2014 Hot List: Game-Improvement Irons
Serious changes are evident across the board
CALLAWAY X2 HOT
LOFTS: 6-iron: 26, PW: 44
TECH TALK: A large undercut channel allows the face and sole to be thinner than the previous X Hot, boosting ball speed. A "stabilizing arch" moves the hot spot on the face lower, in line with the impact location on most iron shots.
L: "The turf interaction is like a tractor plowing through a field."
M: "The short irons launch the ball so high you won't need spin to stop it."
HOT: This is more than a mere follow-up to the X Hot. This is a fresh approach to iron design for Callaway where the game-improvement features are hidden in a more pleasing shape. Subtle improvements, such as 2 to 4 degrees more bounce for better turf interaction, weren't lost on our panelists.
NOT: If you purchase the 54-degree sand wedge, it makes getting the 59-degree lob wedge almost a must.