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FIRST LOOK! – Callaway X2 Hot Driver, Irons & More

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Will Callaway X2 Hot Be Best Driver 2 Years In A Row?

Who made the best performing driver in 2013?  Callaway.  Which model?  The Callaway X Hot.

If you want to check the numbers feel free, we got plenty of 'em for ya.

So, what's one of the drivers you should be most interested in trying out in 2014?  Yep, that's right, it's called the Callaway X2 Hot.  We got some pics and info for you to check out. The newest kid on the block in Callaway's 2014 driver stable will be ready to launch Mid-Janurary.  And for those that like their whole bag to match, we got the pics of the fairway wood, hybrid and irons as well.

Here is some more alleged info about the new X2 Hot gear:

Retail Date for X2 Hot is 1/14 for most products

X2 Hot Driver

- All lofts one head

- 9.5 base loft 8.5 to 11.5

- 55g Tour Blue in Regular

- 65g Tour Green in Pro

- $349 Retail

X2 Hot Fairway

- X2 Hot Fairway

- X2 Hot/X2Hot Pro

- X2 Hot Deep FW (Retail 2/14)

- $239 Retail

X2 Hot Hyrbids

- X2 Hot/X2Hot Pro

- $199 Retail 

X2 Hot Irons

- X2 Hot $799/($899 graphite)

- X2 Hot Pro $899

Image Source: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=808owHa2QXQ

Callaway X2 Hot Driver 2014

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{ 66 comments… read them below or add one }

John Simpson October 11, 2013 at 4:56 pm

This is a joke right? Are these just for sale in wal mart?

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flaglfr October 14, 2013 at 7:51 pm

Oh My God…….
Was considering the next version of the Xhot pro….. Until now.

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Displayname October 11, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Orange and black must have shown up in everyone’s market testing. Miz, Wilson, and now Cally all have that color scheme working in one line or another for 2013. I’ll miss the classic red and black though.

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vic October 11, 2013 at 7:59 pm

It’s Halloween right?

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stogiesnbogies October 13, 2013 at 12:44 am

Orange and black must be the new white this season. LOL

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RAT October 11, 2013 at 5:12 pm

Looks like orange is the color alright . It looks a lot like the Fg Wilson Staff series for 014.
I would think they could have done differently. Not impressed!

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gunmetal October 11, 2013 at 5:13 pm

Just made my decision to either reshaft my X Hot Pro or wait a lot easier. Yuck.

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jeff February 20, 2014 at 9:19 pm

with all the snow around that is what i did reshafted my x-hots

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Mr_Theoo October 11, 2013 at 5:14 pm

What about the apex irons?

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naflack October 11, 2013 at 5:26 pm

These better perform exceedingly well cause they is ugly…

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golfercraig October 11, 2013 at 5:27 pm

No chance these hit at 349. That was the price point that they thought TM was going to be at after some snooping. They were wrong. The new RBZ replacement will hit at 299. Callaway will adjust accordingly, just like they did last year pre-release when they found out TM’s price points. Always reacting.

I’m also pretty sure the X2Hot driver will be available in more than 1 head. The pro is 1 loft only, but not the regular head.

Also, the hybrid is groundbreaking. Absolutely stunning. Cannot believe how great it is. If they can’t sell this thing,they should just close up shop.

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Ian October 11, 2013 at 7:03 pm

golfercraig…are you commenting on the looks of the X2 hybrid or have you had some in-hand experience with it? If so, do tell!
I like the looks of the entire lineup and I’m not a Cally guy!

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golfercraig October 11, 2013 at 10:00 pm

in hand experience.

The gooseneck look that has been Callaway’s calling card in the hybrids is gone. And the ball speeds are thru the roof. Just a homerun all around. That damn gooseneck made it hard to line up, and the tour guys hated them. I cannot imagine that this won;t be played by most of their staff. Just very easy to line up, very long, and feels fantastic.

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Bill Simons October 11, 2013 at 5:28 pm

Just one shaft option?

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Joe Golfer October 13, 2013 at 1:20 am

Callaway generally has numerous shaft options, but you have to pay an upgrade fee for the majority of them. There may be a couple that cost the same as the stock, though you’d have to wait for a special order at the store.
The upgrade cost generally varies depending on the particular shaft option that you choose.

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pooch October 11, 2013 at 5:29 pm

These look old already.Dirty etc. They give the feel of knock off clubs that use names that are close to the original but we all know they are not. If they are real I like the deeper face on the hybrid. I currently play the Xhot hybrid and love them.

