50 Word or Less
A perfect club for players who prefer 3W to driver off the tee. Surprisingly good off the turf. Very low spin.
When Callaway released their X Hot fairway woods this year, it was the necessary and obvious counter to the success TaylorMade had the year before with Rocketballz. But instead of just doing the obvious, Callaway went a step further: they released the X Hot and the X Hot 3Deep.
The 3Deep is a deep-faced (read: tall) 3 wood that is designed to be used primarily off the tee. In retrospect, it seems like the most logical thing in the world: tons of regular golfers use their 3W off the tee anyway, why not design a 3W that maximizes that shot?
For me, the 3Deep looks perfect for its job. The tall face frames the ball really well on the tee and gives me the confidence to make good hard swing. It is a little bigger from heel to toe than your average 3W, but the overall look at address is still pretty compact.
The matte grey crown is the icing on the cake. It’s a unique look that also performs: this crown kills all the glare and reflection on bright days.
Sound & Feel
The sound of the 3Deep is very muted, and solid. When you hit a shot just right, you get a touch of that high-pitched metallic clink that you’d expect from a fairway wood, but the dominant notes are low.
Though not loud at all, this is the kind of club that lets everyone know when you hit one well. There were multiple shots that I hit where the sound literally turned heads.
Let’s start with the shot that the 3Deep is built for: the tee shot. Simply put, the 3Deep is a low-spin monster. I’m a low-spin player to begin with, and the 3Deep was putting me into “that ball may never stop rolling” territory. Head to head with my driver, the 3Deep carried a little shorter but made up most of the difference on the ground. In terms of accuracy, the combination of the shorter shaft and extra loft was a winner for me. The good shots that I hit had much less curve than my drives typically do resulting in a more predictable dispersion.
The big surprise for me was how well the 3Deep performed off the deck. I don’t consider myself a particularly good fairway wood player, but I was still able to hit a number of good shots with the 3Deep off the turf. I think that anyone who is skilled with a fairway wood will find the 3Deep to be a very versatile club.
I came away from my testing very impressed with the 3Deep. Though it seems like a niche product at first glance, I think the 3Deep is something that makes sense for a lot of golfers. Whether you want to replace the driver or just like to have an alternative in the bag, the 3Deep is awesome off the tee. Better fairway wood players will also find that the 3Deep is surprisingly good off the turf as well.
Price and Specs
The Callaway X Hot 3Deep fairway wood retails for $179.
The 3Deep is available in lofts of 13° and 14.5°. The stock shaft is the Project X Velocity.