Callaway Serves Up Speed in Their XR Driver
A new year arrives with yet another advancement in club head technology for Callaway drivers that promises to give you the elusive added distance you have been seeking. The Callaway XR driver has pushed the limits of aerodynamics and face technology to a whole new level, surpassing what was already a highly successful XHot and X2 Hot generation that has served the golfing public for the past two years. This year’s slogan is “built for outrageous speed,” and the R&D team at Callaway has certainly accomplished its goal with the XR. And, who doesn’t like more speed? As I have gotten older, I certainly can’t swing it as hard as I used to, so finding a stick that puts the punch back in my swing makes complete sense.
The inspiration behind the Callaway XR driver comes from the automotive industry, but more specifically the racing side, and the “R” portion of the product line name reflects that newly adopted philosophy. These elements can be seen all the way up from the club face to the shape and graphics of the club head and finally to the technology used in the debut of the stock shaft offering, the Project X LZ.
Typically, the driver is the one club in your bag that can suffer the most from energy loss as air moves across the crown of the club head, specifically as the club reaches the bottom of your swing arc before impact. As a response to this, Callaway has created a new crown design called Speed Step that is designed to keep air flow closer to the head, thereby reducing the amount of drag against your downswing and maintaining speed throughout the full swing. In conjunction with the Speed Step crown pattern, the head shape is more aerodynamic than ever before. Callaway has adopted a more aggressive downward sloping crown in order to maximize the air efficiency distribution as the club head approaches the ball.
Also new for this year is a brand new face technology called R-Moto. It’s thinner and lighter than the previous Hyper Speed Face in the X-2 Hot and as a direct result, is more flexible and produces higher ball speeds, especially for amateurs who don’t hit the center of the clubface the majority of the time. The lighter face also helped Callaway maneuver weight away from the face and towards the perimeter of the club for more stability on off-center hits, increasing that ever-popular term MOI (moment of inertia), and lowering the club’s center of gravity to produce lower spin rates and more distance.
The final piece of the puzzle for the new Callaway XR driver is the Project X LZ shaft. The shaft’s graphics flow perfectly with the overall design of the club and reinforce the racing speed inspired theme. This new shaft from Project X launched last year to rave reviews from tour players and amateurs alike, and Callaway used those positive reinforcements to make the XR woods the first line of clubs to offer the LZ as its stock shaft offering. The LZ stands for loading zone, known as the middle portion of the shaft about half way between the grip and hosel. This loading zone in the LZ shaft is a slightly more flexible section that transfers more energy through your downswing and works perfectly in combination with the R-Moto Face and Speed Step crown to produce optimal energy transfer to impact.
Callaway has two standard offerings like most years, the normal XR and an XR Pro. The Callaway XR driver is an all-titanium 460cc clubhead that will be targeted to the largest majority of golfers, from single digit players to your once-a-week higher handicappers. It is the more forgiving of the two club heads. The XR driver will have a mid-50 gram LZ shaft with a mid to mid-high kick point in light, regular, and stiff offerings with standard loft choices of 9, 10.5, 12, and 13.5 degrees. The ladies Callaway XR driver will feature a 47-gram LZ low-kick shaft and standard loft choices of 10.5, 12, and 13.5 degrees.
In comparison, the Callaway XR Pro driver will have a 440cc clubhead and a Forged Composite crown to lower the center of gravity by more than 50% and lower spin rates, around 400 rpm’s compared to last year’s X2 Hot Pro driver. The XR Pro driver is designed with the better player in mind, but these new technologies give this driver a forgiveness advantage over previous Pro model drivers by Callaway. The XR Pro driver will have a slightly heavier gram weight (mid 60’s) and higher kick point LZ shaft, available in 5.5 Regular, 6.0 Stiff, and 6.5 X-stiff flexes with either a 9 or 10.5 degree standard head.
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