Callaway XR Pro Driver
Category: Better-Player Drivers
WE TESTED: 9° (adjusts 8° to 11°) with Project X LZ graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The forged composite crown and lightweight face free up weight, leading to lower spin rates.
DISTANCE: Not spectacular, but above-average overall length; provides solid, predictable distance from shot to shot.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: The XR Pro more than capably corrects most misses; it’s a pretty good fairway finder that minimizes super-wild shots; about what testers expect, whether or not they put a good swing on it.
FEEL: Plenty of feedback; the loud sound at impact lets you know immediately if you’ve hit it dead center or not; the XR Pro is a little on the heavy side, but most agree that it has a pleasing sensation throughout the swing.
PLAYABILITY: Very repeatable, mid-trajectory flight that’s fairly easy to turn over; it does whatever you want with a ton of consistency after you adjust the loft and lie.
LOOK: The deep clubface and traditional shape are a welcome combination; a pretty good-looking head that sets up square; similar at address to the top-rated Alpha 815 Double Black Diamond, which is a good thing.
Some guys describe the loud sound at impact as harsh or tinny; not outstanding in any one area; most testers prefer its sister product, the Alpha 815 Double Black Diamond.
BOTTOM LINE: The XR Pro driver provides players with both good distance and forgiveness.
HOT STIX’S TAKE: A relatively low-launch, low-spin head with an aerodynamic shape. The OptiFit hosel is a useful fitting mechanism.Launch – Low; Spin – Low
BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Callaway XR Pro
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MORE INFO ON THE CALLAWAY XR PRO DRIVER
From Golf.com, January 14, 2015
Last year, Callaway reestablished itself as a leader in driver technology with its Big Bertha and X2 Hot lines. The company looks to keep the good times rolling with the debut of the XR and XR Pro. Callaway believes the XR can help you swing faster, generate more ball speed and hit longer drives. The club’s thin, lightweight face insert contributes to a low CG, and more efficient transfer of energy across the hitting area while the aerodynamic crown reduces drag during the swing. In addition, the Project X LZ shaft is designed to maximize shaft load during the downswing. The company’s well-known OptiFit hosel enables you to change loft (from 2° stronger to 1° weaker) and lie to optimize launch conditions. Lofts: 9°, 10.5°, 12°, 13.5°. $349. In stores on February 20.
The lower-spinning XR Pro ($399), for better players, features many of the same technologies. It has a more traditional shape plus a forged composite crown, which contributes to lower CG and less spin. Lofts: 9°, 10.5°. In stores on March 20. — Rob Sauerhaft
NEXT REVIEW: Cobra Fly-Z+