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The last in the line of X-Hot metal woods that THP has reviewed, the X-Hot hybrid seems to be a sleeper. It hasn’t got the TV airtime that the fairway woods and drivers have, yet it’s packed with the same technology that has equipment junkies drooling.

I’ve been testing the X-Hot over the last month and will be sharing my observations in this review. In addition, THP sent the hybrid to a number of our forum members and you can read their long-term thoughts here.

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Product Features from Callaway

Fueled for Distance and Performance

Configured for Distance

  • The loft, length, CG height and thinner face are all designed to optimize distance and trajectory in hybrids that are longer from everywhere.

Modern Warbird Sole

  • The modern Warbird Sole delivers increased versatility from everywhere with an updated design that builds off one of the most versatile lines ever produced.

Speed Frame Face

  • The Speed Frame Face creates incredibly fast ball speeds all across the face for longer, more consistent distance. This technology helps optimize the CG and offers more forgiveness for accurate shots.

Shaft Option

  • X Hot Graphite
  • Light (60g), Regular(65g), Stiff(70g)

MSRP

  • $179.99

Specifications

Club Loft Lie Available In Length Swing Weight
3H 19° 58° LH/RH 40.75 D0
4H 22° 58.75° LH/RH 40 D0
5H 25° 59.5° LH/RH 39.25 D0
6H 28° 60.25° RH Only 38.5 D0

 

It should be noted that Callaway also offers an X-Hot Pro hybrid. It comes with a Project X Velocity shaft in four lofts (16°, 18°, 20°, and 23°). In addition, it features a flatter lie angle and heavier swing weight. MSRP for the X-Hot Pro is also $179.99.

Aesthetics

Similar to the other metal woods in the X-Hot line, the X-Hot Hybrid features a matte gray paint job on the crown. It functions to separate the line visually from other clubs in the market without standing out so much that it drives away golfers with more conservative style preferences. The black face is reminiscent of the very unique shape that was offered in the RAZR X series of hybrids – a shallow, almost elliptical profile with a rounded lower portion. It’s a look that certainly takes a little time getting used to, but sometimes function beats form.

In terms of size, the X-Hot’s head lies in the middle between small and large. It’s a good blend that provides confidence from a number of lies. It’s moderately offset, which may turn off some golfers, but I never found that to be an issue.

Moving up, the white X-Hot graphite shaft contrasts nicely with the gray club head to provide a look that is hard not to love. Some tribal-ish graphics adorn the shaft and give it a very modern look. Callaway outfitted the X-Hot Hybrid with a sock-style head cover that is easy to put on and remove. I’m a fan of the look as well as the reduced amount of real estate it takes up in the golf bag.

In all, the X-Hot is a hybrid that looks very unlike many other clubs on the market. While the shape of the face may take a little getting used to, the entire package is very sharp looking.

At impact, the X-Hot Hybrid emits a classic ‘crack’ that I found tremendously pleasing to my ears. It’s mostly void of the high-pitched metallic sound that some hybrids produce. It was something I found myself wanting to hear over and over again during testing.

Performance

The X-Hot Hybrid was tested in the 4H (22°) R flex configuration both on the golf course and using a Vector X launch monitor.

Here are some baseline launch numbers I took from the Vector X using a Pro V1 golf ball on a grass surface. This is an average of 5 well struck balls.

Carry 189 yards
Ball Speed 129 mph
Vertical Launch 17.7°
Back Spin 5,218 rpm
Side Spin 200 rpm (draw)
Horizontal Launch .2° (left)
Offline 4 yards

 

Distance

 

The launch monitor data that I’ve included above shows that the distance I saw from the X-Hot was pretty average for a 4 hybrid. I was able to carry it over the 200 mark, but 190 was a pretty reliable number for me to take to the course. Ball speeds were actually very good and gave the potential for some outstanding distance. I did lose some yardage to launch and spin, both of which were on the higher side. As noted above, I tested the R flex version of the X-Hot, and I suspect a stiffer shaft would have brought both of those numbers down while increasing my carry distance.

Those people looking for a higher ball flight to increase their carry distance would be wise to take a look at this line, as I think they could see some substantial distance with the right configuration.

Trajectory

In a word, trajectory was high. I suspect that much of that centered on the flex of the shaft (regular vs. my normal stiff), and I believe a stouter version would have brought it down a bit. Still, I saw ball height that was mostly unrivaled by any other hybrid I’ve tested from the 2013 crop. Launch monitor data showed ball height in the 100+ foot range and this was apparent on the course and driving range as well.

The benefits of the higher trajectory showed themselves often on the course. I found it useful for situations when I needed a soft landing shot into a green or a ball that could carry an obstacle like a tree when I got in trouble off the tee.

Forgiveness

The smaller face on the X-Hot doesn’t necessarily match the amount of forgiveness that the head offers. I was surprised to see how well the club performed on off-center shots, both on the course and in launch monitor testing. Toe shots in particular were quite forgiving, with very minimal loss in ball speed and distance.

Misses high and low were penalized a bit more, which is likely related to the shallower face. Still, neither was extremely penal and the slightly rounded lower portion of the face did provide a little more surface area to pick up those thin misses.

