Callaway XR16, XR16 Pro Fairway Woods

Callaway XR 16 fairway woods

Callaway XR16, XR16 Pro Fairway Woods

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Callaway XR16, XR16 Pro Fairway Woods

Callaway’s goal with the new XR16 fairway woods was to create a club that offered the distance and low spin of last season’s XR fairways with more forgiveness and versatility.

To boost ball speed, Callaway gave the XR16 fairways an aerodynamic shape and updated the Hyper Speed Forged Face Cup, making the center of the hitting area just .078 inches thick. The single piece of forged Carpenter 455 stainless steel wraps into the crown and the sole, thinning to .043 inches in those areas. Callaway says that by making the edges of the cup thinner and pulling them back, away from the hitting surface, maximum ball speeds can be achieved across a larger area.

There also is an Internal Standing Wave designed inside the head of the XR16 fairway woods.

“A significant portion of the internal weight is placed low and forward in the clubhead and actually projects out, toward the face,” said Evan Gibbs, Callaway’s senior research and development manager for woods. “This helps us to achieve a very low and consistent spin rate while maintaining the flexibility of the face cup.”

Gibbs said the crown of the XR16 fairways also is thinner, which helped lower the center of gravity and created discretionary weight. Some of that weight went into an 8-gram weight pad positioned in the back of the club, which increases the moment of inertia and makes the XR16 fairways more stable.

Finally, Callaway worked to improve the sole design to make the XR16 fairway woods more versatile.

“The added camber along the leading edge and on the bottom of the sole really provides a lot of versatility from a variety of lie angles and playing conditions,” Gibbs said.

The XR16 fairway woods will be available in 15.5-, 17-, 19-, 21-, and 23-degree versions. There also is a 14-degree 3+ model that has a slightly smaller head (162cc) than the standard 15.5-degree 3-wood (175cc) and a more open face angle. Each of the XR16 fairways will be in stores starting Jan. 29 for $229.99 and come standard with a Fujikura Speeder 565 Evolution shaft.

Callaway also offers XR16 Pro fairway woods in 14-, 16- and 18-degree models. They have slightly smaller heads, produce a flatter ball flight and have an open face angle. The XR16 Pro fairways will cost $249.99 and come standard with a Fujikura Speeder 765 Evolution shaft.

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