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ClubTest 2015: Callaway XR Pro Irons

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

Callaway XR Pro Irons

 

Category: Better-Player Irons
Price: $900, steel
WE TESTED:
3–9 with KBS Tour V90 steel shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The two-piece clubhead has a 360-degree cup-face design to boost ball speeds on shots struck all across the face.

PROS

 

PLAYABILITY: Meaty sole gives you the ability to slash through the thickest stuff—this club shines in the rough and other trouble shots; testers can move the ball in either direction without much effort; a relatively penetrating flight.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: One of the more forgiving sets in the better-player category; high marks for consistency, particularly if long and straight is what you want; short irons are real pin-seekers.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Its strongest asset—some guys pick up as much as one full club over their current set; testers rave about the distance on center strikes and report strong carry on misses as well.
FEEL: Soft, dampened impact sound and feel on misses with the XR Pro; stable, well-balanced sticks throughout the swing; some testers report a noticeable rebound effect at impact that makes balls jump off the face.
LOOK: For a handful of guys, the midsize face is reassuring at address; a thicker topline and wider sole than most tested; attractive, solid appearance overall.

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Callaway XR Pro Irons

CONS

 

Hot face can make it tough to gauge touch shots; it’s more sedan than sports car—some panelists want a sleeker look; a few testers struggle to flight the ball down with the scoring clubs.

BOTTOM LINE: A very powerful club that offers a bit more help on misses than many others in the category. The XR Pro is a smart option for guys looking to move from a game-improvement model into the better-player category.

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Callaway XR Pro irons

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ClubTester Patrick Kennedy talks about one of his favorite drivers at ClubTest 2015, the Callaway XR Pro.

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