Callaway Golf Company’s new X Hot driver will carry a shelf price of $299 when it becomes available Jan. 25, one week ahead of the similarly-priced TaylorMade RocketBallz Stage 2 driver.
The X Hot driver features Callaway’s Speed Frame Face Technology the company says increases ball speed, saves weight and optimizes stiffness and stress distribution across the face for more efficient energy transfer. Callaway says the the new face technology promotes more – and more consistent — distance, even on off-center impact.
A tighter curvature face on the X Hot driver (relative to the RAZR X Black driver) offers a look at address preferred by better players, according to Callaway, along with consistent sidespin and dispersion to promote accuracy.
“With the X Hot drivers, we pushed the Speed Frame Face’s efficiency to a new standard, producing high ball speeds while maintaining the trajectory and accuracy that discerning golfers demand,” said Dr. Alan Hocknell, senior vice president of research & development for Callaway Golf. “The fast face on X Hot is one piece of the puzzle, though. We went to great lengths to configure the X Hot drivers not only to promote distance, but to progressively optimize performance for various player types.”
In the X Hot drivers, Hocknell said Callaway has implemented its thinnest casting technology ever in the all-titanium head to create a lighter swing weight and overall configuration, a combination that benefits most players in terms of head speed and distance, especially golfers with an average swing speed. Another benefit of the new, thin casting technology to the golfer, according to Hocknell, is the inclusion of Draw Bias Progression, which changes the amount of draw bias depending on the loft, allowing golfers to better control sidespin and tune their shot shape.
Players with higher lofts can take advantage of higher draw bias for straighter shots, while players with lower lofts can utilize a more neutral CG (center of gravity) that fits their game.