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2014 Callaway X2 Hot Irons

2014 Callaway X2 Hot Irons

New Callaway X2 Hot Irons: $499.99 for five-piece steel set to $899.99 for eight-piece graphites 

The Callaway X2 Hot Irons set is one of Callaway’s new game-improvement irons lines for the mid- to high-handicap player.

The irons are comparable to TaylorMade SpeedBlades and Titleist 714 AP1 irons.  I really like the price point on these irons.

 

 

I hit the Titleist 714 AP1 irons; and I felt the Callaway X2 Hot Irons were far superior to the 714 AP1 irons. And $300 cheaper than Callaway Apex Irons.

The Callaway X2 Hot Irons set is intended to provide more forgiveness and increase ball speed using a deep undercut behind the face.

X2 Hot graphite iron

Look

I really liked the shiny finish to the iron without being distracting.  It was much sleeker than other game improvement irons I’ve hit.  The Project X shafts assisted in making an even sleeker look.

X2 Hot graphite iron

Performance

I immediately picked up on the low-penetrating ball flight and the increased distance.  I hit the irons side by side to the current irons I am playing (both 6 irons), and there was a 20-plus yard difference.  My standard 6 iron is 175 to 180 yards, and this one was carrying over 200 yards, but with a very noticeable lower ball flight.

I read one review that claimed the iron sounded “clanky,” but I couldn’t disagree more.  When I hit one pure, it felt and sounded like a players iron.

X2 Hot graphite iron

Final thoughts

Because of the 20-plus extra yards and the lower ball flight, I have to question the shaft length and loft between the Callaway X2 Hot Irons set and the irons I’m currently playing.  Regardless, if I was standing over a 200-yard approach shot with a 6 iron over a 4 iron, the confidence from grabbing a 6 iron would offset the actual loft or length of the irons.

Golf is more of a mental game than a physical one — and if grabbing an 8 iron over a 6 iron or a pitching wedge over an 8 iron gives you more confidence to hit the shot — why care what the loft or length is?  Go flag hunting!


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