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2013 Callaway X Hot and X Hot Pro Hybrids

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Callaway X Hot Pro Hybrid

Callaway’s X Hot and X Hot Pro Hybrids offer longer distances and more playability from a variety of lies thanks to thinner faces and a redesigned version of Callaway’s warbird sole.

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Above: Callaway X Hot (19 degrees)

Engineers were able to make the faces of the new hybrids 15 percent thinner than Callaway’s previous version, the 2012 RAZR X, thanks to a heat treatment called precipitation hardening, which means that the 17-4 stainless steel cup faces were essentially baked in the oven for a little while.

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Above: Callaway X Hot Pro (19 degrees)

According to Callaway, the thinner faces are more forgiving on mishits and add an average of 3 yards of distance when compared to the RAZR X hybrids.

Photos below of Callaway’s X Hot Hybrid (22 degrees) 


Above: Callaway X Hot (22 degrees)

The reworked Warbird sole of the X Hot hybrids features relief in the heel and toe (see how it makes the sole more “u shaped” in the pictures below), which makes the X Hot hybrids more playable from a wide variety of lies.

Callaway also made the lofts 2 degrees stronger than last year’s standard-model hybrids to fill in the gaps between the company’s longer-flying X Hot irons and soon-to-be-released X Hot fairway woods. In the Pro version, the company added a 16-degree model, and while the loft of the 18-degree model did not change, the 20-degree and 23-degree models are 1 degree stronger than the company’s offering from last year.

“We had to reconstitute these to fit the right spots in the bag,” said Dr. Alan Hocknell, vice president of R&D for Callaway.

Both models feature square face angles at address, but the Pro model offers smaller heads, less offset and shafts that are 0.75-inches shorter.

Click here for in-depth pictures and more discussion in the “Tour/Pre-release equipment” forum. 


Above: X Hot Pro Hybrid (23 degrees)

Click here for in-depth pictures and more discussion in the “Tour/Pre-release equipment” forum. 

Specs:

 

Shafts (Graphite):

  • X Hot: Light (60 grams), Regular (65 grams), Stiff (70 grams)
  • X Hot Pro: “Real Deal” Project X V — 5.5 (76 grams), 6.0 (77 grams)

Both the X Hot and X Hot Pro Hybrids will retail for $179.

Click here for in-depth pictures and more discussion in the “Tour/Pre-release equipment” forum. 

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  1. Don Wood

    Jul 28, 2014 at 3:31 am

    Where can I buy a HOT-X 6 hybrid and what is the cost?

  2. Mike

    Dec 28, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Very nice looking club. It sets up well to my eye and the matte black crown is smart looking. The only negative is the industry wide trend of going low profile with clubhead designs… I HATE LOW PROFILE!!!

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Jason Dufner testing a new Cobra 3D printed putter at the 2021 API

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Ahead of this week’s 2021 Arnold Palmer Invitational, Jason Dufner has been spotted with a new Cobra 3D printed putter. The 43-year-old has been testing the flat-stick on Bay Hill’s grounds ahead of this week’s event, and our members have been discussing the putter in our forums.

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.

  • ChxDigLongBall: “Dig the name. Looks pretty good. I’d give it a roll. Interested to see what it feels like.”
  • av1084: “Weird all around, in a good way.”
  • KAndyMan: “Can’t wait to see what the putter line up will consist of! Definitely a cool idea using 3d printing. The possibilities are endless with it. Would/will be a strange day in the future when you can get online, design your own one-off putter in the morning and have it at your door before your league tee time that afternoon.”

Entire Thread: “Jason Dufner testing a new Cobra 3D printed putter at the 2021 API”

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2021 TaylorMade Spider X, EX, S, and SR putters offer improved roll, feel, and forgiveness

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Building putters is about creating options and incorporating technology. For TaylorMade’s all-new Spider putters for 2021—including the Spider X Hydro Blast, EX, Spider S, and SR—it’s the little details that make big differences.

