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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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Ben Hogan adds GS53 MAX driver to lineup

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Ben Hogan golf is throwing its Hogan flat cap into the ring and entering the MAX driver-category with the introduction of the all-new 460cc GS53 MAX driver.

The GS53 MAX creates extra forgiveness, thanks in part to its multi-material construction and a 22-percent larger and 11-percent taller face than the current GS53. For those that love the original GS53, don’t worry it will continue to remain in the line, with the new MAX being a line extension for those looking to get extra help on shots missed around the face.

The driver is constructed from 4 distinct pieces

  • Carbon composite crown to reduce mass around the top of the driver’s head and to push more mass low to increase MOI.
  • Forged face for precision, and ball speed
  • Titanium soleplate with perimeter mass
  • Tungsten weight at the rear of the sole to further increase MOI and help increase launch while reducing spin.

Thanks in part to the weight savings from the crown, the titanium soleplate has more mass positioned away from the face and around the edges to increase the stability of the head, and to acoustically tune the driver for a solid sound at impact.

“The combination of the lightweight composite crown and tungsten sole weight allows us to position the Center of Mass so that we maximize launch while decreasing the amount of ball spin. This provides a higher ball flight, especially for players who don’t have Tour-caliber clubhead speeds for increased carry and roll out. “
– Scott White, CEO, Ben Hogan Golf Company.

The GS53 MAX driver will initially be available right-handed and come in lofts of 9° and 10.5°. It will be adjustable using their proprietary hosel adjustment system known as “flight control”, which offers the ability to add or decrease loft by 1° and lie angle all while never having to worry about realigning the shaft/grip.

The last part of the driver puzzle is the shafts options and to increase the value to consumers the GS53 MAX comes with the choice of three premium aftermarket shafts including:

  • Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black for golfers seeking a lower trajectory
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei CK Blue for golfers seeking a mid trajectory
  • UST Mamiya Helium for those seeking a higher trajectory

Price, specs, and availability 

Thanks to Ben Hogan Golf’s direct-to-consumer model, the new 460cc GS53 MAX, is available starting today fior $355.00 with the choice of the 3 premium shaft options.

For more information on other Ben Hogan clubs including fairway woods, hybrids, irons, wedges, and putters or to purchase the GS53 MAX Driver visit www.benhogangolf.com.

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U.S. retail golf equipment sales exceed record $1 billion mark

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This summer, golf saw a surge in business as states emerged from COVID lockdown and equipment sales is one of the areas that has been booming.

On Wednesday, Golf Datatech, an industry research firm, announced that U.S. retail golf equipment sales surpassed the $1 billion mark for the third quarter – which is the first time sales have reached $1 billion for July, August and September.

That figure also represents the second-highest quarter ($1.013 billion in Q2, 2008) of all-time, and per Golf Datatech, golf equipment sales for 2020 are up a whopping 42% over the same period in 2019.

Speaking on the incredible surge in equipment sales, John Krzynowek, Partner, Golf Datatech, LLC, said

“The story keeps getting better as golf continues to surge coming out of the shutdown, and Q3 equipment sales suggests that 2020 will likely end up positive for the entire year. Year-to-date sales for total equipment are now up 0.2% compared to 2019, and considering the size of the hole created by the shutdown in April and May this recovery has been nothing short of remarkable. While the US economy will not enjoy a ‘V Shaped Recovery’ in 2020, if golf continues on this trajectory we will be there soon.”

Per the company, the best selling items for September were golf bags at +19% and wedges at +18%, while golf shoes were +2%.

Overall, the golf club category was +0.9% for the month, with balls and gloves trending slightly lower at -2.7%. Krzynowek also revealed that rounds played was another area with surging numbers:

“These month-over-month sales records are unlike anything we’ve ever seen since Golf Datatech started tracking performance data in 1997. Our Rounds Played data also shows similar record-breaking growth over the past several months, which is a strong indication that avid golfers and newcomers alike are driving the sport to new levels right now.”

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‘Play a big driver. Why not big irons?’ – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the case for big irons. WRXer ‘2Down’ plays a Ping G410+ driver and has recently put Ping’s G710 irons in the bag, saying:

“Wondered how many play a large headed driver and play a draw or fade off the tee but when they pull an iron it’s some blade size thing so they can “work” the ball.

Recently I put G710 in the bag and answered my question for myself. They feel different for sure, but I am quickly adapting to only bringing the putter with me to the green.”

Our members have been discussing the combination 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.

  • Itsjustagame: “Personal preference but big irons tend to have more bounce, more offset and wider soles some or all of which may not suit a particular player.”
  • Fairway14: “Driver is played from a lie with the ball sitting on a tee, irons are played from a variety of lie types.”
  • J13: “They don’t really make “big” irons for players. Most have offset low CG for high launch, and super strong lofts.”
  • LeoLeo99: “I love my big irons. G400. Best I’ve ever used.”

Entire Thread: “Play a big driver. Why not big irons?”

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