Callaway RAZR HL Hybrid Irons
Category: Max Game-Improvement Irons
Price: $549, steel; $599, graphite
WE TESTED: 4-AW (4-7 hybrids, 8-AW irons) with Callaway graphite shaft.
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: RAZR X HL hybrids have “Zero Roll” to increase launch for shots struck low on the face. Hollow-headed RAZR HL irons (8-AW) have mass low and deep, for stability, high launch and soft landings.
PLAYABILITY: A high flyer that gets the ball up easily; the heavier head plows through the rough and is useful from tight lies and fairway bunkers.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Directional misses don't appear to suffer as much as many others in its class thanks to a large, stable hitting area.
DISTANCE CONTROL: A few testers find the short irons to be slightly longer (by one-half club) than their own sticks.
FEEL: Majority of shots are soft and satisfying at impact; the club's head-heavy sensation transmits a feeling of stability through the swing.
LOOK: Oversize, meaty short irons do a good job of hiding the built-in help, which is more plainly obvious in the standard-looking hybrids.
Short irons are a bit bulky for some testers' tastes and lack finesse around the green; the severe offset in the hybrids is off-putting to some.
BOTTOM LINE: Testers applaud the better-than-average feel during the swing and through impact. A very good option for those players who require help getting shots airborne.
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