 2.3 Black

Ball: Callaway Chrome Soft X


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