XR Iron Set
The first high speed, cavity back, cup-faced iron
The XR Irons by Callaway are built for speed. Callaway has taken the Cup 360 that’s redefined ball speed in fairway woods and brought it to irons. The improved Cup 360 acts like a spring on shots hit low on the face, and increases ball speeds everywhere else on the face too.
The distance on these irons is incredible, and that’s just the start. When you factor in the lower CG, all that forgiveness, the face flex of the Internal Standing Wave, along with the precise 2-piece, dual heat construction you can see why these irons are a must have.
Revolutionary Ball Speed From Cup 360:
Our improved face cup technology acts like a spring on shots hit low on the face to increase ball speeds. The speed is higher at every other impact location on the face too.
Lower CG, More MOI and Ball Speed:
The Internal Standing Wave is the ultimate team player. It’s refined the way that Callawy lowers CG, increasing MOI and gives the face cup the freedom to flex for more ball speed.
New Construction And Shape:
An iron built for speed needs a different level of refinement and attention, in this case a 2-piece construction that includes a dual heat treatment. It’s precise, meticulous craftsmanship that XR deserves.
Callaway XR Irons Expert Review
Written By: Bob Gomavitz
The XR is Callaway’s first Cavity Back Iron with 360 Cup Face technology, which increases ball speed across the entire face. They also included an Internal Standing Wave, which offers a lower CG, increased MOI, and gives the face cup freedom to provide better ball speeds along with a 2 piece construction.
Who's It For?
I would have said in the past that Game Improvement irons are more for 18+ handicappers. Purists most likely will still walk by this section in the stores, but so be it. Now, pretty much any type of player can play this class of Game Improvement irons without hesitation, and there is one main reason. What held back the better players in previous years from using this class of iron was the hot spots, or jumpers as they’re called, which creates inconsistent distances from the same club number. The OEM’s have done a fabulous job correcting this issue with better technology in head and groove design.
The XR version is the Game Improvement version, featuring a larger head, more offset, a very thick top line, and a very high toe shape. The polished finish includes two white face grooves to help with alignment. Forgiveness-wise is about the same as the Pro, but you have a larger face area for your mishits. Due to the larger cavity, the slight “click” noise at impact intensifies ever so much compared to the Pro version. The ball flight was very good but had a slightly straight to left tendency for me with the increase of offset. If the Pro version is not producing enough forgiveness, this version would be the choice.
Club Tested: 7-Iron; Shaft: KBS Tour V; Loft: 30°Read the 2015 Game Improvement Irons Guide
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