Callaway X2 Hot & X2 Hot Pro driver

Callaway's new X2 Hot and X2 Hot Pro drivers are all about ball speed. Both drivers are highlighted by Callaway’s Hyper Speed Face made of 455 Carpenter steel.

In 2013, Callaway used 455 Carpenter steel in the face of its X Hot fairway woods. The clubs were so successful at retail that Callaway decided to use the material in the faces of all its X2 Hot metalwoods (drivers, fairway woods and hybrids) for 2014.

Both drivers include Callaway’s OptiFit adjustable hosel. Not only does this mean that golfers easily can change shafts, OptiFit also provides independent loft and lie adjustment as well as shot-shape adjustment (neutral or draw). There are eight settings.

The loft range varies from 2 degrees up to 1 degree down from the stock loft of each driver. Lofts for X2 Hot are 9, 10.5 and 13.5 HT. For X2 Hot Pro, only one loft is available: 8.5 degree. With loft adjustment, the Pro model can be lowered to 7.5 degree or raised as high as 10.5 degree.

A 7-gram nonadjustable external weight screw can be found in the back of the X2 Hot Pro.

The X2 Hot head is 460 cc in volume, while the X2 Hot Pro head is 440 cc. X2 Hot is 46 inches in length, and X2 Hot Pro is 45.5 inches.

Callaway says the face of the X2 Hot driver is 4 percent larger than the face of the previous X Hot model, without adding any weight.

Because X2 Hot Pro is intended to provide more workability off the tee than the X2 Hot, the MOI (moment of inertia, or resistance to twisting) of the X2 Hot is higher than that of the X2 Hot Pro.

The standard shaft for the X2 Hot driver is the Aldila Tour Blue, while the X2 Hot Pro driver comes with the Aldila Tour Green shaft. The Aldila Tour Blue shaft is somewhat softer than the Tour Green and produces a higher trajectory. Tour Green has been more popular than Tour Blue on the PGA Tour, but Bill Haas and a few other players have used Tour Blue.

Retail cost of either driver is $349.99. All the products in the X2 Hot family are scheduled to be available to consumers Jan. 17.

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