ORLANDO, Fla. – Phil Mickelson, a certified distance hound, loves golf clubs that produce outrageously long shots. It’s no secret that his irons are bent strong. He made headlines in 2013 by switching among several 3-woods, essentially auditioning them for length (along with accuracy, of course).
Mickelson, a Callaway staff player, ended up with that company’s X Hot Pro 3-wood in his bag. The club earned a reputation as a long-distance weapon. People were talking. Callaway fairway wood sales increased substantially.
For 2014, Callaway took the X Hot fairway wood technology and used it in its line of X2 Hot hybrids. Guess what? Mickelson showed up in Abu Dhabi in January with a new 18-degree X2 Hot Pro hybrid in his bag. He tied for second.
These hybrids have Callaway’s Hyper Speed forged face cup. They have an expanded sweet spot (Callaway says it is 13 times larger than last year’s model).
The X2 Hot model is available in lofts of 19, 22, 25 and 28 degrees. The X2 Hot Pro has lofts of 16, 18, 20 and 23 degrees. The retail cost for either hybrid, with graphite shaft, is $199.99.