ClubTest 2015: Callaway XR Driver

Callaway XR Driver
Michael Chini

Callaway XR Driver

 

Category: Max Game-Improvement Drivers
Price: $349
WE TESTED:
10.5° (adjusts 9.5° to 12.5°) with Project X LZ graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The thinner, lighter face is built to increase ball speeds across the face.

PROS

 

DISTANCE: Produces reasonable length on both center strikes and heel or toe misses; ample hang time gives testers confidence to bite off big-time lines on tee shots.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: This driver consistently reduces sidespin on even the worst misses—it turns big hooks or slices into manageable tee shots; the large, generous sweet spot provides good results across the face.
FEEL: A lightweight, balanced club that absorbs the feeling of the ball at impact; testers experience a powerful, stable sensation throughout the swing.
PLAYABILITY: Repeatable, reliable, medium trajectory; the XR driver lets testers who are skilled enough to maneuver their shots away from trouble as necessary; the loft adjustability feature is appreciated.
LOOK: Attractive and uncomplicated clubhead; matte-black finish reduces glare and doesn’t distract you when you’re setting up to the ball; testers like how the molded, black alignment aid blends in with the black crown.

CONS

 

More so than some others, this club needs to be properly fit—many guys find that it takes too long to get comfortable with; other testers believe that the face absorbs too much of the impact feel to provide sufficient feedback; length is acceptable but not the longest tested.

BOTTOM LINE: The XR driver provides a solid combination of mid-launching shots, forgiveness and respectable distance. However, testers are more taken with Callaway’s other offering, the Big Bertha V Series driver.

HOT STIX'S TAKE: Adjustable lofts (+2°/-1°) with neutral/upright lie-angle settings. Ball responds well on off-center strikes. The light club helps get shots in the air.Launch - Mid; Spin - Mid

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Callaway XR

NEXT REVIEW: Cleveland CG Black

MORE INFO ON THE CALLAWAY XR DRIVER

From Golf.com, January 14, 2014

Last year, Callaway reestablished itself as a leader in driver technology with its Big Bertha and X2 Hot lines. The company looks to keep the good times rolling with the debut of the XR and XR Pro.

Callaway believes the XR can help you swing faster, generate more ball speed and hit longer drives. The club's thin, lightweight face insert contributes to a low CG, and more efficient transfer of energy across the hitting area while the aerodynamic crown reduces drag during the swing. In addition, the Project X LZ shaft is designed to maximize shaft load during the downswing. The company's well-known OptiFit hosel enables you to change loft (from 2° stronger to 1° weaker) and lie to optimize launch conditions. Lofts: 9°, 10.5°, 12°, 13.5°. $349. In stores on February 20. -- Michael Chwasky

NEXT REVIEW: Cleveland CG Black

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