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The Callaway X Forged CB Irons are beautiful and have stellar, soft feel. Tungsten weighting makes them surprisingly easy to hit. Plenty of ball speed. Strong trajectory.
In a fall that’s absolutely packed with great players irons, the Callaway X Forged CB created plenty of buzz of its own. This is an iron with a strong pedigree that still has a unique look. I tested a set to see how its performance stacked up against the best in class.
Like many recent players irons, the Callaway X Forged CB irons aim to blend a traditional shape with something new and eye-catching. In this case, that something new is the external tungsten weight screwed into the back of the head. This focal point is balanced with minimal branding, a simple cavity, and a clean, angular shape.
At address, the X Forged CB looks gorgeous. The face is compact with just a little offset, and the top line is thinner than many of its peers. For the high end player (or any player with high end taste), this is the kind of club that makes you want to head straight to the range.
Sound & Feel
The body of the X Forged CB irons are, as the name suggests, forged from 1025 mild carbon steel. However, the iron is actually a mix of materials including metal injection molded (MIM’d) tungsten. Though this construction is very high tech, the feel at impact is decidedly classic.
With a Tour-quality golf ball, impact is whisper quiet. This enhances the soft, buttery feel off the center of the face. What surprised me was the gentle feedback. With a players iron, I expect a sharper rebuke when I miss the center, but the X Forged CB firmed up only a little. This was an early hint at the surprising stability and forgiveness.
Thanks to record-setting warmth in Chicago, I was able to spend time with the Callaway X Forged CB irons both indoors and out. Each setting shined a light on a different part of this set’s strong performance.
On the launch monitor, the thing that stood out was how consistent the numbers were. That starts with ball speed that doesn’t jump up and down between pure and mishit shots. This club has plenty of speed on center, and it retains the vast majority of its speed even on fairly bad misses. The launch and spin numbers are also robust, particularly on thin strikes.
When testing outdoors, I was struck by the strength of the ball flight and the way the Project X IO shafts compliment this set. Compared to similar irons, the X Forged CB launches the ball on a more boring trajectory. There’s ample spin to hold a green, but the spin is low enough that shot shapes tend to stay fairly small unless you make a Bubba Watson-style swing.
I started my testing with the short irons and saw the set’s strong ball flight. This made me wonder how practical the long irons would be for a regular player. When I got to the 4I, I was pleased to find that the modern-traditional lofts and Project X IO shafts [review HERE] help to elevate the long irons to playable trajectories. Any player with the ability to game this set should not be scared to at least try the 4I.
The Callaway X Forged CB have carved out their own space in this season of players irons by blending excellent forgiveness with alluring looks. This set allows skilled players to choose their own trajectory, defaulting to a strong, penetrating ball flight.