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ClubTest 2015: Callaway XR Fairway Woods

Photo: Michael Chini

Callaway XR Fairway Wood

Callaway XR Fairway Woods

 

Category: Game-Improvement Fairway Woods
Price: $230
WE TESTED:
3 (15°), 5 (19°) with Project X LZ graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A thin cup face contributes to increased ball speeds on misses.

PROS

 

PLAYABILITY: The compact head makes it easy to work the ball; medium to high flight off the tee, with a lower, more penetrating trajectory from fairway lies.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Covers up directional misses from the tee and fairway; with the XR, testers could anticipate consistent shot shape and plan accordingly.
DISTANCE: Well-struck shots are on par with the rest of the group; relatively low spin rates make these strong off the tee.
FEEL: The XR woods offer a crisp, firm feel on good hits; stable shaft with no head twisting through the impact zone; plenty of feedback on mis-hits.
LOOK: Traditional, medium-profile head inspires confidence; aiming is a snap with an “X” marking the middle of the face and Callaway’s alignment “V” embossed on the crown—just line up the letters.

CONS

 

Natural ball flight is too low for some testers; expect a bit of a learning curve in order to hit this well on the fairway—it’s not as forgiving off the deck as some others in its class, including Callaway’s V Series; a few guys want a softer sensation on mis-hits.

BOTTOM LINE: For stronger players, the XR woods deliver a powerful flight, added maneuverability and dependable shot-to-shot performance. It’s a nice option off the tee on short or tight driving holes.

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Callaway XR Fairway Wood

NEXT REVIEW: Cleveland CG Black Fairway Woods

 

NEXT REVIEW: Cleveland CG Black Fairway Woods

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