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Callaway X-Hot Driver & Fairway Wood Preview

| January 3, 2013 | 24 Comments

Callaway Golf Company today announced its new line of X-Hot Drivers and Fairway Woods, configured for blistering ball speeds and distance gains. Already adopted by some of the longest-hitting players on the worldwide tours, including newly-announced Callaway staff professional Gary Woodland, the new line of X Hot Woods are a result of Callaway R&D designing clubs for the best players in the world, and using optimized design progression and adjustability to makethem accessible and high-performing for all players. This collection of hot, distance-promoting drivers and fairway woods will be available at golf shops nationwide starting on January 25, 2013.

Distance gains of 13 yards* with the new X Hot Driver have been achieved with a host of design and engineering advancements that make the new drivers fast, hot andmore lightweight than their predecessors. Callaway employed its powerfully fast Speed Frame™ Face Technology that increases ball speed, saves weight and optimizes stiffness and stress distribution across the face for more efficient energytransfer. The new face technology promotes more – and more consistent — distance, even on off-center impact. Also, by decoupling the face performance from the rest of the driver head, Callaway R&D is able to boost ball speed without sacrificing optimum trajectory. And a tighter curvature face on the X Hot Driver (relative to the RAZR X Black Driver) offers a look at address preferred by better players, along with consistent sidespin and dispersion to promote accuracy.

“With the X Hot Drivers, we pushed the Speed Frame Face’s efficiency to a new standard, producing high ball speeds while maintaining the trajectory and accuracy that discerning golfers demand,” said Dr. Alan Hocknell, SVP, Research & Development, Callaway Golf. “The fast face on X Hot is one piece of the puzzle, though. We went to great lengths to configure the X Hot drivers notonly to promote distance, but to progressively optimize performance for various player types.”

In the X Hot Drivers, Callaway has implemented its thinnest casting technologyever in the all-titanium head to create a lighter swing weight and overall configuration, a combination that benefits most players in terms of head speed and distance, especially golfers with an average swing speed. Another benefit of the new, thin casting technology to the golfer is the inclusion of Draw Bias Progression, which changes the amount of draw bias depending on the loft, allowing golfers to better control sidespin and tune their shot shape. Players with higher lofts can take advantage of higher draw bias for straighter shots, while players with lower lofts can utilize a more neutral CG that fits their game.

Also featured in the Callaway X Hot Driver is the adjustable OptiFit Hosel, which adjusts the face angle in Open, Square or Closed positions to improve accuracy and trajectory, and allows golfers to dial in their preferred look at address. As a notable value-add, the Callaway X Hot Drivers also feature Project X Velocity shafts as the stock offering.

The Standard Callaway X Hot Driver will be available in 9.5-, 10.5-, 11.5-degree models and a 13-degree HT-model, and will feature a lighter overall club weight and a lower swing weight than the X Hot Pro model. At 460 cc, it also features attractive crown decals and an alignment Chevron on the matte grey-colored crown. The X Hot Pro Driver, which has a slightly smaller headshape at 440 cc, will be available in 8.5-, 9.5- and 10.5-degree models and feature slightlymore open face angles than the Standard version. The Pro version will be available on February 15, 2013. Both versions of the new driver will debut with a new product introduction price of $299.

In addition to the X Hot Drivers, Callaway is bringing a new line of fairway woods that Tour Pros, the blogosphere and industry insiders have been buzzing about in recent weeks, the X Hot Fairway Woods. Aiming to deliver the hottest, most versatile and most complete fairway woods in golf, Callaway R&D engineered a Forged Speed Frame Face Cup made of high strength Carpenter 455 stainlesssteel that is, remarkably, up to 40 percent thinner than last year’s fairway wood face — with a 90 percent larger sweet spot — jamming the CT level right up against the limit allowed by the USGA. As a result, the Forged Speed Frame Face Cup produces significantly hotter responses all over the face, and does so with superior launch conditions.

The markedly low CG in the fairway wood head, accomplished with a novel proprietary design called the Internal Standing Wave, delivers more ball speed and lower, more consistent backspin, resulting in longer, more consistent distances from everywhere on the course: the tee, fairway or rough. This new, wave-shaped weighting design engineered inside the club head projects up from the sole toward the face, creating a lower and shallower CG and higher MOI.

“We are seriously proud of the X Hot Fairway Wood’s design and performance. We think we have set a new and extremely high bar in the fairway wood category,” said Hocknell. “The distance gains are for real. In testing with Staff Professional Alvaro Quiros, for example, he gained nearly 18 yards against the gamer in his bag.”

