Callaway XR Driver Review

 
The Callaway XR Driver is an amazing club that is not only lightweight and forgiving but has been designed to provide players with exceptional ball speeds off the tee. The XR Driver is the first club in the new XR line, which has been chosen by Callaway to replace the extremely popular X2 Hot. The Callaway XR Driver has a lot to live up to as the X2 Hot was one of the bestselling brands in Callaway history.

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Callaway Men's XR Driver, Graphite, Left Hand, Stiff Flex, 9-Degree

Callaway’s XR driver is truly where forgiveness meets fast. Collaborating with Boeing, Callaway has designed one of the most aerodynamic head shapes on the market today. Combining cutting-edge technology, aerodynamic head, thinner face, and maximizing the shaft load, Callaway has delivered a club that will give forgiveness and distance to golfers for years to come. There is no doubt about the XR driver has beaten all expectations, as evidence by receiving the highest rating of Gold in the 2015 Golf Digest Hot list. The Callaway XR Driver is a great mid-level priced club that is perfect for the high to mid handicap player looking to swing faster, generate more ball speed, and hit longer drives.

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Key Features

  • The Callaway XR Driver has a Speed Step Crown that helps to reduce the drag during the downswing, which in turn increases the club head speed. Ball speeds are also maximized through the R-Moto Face Technology that helps to transfer the energy of the club across the entire club face.

  • With OptiFit Adjustability, player can now choose from 8 different loft and lie configurations to find the perfect launch angle for their ball. When players find their correct launch configuration, they create more speed and distance on drives.

  • The Callaway XR Driver comes in a variety of lofts, including the 9.5 degree, 10.5 degree, 12 degree, and 13.5 degree. The Callaway XR Driver is also paired with a very lightweight vision of the Project X LZ shaft that comes in three flexes, Light, Regular, and Stiff.

 

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  • Speed From Speed Step Crown To reduce drag and maximize speed through the swing, we've put in a Speed Step Crown and combined it with an optimized aerodynamic head shape
  • Speed From RMOTO Face Technology This is how we increase ball speeds across the face by reducing 10% of face weight to make it thinner; RMOTO leads to more energy efficient energy transfer all over the face, allows us to put the CG 17% lower
  • Speed From Maximum Shaft Load The shaft is a key component to speed, that's why XR comes stock with the new Project X LZ; It produces maximum shaft load during the downswing loading zone for greater energy transfer to the ball

Callaway XR Driver Detailed Review

Design and Technology

The Callaway XR Driver is a phenomenal club that is lightweight, forgiving, and designed to provide a high amount of ball speed, making it the perfect combination for players. By combining the latest in aerodynamics, Speed Step Crown, R-Moto Face Technology, Maximum Shaft Load, and OptiFit Adjustability the Callaway XR Driver incorporates the very best in technology and design.

With an aerodynamic clubhead shape and Speed Step Crown, the Callaway XR Driver is designed to increase clubhead speed by reducing the drag of the club during the downswing. By reducing 10% of the face weight and making it much thinner, the R-Moto Face Technology allows more energy to efficiently transfer across the entire club face. This R-Moto Face Technology not only allows Callaway to move the center of gravity 17% lower in the club, which creates a higher moment of inertia (MOI), but also allows for increased ball speeds.

With OptiFit Adjustability, the hosel of the club now has an adjustable dial that can be configured to 8 different loft and lie configurations (+2 degree/-1 degree) to allow players to find the perfect launch for their ball flight. The Callaway XR Driver also comes with the Project X LZ shaft, which produces maximum shaft load during the downswing that helps to create greater energy transfer to the ball.

Callaway XR Driver

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Pros

  • Large sweet spot helps to and alleviate slices and hooks
  • Explosive power when hitting off the tee
  • Very forgiving driver that allows for better performance

Cons

  • The longer shaft tends to reduce the accuracy of the club
  • The face of the club absorbs too much of the impact
  • Some players may find it too light to control the club
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Control and Performance
Design and Appearance

 
 
Callaway XR Driver

Specs

There is quite a variety of lofts you can get choose from with the Callaway XR Driver. These lofts include the 9.5 degree, 10.5 degree, 12 degree, and 13.5 degree. The Callaway XR Driver also sports a 460cc titanium club head that measures out to 46 inches in length.