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RocketBallz October 11, 2013 at 5:33 pm

Not crazy about the graphics on the driver club head.

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Andy October 11, 2013 at 5:47 pm

I don’t care about the colors. I don’t care who plays the club at the Pro Level. If the X Hot 2 performs better than the X Hot, they have my money.

X Hot was one of the great values this year and a true performer for me. That’s all I care about.

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DB October 11, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Weren’t the Aldila “Tour Blue” and “Tour Green” shafts the ones that were counter-balanced for drivers that are 46 inches?

Does that mean these will come stock at 46 inches?

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Regis October 11, 2013 at 7:26 pm

Gonna be a great season.The product bashing has already started for all the manufacturer’s projected offerings and no one has really hit them (let alone gamed them) yet.

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Correy October 11, 2013 at 7:55 pm

I’m sure they hit good but the hybrid and driver look fugly. The fairways have always looked good and hit great, but give me atleast a 12 month life cycle. This push as much product through in a 12 month period is getting ridiculous. If i hit it 5 meters further with every new product thats come through in the last 5 years I would be hitting it 320m off the tee by now…… wouldnt that be nice.

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vic October 11, 2013 at 8:10 pm

Another Best of the Best! Until next month and then we’ll have Best of the Best 2 and so on. The real good side to all the bloviating is there is enough people who will pay the buck$ for these and others and the rest of us can get their trade ins and demos cheap! Soon we’ll all have the Best of the Best too!

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golfercraig October 11, 2013 at 10:04 pm

I can’t believe I’m going to defend Callaway here–but here goes.

You know the companies don’t think everyone is going to buy a new club every year, right? So why get pissed at them. The average turnover for a driver is 5 years, for a fairway wood its 8 years. So, 12.5% of the market changes fairway woods every year. If YOU do it every year–you are the idiot, not Callaway. This constant whining is asinine. The amount of people doing it, and loudly proclaiming themselves as morons, amazes me. You’re right–there is bloviating going on. Just not by who you think.

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Tony October 11, 2013 at 8:21 pm

They look cheap, looks like a bad knock off of the original X Hot.

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Jim October 11, 2013 at 8:29 pm

Perfect. Now I can pick up the original even cheaper.

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Ernie Balassa October 11, 2013 at 9:43 pm

Absolutely unbelievable. I purchased the Extreme Fit (Like Ping the answer to all of my problems). Then they introduce the Optiforce which I was just about ready to consider in spite of the time frame between the two. Now here we go folks- weeeeeeeee- the XHot 2 is the one to have in your bag. BS…I’m sticking with the Extreme Fit.

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golfercraig October 11, 2013 at 10:07 pm

Again with the idiocy. You get that those drivers aren’t aimed at the same guy, right? Why in the hell would you change drivers every year? Better yet, if that’s what you want to do, why piss and moan about it? So, the marketing was so good that you were almost talked into switching drivers for no damn good reason, but you’re mad that they market it well? Seriously, just idiotic.

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gunmetal October 12, 2013 at 11:36 pm

I completely agree. I think a lot of club junkies like and respect the way Titleist and even Ping do their product cycles and sort of get tired of hearing about a “longer”/better driver every 3-6 months from Callaway and TM. But in the end, you’re right as club junkies, you’d think we’d be smart enough to figure out that you’re not losing anything – and I mean anything – by hanging on to your current gamer for a few years. This would explain why neither the RFE nor the X Hot Pro can touch my Diablo Octane Tour Limited.

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dcorun October 11, 2013 at 9:47 pm

No bashing here but, I’m getting tired of all the color schemes which I didn’t think would happen. I recently tested the X-Hot, Ping G25, Amp Cell, Super S and the Classic Custom XL at the local PGA Superstore and I thought I’d walk out with the X-Hot after the testing it got on Golfspy but, to my surprise I got the best results from the Cleveland Classic Custom XL and it looks great with the all black club head and the black Miyazaki shaft. Very classy!

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Mbwa Kali Sana October 12, 2013 at 2:16 am

All these drivers are crap made in CHINA .If you want a very good driver ,get a KRANK driver ,made in USA ,with a FUJIKURA TOUR shaft .These are THE drivers real long hitters play,several Times long Drive Winners .Don’t buy all these drivers who rely solely on marketing type to attract would be customers .

