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Callaway X Hot Driver promises to ignite new distance gains

January 3, 2013

Callaway Golf today announced its new line of X Hot™ Drivers and Fairway Woods, said by the company to offer blistering ball speeds and distance gains: in testing, Alvaro Quiros gained 18 yards with the new fairway wood versus his current club. The X Hot will be available at retail from January 25th.

Already adopted by some of the longest-hitters on the worldwide tours, including newly-announced staff professional Gary Woodland, the Callaway X Hot Woods are a result of extensive R&D work designing clubs for the best players in the world, then using optimised design progression and adjustability to make them accessible and high-performing for all players.

Significant distance gains have been achieved for the new X Hot Driver thanks to a host of design and engineering advancements that make the clubs faster, hotter and more lightweight than their predecessors. The powerful Speed Frame™ Face Technology increases ball speed, saves weight and optimises stiffness and stress distribution across the face for more efficient energy transfer, promoting more consistent distance, even on off-centre impacts. By decoupling the face performance from the rest of the driver head, Callaway have also been able to boost ball speed without sacrificing optimum trajectory.

In addition, 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, 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, SVP, Research & Development, 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 optimise performance for various player types."

In the X Hot Drivers, Callaway is using 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 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 utilise a more neutral Centre of Gravity that fits their game.

Also featured in the Callaway X Hot Driver is the adjustable OptiFit Hosel, which adjusts the face angle to Open, Square or Closed positions for improved accuracy and trajectory, allowing the player to dial in the preferred look at address.

Another notable benefit of the Callaway X Hot Drivers is that they feature the Project X Velocity shafts as the stock offering.

The standard Callaway X Hot Driver will come in 9.5°, 10.5° and 11.5° models as well as a 13° HT-model, and will feature a lighter overall club weight and a lower swing weight than the X Hot Pro model. At 460 cc, it also features attractive crown decals and an alignment Chevron on the matte grey-coloured crown, and will be available across Europe starting on January 25, 2013.

The Callaway X Hot Pro Driver, which has a slightly smaller headshape at 440 cc, will be available in 8.5°, 9.5° and 10.5° models and feature slightly more open face angles than the standard version. The Pro version will be available on February 15, 2013.

Alongside the X Hot Drivers, Callaway is introducing a new line of X Hot Fairway Woods which aim to deliver the hottest, most versatile and most complete fairway woods in golf. Callaway R&D has engineered a Forged Speed Frame Face Cup made of high strength Carpenter 455 stainless steel that is up to 40% thinner than last year’s fairway wood face while offering a 90 percent larger sweet spot, bringing the CT (characterisitc time) level right up against the limit allowed by the USGA. As a result, the Forged Speed Frame Face Cup produces significantly hotter responses all over the face, and does so with superior launch conditions.

The markedly low CG in the fairway wood head, accomplished with a novel proprietary design called the Internal Standing Wave, delivers more ball speed and lower, more consistent backspin, resulting in longer, more consistent distances from everywhere on the course: tee, fairway or rough. This new, wave-shaped weighting design engineered inside the club head projects up from the sole toward the face, creating a lower and shallower CG and higher MOI.

"We are seriously proud of the X Hot Fairway Wood’s design and performance. We think we have set a new and extremely high bar in the fairway wood category," said Hocknell. "The distance gains are for real. In testing with Staff Professional Alvaro Quiros, for example, he gained nearly 18 yards against the gamer in his bag."

The impressive distance gains should not overshadow the complete performance and versatility of the X Hot Fairway Wood and X Hot Pro Fairway Wood; the sole is designed for improved performance from a variety of lies. Contributing to this versatility is the Modern Warbird® Sole, an updated design that builds on one of the most adaptable fairway woods ever produced to allow for more dynamic shot shaping and consequently a more useful fairway wood.

Further optimising speed and distance, the X Hot Fairway Woods will be available with a lightweight Project X Velocity shaft as the stock offering. The Standard X Hot Fairway Wood will be available in a 3-, 4-, 5-, 7-, 9- and 11-Woods, with the Standard version featuring slightly longer shafts and more upright lie angles. The X Hot Pro Fairway Wood will be available in 13.5°, 15°, 17° and 19° models.

The Callaway X Hot and X Hot Pro will be available at the following RRPs:

• X Hot Driver: £249 - €329 - Ireland €319
• X Hot Pro Driver: £279 - €329 - Ireland €349
• X Hot Fairway Woods: £179 - €229 -Ireland €229
• X Hot Pro Fairway Woods: £189 - €229 - Ireland €239

For more on the Callaway X Hot line visit: and follow Callaway on Twitter @CallawayGolfEU.


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