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Tried & Tested: Callaway X2 Hot Driver
by Carly Frost
March 25, 2014

Price: £279
They say:
The X2 Hot Driver is our fastest, thinnest all-titanium driver ever. It is longer, faster, more forgiving, with faster ball speeds & advanced adjustability. It features a new Hyper Speed Face for faster ball speeds, a much larger sweet spot and more forgiveness to make it even longer. We changed everything to give you more ball speed on shots hit on the centre of the face and on off-centre shots as well. We know you don't hit it there, but the other guys do - 65% of the time. So, you know, for those guys, drives are going to go a long, long way wherever they hit it on the clubface. It has n ew Advanced Adjustable Hosel Technology - a quick 3-step process. Step 1: Increase or decrease loft in 1° increments (up to +2° or down -1°) to optimise launch angle and spin. Step 2: Adjust to a Draw or Neutral bias to optimise shot shape. Step 3: Hit absolute bombs off the tee, maximising distance with more accuracy.

I say: Adjustable drivers can sometimes be a bit fiddly to set up but I found the X2 Hot really easy. It comes with a screwdriver that is simple to use so the set up process is easy. I like the fact that you can change the loft and the clubhead orientation. I decided to set my driver to draw as I like to see the ball flying right-to-left (for the distance benefits) and added a bit of loft so that while the fairways are still soft and soggy I'm getting maximum carry distance. It instantly flighted my tee shots really well and my carry distance was impressive. But what I like is that come the summer time, when hopefully the fairways will return to being firm, I can maximise run-out by returning the club to a lower loft (therefore lower launch) and get my shots propelling forward as opposed to up. The X2 Hot looks great, it has a lovely clubhead shape and sits smartly behind the ball and it feels fantastic to swing. In fact there really wasn't anything I could pick fault at. Perhaps the price tag, but then compared to the prices of the Callaway drivers of old (which were often in excess of £300/£400) this one is a bargain!

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