Callaway has paid special attention to the needs of individual player types with its 2013 drivers. While its RAZR Fit Xtreme driver offers a variety of adjustment options, the brand's X Hot and X Hot Pro drivers have been engineered at each loft to address the specific playing styles of both amateur and professional golfers.
Both versions of the X Hot driver feature a titanium head with a revamped Forged Cup Face design, which is thinner around the edges and thicker in the middle to boost ball speeds across the entire face, even on mis-hits. The face also has Speed Frame technology, which provides Open, Square and Closed face angle positions for an optimized appearance and trajectory. Its innovative casting technology is Callaway's thinnest to date, significantly reducing the club's overall weight for amplified head speed and distance. According to Dr. Alan Hocknell, Callaway's senior vice president of R&D, the standard X Hot is the lightest all-titanium driver the company has ever produced.
The X Hot vs. the X Hot Pro
In keeping with their commitment to individualization, the standard X Hot and the X Hot Pro drivers have several differences. The standard X Hot driver has a 460cc head with a stronger draw bias than that of the Pro version. This is to help players square the clubface more easily at address. Therefore, the X Hot's adjustable OptiFit hosel gives it a square face angle at its Neutral setting. The Open setting opens the face to 2.5° and removes 1° of effective loft. The Closed setting closes the face to 1.5° and adds 1° loft. The standard X Hot driver is also 14 grams lighter than the Pro version to promote club head speeds for golfers with slower swings.
The Callaway X Hot Pro has a smaller 440cc head with a lower center of gravity and a deeper face designed to help golfers with faster swing speeds reduce spin on their tee shots. Another key difference is in the Pro model's face setting. Its face angle is 0.5° in Neutral, while the Open setting adjusts it to 3.5° with 1 of loft removed. The face is 1° closed when in the Closed setting; loft is increased by 1°. To add further distance enhancement, both X Hot models come with Project X Velocity shafts in light, regular and stiff flexes.
Design and Style
The X Hot and X Hot Pro drivers both have a matte dark gray finish, black face and red and white accents with Callaway decals on the crown. A Speed Frame emblem is featured on the face as well. Unlike the standard X Hot, the X Hot Pro's crown does not have an alignment-aiding Chevron since it's geared toward players who don't necessarily need it.
Callaway's X Hot series may have advanced features, but it also continues the brand's long tradition of providing the technological innovation and quality construction.