Callaway X2 Hot driver review

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Golf Monthly Senior Staff Writer Paul O'Hagan reviews the Callaway X2 Hot driver in his equipment test

Callaway X2 Hot
Golf Monthly Verdict

GM verdict:The original Callaway X Hot did a great job of offering plenty of distance without sacrificing control. It was so good that it overshadowed the brand's more expensive RAZR Fit Xtreme model. While the new Big Bertha models are likely to capture the headlines for 2014, the X2 Hot is certainly worth consideration at any level of the game. The face is larger, and this is reflected in the forgiveness on offer from shots struck anywhere on the face. The slightly darker crown colouring has a more upmarket feel at address compared to the X Hot. But... the long and light 46-inch shaft that comes as standard may not appeal as much as the 45.5-inch offerings on other Callaway drivers. A decision will need to be made between added distance or forgiveness.PGA pro verdict: Using this driver was a real treat. It gave me great numbers on my launch monitor, and my ball speeds increased by as much as 7mph. The feel off the face was explosive, and gave a solid sensation at impact. The OptiFit hosel gives adjustable options to suit all swing characteristics, and the Aldila Tour Blue shaft complements the head and produces a higher trajectory for added yardage and control. An excellent product for 2014.Test team rating:Perfomance: 4/5Visual appeal: 4/5Innovation: 3.5/5Value: 4/5Overall: 4/5

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Callaway engineers say that the X2 Hot driver is ten yards longer than its predecessor, thanks to a thinner and lighter titanium face that boosts ball speeds. The face is four per cent larger than the original, for added forgiveness, while the hosel has been redesigned to allow you to increase and decrease the loft by +2° and 1° respectively, as well as change the face angle.

Will suit - players in need of added distance off the tee.

Paul joined Golf Monthly in 2006 in a junior role and has since worked as senior staff writer and now as technical editor. He writes equipment and instruction content and tests the vast majority of golf clubs that are introduced every year.