Callaway Steelhead XR Irons: Legendary Design, Modern Performance

Callaway Steelhead XR Iron

Over the years, golf gurus and even you at home wonder what happened to a certain club model. Where did it go? Why did it go away? These observations are often made about the Callaway Steelhead X-14 iron. Originally introduced in 2000, it is one of the most popular Callaway iron designs of all-time. Bring it back, they said!  Well, Callaway answers with the Steelhead XR irons.

Callaway Steelhead XR: A Tribute to the Past

The Callaway Steelhead XR iron infuses the classic beauty, shape, and playability of the Steelhead X-14 irons with modern, game-advancing technologies. The Steelhead XR gives a nod to the iconic X-14 series with characteristic features like the bore-thru hosel. The overall iron profile, from the top line to the perimeter weight sole, is an ode to the past.

A Look to the Future

Callaway Steelhead XR Iron Face Cup Technology

New 360 Face Cup

The current updates to the iron make it a successful reincarnation that is sure to carry the name forward. One feature is the Next Generation 360 Face Cup technology. Callaway is known for the Face Cup, a trait in recent iron models. This updated Face Cup is thinner on the edges, weighs less, and creates a stronger face response at impact. The face flexes more efficiently as well, so ball speeds are consistently high at all impact locations.

Callaway Steelhead XR Iron Urethane Layer

Urethane Layer

Behind the face cup, the brand new, steel infused urethane layer improves the overall feel and sound. The layer creates a lower center of gravity for the higher and more effective launch. Additionally, the set features a progressive CG (center-of-gravity) location. The CG moves lower in the face in the long irons for easy launch and added forgiveness. As the irons shorten, the CG is higher in the face to promote more consistency and a controlled ball flight.

A combo set, pairing two hybrids with six traditional irons, is available. The Callaway Steelhead XR hybrid exhibits a shape resembling the Apex series. In contrast, the Steelhead XR is deeper from front to back and longer from heel to toe. This design allows for extra forgiveness where amateurs tend to hit the ball while maintaining maximum flexion in the clubface.

Stock Offerings

The Steelhead XR comes stock with a True Temper XP 95 step-less  shaft in regular or stiff flex options. The shaft has a low kick-point for higher launch. The stock graphite option is the Matrix Ozik Program F-15 50/60/65, also produces a high launch. Callaway also offers custom shaft options with no upcharge.

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Chris Wadwick

Chris Wadwick has been a Class “A” member of the PGA of America since 2011. He is a graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill with a degree in Business Administration. He brings a deep understanding of the inner workings of the golf business, especially club fittings, product knowledge, and visual merchandising, working for Dick’s Sporting Goods for over 7 years and Occoneechee Golf Club for more than three years, prior to that. When he is not in the office, you can always find him at a nearby golf course, attending games at his alma mater, or spending time with his wife and four dogs.