CALLAWAY XR OS HYBRID
CATEGORY: Game Improvement Hybrids
WE TESTED: 3h (19°) with Mitsubishi Fubuki AT graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The XR OS produces a higher flight and marginally more carry distance than the XR.
PLAYABILITY: The XR OS delivers an easy mid-launch with a boring flight; testers love it off the tee, and it's pretty good from the rough, too; guys find the XR a bit more workable than the XR OS, which has a pronounced draw bias.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Great balance of performance and forgiveness; the XR OS all but eliminates your slice; easy to aim and shoot, with shots rarely veering offline.
DISTANCE: One of the longest hybrids in the test -- excellent length without being too hot or unpredictable; even mis-hits fly plenty far.
FEEL: Powerful, slightly muted feedback that makes you feel like a 'player'; the clubhead is quite stable through impact.
LOOK: Classic style with a modern punch -- matte black with a subtle V alignment cue; visible technology won't beat you over the head; the XR OS has a slightly larger head than the XR.
Fair warning: The XR OS sets up closed and can turn a draw into a hook; for one or two testers, the club doesn't hit it high enough to maximize performance.
BOTTOM LINE: The XR OS is an easygoing replacement for anyone struggling with fairway woods or hard-to-hit long irons. It's dynamite off the tee, and has a pronounced draw bias. The club's across-the- board excellence puts it among the testers' top picks.