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The Callaway XR 16 fairway wood is a sneaky contender to be one of the best fairway woods of the year. Easy to elevate and long.
Callaway has an entire media department at their disposal, so it’s tough to say that anything they do flies under the radar, but compared to the boasting some companies are doing about their fairway woods, the XR 16 seems like a shrinking violet. However, at PluggedInGolf, we don’t give stars or medals or awards for hype, we look at performance, and on the launch monitor, the XR 16 fairway wood screams.
Many fairway woods try to have that “better player appeal” by being tiny. The Callaway XR 16 fairway wood, by contrast, is big and proud of it. The footprint is substantial and the round, symmetrical shape does nothing to make it look smaller. Callaway has designed this club to look, and be, easy to hit, and they’ve succeeded.
Sound & Feel
Callaway states that the Forged Hyper Speed Face Cup has been redesigned for the XR 16 to be hotter and thinner, and the feel definitely supports that. Shots feel like they’re jumping off the face.
With a fairway wood, aerodynamics and speed are great, but for recreational players, distance is determined much more by forgiveness and ease of launch. The Callaway XR 16 fairway wood doesn’t make you choose between those four things – it gives you all of them.
Just like the XR 16 driver, the XR 16 FW feels very easy to swing. It’s well balanced and light with just enough feel for the head. Even on my first few swings, I was producing very solid club and ball speed.
The real joy in hitting the XR 16 fairway wood is how easy it is to hit high, straight shots. I was regularly launching shots between 13 and 14 degrees, a real rarity for me, and that was translating to increased carry and total distances. As a bonus, the XR 16 FW really likes going straight. There is some draw bias, but the vast majority of my good swings walked right down the center line.