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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.