ClubTest 2017: Callaway Steelhead XR irons review

February 23, 2017

CATEGORY: Game Improvement Irons

PRICE: $800, steel; $900, graphite

WE TESTED: 3-PW with True Temper XP 95 steel shafts.

KEY TECHNOLOGY: The updated “bore-thru” hosel design repositions mass toward the toe to increase MOI.

Buy Them Now for $699.99


Buy Them Now for $699.99


Trouble lies are no trouble at all—a sure thing out of fairway bunkers and light rough; higher-than-average flight; pretty straight shooter, with a natural baby draw in its back pocket.

Distance Control

Carry distances are super, up to a half-club longer than what testers are used to; even mis-hits soar as far as some guys’ gamers; wonderfully repeatable for a powerful iron—no hot spots or jittery surprises; great for slower swingers—there’s no need to spin out of your spikes to hit high, soft-landing shots.



Too clunky for greenside work; muffled feedback—you won’t know where you hit it until you look up (but it’s usually pretty straight); not made for old-school shotmaking; some testers would still swap the long irons for hybrids.

Bottom Line

A big hit: excellent distance, good altitude and a mild temper. The newest Steelhead is a great all-around iron for weekend warriors looking to have more fun on the course—and win a buck or two off their buddies.