ClubTest 2014: Callaway X2 Hot Pro Hybrids
Callaway X2 Hot Pro Hybrids
Category: Better-Player Hybrids
WE TESTED: 18° with Aldila Tour Green graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The compact head gets in and out of the turf easily. A “Hyper Speed” face increases ball speeds on off-center shots.
PLAYABILITY: Versatility is the buzzword: small, low-profile head encourages creativity and shotmaking; produces a consistent, mid-trajectory flight with a slight draw bias; easy to land softly on greens.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Easy to hit straight with a good swing; some forgiveness on slight off-center contact, but it doesn’t mask bigger mishits— you get what you give.
DISTANCE: One of the longest hybrids; given its power, testers confidently carry hazards and fairway bunkers.
FEEL: One of its real strengths—the club gives the kind of feedback that better players want; delivers lots of feedback to the hands, with a crisp, dense feel on good contact—testers know when they’ve crushed it and can’t wait to swing it again; slightly heavier clubhead that’s responsive and easy to track through the swing.
LOOK: What you want to see standing over the ball— small, metallic-gray head with a classic, minimalist design; there’s a lack of visible offset and alignment aids.
Not the most forgiving— only consistent, low-handicap swingers need apply; some distance loss on misses; not everyone cares for the club’s subdued look and lack of graphics.
BOTTOM LINE: One of the top hybrids tested. Lots to like and little to disappoint here: big distance, plus the versatility to visualize and execute shots from almost any lie.
NEXT REVIEW: Nike VRS Covert 2.0 Tour Hybrids