Callaway Iron Comparison: XR vs XR Pro

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On the fence about whether your game is best suited for the Callaway XR or XR Pro iron? No need to worry. Whether you’re the 90’s golfer aspiring to break into the 80’s, or the 80’s golfer looking for an iron to push you over the hump into the 70’s, there’s a match for you in the XR lineup from Callaway. Let’s take a closer look at each iron so you know what’s best for your game.

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Tech Talk

The Callaway XR and XR Pro irons both feature the face cup technology, previously found in Callaway’s woods. This is the first time this technology has been implemented into an iron design and it’s pushed these iron sets to the top of most lists. The 360 Face Cup provides incredible ball speeds throughout the entire face. In addition, there’s an Internal Standing Wave which works in harmony with the 360 Face Cup in delivering those explosive ball speeds by lowering the club’s center of gravity. All of this technology means you’ll have unbelievable distance gains and an easier time launching the golf ball, even if you catch it a groove or two low in the face, a common problem for most amateurs.
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What’s The Difference

The Callaway XR iron is packed full of game-changing, performance-improving technologies to provide you a substantial advantage. The XR iron will most notably be categorized as a game-improvement iron for the average golfer, if you read typical reviews by national media outlets. However, it has been engineered so effectively that I personally believe its appeal is limitless across almost all handicap levels, from single digits to the beginning golfer. There’s a reason that Callaway took home another Golf Digest Gold Medal for the XR irons.

When compared to the Callaway XR Pro iron, the XR will feature a larger head size and longer blade length from heel to toe, giving it that broadest appeal to the golf masses. The XR iron also has more offset (or draw bias as many call it) which gives it a built-in accuracy advantage on mishits. Your bad shots will not be as bad and you’ll find a lot more greens than what you may expect. The XR’s sole is also a bit wider than the Pro model, providing optimal stability in turf interaction and assists with an easier, more consistent launch. Lastly, the Callaway XR iron will come stock with a True Temper Speed Step 80, weighing just under 90 grams, and will be easier to swing and provide a softer tip section for a higher launch.

On the flip side of the coin, the Callaway XR Pro iron has a classic, more compact shape and shorter blade length that appeals to consistent ball strikers. Also, noticeable right off the bat is the minimal offset, thinner top line look at address, and a narrower sole design than the XR iron. This will allow for a reduced turf interaction, allowing for more left-to-right and right-to-left workability of the golf ball. Lastly, the stock KBS Tour V-90 steel shaft will yield a mid-launch without sacrificing tip stability and the smooth feel expected of a club of this stature.

What’s Best For You?

The XR iron is for you if…

You want explosive distance, supreme forgiveness, and deadly accuracy to get your golfing career started or to take your game to the next level.

The XR Pro iron is for you if…

You want a clean, crisp, more precise shot making iron with the highest workability and distance without sacrificing forgiveness.

Either way, you can’t go wrong! If you want more information about these irons or any other clubs, email our PGA Professionals.

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Titleist Driver Comparison: 915 D2 vs D3

Active Recoil Channel

The Active Recoil Channel runs behind the face of the driver, which can be seen on the sole of the golf club. This channel helps produce more distance by actively flexing at impact. The flexing action at impact results in higher ball speeds and lower spin, both of which create the perfect solution for longer distance. Here’s a little more technology talk from Dan Stone, VP of R&D:

With the Active Recoil Channel, the ball is compressing in a different manner and doesn’t have the chance to gather as much rotational energy so it departs the club face with less spin. It also creates a greater recoil effect, which imparts more speed, particularly low on the face. The effectiveness of the Active Recoil Channel is maximized by its efficient, proprietary construction. Relative to competitive drivers with slot technology, ARC is wider, deeper and longer, stretching across the entire sole from heel to toe.

Radial Speed Face

The Radial Speed Face is a face insert that’s constructed in a manner to have a thick center and progressively thin out towards the toe and heel portions of the golf club. This face design creates a surface that produces high ball speeds in all areas of the club face which helps deliver more distance on off-center hits. Here’s more of what Dan has to say about Titleist’s technology in these drivers.

Active Recoil Channel and the Radial Speed Face are two technologies that really work well together. ARC does an excellent job increasing ball speeds overall, however, its biggest effect happens low on the club face where the channel is positioned. As you move off center and mishit heel or toe, that’s where the Radial Speed Face insert kicks in –you’re getting more flex in those areas which helps generate more speed.

A high moment of inertia is achieved by reducing the thickness on the front of the club and strategically placing it in the back of the club.  Moving the weight lower and deeper, increases ball speed while keeping the club very forgiving.

Surefit Hosel

The Surefit hosel technology has sixteen unique loft and lie combinations to provide a very precise fit for every skill level. The dual-angle hosel allows loft and lie to be independently adjusted to optimize ball flight and make sure gaining all the distance that’s possible. The hosel also features a sleeve and a ring that feature four settings each.

Here Are The Differences You Need To Know

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The Titleist 915 D2 driver has a clubhead size of 460cc for maximum forgiveness and distance. The clubhead has a pear shape design to provide confidence and stability. The Titleist 915 D2 driver also delivers a high trajectory with more dynamic face closure compared to the Titleist 915 D3 driver. It’s available in a variety of lofts, which include the 7.5, 8.5, 9.5, 10.5, and 12 degrees.

  • Larger (460cc) Clubhead
  • More Forgivness
  • Higher Trajectory

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The Titleist 915 D3 driver has a clubhead size of 440cc which maximizes the forgiveness, workablility, distance and trajectory control. Based on the smaller size, the Titleist 915 D3 driver produces a lower ball flight with less spin compared. It’ss available in a variety of lofts, which include the 7.5, 8.5, 9.5, and 10.5 degrees.

  • Smaller (440cc) Clubhead
  • More Workability
  • Lower Spin

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Escape The Trees Using This 6 Step Method

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The PGA Tour is traveling all the way up to Connecticut for the Travelers Championship at TPC River Highlands. The course may be on the shorter side, for Tour standards, but it houses an abundance of trees.

There’s nothing more frustrating in golf than walking into the woods after an errant swing. You’ll often hear the dense forest surrounding the course’s layout referred to as “jail”, because you feel handcuffed and nothing good can happen there.

To get out of “jail” it’s important to understand where you are and what you have in front of you. Allow yourself to follow these six steps when staring at lots of lumber:

1. Assess Your Lie

What types of shots can you play? Is it clean? Root problems?

2. Assess Yor Swing

How much room do you have? How much of a backswing/follow through can you make?

3. Find Your Windows

Look at your target and all the way back to the ball left and right. How many safe openings do you have?

4. Trajectory & Club Selection

How low or high will you have to keep the ball and find a distance that coordinates with the shot selection.

5. Play The Percentages

Find the safest play to ensure a safe exit. Sometimes it’s at the flag, sometimes it’s sideways – don’t be a hero.

6. Execute

Go through your routing and play the shot just like you planned, whether its 200 yards to the flag or 5 feet backwards.

When faced with the task of escape, keep in mind you’re not Harry Houdini. The most important part of the process is getting out of “jail” so the next shot is playable, not showmanship.

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