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Oliver October 14, 2013 at 2:16 am

Maybe more people would if they didn’t look like your kid’s toys …

seriously, Krank “rage” with “impact tech” … and the formula isn’t much better :-S

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Aoteaoabrad October 14, 2013 at 3:15 am

They may be made in China Mbwa, but I highly doubt that they are – as you so eloquently put it – crap… likewise, while I don’t doubt that the Krank drivers are great for a subset of golfers, they are not the best fit for everyone (just as the X2hot will not be). Again, the blanket statements make you sound much less intelligent than I’m sure you are … any company that relied solely on marketing hype would not last long…

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Tony Covey October 14, 2013 at 8:43 am

Great story, but totally false. Krank drivers are produced in China. The shafts likely come from Taiwan or Vietnam or wherever it is Fujikura produces their shafts. The clubs are ASSEMBLED in the USA (which is more than a stones throw away from being MADE in the USA). Here’s the reality…Nobody with even a little skin in the game is manufacturing heads in the USA. It’s cost prohibitive. Everything comes from China and Japan.

FWIW, PING and TaylorMade among others assemble their clubs in the US as well.

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Krank Golf October 15, 2013 at 12:33 pm

Though I do like the push Mbwa…Krank Golf has never been posted or submitted or stated as being made in the USA. All heads are made in China and Assembled here in the USA, Tempe AZ.

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Bullwinkle October 31, 2013 at 7:54 pm

I was once a Krank Fan, but their customer service was abysmal. They “fitted me” for a tour shaft with a “promise” they would change it out for a non tour shaft or softer flex if I needed it. Within the first month I told them I couldn’t hit the Krank, they passed the buck around and I had emails from 3 different names none of which would or did issue a Return Authorization. I sold the driver and lost money on it when it was almost new after 6 months of begging Krank, and specifically Mr. Reader to change it out for me. All I can say is if you order a driver from Krank, make sure it is what you need, because they will not stand behind it.

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Krank Golf October 31, 2013 at 9:28 pm

Bull, I must apologize as we do stand behind our product, wish I could tell you to give me a call and I can take care of this for you, unfortunately you have sold the club. Pleas still call me and I can offer you something better and talk more with you about what went wrong. As we do stand behind our product, we will make this right. Please us at 480-699-5041 Thanks

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gus October 12, 2013 at 8:45 am

finally callaway look like they have come up with a great looking hybrid! not impressed by the hybrids on the xhot line. would definitely consider putting the x2 in the bag.

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Par None October 12, 2013 at 9:38 am

I purchased the X hot after trying several drivers and was pleasantly surprised at the added distance over the competition. The colors are fine. You guys need the colors to match your shorts or what?

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Berniez40 October 12, 2013 at 10:30 am

I’m okay with the graphics, but I would a[[appreciate it if someone would help me check my eyes. Are all those heads setting up about 1/2* closed. Not that I have a real problem with that, but I’d like to know what you folks think.

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Joe Golfer October 13, 2013 at 1:32 am

They look closed because that’s the way the photo was taken.
They would have adjustable hosels, just like most of today’s clubs, so one sets it as one likes it.
All these clubheads were off the ground when the photo was taken, so that doesn’t tell you anything about the face angle, though you are correct in that they all appear to look “closed”, simply due to the photographer.
Another commenter named @pooch stated that they look old and dirty. Obviously they actually wouldn’t look old and dirty when brand new on the store shelf, but they have taken on that appearance due to the photography.
Since this is “my golf spy”, I guess that spy photos don’t always have that clear, crisp look of a professional photography studio. There will be more and better photos coming along eventually, likely on the Callaway website itself.

Like many of you other commentators, I too am not that keen on the orange trim, but I guess that is the color du jour. Maybe they can get Rickie Fowler to switch to Callaway :)

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golf October 12, 2013 at 7:20 pm

This is a xhot products with different graphics. This is going to be a hard sell.

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CR Junah October 13, 2013 at 3:25 pm

Does no one look at the shape of clubs anymore? look at that hybrid. Imagine looking down at that shape. Would that bother ANYONE else? Or am I the weird one?

Also, the face looks like an Adams hybrid. Not saying that’s good or bad, just saying.

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bullwinkle October 13, 2013 at 6:49 pm

Guys, I hit the X Hot pretty good, but the Optiforce came out about the time I was buying and I’m glad it did. After hitting the 460 and the 440 heads, I purchased the 440 in a regular shaft. It comes standard as a 9.5, but easily adjusts to 8.5 to 11.5 and is the hottest driver I’ve ever touched, period. I’m 63 and average about 225 with my old driver, I hit the Optiforce 283 on a long drive hole this past week, and was longer than 250 on every drive I hit.

