Callaway X Hot Pro Driver

Callaway Xhot Pro Driver Review

Pros of the X Hot Pro Driver: 435cc club head is ideal for workability, thin wall casting creates a hot feel off the face, speed frame face created more ball speed.

Cons of the X Hot Pro Driver: Shaft is .75" too long (for me), optifit tech doesn't adjust loft, the new grip had a tendency to slip in hotter temperatures. No alignment markings on the crown.

Overall: A distance driver setup with a players style club head. The design creates a lot ball speed but produces too much spin. A fun driver on long par 5's and a nervous one on tight par 4's.

 

From Callaway: Ultra Thin Wall Casting Technology  - We’ve used our thinnest casting technology ever to create a lighter club configuration and an optimized CG that’s designed to help you rip it off the tee.

Speed Frame Face - The Speed Frame Face creates incredibly fast ball speeds all across the face for longer, more consistent distance. This technology helps optimize the CG, offers more forgiveness, and is designed to provide more consistent sidespin for accurate drives.

 

After leaving the PGA show in Orlando this year, there were a handful of drivers that I couldn't wait to get my hands on to test and the XHot Pro from Callaway was high on my list. The marketing of the XBombs and the face being XHot just got me pumped.

At first glance, the XHot Pro looks raw as the finish on the crown is a dull gray and the face is a darker gray to add a nice subtle contrast. There are no alignment markings on the crown and I didn't think it was going to be a big deal, but I did end up missing it. For me and a couple other testers, we didn't always have perfect alignment at our targets.

 

On our FlightScope, the numbers were decent for me.

 

 

I am not a fan of launch monitor only testing. After a few rounds of golf with the XHot in my bag, I did see deep drives but fought a little to stay consistent. My most common miss with the XHot was a pull draw and I attribute this to the shaft being .75" too long for me. I prefer the shaft to be 45". The ProjectX Velocity 6.5, on paper, has the right combo for my swing. A high kick point and low torque rating for a lower trajectory shot with less spin but I still go back to the longer shaft for the pull miss and higher spin.

My opinion on the OptiFit system is that if you can't adjust the loft, the driver should be non-adjustable. Players know if they prefer an open face, a closed face or square face off the tee. It is a nice option but unnecessary in my opinion. I think this is a time Callaway should have offered a fixed head driver.

All in all the Callaway XHot Pro has all the pieces to be a great driver. For me and my game, I am looking for a mix of control and distance. This could be a simple fix with a proper shaft fitting and I am 100% optimistic my problems with the XHot Pro are solved. With that said, someone looking for a HOT driver off the shelf should consider the XHot Pro. It is as advertised. XHOT. For more information, visit http://www.callawaygolf.com


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Callaway Xhot Pro Driver Review

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