X2 Hot driver suits players in need of added distance

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The original Callaway X Hot did a great job of offering plenty of distance without sacrificing control. It was so good that it overshadowed the brand's more expensive RAZR Fit Xtreme model. While the new Big Bertha models are likely to capture the headlines for 2014, the X2 Hot is certainly worth consideration at any level of the game.


Callaway engineers say that the Callaway X2 Hot driver is ten yards longer than its predecessor, thanks to a thinner and lighter titanium face that boosts ball speeds. The face is four per cent larger than the original, for added forgiveness, while the hosel has been redesigned to allow you to increase and decrease the loft by +2° and 1° respectively, as well as change the face angle.


The face is larger, and this is reflected in the forgiveness on offer from shots struck anywhere on the face. The slightly darker crown colouring has a more upmarket feel at address compared to the X Hot. But... the long and light 46-inch shaft that comes as standard may not appeal as much as the 45.5-inch offerings on other Callaway drivers.


The big change is visual. The initial Callaway X Hot driver had a round head that made it look bulbous at address. The 2014 X2Hot driver has reverted back to a more traditional pear-shaped head along with outline alignment graphics. The X2 Hot changes aren’t all about looks, Callaway have used Hyper Speed Face Technology to increase the face a further four percent without increasing the weight of the 460cc head.


A decision will need to be made between added distance or forgiveness.PGA pro verdict: Using this driver was a real treat. It gave me great numbers on my launch monitor, and my ball speeds increased by as much as 7mph. The feel off the face was explosive, and gave a solid sensation at impact. The OptiFit hosel gives adjustable options to suit all swing characteristics, and the Aldila Tour Blue shaft complements the head and produces a higher trajectory for added yardage and control.


To sum up, the X2 Hot definitely improved ball speed but the main gains I found were in the set up options over the XHot. Not many mid to high handicap golfers would want 8 degrees with a natural draw bias!


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