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ClubTest 2006: Game-Improvement Irons

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Fred Vuich
Callaway X-18
$880 steel; $1,120 graphite; callawaygolf.com

WE TESTED: 3-PW with System 75 CW and System 85 CW graphite shaft

THE COMPANY LINE "Our 'Extreme' notch weighting produces amazing stability and solid, crisp feel to maximize playability. A deeper 360-degree undercut channel maximizes perimeter weighting."

OUR TESTERS SAID

Pros

  • "Blue and black details and dramatic cavity make it the most attractive Callaway to date."—Jeff McKinney (handicap 15)
  • "Johnny Mathis-like soft sound at impact."—Kevin DiNapoli (19)
  • "A reliable, if unspectacular performer. It accounts for bad swings and rewards good ones."—Ken Stauffer (14)
  • "Keeps shots in play, even in strong crosswinds and out of tough spots."—Don Ytterberg (15)
  • "These really drive through high grass."—Eric English (12)
  • "With a little adjustment, shots from uphill and downhill lies come out fine."—Victor DeMarco (12)
  • Cons
  • "Would prefer more head feel during the swing."—Jeff Bones (10)
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