Callaway X Hot, X Hot Pro Hybrids

Hybrid clubs are designed to not only take the place of long irons, they are versatile performers that can help players get out of trouble. The Callaway X Hot hybrids have a unique sole design that should help mid- and high-handicap golfers accomplish both those goals.

The updated "Warbird" sole decreases the amount of material that actually comes into contact with the ground, because Callaway designed it with less material in the heel and toe areas. The company says this helps the X Hot hybrid skim through rough and fairway sand more easily.

The X Hot hybrids also have Callaway's Speed Frame Face design. The perimeter of the hitting area is thinner than the center, which Callaway says helps counteract a loss of ball speed when players mis-hit on the heel or toe.

There are four X Hot hybrids ranging from 3H (19 degrees) to 6H (28 degree), and each corresponds to a long-iron it can replace.

Callaway also made four X Hot Pro hybrids – 16-, 18-, 20- and 23-degree models – that produce a slightly lower, flatter flight than the standard X Hot hybrids. The Pro models are also smaller from heel to toe and have slightly less offset, which should help accomplished players hit a draw or a fade more easily.

The X Hot hybrids come standard with a Callaway X Hot graphite shaft for $129, and the X Hot Pro hybrids come with a Project X Velocity shaft for $129.

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