Jamie Kennedy
By Jamie Kennedy

The original Callaway X Hot driver, launched in January this year, was the UK's best selling driver. So Callaway had its work cut out to produce a successor. However, they believe the new X2 Hot driver is longer, faster and more forgiving.

In fact, Callaway say the X2 Hot is 9 yards longer than the original X Hot driver, thanks to a thinner face, larger sweet spot and improved head shape.

Callaway X2 Hot Driver

The big story in the X Hot range was the Hyper Steel Face: a thin, strong, titanium face that increased ball speeds. Well that story continues in the X2 Hot driver, which features the fastest, thinnest, lightest titanium face Callaway has ever produced.

By making the face thinner Callaway were able to make the face 4% larger without adding any weight to the club. The performance of the face has also increase the size of the sweet spot by 10%, offering faster ball speeds and more forgiveness across a wider span of the clubface.

Callaway X2 Hot Driver Face

Minor tweaks were made to the design of the 460cc clubhead to not only make it look better, but play better. After researching colours, Callaway decided to make the grey crown colour a little darker than before to create a more premium feel. New, white-coloured channels combine with Callaway's orange X2 Hot-accent colour on the sole of the driver to give a modern, sleek, new look.

Beyond the colours, an improved overall headshape and construction improved the mass, weight and aerodynamics of the X2 Hot driver further improving consistency and forgiveness.

Callaway X2 Hot Driver

Where the original X Hot just offered the ability to adjust the face angle, the X2 Hot goes further, offering the same adjustability as the Callaway FT Optiforce driver. Three heads of 9.5, 10.5 and 13.5 degrees are available and golfers can use the Advanced Adjustable Hosel to increase the loft by 1 or 2 degrees or decrease the loft by 1 degree.

Furthermore, directional bias can be altered by setting the driver to a draw or neutral position which varies the landing pattern side-to-side by up to 9 yards.

Callaway X2 Hot Driver Hosel

In an effort to get the ball launching higher and with less spin, the X2 Hot driver is offered with a Aldila Tour Blue shaft as stock. Optimised for longer distance, the mid torque shaft is said to offer great feel and control whilst launching the ball higher with less spin.

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Callaway X2 Hot Driver - Product Details

UK Launch17 January 2014
UK Launch RRP£279
USA Launch17 January 2014
Handicap Range
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
Left Handed Lofts9°, 10.5°, 13.5°
Right Handed Lofts9°, 10.5°, 13.5°
Colour OptionsGrey
Head Volume460 cc
Weight303 grams
Club Length46 inches
Swing WeightD3
Shaft NameAldila Tour Blue
Shaft TypesGraphite
Shaft FlexLadies, Regular, Stiff
Shaft Weight55.5 or 58 grams
Manufacturer's WebsiteCallaway Website

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