Callaway Steelhead XR Fairway Woods: Improving A Classic

Steelhead XR Fairway woods

The original Callaway Steelhead and Steelhead Plus fairway woods were ahead of their time. Their versatility and low, forward center of gravity promoted an easy, low-spinning launch for outstanding distance. So, how does Callaway improve on a classic? The short answer; taking the best of the old and adding modern technology to the new Steelhead XR fairway woods. Let’s explain further.

Steelhead XR Fairway Woods Details

Modernizing a Classic Design

steelhead xr fairway wood sole

The curved camber of the original Hawkeye sole allowed for easy shot making. The Hawkeye design gets a facelift in the Steelhead XR fairway woods. Designers streamlined the sole of the Steelhead XR to cut through the turf and improve the weight placement (i.e. better CG). Shots from the tee, the rough, and even bunkers are easier to hit thanks to this design.

The “Cherry” On Top

steelhead xr fairway wood address

The Steelhead XR fairway woods sport a new, lightweight J-36 Carbon crown. The crown saves 20 grams of weight that designers moved to the outside of the club head. The new weight locations adjust the CG low and forward, for even easier launch and lower spin. Translation? You’ll get more distance and forgiveness. The crown also has the familiar Speed Step technology found on recent woods models from Callaway. The aerodynamic feature reduces drag throughout the swing, helping the club swing faster for more distance.

Speaking of distance, the Steelhead XR fairway woods have Callaway’s latest Hyper Speed Face Cup technology. As a reminder, the design gives you forgiveness by producing consistent ball speeds across a larger portion of the clubface.

It’s Got The Look

steelhead xr fairway wood face

Bright, white lines on the face give the Steelhead XR fairway woods a traditional look that aids alignment. The lines also bring back memories of the original.

The Steelhead XR fairway woods come, conveniently, in a wide range of lofts. Your options start at the 13.5-degree 3+ and go to a 24-degrees 9 wood. In keeping with the nostalgia, Callaway has also brought back the Heavenwood, a 20.5-degree loft head with a 42.75 inch shaft. All of these loft options make filling distance gaps a breeze.

Finally, the Steelhead XR fairway woods come equipped with the mid-launching Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue shaft. Men can choose from the Blue 55 or Blue 65 shafts. The difference in the 2 shafts is weight and torque. The Blue 65 is the heavier version with less torque than the Blue 55. Lower torque reduces spin and launch angle.


The Steelhead XR fairway woods give you modern performance in a look that nostalgic purists will love. They are available now and looking for a spot in your bag.

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Rudi Fann

Rudi Fann has been a Class “A” member of the PGA of America since 2008. He began his career in 1998 as the Assistant Golf Professional at Wake Forest Golf Club in Wake Forest, NC. In 2002, Rudi accepted a similar position at Rio Mar Country Club in Rio Grande, Puerto Rico. He spent a year there before moving to Nipomo, CA where he worked at Blacklake Golf Resort. Over the next 10 years, he worked his way from Assistant Golf Professional to Head Golf Professional and finally Director of Golf Operations. In his time at Blacklake, Rudi devoted much of his time to running tournaments and other activities in order to create a social atmosphere at the club. After Blacklake, Rudi spent one year as Head Golf Professional at Paso Robles Golf Club before deciding to return home to North Carolina. Since returning to North Carolina, Rudi has worked with the First Tee of the Triangle helping to instill life skills and core values through the game of golf to local youth.