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Callaway offers options off the tee with new X2 Hot Deep fairway woods

Phil Mickelson's victory in the 2013 British Open made hitting a 3-wood off the tee as popular as it is prudent.

Blog-Callaway-x2Hot.jpgThat club, the Callaway X Hot 3-Deep, has been updated this year to the X2 Hot ($230) to include three lofts: the 2-Deep (12.5 degrees, currently played by Mickelson), 3-Deep (14.5) and 5-Deep (18.5). These oversize versions are meant to be hit off the tee, but Evan Gibbs, Callaway's manager of performance analysis, says they've been tweaked to make them easier to hit off the fairway, too.

"Flattening the roll radius has been effective for increasing launch and optimizing spin for shots hit low on the face," he says.

The woods feature a Carpenter 455-steel cupface and measure 203, 182 and 154 cubic centimeters, respectively, to optimize stability on off-center hits.