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ClubTest 2015: Callaway XR Pro Fairway Woods

Photo: Michael Chini

Callaway XR Pro Fairway Wood

Callaway XR Pro Fairway Wood

 

Category: Better-Player Fairway Woods
Price: $240
WE TESTED:
14° with Project X LZ Pro graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Moving weight close to the face creates a lower CG and added ball speed.

PROS

 

PLAYABILITY: One of the highest-rated models in this category; testers can hit it bullet straight or curve it at will; easy to pick it off the short grass and superb from tough lies; gets the ball up in the air on decent contact; you can dial in almost any trajectory—even recovery shots, like punches or curving it around trees, are in play.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: The XR Pro moves off-center shots back to the fairway more often than not; provides some real help with contact low on the face; solid shots fly like laser beams right at the target.
DISTANCE: Predictable—similar to what testers expect from their own 3-wood; penetrating flight manages to get guys all the carry they need to get the job done.
FEEL: Crisp sound off the clubface; tells you enough to know how well you hit it; satisfying on well-struck shots, no shock to your hands on minor misses.
LOOK: One of the testers’ favorites—the compact shape, black finish, and rounded clubhead are on the money; a club that puffs your chest with confidence as you pull it from your bag.

CONS

 

Some testers like a little more help on off-center hits; a few guys would prefer having adjustable lofts to work with; the lack of an alignment aid on the crown bothered one or two panelists.

BOTTOM LINE: The Callaway XR Pro is a handsome, highly maneuverable fairway wood. Better players can look forward to hitting any shot they can imagine.

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Callaway XR Pro Fairway Wood

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On The Range: Callaway XR Pro Driver
ClubTester Patrick Kennedy talks about one of his favorite drivers at ClubTest 2015, the Callaway XR Pro.

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