Not to be forgotten among the staggering distance gains is the complete performance and versatility of the X Hot Fairway Wood and X Hot Pro Fairway Wood; the sole is designed for improved performance from a variety of lies. Contributing to this versatility is the Modern Warbird® Sole, an updated design that builds off of one of the most adaptable fairway woods ever produced to allow for more dynamic shot shaping and a decidedly more useful fairway wood.

To further enhance speed and distance, the X Hot Fairway Woods will be available with a lightweight Project X Velocity shaft as the stock offering. The Standard X Hot Fairway Wood will be available in a 3-Wood, 4-Wood, 5-Wood, 7-Wood, 9-Wood and 11-Wood. The Standard version features slightly longer length shafts and more upright lie angles. The X Hot Pro Fairway Wood will be available in 13.5-, 15-, 17- and 19-degree models. Both versions will be available for a new product introduction price of $229.

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  1. INgolfer says:

    That’s a sweet looking driver! No doubt it will perform, Callaway is putting some serious technology in their equipment

  2. thetopdogg says:

    I really am liking the looks of this driver. Remind me of the greatness that is the RAZR Fit. Looking forward to some more info about the FWs as well!

  3. Cookie says:

    This is going to be a very solid offering especially with the given price point. Really anxious to hit these newer models!

  4. adwillingham says:

    I think I just read about my new driver. I love the fact they put the opti-fit hosel on the X-Hot.

  5. Ryan H says:

    They sure do look good. I think I’m most interested in the fairway woods.

  6. DevRickus says:

    I guess I am the only one that is underwhelmed with the look? It’s nice but nothing fantastic. I hate to be contrarion because I love Callaway and their products and I have no doubt in my mind that this thing will flat out perform. I guess maybe the great looks of Xtreme is what’s throwing me off. I am really really excited for the Fairway Woods.

  7. Golf Ghost says:

    Love the looks. Can’t wait to see how it performs.

  8. War Eagle says:

    The Xtreme is getting a lot of love, but I am really, really interested in this driver. I like the looks, nice and simple without too much flash.

  9. ddec says:

    I like how they incorporated the adjustable feature in this one. I feel like Callaway has always had a big and little brother driver. I think this one could potential end that line of thought.

  10. DawgDaddy says:

    Very nice looking offering from Callaway, I like it.

  11. Nate says:

    I’ve been thinking Xtreme all the way till I read this about the X Hot. Wow! This is really going to be demo process to see which one fits my game the best! Keep bringing it Callaway!

  12. royalwulff says:

    Great looking driver. I hope they have it for demo at the expo in Denver next month.

  13. Puttin4Bird says:

    I really like the looks of this one. I also really like that Callaway once again offers a great option outside of the Razr Fit or in this years case the Razr Fit Xtreme. The X-Hot takes it a step further with having the adjustablity as well. I hope tons of people get out and check this one out. I thought the Razr X Black was a solid offering last year that nobody even bothered to try in my opinion. Callaway continues to step it up though!

  14. Freddie kong says:

    The X-Hot just moved to top of the list. The longest hitters in th world are gaming it and added distance. That is scary!

  15. tnolan says:

    add this to the hit-list!
    smart move incorporating the opti-fit hosel.

  16. Troy Vayanos says:

    I have been a bit disappointed with the previous Callaway models in recent years.

    This model seems to be a nice improvement and hopefully will achieve better results. It has a really nice look to it and I like the fact they have focused on producing a draw bias in the club.

    Be interested to hear from anyone that buys it and the results they get?

  17. Kevin Beausoleil says:

    Callaway is bringing it this year. I will be giving this a hard look

  18. rghilljr says:

    Man I am loving what Callaway is bringing this year. It looks nice and I can’t wait to maybe get a shot at this.

  19. Custom Method says:

    I’m sorry but that driver looks like it belongs in a walmart.

  20. Wicked Cool Bearded Man says:

    I like the looks and the matte finish. Can’t wait to hit it!

  21. mrmcgovs says:

    I am extremely excited about this release. 2013 is the year of Callaway, the Razr Xtreme now this. I would love to put this bad boy in my hands! Can’t Wait! (Bart Scott impression)

  22. Cookie says:

    That FW wood is HOT!

    Callaway did something very very good here. Anxious to hear how this shaft performs also.

  23. Smallville says:

    I am intrigued. Can’t wait to hear what people who have hit it for a while think about it.

  24. wildcat22 says:

    I see what callaway is doing. Back to basics with the old warbird sole, big Bertha look. Im glad to see callaway back in the game. Callaway gets it, a fairway wood designed to hit off the fairway just not the tee. Can’t wait to see how they perform. If it lives up to all this hype the x-hot fairway will be in my bag.

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