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Callaway X2 Hot Pro Irons Review

Callaway X2 Hot Pro Irons Review

Callaway X2 Hot Pro Irons Review: $562.50 (five piece) to $899.99 (eight piece) 

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The 2014 Callaway X2 Hot Pro Irons Review by 2nd Swing Golf Blog.

The Callaway X2 Hot Pro Irons set is very similar to Callaway’s standard X2 Hot Irons.  However, Callaway’s X2 Hot Pro Irons have less offset and a more compact head. I would recommend these irons to a mid-handicap to high-handicap player because of the pleasant forgiveness these irons provide.

 

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These irons are very similar to COBRA BiO CELL and Titleist 714 AP2 irons. The new X2 Hot Irons are cheaper than the Titleist irons, and a similar price to the COBRA BiO CELL line. In fact, I also hit the COBRA BiO Cell irons and noticed that the launch of the X2 Hot Pro irons was quite low and came off with not as much spin as I would require to stop the ball on firmer greens or longer shots.  

 

 

Overall, Callaway X2 Hot Pro Irons will give you confidence. And if you simply want to improve your ball striking and hit the ball farther, these just might be your clubs.

Technology (9.2 out of 10.0)

The Callaway X2 Hot Pro has improved forgiveness as the center of gravity (CG) is lower and forward in the face. This is where most players make contact on their iron shots, especially higher handicap players. This also helps shots hit below the sweet spot to retain more launch angle and minimize miss-hits.

Like the standard version, the Callaway X2 Hot Pro Irons set also is cast from stainless steel, which is a more cost-efficient way to make irons compared to forged iron options.  

X2 Hot Pro iron

Looks (8.7 out of 10.0)

The sole width — or face to back — of the iron has been thinned out, which makes the iron look more like a player’s iron as opposed to a high-handicap player’s iron while at address. However, since I play forged irons with a thin top edge, this iron’s top edge was too thick for me.

The Callaway X2 Hot Pro Irons set also no longer has the undercut cavity it had in last year’s X Hot Pro model, giving the iron a much more compact look. The 2014 Callaway X2 Hot Pro Irons set also has less offset, giving each a cleaner look that lower-handicap players prefer.

You can see here the slight blade design difference between the X2 Hot and X2 Hot irons.

You can see here the slight blade design difference between the X2 Hot and X2 Hot irons.

And here's a look at the X2 Hot and X2 Hot Pro irons' backs side by side.

And here’s a look at the X2 Hot and X2 Hot Pro irons’ backs side by side.

Performance (8.5 out of 10.0)

The Callaway X2 Hot Pro Irons set had a very low launch but very penetrating ball flight, with not much spin. This increased the carry distance of my current 6-iron from 184 yards to 190 yards. However, the total distance the ball went was increased from 194 yards to 207 yards.

I could use the extra six yards of carry, but I wouldn’t want to sacrifice the softer, higher landing of my current irons for the extra distance. Into the wind, these irons would be awesome, but good luck stopping the ball on firm greens.  

X2 Hot Pro iron

 

Final thoughts (Overall: 8.7 out of 10.0)

The ball did go farther, but at what cost?

I was pleasantly surprised with the feel, and large sweet spot on the club, when I miss-hit any shots. But not having as much control to stop the ball on the greens because it did not have much spin with a low launch could be a problem. You better hope the greens are soft.

Overall, Callaway X2 Hot Pro Irons will give you confidence. And if you simply want to improve your ball striking and hit the ball farther, these just might be your clubs.

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