Callaway XR OS Hybrid Review

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The Callaway XR OS hybrid isa great choice for players seeking maximum forgiveness from their hybrid.  Long!

Introduction

I recently reviewed the Callaway XR OS irons and found them to be everything a super game improvement iron should be: long, forgiving, and really fun to play.  The XR OS hybrid aims to bring those same characteristics to your long game.

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Looks

Interestingly, despite the “OS” (oversized) in the name, the Callaway XR OS hybrid isn’t that much larger than the standard XR hybrid.  That doesn’t mean it isn’t plenty big – it is – but it’s not out of line with the other SGI hybrids on the market.  The crown is matte black, and it has a tall face similar to the XR.  In short, if you’re looking for a bigger hybrid to give you more confidence, the XR OS will fit the bill.

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Sound & Feel

The sound and feel of the Callaway XR OS hybrid are a perfect match for the look.  At impact, you get a slightly loud, high pitched sound that makes you feel like you crushed the ball.  This does a lot to promote confidence because every shot sounds like a bomb.

On the other hand, there is solid feedback through the feel.  Despite the club head being very stable and forgiving, you should be able to tell where on the face you struck the ball if you’re paying attention.

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Performance

Based on the look, sound, and feel, I had some very clear expectations for the Callaway XR OS hybrid when I took it to the range.  This club delivered on every one.  The XR OS hybrid is unabashedly designed for the higher handicap player who is seeking ease of use and distance.

No matter how poorly you strike the ball with this club, your shot will get airborne, a trait it shares with the XR OS irons.  The importance of this can’t be overstated for the new golfer.  What’s worse than hitting a grounder?  Almost nothing.  The fact that this club virtually guarantees that every shot will look like a golf shot makes it worth more than its $220 price tag.

In addition to getting the ball up, the XR OS hybrid is also good at getting the ball well down range.  With a lightweight stock shaft (a 60 gram Mitsubishi Rayon Fubuki), the XR OS makes it easy to create some club speed, and the Hyper Speed Face Cup turns that into lots of ball speed.  Finally, this hybrid has a substantial draw bias built in to help players turn their slices into long, powerful draws.

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Conclusion

If you want a hybrid that’s going to fill you with confidence and drive the ball a long way, you won’t go wrong with the Callaway XR OS hybrid.  If you get the right loft for your bag and a shaft that fits, you’ll have no problem with those long par 3s.

Matt Saternus

2 Comments

  1. Is the xr os hybrid a noticeable improvment over the xr hybrid?

    • Matt Saternus

      Jack,

      The OS vs the standard XR isn’t about improvement, just serving the player who wants a larger head and more forgiveness.

      Best,

      Matt

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