“With this new class of Spider putters, we focused on removing two of those variables: aim and alignment … While each putter brings something unique to the table, they are bonded by a foundation of forgiveness, stability, and True Path alignment that makes it easier to aim.” – Bill Price, Product Creation, Putters & Wedge

The idea of a “classic” golf club or putter shape won’t generally have people reminiscing about a TaylorMade Spider, but the design has been around for well over a decade—and although it has gone through some design tweaks over the years, the modern Spider is here to stay

Spider X Hydro Blast

This putter is all about small changes to an already great design with the most notable being the Hydro Blast finishing process. The new Spider X also features

  • The classic Spider X head shape, available in both a face-balanced double-bend and a smaller slant neck with 21 degrees of toe hang.
  • Multimaterial construction to offer maximum stability and increased MOI.
  • White True Path for a high-contrast look that is easy to align

Availability and Price

Preorder for the Spider X Hydro Blast starts today, March 2, with putters arriving at retail starting March 12 with a price of $279.99.

The new Spider X will be available in stock lengths of 33″, 34″, and 35″ be completed with a KBS Chrome C-Taper Stepless shaft and Super Stroke Pistol GTR 1.0 grip.

Spider EX

With the Spider EX, TaylorMade is flexing its putter design capabilities when it comes to face technology to improve roll and feel. The Spider EX features a new co-molded insert made of white TPU urethane and small aluminum beams angled at 45°. This combination of materials gets the ball up and rolling quicker and also creates a soft yet solid feel to improve player feedback.

Speaking of feedback and feel the Spider EX has a newly designed “Fluted feel” shaft with a more flexible portion starting 5″ below the tip to add stability while also maintaining a softer feel through the stroke,  and is slightly larger than the Spider X to increase MOI.

Availability and price

Preorder for the Spider EX starts today, March 2, with putters arriving at retail starting March 12 with a price of $349.99 – See chart for full color availability.

The stock options will include lengths of  33″, 34″, and 35″, the TaylorMade Fluted Feel shaft and to top it off a Super Stroke Pistol GTR 1.0 grip.

Spider S and SR

It’s about options and alignment. The Spider S uses geometry and topline sights to help golfers who prefer to use the width of the ball for accurate sighting.

The Spider S also offers the same Fluted Feel shaft and white TPU Pure roll insert to create a soft feel.

The Spider SR is the “Stability Monster” of the 2021 TaylorMade putter lineup and utilizes multiple weights around the head to raise MOI.

While the Spider S’s alignment system is for players who use the front of the putter, the SR places the True path alignment away from the face and between the wings. This allows golfers to use the clean topline and parallel wings to line up to the intended path while still offering a visual aid to behind the ball.

Availability and Price

The Spider S and SR putters will be available for preorder March 2 and will land at retail beginning April 9, with a price of $279.99. The stock configurations will include lengths of 33″, 34″, and 35 and they will be completed with a TaylorMade Fluted Feel shaft and to topped with a Super Stroke Pistol GTR 1.0 grip.

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Spider SR options

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‘Can’t seem to chip with forged wedges’ – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been trying to help out WRXer ‘RkoDavey’, who is struggling to chip with forged wedges. ‘RkoDavey’ kicks off the thread saying:

“For most of my golfing life, I’ve struggled to chip with my sand wedge but usually have no trouble when I use my gap wedge, and I’m starting to wonder if this is related to my equipment. My gap wedge is part of my P790 iron set, but no sand wedge is available, so I play an Adams Tom Watson forged 56-degree wedge (bounce is 13 degrees).

 I can’t tell you how many times I chunk little greenside chips with my Adams wedge, but if I chip with my gap wedge, the club seems to glide right through the turf, and I have much better results. My problems arise when I have little green to work with and need the ball to stop quick–my gap wedge simply isn’t the right tool for that type of shot.”

And he poses two questions for fellow members to help him out:

“First, is there something about forged wedges that makes them radically different from your typical gap wedge that comes with a set of irons? I had this same issue with the previous irons I owned, and I wonder if it’s my equipment or if it’s all in my head.

Second, what recommendations can you give for a 55 or 56-degree sand wedge that will perform similar to my gap wedge?”

Our members have been sharing their thoughts 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.

  • IPA4me: “Check the bounce. Also, consider cavity back wedges for the added forgiveness.”
  • mootrail: “You’re comparing your super hot face hollow body set wedge to an ancient stamping with zero modern wedge design parameters. They might be perfectly fine for some, but the first thing to do is to toss them out. There are a few hollow body wedges out there, but it’s your swing and conditions first. You need to get to the shop and test them out.”
  • jomatty: “I’d check the leading edge between the two clubs.”

Entire Thread: “‘Can’t seem to chip with forged wedges'”

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