Having the ability to test drivers for Club Wars not only gives me an opportunity to swing the newest equipment, but also allows me to see and feel the progression of clubs from generation to generation.
As usual, I was excited to get my hands on Callaway Golf's latest offerings. It was the return of the Big Bertha (we will have a review soon) but also the 2nd gen X Hot drivers (X2 Hot). Last year I was a little critical on the X Hot Pro driver. Although I thought it was a distance beast, I believe it lacked a bit of control.
- The new Hyper Speed Face™ technology is the fastest, thinnest all titanium driver face ever produced by Callaway and it delivers faster ball speeds, a larger sweet spot and more forgiveness.
- Improved Head Shape and Construction delivers more confidence and improved ball speed and more distance.
- New Advanced Adjustable Hosel Technology allows a player to increase or decrease your loft (+2° and -1°) and adjust to a Draw or Neutral directional bias.
- X2 Hot Pro allows you to work the ball like a pro with a more compact head (440cc) neutral bias head design that delivers more penetrating ball flight with less spin.
So what are the big differences? Both have the same matte grey color crown and 440 cc club head. But that's it. The X2 Hot Pro now comes standard at 8.5* and the shaft is now .25" shorter at 45.5". For my swing, these differences were the biggest improvements. Loft Up doesn't work for everyone, and since I add loft to my driver, the lower loft is great for a piercing trajectory for me. My average launch with the X2 Hot Pro was 10 which gave me an average carry of 270 yards and a total distance of 302.9 yards. The shaft being shorter helped tremendously to keep the ball in the fairway. In my opinion control adds confidence. Sure, I would like to have the shaft length closer to 45", but this is a great start at making a true "PRO" version driver.
From tester to gamer, the X2 Hot Pro is a no nonsence driver. Simple design, looks like it can kick your ass and performs like crazy. I did not feel like I had to do too much to make the ball go. Of the 18 drivers I tested, it was one of my lowest swing speed drivers but it generated the most ball speed and 2nd highest Smash Factor at 1.49. Do yourself a favor and demo this driver if you are in the market. You won't regret it. For more information visit www.callawaygolf.com