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Callaway Golf Men's XR Irons Set
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- Revolutionary Ball Speed From Cup 360 Our improved face cup technology even acts like a spring on shots hit low on the face to increase ball speeds; The speed is higher at every other impact location on the face too
- Lower CG, More MOI and Ball Speed The Internal Standing Wave is the ultimate team player; It's refined the way that we lower CG, increased MOI and gives the face cup the freedom to flex for more ball speed
- New Construction And Shape An iron built for speed needs a different level of refinement and attention, in this case a 2-piece construction that includes a dual heat treatment; It's precise, meticulous craftsmanship that XR deserves
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Revolutionary Ball Speed From Cup 360
Our improved face cup technology acts like a spring on shots all across the face to increase ball speeds at every impact location.
Lower CG, More MOI and Ball Speed
The Internal Standing Wave is the ultimate team player. It’s refined the way that we lower CG, increased MOI and gives the face cup the freedom to flex for more ball speed.
New Construction And Shape
An iron built for speed needs a different level of refinement and attention, in this case a 2-piece construction that includes a dual heat treatment. It’s precise, meticulous craftsmanship that XR deserves.
XR is an iron built for speed. We've taken the Cup 360 that's redefined ball speed in fairway woods and brought it to irons. The improved Cup 360 acts like a spring on shots hit low on the face and increases ball speeds everywhere else on the face too. This distance is incredible and that's just the start. When you factor in the lower CG, all that forgiveness, the face flex of the Internal Standing Wave, along with the precise 2-piece, dual heat construction, you can see why we want to get these irons in golfers' hands RIGHT NOW. We're looking forward to redefining the iron category. Again.
Hand Orientation: Left | Shaft Material: Graphite | Flex: Regular | Configuration: 4-PW,AW
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So, a bit about my game. I played competitively in high school, when I was a 2 handicap. However, I got burnt out and didn't play for 13 years after that. In the last year I have taken up golf again and remembered why I loved it so much. I am now probably around a 12 handicap or so. Haven't played enough rounds to really be sure, and my game is changing quite a bit with playing more (mostly getting better, with the typical frustrating setbacks). I play The XR 3 & 5 woods and the XR16 driver. I use Wilson Staff Duo balls and Wilson Harmonized wedges. I use a bionic performance glove. My swing speed with a driver is 105-112 mph. I drive the ball about 255-275. I play probably 72-90 holes a week.
I started back playing the clubs I played in high school, which were top flite tours from 1995. Basically 20 year old tech, that even at the time were meant more for tour players than the average player. In some ways these were good for starting to get my game back because they forced me to really hit the sweetspot, otherwise you were losing 20-30 yards and way off line.
I decided that my game will probably never be good enough to justify playing irons like those again, and even if it did, technology has just come so far, it was time to upgrade. I demoed several sets of irons from titleist, taylor made and ping before settling on these. I also tried the big berthas and apex irons from callaway along with the pro version of the XRs. I ended up liking the XRs the best, with the XR pros second, then the Ping G, Then The Taylor Made M2. I also tried and liked the Wilson Staff C200 a lot. The Titleist Ap16 I liked on the short irons but couldn't hit the long irons as well. I tried the Nike Vapor Flys and didn't like them at all.
I'll go ahead and get the look and feel out of the way before I move on to performance. While I prefer the look of tour player irons, these just look like a bigger version, but none of that crazy coloring or protruding technology of some modern game improvement irons/hybrids. I feel like I am just playing a slightly bigger version of regular irons. Look wise they just remind me of the oversized irons from the 90s, that were literally just bigger versions of the tour irons they were modeled after. I'd prefer a bit more matte finish than the shiny finish these have, but I play enough that they'll probably eventually get that matte finish the old fashioned way, haha. Swing feel wise, they have great balance swing wise. The weighting makes it almost feel like they swing themselves. Impact feel, these definitely don't provide much feedback unless you severely mishit it. But then again, the ball flight will be fine unless you severely mishit, so I guess the feedback does match the result. But if you are the kind of player who likes to know exactly where the ball is going just based on feel, yeah, these won't do that. I hit a ball off the tee with the 3 iron into the sun and never saw it at all. I had no idea where it went, could be left, straight, right, short, long, no idea. I eventually found it 12 yards farther and on the opposite side rought from where I was looking. The grips are fine and I definitely plan on playing them until they wear out, but I will be glad when its time to replace them next year. I prefer leather grips anyway. I plan on putting a set of grip masters on these next year.
