Callaway XR Hybrid Review

Callaway XR Hybrid_0037

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The Callaway XR hybrid is really easy to hit and high launching.  Feels very hot.  Standard and pro models are very different.

Introduction

Often, the “Tour” or “Pro” designation signifies nothing more than a shaft upgrade.  In the case of the Callaway XR hybrids, however, it tells the difference between two entirely different clubs.  We tested both to let you know which one should end up in your bag.

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Looks

The standard XR hybrid is one of the larger hybrids that you’ll find.  Unlike most larger hybrids, however, it’s not symmetrical – it’s much larger in the toe.  The Pro model looks nothing like the standard XR.  It’s much smaller and symmetrical, but it still has a tall face.  Both models have a matte black crown.  The standard model has a chevron alignment aid, the Pro does not.

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Sound & Feel

Both the standard and Pro versions of the XR hybrid have a high pitched impact sound that makes them feel very hot.  The difference between the two is volume: the standard model is noticeably louder than the Pro.

In terms of feel, the main difference between the two versions is weight.  While the XR hybrid is fairly light, the XR Pro is much heavier.

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Performance

As you would expect from the looks, the two versions of the Callaway XR hybrid perform quite differently.  The most noticeable difference is in the launch angle.  You will not need a launch monitor to see that the standard XR launches the ball very high and very easily while the Pro favors a more penetrating trajectory.

There is also a significant gap in forgiveness.  The XR hybrid is forgiving both in terms of heel and toe misses and thin strikes.  Virtually every swing launches the ball high, and you won’t come up too short of your target unless you near-whiff.  The Pro is reasonably forgiving, certainly much better than a long iron, but it’s not in the same category as the standard XR hybrid.

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Conclusion

For players seeking a hybrid that’s incredibly easy to hit, the Callaway XR fits the bill.  While the Pro model is very attractive, it should be reserved for quality ball strikers.  It’s also important to note the substantial shaft difference between the two when making your selection.

Matt Saternus
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5 Comments

  1. Hello Matt,
    Interested in the non-pro version 3H. Need one that’s forgiving and could be used off tee. Possibly replace 3W in my bag.
    Two questions: (1) how does this compare to the SLDR S Rescue you review and liked a lot a while ago? (2) how does this compare to G30 hybrid?
    Love my G30 4H but for some reason I just can’t launch 3H well and keep caching the toe. Therefor the high-toed XR might be he answer for me.
    Thanks for your time.

    • Matt Saternus

      Roger,

      I think all three of the clubs you mention are good and in the same ball park with regard to forgiveness and performance. As always, for each individual it comes down to fit.
      What’s the problem with your current 3W that you want to replace it? Perhaps switching to a 4W or 5W would be a better solution for higher launch.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. Matt,

    Thanks for your feedback.

    I have issues with longer clubs so I tend to stick with shorter ones i.e. hybrids instead of fairway woods.

    For some reason the particular G30 3H I have (or perhaps all of them behave this way) has a face that is not too “hot”. It seems mis-hits get punished. This doesn’t happen with the 4H in the same serious.

    That was the reason I am looking at XR or SLDR S rescue because they see,pm to have hitter faces according to various reviews I have read.

    • Matt Saternus

      Roger,

      It’s odd to hear that you find one G30 hybrid forgiving (as I did), but another less so. Perhaps this is something you could contact PING about to see if there’s a defect.

      In any case, good luck in your search.

      Best,

      Matt

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