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    I thought the 2Hot sounded pretty different from the original and closer to what you are describing. Was it like that?

    Either way, based on past experience it's probably a must-hit for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawk View Post
    I thought the 2Hot sounded pretty different from the original and closer to what you are describing. Was it like that?

    Either way, based on past experience it's probably a must-hit for me.
    That might be a better comparison actually, yes.
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    Definitely more metallic sounding than the previous line and higher pitched across the board. A couple of times we commented how loud it was. Its not loud like old metallic drivers, but when you are alternating between the 815 Alpha and this, the difference is night and day.

    The driver launches like a rocket for me and my longest drive of the day was with it. It has the same shaft I play in my 815 Alpha, so it was no issue getting used to it. All in all, a good first test despite being very windy. This weekend I will have it out on the range with the monitor.

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    Thanks guys. Based on the feedback I've heard about the 815, I can imagine that you'd notice that type of sound even more than normal coming directly from it.

    How's the shaft feel in comparison to the HC version? Is it basically the same thing?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawk View Post
    Thanks guys. Based on the feedback I've heard about the 815, I can imagine that you'd notice that type of sound even more than normal coming directly from it.

    How's the shaft feel in comparison to the HC version? Is it basically the same thing?
    JB commented that the tip is a little softer, which helps him launch the ball in the air a little bit more than the HC version
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    You know, it was more of a surprise for me. I was shocked because Callaway always gets the sound right
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    Yeah the first few swipes were a little surprising. I mean it's not God awful but it's much more like the X hot sound than the composite like sound. It goes though!



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    Quote Originally Posted by Mward View Post
    JB commented that the tip is a little softer, which helps him launch the ball in the air a little bit more than the HC version


    Makes sense. That's what they did with the Tour Blue last year.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawk View Post
    Thanks guys. Based on the feedback I've heard about the 815, I can imagine that you'd notice that type of sound even more than normal coming directly from it.

    How's the shaft feel in comparison to the HC version? Is it basically the same thing?
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    JB commented that the tip is a little softer, which helps him launch the ball in the air a little bit more than the HC version
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    Makes sense. That's what they did with the Tour Blue last year.
    Wardy is close. Its not necessarily that the tip is softer, but the entire shaft plays a bit softer than that of the HandCrafted version. In HandCrafted, many have commented that they go down in flex (meaning playing 5.5 instead of 6.0, etc). In this version, it fits closer to flex in my opinion and launches a tiny bit higher. It is also about 10 grams lighter than my HandCrafted. Ironically enough, I have both and am playing this version in both drivers.
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    I know you guys are going on about the sound, but is it that bad where you'd pick the 815 over it?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JTnumbers View Post
    I know you guys are going on about the sound, but is it that bad where you'd pick the 815 over it?
    For sound? Yes. For performance? Im not sure yet. I like both quite a bit.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JB View Post
    Wardy is close. Its not necessarily that the tip is softer, but the entire shaft plays a bit softer than that of the HandCrafted version. In HandCrafted, many have commented that they go down in flex (meaning playing 5.5 instead of 6.0, etc). In this version, it fits closer to flex in my opinion and launches a tiny bit higher. It is also about 10 grams lighter than my HandCrafted. Ironically enough, I have both and am playing this version in both drivers.
    That explanation makes perfect sense. Thank you for that.
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    I love what I'm hearing in terms of the performance. The sound? That doesn't excite me, but whatever, sound is so hard to determine what is good vs. bad because to everyone it sounds different, and hell I can't even hear out of the ear closest to impact so I may not hear a thing?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JB View Post
    For sound? Yes. For performance? Im not sure yet. I like both quite a bit.
    I was meaning more of an overall thing. Is the sound alone enough for you to say no and keep the 815 in the bag, or are you still waiting on performance to make a call like that?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JTnumbers View Post
    I was meaning more of an overall thing. Is the sound alone enough for you to say no and keep the 815 in the bag, or are you still waiting on performance to make a call like that?
    Not sure yet. To be clear, the XR is not replacing the 815 Alpha in the line for Callaway. They are two different products both in line for them. I will test them both out and see which one sinks in better for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JB View Post
    Not sure yet. To be clear, the XR is not replacing the 815 Alpha in the line for Callaway. They are two different products both in line for them. I will test them both out and see which one sinks in better for me.
    Oh yes. That is what I figured. I was more speaking for yourself personally. Which you did say in the last sentence. But, that sounds good to me. I'm just trying to gauge which Callaway driver I should spend more time testing when I look for a new driver. But by the sounds of it, I need to put a good amount of time into both.
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