Chip Brewer is the CEO at Callaway, he has them producing the best equipment in Callaway’s history. Callaway’s new Apex Irons are the first Forged, long, and even game improvement Irons. Chip oversaw the Adams revolution, and creating another one at Callaway. Until this year I’d never owned a Callaway Club, now I’ve got a bag full and I’ll be among the first to get the Apex Irons.

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froneputt October 17, 2013 at 11:06 am

Sounds as if you were not fit properly for your last driver or its design did not fit you.

You don’t gain 60 yards by changing a driver unless something was terribly wrong with the last non-fit.

I can believe 25-30 yards from a poorly fit driver. FWIW, I put stock Optiforces and a stock R1 with same loft in the same LM at the same time – the R1 was longer … for me by a large margin. But I like the XHot.

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Bullwinkle October 31, 2013 at 11:41 pm

I was fit, but I no long will accept as gospel the fittings done in store. Man I hit everything like a pro in store, then no so much on the course. Clearly I’m a senior, I can’t explain the difference in distance, but when Younger I hit the ball country long. I was average in our senior group prior to the Optiforce, now I’m one of the longest hitters. My average drive is only a little over 28 yards longer than my old TM Driver, but on the long drive hole I had both feet off the ground and the ball just went straight, ha. I tried the R-1 too, but I’m convinced Callaway is the future for most golfers.

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joro October 13, 2013 at 8:41 pm

So what does all this prove. What happened to the days when you bought the Driver that you hit well, felt good, and hit it straightest. Today it is read the ads, read the “tests”, and run straight to your nearest store and buy it.

Anyone ever consider that shafts, Graphite that is, are not consistent? The same shafts in 6 clubs can be totally different making the ball react differently, and I am talking same brand and flex, they are not the same. The same goes with loft, there can be a 2 degree difference. A 9 could be a real 11 and vice versa. And the flex affects trajectory also.

The point is, if you hit a club good, even a demo, try to buy it. Chances are the same club they make will not be the same. These things are facts!!! Many years as a player and clubmaker have taught me that is a fact. Science is great, but it doesn’t tell it all enough to say it is a sure thing.

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Chad Williams October 14, 2013 at 1:20 am

Swap up some paint make the shaft a little longer say it will add a few more yards you just have agave a new ad scheme can’t wait to see what they say about these and if there might be an apex line?

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Austin Williams October 14, 2013 at 11:11 am

I had the luxury of hitting this product and seeing. Sadly, in my opinion its not near as attractive as the original X HOT Driver and Fairway. I thought it looked cheaper. However, most of the ” samples” are not near as attractive than what comes out. The irons and the woods in my opinion lack shelf appeal. The APEX Iron was good, but for 1,100.00 I expect more.
Just my two cents

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Rex October 14, 2013 at 2:03 pm

What will be clear is the hard lesson CG is going to learn from it’s failure to differentiate (name, performance, appearance…quite literally everything). Come January, golfer John Q. Public holds a new X-Hot in one hand…hold the new X2-Hot in the other….. does the math (and dislikes orange)… X2-Hot likely gathers excessive foot traffic dust. It is a reasonable bet that this product line will begin its phased discounting in April.

Compound this with 1) the likelihood that the fairway gold-rush is over and 2) TM beat Callaway to market with both the sliding adjustment and low and forward CG science…. and you have a challenging year for CG wood sales.

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Drew October 14, 2013 at 2:52 pm

It amazes me how people are content (or stupid enough) to criticize a product without som much as even laying a finger on it. Amazing.

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Rex October 14, 2013 at 9:07 pm

You appear to be…. easily amazed.

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flaglfr October 15, 2013 at 8:04 am

This is another example of designers getting way too involved in the design process. The orange color is pretty bad, but why in the world do they have to put all of those scrolls, lines, etc on top of the head??? There was another blog on this site about when will Taylor made fall out of the top spot. The answer is when someone finally resists the temptation to do exactly what they are doing to “uglify” the top of golf clubs.

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golfnewbie October 16, 2013 at 6:35 pm

I am new to golf, but judging by what I have noticed on all the golf forum sites, I have trouble beleiving the average golfer uses the same clubs for 1 month much less years. Unless those people are lying, but seems like every time I get on one of the sites they have all changed clubs, shafts, etc.

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golfnewbie October 16, 2013 at 6:45 pm

I also wanted to post that, after talking to a local country club pro, who is sponsored by Callaway, after I showed him this article, that these may not be what is put into final production, colors may change, shafts etc. He said that whenever any new clubs are designed a bunch get made and sent out for testing, reviews, and such. He said that after all the information they have gathered comes back, they go over everything and make changes as needed. Said he has been sent clubs from Callaway that never even got made for retail to test. I have no actual proof that this is true or not, just thought I would post.

