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ClubTest 2015: Callaway XR Hybrid

Photo: Michael Chini

Callaway XR Hybrid

Callaway XR Hybrids

 

Category: Game-Improvement Hybrids
Price: $220
WE TESTED:
3 (19°) with Project X SD graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The XR's reconfigured head creates a 46 percent lower CG than in last year's X2 Hot.

PROS

 

PLAYABILITY: The XR hybrid is effortless to draw and, with a little work, possible to fade, too; pretty decent rescue club -- gets you back in play with reasonable distance; low, driving trajectory loves to cheat the wind.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: The XR is a fearless fairway-splitter when your swing is on, and it offers passable correction on your off days; easy to turn over without losing shots way left, and its tendency toward tight draws adds a measure of consistency; thin hits salvage solid yardage.
DISTANCE: One of the longest across the board at the loft we tested; low, bullet-like draws jet off the clubface and run down the fairway like a scolded dog; doesn't take Tour-caliber acceleration to see big gains -- the afterburners can kick in at any speed; more than a lone ranger, too -- the 3-hybrid plays as long on the course as it does on the practice tee.
FEEL: A muscular club, with a surprisingly sensitive side; hard, almost ceramic feel at impact; ball seems to stay on the face a long time, and it comes off howling; provides more articulate feedback than many in its class; slightly head-heavy weighting responds well to smooth, easy swings.
LOOK: Matte black is in, and our testers aren't complaining; the XR hybrid has a simple, all-business setup at address, with a sporty look hidden on the sole; a number of guys appreciate the subtle aiming device -- the raised "V" arrow on the crown points the way to the sweet spot.

CONS

 

A few testers believe it lacks the playability and consistent forgiveness of its predecessor, the X2 Hot; the somewhat low ball flight means shots can come in too hot to hold some greens; a couple of guys would like to sense more stability as the club passes through the heavy stuff.

BOTTOM LINE: The XR is a power-hungry hybrid that offers gaudy distance. It might be a better fit for someone looking to replace a 5-wood than a 5-iron.

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Callaway XR hybrid

NEXT REVIEW: Cleveland CG Black Hybrid

MORE INFO ON THE CALLAWAY XR HYBRID

From GOLF.com, January 14, 2015

A new forged face cup increases ball speed across more of the face so misses perform similar to center strikes. The CG is 46 percent lower than in the X2 Hot, which should boost forgiveness while Callaway's Standing Wave internal weighting further enhances MOI and face flex. Designed for easy launch and maximum distance. Lofts: 19°, 22°, 25°, 28°. -- Rob Sauerhaft

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NEXT REVIEW: Cleveland CG Black Hybrid

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