Callaway X Hot Driver Review – Hot off the press and hot off the Callaway R&D table is the Callaway X Hot Driver. Designed to be fast, hot and lightweight, the X Hot driver features Callaway’s Speed Frame Face Technology.
The hot new face technology promotes more consistent distance and forgiveness. By decoupling the face from the clubhead, Callaway’s R&D team were able to boost ball speed off the face without impact the clubhead or sacrificing optimum trajectory. The Speed Frame Face saves weight and transfers energy to the ball more efficiently by optimising stiffness and stress over the entire face.
“With the X Hot Drivers, we pushed the Speed Frame Face’s efficiency to a new standard, producing high ball speeds while maintaining the trajectory and accuracy that discerning golfers demand,”said Dr. Alan Hocknell, SVP, Research & Development, Callaway Golf.
The Callaway X Hot driver is more than just a fast face however. Callaway used the thinnest casting technology it has ever used to create an 460cc all-titanium, grey coloured clubhead that is lighter, and can help golfers in terms of head speed and distance, especially those with average swing speeds.
Another benefit of the new casting technology is the Draw Bias Progression created. The amount of draw bias on the Callaway X Hot driver is based on the loft of the clubhead.
Higher lofts offer a higher draw bias, allowing players to combat a left to right flight and better control sidespin.
The X Hot driver features the adjustable OptiFit Hosel. The hosel allows golfers to choose from an open, square or closed face angle to improve the look of the driver at address and help alignment, accuracy and trajectory.
Callaway have combined the X Hot driver with the Project X Velocity shaft, as standard, with dozens of custom shafts also available.
While the X Hot is the less technical model in the Callaway driver line-up, it still offers many great features. It is an all titanium head with Callaway’s Opti-fit hosel. It comes in either the standard or pro models.
The speed frame face is the real “tech” behind this driver. Callaway created their fastest face for this driver and it shows. The ball speeds are some of the fastest I have found in any driver. I am happy to say that I did earn my X Hot bomb patch with this driver.
I got one out there just over 325. (It was wind and hill assisted, but it still counts)
You can just feel the ball explode off the face. It tends to rise quickly and go fairly high. I didn’t have any issues elevating this driver. I did change it to the “open” setting which did bring the launch down a little and it also seemed to create a middle ball flight vs. the desire for the X-Hot to go left in the “straight” setting.
The sound is a very pleasant metallic sound. It is slightly louder than the RAZR drivers because of the use of titanium vs. composite, but it still is fairly muted. The metal ting resonates nicely in the ears that you just hit a good one.
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Callaway X Hot Driver – Product Details
|UK Launch||25 January 2013|
|UK Launch RRP||£249|
|USA Launch||25 January 2013|
|Hand Availability||Left, Right|
|Left Handed Lofts||9.5°, 10.5°|
|Right Handed Lofts||9.5°, 10.5°, 11.5°, 13.5°|
|Head Volume||460 cc|
|Club Length||46 inches|
|Shaft Name||Project X Velocity|
|Shaft Flex||Light, Regular, Stiff|
|Shaft Weight||53, 57 or 58 grams|
|Manufacturer’s Website||Callaway Website|