I’ve been playing golf since I was 14, and have yet to realize this delusion. I consciously use irons that I know for certain have an adverse effect on my game, yet stick with them – even sort of adore fighting with them – because cast clubs have always just seemed inferior. The Callaway X Hot Irons, however, may change my mind.
From practice swing through to impact, everything about this iron feels great. Aided by Callaway’s Feel Management Technology, X Hot provides a crisp, dynamic feel and lovely feedback at impact. These are rock solid irons, providing the playability and forgiveness you’d expect from Callaway, while offering surprisingly responsive feel and even more surprising workability for game improvement clubs.
The stock shaft offering of True Temper Speed Step 85 Lightweight - 10g lighter than Callaway has previous utilised in the past - also impresses. The thin face profile has the look of a player iron with the performance you’d expect from game improvement. The crown finish looks smart and although there’s not too much offset on show, there’s enough to help square the face up at impact.
Similar to the cheap TaylorMade RocketBladez Irons, the X-Hot carries lower than normal degrees of loft to help you achieve remarkable distance gains, particularly with the long irons. But the X-Hot isn’t all about distance, however, as the deep undercut channel - which has allowed Callaway engineers to lower the sweet spot - provides solid forgiveness on off-centre hits.
I was worried a cast, game-improvement iron set like the X Hot would limit my ability to impress my playing partners with shot-shaping magic. Suffice it to say the X Hot irons impressed, not only preserving my ability to shape shots in both directions but actually providing increased control over the amount of bend and trajectory I wanted to impart. My game is usually about trying to hit four or five greens a round and the rest of the time getting close enough with approaches to chip and putt my way to a halfway decent score.
All in all, the cheap golf clubs X Hot Irons have been meticulously engineered – both in terms of physical characteristics and club configuration – to increase ball speed and promote overall distance optimisation. Golfers will very much enjoy the results.
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