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ClubTest 2015: Callaway XR Irons

On the Range: Callaway XR Irons
This year's testers talk about one of their favorite irons at ClubTest 2015, the Callaway XR irons.

Callaway XR Irons

 

Category: Game-Improvement Irons
Price: $800, steel; $900, graphite
WE TESTED:
3–PW with Project X graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The 360-degree cup face is built to improve ball speeds no matter where you make contact.

PROS

 

PLAYABILITY: Almost pre-programmed to go high and straight, with easy altitude throughout the set; no issues in the rough; a few guys could work the ball, but overall maneuverability is limited—responds best to the simple orders “Grip” and “Rip.”
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Standout forgiveness for a game-improvement club—for a lot of panelists, at or near the head of its class; an effortless iron with tons of help across the entire face; some of the most user-friendly long irons around—has several testers rethinking the hybrids in their bag.
DISTANCE CONTROL: An out-and-out mauler; eye-opening length—for many testers, the XR iron plays at least half a club beyond what they’re currently carrying; a few guys say that misses with the XR fly farther than many irons’ good shots.
FEEL: Easy on the joints—a lightweight, shock absorber of an iron; good stability through the ball; a couple of testers put their egos aside and praised the responsiveness of the graphite Project X shaft.
LOOK: Classic Callaway setup has its fans; an everyman’s iron, offset and somewhat oversize, but only real sticklers complain; burly topline that masks a ton of tech underneath; a comforting club to look down at with your match on the line.

CONS

 

As tested, best suited for smooth, even swings—guys with fast moves or quick tempos reported loose results with some directional misses; for several panelists, it’s tough to feel the club during the swing, and there’s little differentiation at impact between center hits and misses; the large, hot-faced head isn’t beloved by all on greenside shots.

BOTTOM LINE: The XR irons provide outstanding length and forgiveness. They’re a good choice for a slower swinger stepping up in class from a max game-improvement or hybrid-iron set—just keep your demands simple and let the club do the heavy lifting.

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Callaway XR irons

NEXT REVIEW: Cobra Fly-Z Irons

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Callaway XR Irons

MORE INFO ON THE CALLAWAY XR IRONS

From Golf.com, January 14, 2015

Built to max-out distance, these irons have a "360-degree face cup," which refers to the way the face wraps over the crown and sole, for improved ball speed across the face. Until recently, the design was limited to woods. The Internal Standing Wave design allows for a lower CG and higher MOI for forgiveness. -- Rob Sauerhaft

NEXT REVIEW: Cobra Fly-Z Irons

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