Martin Hopley

The first word uttered when we hit the Callaway X Hot Pro irons was 'wow'. Callaway have built the X Hot irons for distance and for a clubhead of this size the wow factor was the powerful feel from these irons at impact. You could really feel the ball jump off the face and in that respect the X Hot Pro irons really deliver

The heads are a little smaller than the standard X Hot irons, so the distances are unlikely to be as long as them for that reason and due to a different face construction.

There is no speed frame but a 'J frame' which basically means that there is no undercut cavity at the top of the iron. Instead the top line is a single piece of steel with an undercut cavirty in the sole like a letter J. This stiffens the top of the face and allows the bottom to flex more, thus providing the extra ball speed for more distance.

The heads are a little more compact than we would like but this does not seem to affect the forgiveness which was very impressive. The sound from the 3 and 4 irons was not as pleasing as from the 5 iron downwards, which were all excellent and a joy to hit. Most golfers will probably switch out the 3 and possibly the 4 for hybrids anyway.

The face features 21 closely spaced grooves for a shear effect for spin that Callaway say should increase spin by 300-400 rpm from the rough. Certainly the extra grooves are noticeable on the face if you like that sort of thing.

The switch from the uniflex steel shaft to the stiff and regular flex Project X flighted rifle shaft will really benefit this iron and the market it is aimed at. The Universal grip should also be mentioned as it is a little larger than standard and has a good grip pattern on it.

It was hard to think of Callaway bettering the Razr X Tour irons, but with the X Hot Pro irons we think they have raised the bar still further.

Golfalot Rating: 5 stars
More from Callaway



Callaway X Hot Pro Irons - Product Details

UK Launch25 January 2013
USA Launch25 January 2013
Handicap Range
Hand AvailabilityLeft, Right
Shaft TypesSteel
Set Makeup3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, PW
Additional ClubsAW
Manufacturer's WebsiteCallaway Website

User Reviews

August 2017

I have had the X Hot Pro Irons for 3 years now and absolutely love em. Straight and long and love the feel. All Callaway now !!!

September 2016

Only took a little while to dial them in after playing the same set of Wilsons for years, and now they feel like an extension of my arms. The feel & forgiveness are unreal, I've never hit the ball straighter or further, and I can still work the ball like I could with my forged Wilsons. They've been in my bag for three years and can't see them coming out any time soon. Callaway REALLY nailed it with these!

June 2016

I've been playing mine for a little over two years now. I was a huge Taylormade and Ping enthusiast for years. Since getting these X Hot Pro irons I have completely switched my allegiance to Callaway. These irons are perfect for me, long with good forgiveness and surprisingly soft feel for a cast iron. I can work the ball both ways when needed, and my shots don't seem to balloon in the air like they did with my old i20's. They look great in the bag, too.

April 2016

I have been playing Nike irons for about 4 years and thought my game was on point since I was a 11 handicap. Since the switch I have dropped my handicap to an 8 and I hit the ball much more pure and I will never use another club.

Write a Review

Facebook Comments