Get Fit: Callaway Irons

February 15, 2007


Callaway X-Tour
3-PW, steel shaft, stiff flex, +1/2" shaft length, standard lie, +1/32" oversize grip $1,280 (steel);

Pieter Van Vredenburch
Hometown: Sherman, Conn.
Age: 38
Height: 6'2"
Weight: 190 lbs.
Handicap: 8
Occupation: Investment Banker

Old Irons: Game-improvement cavity-back, 3-PW, steel shaft, stiff flex, +1/4" shaft length, standard lie, standard grip

FITTER: James Jond, PGA pro and co-manager, The World of Golf, New York, N.Y.
"Pieter was hitting very well with his old set (custom-fit three years ago). But he said he'd like a little more consistency and distance. He's a good player, so I set him up with the X-Tour, which is a player's iron. It provides great feel, workability and a good deal of forgiveness due to the 360-degree undercut channel. We increased shaft length and Pieter's swing instantly became flatter. Now he's attacking the ball from the inside, which creates longer flight with less dispersion."

Callaway X-Tour

Callaway X-Tour
6 iron Before After
Clubhead Speed 76.7 MPH 81.1 MPH
Ball Speed 103.6 MPH 101.3 MPH
Launch Angle 20.4º 23.4º
Backspin 4,904 RPM 5,895 RPM
Apex 75 FT 81 FT
Dispersion 8.4 YDS 5 YDS
Carry 149.8 Yards 152.3 Yards

Know your limits:
Not all fittings produce clubs with dramatically nonstandard specs. Don't be surprised if your best fit is close to standard.


Callaway X-18 Pro Series
3-AW, steel shaft, stiff flex, standard length and lie; $880 (steel), $1,120 (graphite);


Michael Kazim
Hometown: New York, N.Y.
Age: 47
Height: 6'
Weight: 180 lbs.
Handicap: 19
Occupation: Physician

Old Irons:
Cavity-back game-improvement, Game-enhancing cavity-back, 3-PW, steel shaft, medium-stiff flex, standard length and lie.

James Jond, PGA pro and co-manager, The World of Golf, New York, N.Y.
"Michael's old irons are long, but they lack adequate forgiveness. The Callaway X-18 Pro suits him much better. It's more forgiving than X-Tour and more player-friendly than Big Bertha. But settling on the correct lie angle was more difficult. An inconsistent grip led to inconsistent lie angle readings plus dispersion problems. The increased forgiveness of the X-18 Pro helps dramatically, even without changing lie angle. But he must work toward a more consistent grip for optimum accuracy."

6 iron Before After
Clubhead Speed 82.9 MPH 83.6 MPH
Ball Speed 113.6 MPH 114 MPH
Launch Angle 17.3º 17.1º
Backspin 4,366 RPM 4,364 RPM
Apex 71 FT 61 FT
Dispersion 11.9 YDS 6.1 YDS
Carry 175.3 Yards 184.2 Yards

Know your limits:
Problems with dispersion could be due more to an inconsistent grip than to your clubs. Learn to repeat your grip every time.