Callaway X2 Hot, X2 Hot Pro and X2 Hot Deep fairway woods

Callaway X2 Hot fairway wood.

Callaway X2 Hot fairway wood.

Between Callaway's X Hot, the X Hot Pro and the X Hot 3Deep (to say nothing of Phil Mickelson’s Phrankenwood), 2013 was a banner year for Callaway fairway woods. The tricky part now is to follow it up. With the X2 Hot family of woods, Callaway attempts to do just that.

“We knew given the success of the X Hot fairway woods, designing this club is going to be a challenge,” said Evan Gibbs, Callaway Golf’s manager of performance analysis. “So we went back to the drawing board and tried to improve upon some of the core technologies that made those fairway woods so exceptional.”

Callaway said that internal studies revealed golfers with a handicap of 10 or higher only hit the ball in the sweet spot 65 percent of the time, so the company’s engineers set out to create a face designed to increase ball speed on off-center hits. The result: the new 455 Carpenter steel Hyper Speed Face Cup.

Read about Callaway's entire X2 Hot & X2 Hot Pro lineup of clubs here.

According to Gibbs, the new face cup is not only extremely thin and lightweight, it is especially good at maintaining ball speed on low hits. Callaway said the improved face cup creates an additional 1.4 mph of ball speed, which translates to about 4 yards more of distance.

While the face design of the X2 Hot fairway woods may be new, Callaway kept an internal weighting system used in the club’s predecessor called Internal Standing Wave. In essence, it’s a series of wave-like pieces of metal that Callaway positions directly behind the hitting area that pushes more weight forward. While the X Hot fairway woods had 49.5 grams of weight in their internal wave, the X2 Hot has 63 grams.

“What this does is reduce the backspin and help to flatten the trajectory,” Gibbs said. “It also provides more consistent launch and spin conditions across the face. It does this without compromising the face and sole flexure needed to generate the high ball speeds.”

Because fairway woods have to achieve the same ball flight and distance off the tee and from the turf, Callaway gave the X2 Hot fairway woods a versatile sole design with heel and toe relief, along with extra face camber.

“It’s kind of a modern interpretation of the classic Warbird sole,” Gibbs said. “It’s extremely versatile out of a variety of playing conditions and lies.”

The X2 Hot fairway woods will be available in 15-, 17-, 19-, 21-, 23- and 25-degree versions and should be in stores starting Jan. 17 for $239. They will come standard with Aldila Tour Blue shafts.

While the standard version of the X2 Hot fairway woods will appeal to a broad range of players, Callaway also is releasing the X2 Hot Pro fairway woods. Featuring a more compact head and a lower center of gravity, the X2 Hot Pro will produce a slightly lower trajectory than the standard version and can be slightly easier for accomplished players to draw and fade.

The Pro version, with stock Aldila Tour Green shaft, will be available in 13.5-, 15-, 17- and 19-degree models for $239.

For golfers who really like to hit fairway woods off the tee and prefer a deeper face, Callaway also offers the X2 Hot Pro 3Deep (14.5 degree). Gibbs said players can think of it as an alternative to their driver. This second generation of the Deep series also includes a 2Deep (12.5 degree) and 5Deep (18.5 degree). The Deep series will come standard with an Aldila Tour Green shaft for $239. The clubs also will be available on Jan. 17.

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