Yes, everything is longer on these. Probably 20 yards longer than my old Top Flites. Yes, some of this is due to the XR irons having stronger loft. However, I still hit the ball just as high and stop it just as fast, and have greater control. So, to me, why would I care about stronger loft if I can stop it just as easily and hit it straighter? If these XR irons had "normal" loft, they'd hit the ball way too high, so while I recognize the "they're only longer because the loft is stronger" I think it's bunk. All I care about is: distance, forgiveness, trajectory and stopping ability (in that order). These score off the charts in distance and forgiveness and have good trajectory and stopping ability.
I think the ball flight comes from them having such a low center of gravity. They are ultra forgiving off thin shots. I hit a four iron off the fairway that I thought was super thin and would be bound for the deep greenside bunker guarding the front of the hole. To my amazement the trajectory was almost the exact same as a pured flush hit. the ball ran a little bit further on the green than if I had hit it right, but the club saved me from a crazy hard bunker shot, and instead I had an easy chip just off the back fringe. I saved birdie (it was a par 5) instead of making probably a bogey.
And that brings up those long irons. I know the trend in golf clubs for the last several years has been towards hybrids instead of long irons. I have always preferred long irons to hybrids, but I was ready to accept that a hybrid might be the better choice. This 3&4 iron changed my mind. The 3 and 4 iron are miracle sticks. Honestly those two clubs sold me on the XRs over the Ping G and Wilsons I was considering. There is a down hill, drivable par 4 on the small course I play a lot. It's about 265 down hill, but plays like probably 240. THe rouble I always had was there was a gulley in front of the green, but a creek along the backside. So, I was king of in between clubs there. A 3 wood would run off the back of the green and into the creek if I caught it right. a five wood or 3 iron would catch the gulley in front. Enter the XR 3 iron. It hits the ball so high and long, with such good stopping power that I could land the ball on the front edge of the green and have it hold the green or just end in the back fringe (it's a small green). This 3 iron is probably 30 yards longer than my top flite 3 iron. It has become my go to off the tee when the fairway doesn't allow for a drive that runs very much. Basically all of that applies to the 4 iron as well. I find them just as easy to hit and just as forgiving as hybrids, but with better control of the distance. With hybrids, I always find that I can't control the distance as well, whereas these long irons give you the forgiveness of hybrids, but with the distance control of irons. The 3 iron is so long, that I rarely even bother with keeping my Callaway XR 5 wood in the bag (even though it's a great club in its own right).
The mid to short irons are deadly and longer as well. a hole that I use to hit either an 8 or 9 iron is now a smooth pitching wedge. And no loss of accuracy. or stopping power. With short irons I used to have a problem of distance control and trajectory control, because my most common mishit is a bit thin. With these, they predictably launch the ball high and straight unless I really screw up. Stopping power wise, I rarely back these up, but they do limit the roll on the short irons (8-PW) to hold those small tight greens, so you have confidence to hunt flag sticks when you get a short iron in your hand.
I did have to change my pitching wedge from my normal 52 degree to a 50 degree wedge, as my 52 degree wedge was too short to provide an even spread of distances in my wedges from the Callaway PW. I suppose you could also buy the callaway A wedge to fill this gap as well. I like opening up my club face from time to time on my wedges, and the A wedge doesn't really allow for that, so I ended up just changing my wedges to 50. My wedges are now 50 degree Wilson Harmonized Wedge, 56 Ray Cook Alien Sand Wedge and 64 degree Wilson Harmonized wedge (in addition to the Callaway pitching wedge, which I don't really think of as a wedge as much as another short iron).
So, yeah, these are great irons that should accommodate anybody from a 20 through 2 handicap golfer. If I keep playing as much as I do now I may grow out of these and want more of a player iron, but probably not. I am astounded by how good these are. They aren't magic obviously, they won't fix swing flaws, but they will sure smooth over the ragged edges of your swing and really make the game a bit more fun.
Takes some getting used to since my old 7 iron would go about 150 to 160 and this XR 7 iron will go between 175 and 185 for me.
But that's what I got them for so I am very happy with these and do recommend them.
If you aren't familiar with these clubs / lofts, do a google search and compare them to your current clubs.
You'll most likely see that these are 2 to 3 degrees stronger than your current set.
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ABSOLUTELY TERRIBLE. I was all set to use the clubs this weekend.