The Callaway XR Driver is paired with the lightweight version of the Project X LZ shaft graphite shaft. As what has become their standard, Callaway offers a variety of flexes available for the XR Driver, including Light (weighing 53 grams), Regular (weighing 54 grams), Stiff (weighing 56 grams).

Conclusion

The Callaway XR Driver was one of the most successful drivers of 2015, and it is easy to see why it’s still a top choice for players today. Callaway has proven that performance can be achieved and optimized using a light package that enhances swing speed and ball speed. If you are looking for a moderately priced driver, that will give you the speed and forgiveness, then the Callaway XR Driver is the club for you.

Callaway XR Driver Video Review

 

How Does the Callaway XR Driver Compare?

Cobra F-Max Driver

The Cobra F-Max Driver is one of the lightest and easiest hit drivers ever made, and is one of the best max game improvement drivers on the market today. Designed for players with moderate to slow club head speeds that want more forgiveness and distance, the Cobra F-Max Driver is extremely lightweight and easy to hit. When designing the F-Max Driver, Cobra focused on the concept that lighter means easier to hit, and they went to incredible great lengths to make this happen. The Cobra F-Max Driver features an ultra-lightweight shaft, an offset hosel design that creates higher launch with draw bias for straighter shots, a forged titanium face insert that helps to deliver greater speed and distance on mis-hits, and a back-weight position near the heal of the club that helps to promote a more forgiving and accurate shot. The Cobra F-Max Driver is designed for an easy launch, straighter shots, and greater balls speed and is an ideal club for players with higher handicaps, or with slow to moderate swing speed, looking to improve their performance.

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  • Ultralight configuration-lighter shafts and swing weights promote maximum clubhead speed and distance for slower swing speeds
  • Back/heel CG weight-a fixed, back weight positioned near the heel promotes more forgiving, straighter drives
  • Crown alignment feature-a visually appealing crown feature makes it easy to align the clubhead at address for straighter shots of the Tee

 

Cobra F6 Driver

The Cobra F6 Driver is an amazing club, and there is no doubt about it, Cobra Golf defiantly embraced their moto, “We are cool stuff that works”. Since it was first released in 2016, the Cobra F6 Driver has not only received the highest rating of Gold in the 2016 Golf Digest Hot list but has also become one of the most recognized clubs used on the tour. With loads of adjustability, full customization, and a modern design the Cobra F6 Driver is truly a great mid-level priced club perfect for the high to mid handicap player looking for greater speed, distance, and forgiveness when hitting off the tee.

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OUR RATING
  • F6 CG TUNING-F6 Drivers featuring adjustable 'Front to Back' CG technology. A front CG position delivers a penetrating ball flight with more roll, while a back CG position delivers a more towering ball flight with greater forgiveness
  • FORGED E9 FACE-A new, re-engineered Forged 8-1-1 Titanium E9 Face has a variable thickness structure that is lighter, thinner and hotter, creating more deflection for faster ball speeds and a larger Sweet Zone across the face
  • MY FLY-Eight easily adjustable loft settings to manage trajectory and fine tune launch conditions to maximize distance on any course, and for any swing

 

GX7 Golf Club

The GX7 Golf Club is amazing little club, even though it is “As Seen on TV”. We all know that the hardest part of golf is being consistent, especially when we are hitting off of the tee box. That is why the pros are the pros, and we are amateurs. But have you ever wondered if the reason why you are not consistent when hitting off the tee box is because you are using the same golf club that the pros use, and not a golf club made for amateurs. Well this is the exact theory behind the GX7 Golf Club. A golf club made for amateurs that provides the hitting consistency of a pro. So if you can get over the fact that the GX7 is a “As Seen on TV” Golf Club, you might be amazed by what this little club can do. The GX7 Golf Club is a great driver for a high handicap golfer looking to improve their game both on and off the tee box.
 
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Should You Buy the Callaway XR Driver

The Callaway XR Driver was one of the most successful drivers of 2015, and it is easy to see why it’s still a top choice for players today. Callaway has proven that performance can be achieved and optimized using a light package that enhances swing speed and ball speed. If you are looking for a moderately priced driver, that will give you the speed and forgiveness, then the Callaway XR Driver is the club for you.

 
 

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