Callaway X2 Hot Hybrid Review

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Fairway wood technology makes the X2 Hot hybrids a good choice for players looking for #Ridonkulong distance.  Very refined appearance.  The Pro model is my favorite of 2014.

Introduction

If it weren’t for a crop of show stealing drivers, 2014 would be to hybrids what 2012 was to fairway woods: the year they got their share of the spotlight. Drivers aside, 2014 is the year that you should replace your hybrid because every OEM is putting out gorgeous clubs that flat out perform, and the Callaway X2 Hot hybrids are at the very head of that class.

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Looks

To me, the Callaway X2 Hot Pro is the best looking hybrid of 2014.  It’s compact from heel-to-toe and front-to-back and beautifully shaped.  The face is just tall enough that you’ll be confident addressing a ball that’s sitting up a little, and it’s all topped off with a clean matte grey crown.

The standard X2 Hot hybrid is slightly longer from heel-to-toe and decidedly larger from front-to-back, particularly towards the toe.  In the grand scheme of things, it’s not a particularly big hybrid, it just looks big next to the Pro model.  The other major aesthetic difference is that the standard model has a white chevron alignment aid on the crown.

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Sound & Feel

Despite having very different looks, both versions of the X2 Hot hybrid sound very similar.  The most standout characteristic is the high pitched sound at impact: they sound a bit more like fairway woods than hybrids to my ear.  The sound isn’t shrill or unpleasant, just higher pitched than I expect from a hybrid.

When you do mishit a ball, there is a noticeable difference in feel between the Pro and standard models.  With the Pro, you’ll feel a bit more twisting of the club head when you miss the center.  The standard model covers up the feel of mishits a bit better, as you’d expect.

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Performance

Upon picking up these two X2 Hot hybrids, one of the first differences that I noticed was the shaft weight: the Aldila Tour Green in the Pro model is nearly 20 grams heavier than the standard model’s stock shaft.  This heavier shaft also leads the Pro model to check in at roughly 2 swing weight points higher than the standard model.  For me, two SW points isn’t a big deal, but I did notice the shaft weight, and I do prefer a heavier shaft.  That showed up in me having slightly better accuracy with the Pro model.

In launch monitor testing, both models showed that they are long.  For me, both clubs launched fairly low with the Pro model launching about a degree lower.  The real key to their long distances was the low spin.  The Pro model did spin a bit less than the standard model (approximately 350 RPM), but both were very low which created strong ball flights with lots of roll out.

Super long distances from a hybrid can be a great thing, but it does put the onus on the golfer to think about how they’re going to use the club.  For players seeking to replace fairway woods, the X2 Hot hybrids will be a godsend.  For players who want to replace their hybrids and long irons, it will likely be necessary to buy more loft in the X2 Hot.  This is a good thing, loft is your friend, but it emphasizes the importance of getting fit for a club that will hit the distance you want with the appropriate trajectory.

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Conclusion

#Ridonkulong may be a silly “word,” but the distances that these hybrids produce are dead serious.  For players looking to use hybrids instead of fairway woods, or those who simply want to get longer, the Callaway X2 Hot hybrids are a must-try.  The killer looks of the Pro model are an unexpected bonus from a “distance club.”

Price and Specs

The Callaway X2 Hot Hybrid retails for $199 for the standard or Pro model.

The Pro model comes in 16°, 18°, 20°, and 23°.  The standard model is available in 19°, 22°, 25°, and 28°.

The stock shaft on the Pro model is the Aldila Tour Green.  The standard model comes stock with Callaway’s Ultralite Iron Graphite shaft.

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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4 Comments

  1. I’ve seen 2 references to the regular shaft that comes with these clubs. The regular X2 Hot comes with something referred to as a Callaway Ultralite and has blue color near the grip. However, I’ve also heard their shaft referred to as an Aldila Tour Blue. Are the Ultralite and the Tour Blue the same shaft or is the Aldila Tour Blue a special order? Thanks

    • Matt Saternus

      Craig,

      The shaft in our club was not an Aldila Tour Blue, but I do believe that shaft is available through Callaway as a custom order.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. Matt, my swing speed is around 85, and I am wondering about should I purchase a regular or senior flex shaft.
    Also, I play to a 16.5 hcp, 67 years of age and trying to decide between the standard or the Pro model. What’s your thought?

    • Matt Saternus

      Al,

      Both are good questions, but ones that can only be answered by hitting them and comparing the results. Generally speaking, I think 85 MPH would fit a regular flex shaft. As for pro or standard, it’s a question of how much forgiveness you need.

      Best,

      Matt

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