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
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.
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.
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.