Golf World Players Hot List

2014 Hot List: Utility Irons

Approaches from 200 yards and out are difficult, but the reappearance of utility irons makes the task easier

February 3, 2014
Editor's Note: For the first time in 2014, Golf World has produced a Players Hot List for lower-handicap players. This is a separate process than the Golf Digest Hot List, although in some instances, the same clubs were recognized.

Hot List: Utility irons: Callaway X Utility


LOFTS: 18, 21, 24

TECH TALK: Forged from 1020 carbon steel with a hollow construction. The use of tungsten places more weight at the bottom for a lower CG to assist launch. Designer Roger Cleveland fashioned the heel and toe areas on the sole so they move through grass more easily.

"It's a little hard to find the sweet spot, but when you do, it feels great." ... "The 'beef' on the bottom inspires confidence."

HOT: There's a fine line between utility iron and super game-improvement iron. This resides on the purist side of that line, giving enough help without sacrificing aesthetics.
NOT: The longish shafts and smallish face make this more for scratch players than single-digit handicappers.

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