Callaway X2 Hot Irons
Category: Max Game-Improvement Irons
Price: $799, steel; $899, graphite
WE TESTED: 4-PW with True Temper Speed Step 85 steel shaft; 5-AW with Callaway Ultralite graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The arch-shaped bar contributes to a more controlled sound and feel. The deep undercut leads to additional face flex.
PLAYABILITY: The X2 Hot iron is all about easy, repeatable, responsive shots; it allows for a little more creativity than many of its peers in the Max Game-Improvement (GI) category; high, soft natural ball flight; nimble sole that plays well around the greens.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Exceedingly straight—a flag-hunting partner for many testers; other models in the Max GI iron group offer more help than the X2 Hot, but few provide as much precision.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Very respectable distance—a few testers report stellar results; off-center shots get about what testers expect.
FEEL: More feedback than most of the irons in the category; lightweight, but stable and reliable through the turf; good responsiveness around the greens.
LOOK: Tried-and-true cavity back—picks up fans for its traditional aesthetics; looks like it’s for lower-handicappers, but with Max GI muscle behind the ball.
The long irons were too demanding for some of our higher-handicap testers; doesn’t hide bad swings as well as others, and mis-hits can be tough on the hands.
BOTTOM LINE: One of the higher-ranking models. It’s a set that higher handicappers can grow into—worth a look for players who want help without giving up the look and versatility of a traditional iron.
NEXT REVIEW: Cleveland 588 Altitude Irons