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Long. Hot face. Two very different stock shafts. Great looking clubs.
I’m a fairly recent Callaway convert when it comes to anything beyond Odyssey putters. To say that I’ve been excited for this year’s new Callaway releases would be the understatement of the century, so I was more than excited to get the opportunity to review the new X2 Hot and X2 Hot Pro drivers. When they showed up to my doorstep and I first saw them in hand, the excitement only grew and I couldn’t wait to see if these drivers lived up to all the hype I had been reading.
Callaway Golf always seems to do a great job of blending modern and classic looks to give you an updated vibe without taking it so far over the edge that the traditionalist will shy away from the club. The two X2 Hot drivers are no exception. The dark matte grey crowns are a nice contrast to the black, orange, and white paint scheme seen on the sole of the clubs.
At address, the X2 Hot driver definitely looks all of 460cc and gives you the feeling that you can’t possibly miss the sweet spot on the face. The X2 Hot Pro has a more compact look and will meet the aesthetic desires of those looking for more of a “player’s” look at address.
Sound & Feel
I remember the first time I hit my dad’s Callaway Big Bertha driver back around 1994 or 1995 (I can’t remember exactly, I was just a wee lad). It was an 8.5º head, light weight, solid, and sounded like a hammer hitting concrete. It was awesome.
As clubs evolved, many of those characteristics improved, but Callaway always maintained a solid, muted sound and feel that I found to be synonymous with the brand. No other driver ever quite has the feeling of a Callaway.
Much to my surprise, the X2 Hot driver felt a lot different than I’m used to from Callaway. It felt like the face had a little more spring to it and the sound was a little more “springy” than I’m used to from them. This is not say that it isn’t nice, just a different feel and sound than I have come to expect. Actually, I think this is a great thing because these characteristics may be more appealing to the average player which is who Callaway is trying to target with the X2 Hot. Contact in the center of the face feels like the ball is going a mile.
I hit the X2 Hot Pro and immediately experienced what I’m used to from Callaway drivers. It had that same solid and muted sound with the matching solid face. It feels like you must have completely disintegrated the ball at impact. The mishits are more responsive in the X2 Hot Pro, and you definitely get more feedback from the club. All in all, I would definitely consider this club geared toward the better player that has an easier time finding the center of the face.
Both the Callaway X2 Hot and X2 Hot Pro drivers performed well for me. The stock shaft in the X2 Hot is a bit more tip soft and the stock shaft in the X2 Hot Pro was more tip stiff. The shaft in the X2 Hot Pro was a better fit for me and I was able to get a little more aggressive with it and maintain a lower spin.
The X2 Hot was a bit more forgiving across the face and had more of a “trampoline effect” for me. When hitting the X2 Hot Pro, I felt the club was much more responsive, had a more distinct sweet spot, and more explosion off of the face at impact. If you are fairly comfortable hitting the ball near the sweet spot every time, the X2 Hot Pro is a great option for you. If you are a higher handicapper and you’re looking for an extremely long club with plenty of forgiveness, the X2 Hot driver will more than get the job done for you.
Callaway built upon the foundation of last year’s successful X Hot and X Hot Pro by bringing us two more drivers that have the same feeling and performance that was so great in the original but with more distance, better performance, and a cooler look. The X2 Hot and X2 Hot Pro should be able to fit the bill for any golfer whether they are looking for a driver to make long, reliable, straight shots or for a shotmaker’s driver where the ball explodes off the face and the player can drop bombs anywhere on the course…all for a fraction of the cost of most of the other major companies. Once again, Callaway proves why they continue to be one of the best major manufacturers in the game.