Callaway changed their whole approach to making hybrids when they took on the challenge of improving upon the X2 Hot and X2 Hot Pro.
Re-developed from the ground up, they include all the familiar technology of the XR range of clubs in a search for ball speed and forgiveness.
Callaway XR Hybrid
Callaway believe that with the XR hybrid they have made a club that is easier to hit and longer than anything they have previously produced.
As with the rest of the XR range, the focus is on increased speed for greater distance with the latest generation of Callaway's Forged Hyper Speed Face Cup responsible for translating swing speed into ball speed. The Face Cup ensures that ball speed and forgiveness is maximised across the whole face at all impact locations so distance is maintained even on off centre hits.
To make the XR hybrid easier to hit, Callaway has packed as much MOI into the club as possible. To do this they redesigned the head shape, giving it a higher toe end, positioning more weight lower and around the perimeter of the head.
This re-design also means the XR has the lowest centre of gravity (CG) of any Callaway hybrid, with a CG that is 46% lower than in the X2 Hot.
MOI is also impacted by Callaway's Internal Standing Wave, a piece of metal inside the club that comes up from the sole. This allows forgiveness to be maintained whilst allowing the Face Cup to flex for more ball speed.
Callaway XR Pro Hybrid
The theme of Callaway rethinking the approach to making hybrids continues in the XR Pro. This takes the compact head design demanded by better players and combines it with the distance and forgiveness of the regular version.
Like the XR, the Forged Hyper Speed Face Cup in the XR Pro increases ball speed all across the face and the Internal Standing Wave complements this by lowering the centre of gravity and increasing MOI to make the XR Pro an extremely forgiving, better players' hybrid club.
The XR Pro is available left and right handed in four lofts of 16°, 18°, 20° and 23° and comes with the Project X LZ shaft standard.