The sole of the X-Hot added another element of forgiveness in that it glided well on heavy misses. Rather than dig into the ground and completely sap distance, it slid more into the ball. While the result was still a shorter than normal shot, it wasn’t penalized as badly as it could have been.

Versatility

 

While hybrids often function as long iron replacements, they also have the unique ability to perform many other duties on the golf course. I was able to use the X-Hot everywhere, from the tee to the fairway to spots that I’d rather forget about. The Warbird sole reacted well to a variety of lies, which is exactly what many of us need a hybrid to do. The thin profile of the face was one that instilled confidence off tighter lies, but also was quite adept at penetrating deeper grass that many of us find ourselves in from time to time.

While full swings produced exceptionally high ball flight, punch shots were still quite easy to execute with the X-Hot. The results were low screaming balls that stayed well below overhanging trees.

Control

Lastly, I want to touch on the accuracy I saw with the X-hot, both on the course and during launch monitor testing. This was among the most reliably accurate hybrids I’ve tested this year, both on good shots and mediocre ones.

My normal miss with almost all of my clubs is a sweeping hook and the X-Hot was not immune from that. Barring that extreme miss, my impression was that it was remarkably straight on the golf course. It was a club that I looked for when I had longer distances to cover, but accuracy was at a premium. I do believe that higher ball flight and back spin I saw contributed to that fact.

Final Thoughts

Callaway hasn’t ever been a hybrid company in my mind, but the X-Hot certainly changed the way I look at that segment of their line of clubs. It is certainly worth seeking out if you are looking for a balanced mixture of high flight, distance, versatility, and accuracy. In retrospect, I think I would have liked to try a version with a stiffer shaft to squeeze a few more yards out of it, but I was quite impressed with the performance nonetheless. Those of you looking for a little more heft and less offset should consider taking a look at the Pro version, as it will likely be more appealing to you. For more information on the entire X-Hot line, you can head to www.callawaygolf.com.

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Editor and writer Ryan Hawk lives in northwestern Illinois with his fiance and son. He's been a writer for The Hackers Paradise for two years and has been involved with a number of THP events.

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  1. Cookie says:

    Solid review Ryan, tons of great info packed into this one!!

    Man, this is a solid looking hybrid and I love that Callaway makes it into the 6h slot as well, being a lover of hybrids and all. This is a must hit for demo day, especially after I had good success with the X Hot 3w.

  2. dcbrad says:

    Another rock solid review Ryan! I am starting to hesitate to read your reviews because usually it just makes me want to go out and buy things….

  3. adwillingham says:

    Great review Hawk…I’m enjoying my pair of X Hot Hybrids enough that a 5H is in ponder mode.

  4. DevRickus says:

    Great job Ryan. Love the XHot Hybrid.

  5. Freddie kong says:

    Hawk that was a nice read, filled with everything I have seen with my Xhot pro. The club delivers on all levels and may be one of the finest I have played.

  6. War Eagle says:

    Great review of a great club, Hawk. Having had this in the bag for the past month-ish, I have to agree with just about everything you said. High ball flight, easy to hit, and just a club that I can rely on the be clutch.

  7. Joey Homrighausen says:

    When buying clubs, I really don’t have to go hit them first anymore. Your reviews are very in depth, and I believe I can make a purchase based on them. (I have actually, you recommended the Z Star irons, and your review was spot on.)

  8. dhjkelly says:

    Great review Ryan. Can’t wait to hit these hybrids

  9. cheffor says:

    Great review, had the opportunity to hit one of these into a net and was one of the better feeling hybrids I’ve hit this year.

  10. Jason K says:

    Great review Hawk. Control and one of the most accurate hybrids you’ve tested? Sign me the heck up! I might opt for an X Hot Pro hybrid because it’s a little less off set and slightly smaller head but it sounds like both are great options! Thanks buddy.

  11. One-T says:

    great review Hawk, I cant wait to hit these in a week!

  12. TripleBogieTim says:

    Good stuff Ryan, I love my current Razr X Hybrids and it sounds like these are even an improvement of them.

  13. pdgoblue25 says:

    Great review. Personally I just can’t get past the look of this club. It doesn’t appeal to my eye when I look down at it.

  14. Smallville says:

    I think Callaway makes some awesome hybrids and the fact that these get the ball up high really interests me. With the amount of trees on my course, being able to get a hybrid up over a tree and still get the distance out of it is one of the requirements for any hybrid I look at.

  15. John says:

    Best hybrid i ever hit. my miss with almost every hybrid is a hook. maybe 20 rounds under my belt and haven’t done that yet. Launch is lower for me then normal hybrid, but by far the best i’ve ever hit. Trying to find the other lofts. I wish i had these last year.

  16. Dan welden says:

    This baby rocks! I have the X2 Hot 3 hybrid with a regular flex, and it is a game changer. 185 yards from the fairway? No problem with this baby, even for this 70 year old hacker! Goodbye TaylorMade Burner 3 wood,…and hello Callaway hybrid.

  17. Kendall Rand says:

    I been trying to find more info on the callaway X-hot Hybrids. I have a 3 hybrid and a 4 hybrid regular and am interested in a 5 and a six if i can find them with the original shaft. What is the kind of graphite shaft is in these xhot original regular hybrids?

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