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Smitty114 October 16, 2013 at 7:56 pm

Got to see these in person and these pictures do not do them justice at all, the paint job is actually pretty nice looking and with an Adila tour ATX as a stock shaft you cant go wrong.

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froneputt October 17, 2013 at 11:09 am

I’ll do what I did with the XHot. Wait until the end of the season and purchase it at 35-40% off… if a demo proves its worth.

I can’t judge a club until it comes out of prototype form and I see it, and hit it.

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Colin Hanna October 17, 2013 at 11:18 am

The orange is so awful that it seriously detracts from what looks like it could be a great new line of clubs. PLEASE don’t fix what’s working. Red and Black are as ingrained into the Callaway brand as red, white and blue are in our flag. Offer orange as an option if you must. But please don’t force it on us.

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JOEL GOODMAN October 17, 2013 at 3:56 pm

ELY CALLAWAY MUST BE SPINNING IN HIS GRAVE. THE MORONS RUNNING HIS COMPANY TODAY ARE INEPT AT BEST AND JUST PLAIN DUMB WHEN IT COMES TO SALES AND MARKETING. IS THERE ANY GOLFER OUT THERE THAT IS NOT SICK TO DEATH WITH THE BULLSHIT “MINE’S LONGER THAN YOURS”? ALL THE SAME SHIT, MADE IN CHINA FOR $6 AND SOLD HERE FOR $400. I WOULD NOT BUY ANY OF THIS CRAP. I I LIVE LONG ENOUGH TO NEED NEW CLUBS I’LL GO ON EBAY AND LOOK FOR 1990 MODELS IN GOOD SHAPE.

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Oldplayer October 17, 2013 at 5:01 pm

Why do you tell us what you really think?? LOL.

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Oldplayer October 17, 2013 at 5:02 pm

Sorrry!! I meant why don’t.

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Lloyd October 17, 2013 at 10:23 pm

To be honest it looks the same as the current model just diffrent color and a horrible color at that. No wonder callaway are struggling in the golf market. This years model is better.

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andrew October 20, 2013 at 4:43 am

the xhot line performed very well, and i have no reason to doubt this stuff will be better (if only marginally) and i cant see the bottom of my clubs when i swing them. that being said, the crown graphics look a little nickent-y, like they’re trying too hard to be xtreme… this is like a smoking hot woman with a very unfortunate tribal armband tattoo. in a few years they’re gonna want to laser that crap off of there and hope no one remembers they had it, while asking why no one told them not to do it in the first place.

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Brent October 26, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Hey guys,
I work as an assistant pro at a golf course and have had a chance to hit all the new product coming out for the 2014 season. I have never ever been a Callaway fan. I didn’t even really like the XHOT stuff for this past seson that much, but hands down the best product I hit recently was the X2HOT line for next year! I really really like the Optiforce driver they released and the X2HOT might be better! So, don’t be deceived by the look and color because they are awesome clubs! Also, the Apex forged irons for next season are very nice. I have been staffed with and always been a loyal Titleist guy, but I may have to switch after testing the new product Callway has for next season.

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marc October 29, 2013 at 5:12 pm

I have for past 10 years played only Callaway & Titleist golf equipment & balls. I am a 15 handicapper. I used just about every Callaway driver & woods until 2011. From 2011 to current, none looked good or worked for me. Went to 2012 Titleist 910 driver & woods & hybrid & surprise hit them better (even though surprised RD sales guys said they were for single digit players. in last 2 years have tried all new Callaway stuff out every 6 months, and not working. 2012 Callaway white & silver graphite shafts, UGLY. New line even UGLIER. 2014 X Hot irons here look HORRIBLE. In irons I have 2011 RAZR X, 2010 Diablo Forged, 2010 AP2, and now getting 2014 AP1. By the way, Bullwinkle, who post new Apex ” Callaway’s first forged mid-handicap, must have never seen or heard of Diablo Forged. And new Apex looks IDENTICAL, except for back badge.

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Bullwinkle October 31, 2013 at 11:47 pm

Hey Marc, what I said was this is their first designated “Long, Forged irons”. Of course CG has made other Forged Clubs, I apologize if I wasn’t clear in what I intended to say.

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Dave mann January 11, 2014 at 1:31 pm

Recently seen a Japanese YouTube clip and the x hot2 driver and woods all had a polished black look,looked classy. Does anyone know if the polished look will be available in the USA and Europe.

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