XR iron

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Andy Roberts
Thu, 15 Jan 2015

Significantly added distance gains vs X2 Hot, solid enough forgiveness & greater workability

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Improved Cup 360 acts like a spring on shots hit low on the face and increases ball speeds everywhere else on the face too; better workability and looks than new Big Bertha iron; sounds and feels nicer thanks to the vibration dampener; longer than the popular X2 Hot iron
Not as forgiving as Big Bertha; not as long as Big Bertha
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PRICE: £549.00 YEAR: from 2015

Callaway has launched its new XR iron range so we tested it at a media event in Marbella.

The standout feature of the Callaway XR iron - a direct replacement for last year's X2 Hot iron - is Cup 360, something we have seen recently in the new Big Bertha iron. This improved Cup 360 acts like a spring on shots hit low on the face and increases ball speeds everywhere else on the face too.

Click here for our Callaway XR video review

XR also comprises an Internal Standing Wave to create more space for the face to flex, a vibration dampener to make it feel softer and a more progressive shape for better playability.

In robot testing when up against the X2 Hot 7-iron, Callaway claimed the XR 7-iron travelled 12 yards further on average. This test included the same loft and length specifications to ensure no cheating.

During my testing at Los Naranjos Golf Club in Spain, I did notice a slight increase in distance - maybe five yards - against the X2 Hot irons with both XR 7-iron (30-degree) and XR 6-iron (26-degree), but I also enjoyed tremendous levels of workability and forgiveness.

The progressive shape of the XR iron made it much easier to work than the X2 Hot, and several squiffy hits out of the toe were still travelling down my intended target line. 

The XR irons sit between Big Bertha and Apex in Callaway's range. There is not quite as much workability as the Apex, but there is more forgiveness. Compared to the Big Bertha, it is easier to shape shots but there is not quite as much help when you get it wrong. The Big Bertha was longer, though.

XR felt particularly soft off the face and balls sprang up quickly - the new Cup 360 seems to work.

The vibration dampener certainly dubbed down sound more than the new Big Bertha iron, which sounded like a gun shot. 

A True Temper Speed Step 80 shaft comes as standard and feels very nicely weighted. 

When it comes to looks, the styling on the back of the club is very much geared toward speed. There is a moderate topline that is not too chunky to look down on at address. Those seeking a slimmer topline will likely want to consider the extra £50 for the XR Pro irons. 

Overall, significantly added distance gains, solid forgiveness, greater workability than before and decent looks. An iron suited for players of all abilities, particularly those striving for yardage gains. Good value for money at £549. 

First Look: Callaway XR range

first look


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