Callaway X Hot

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Andy Roberts
Wed, 25 Sep 2013


Brand:
Callaway
Game improvement driver: X Hot
RRP: £249 Best price: £219
Lie: 58.5-degree Length: 46” Swing Weight: D3
Shaft: Project X Velocity 58 Grip: Callaway

Summary: The Callaway X Hot driver has been configured for blistering ball speeds and distance gains thanks to the brand’s powerfully fast and adjustable Speed Frame Face Technology that promotes consistent distance, even on off-centre hits. Comprising Callaway’s familiar OptiFit Hosel, the golfer can adjust the face angle open, square or closed for improved accuracy and trajectory.


Appearance:
The matte grey crown with black face and large, deep profile instills confidence at address, while the traditional Callaway chevron acted as a nice alignment aid in amongst the silent orange and grey colours at the top and bottom of the crown. 8.5


Feel:
The X Hot features Callaway’s thinnest ever casting technology in an all-titanium head and this creates a lighter swing weight and overall configuration. While the white standard Project X Velocity felt a little too light for our liking, the X Hot provided a sweet sensation at impact and explosive feel off the face – a similar trait found in the X Hot iron. 8


Performance:
If you’re after a slight draw pattern with penetrating trajectory, the X Hot should be of consideration this year. Launch was a little lower than the others and balls were consequently landing with hot feet. While we would ideally prefer to keep the ball airborne a tad longer, we couldn’t fault forgiveness on off-centre hits and the progressive draw bias that helped keep those ‘squiffy’ swings in play. 8


Verdict:
The X Hot generated decent length and smooth swings with straight shots but it was not quite as rewarding as the Super S. At £250, however, the X Hot represents excellent value for money. 24.5

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