In stores Sept. 2: Callaway Steelhead XR Hybrids
23 Aug 2016
by AmateurGolf.com Staff

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For some golfers, hybrids have been not just a game changer, they've been a game saver. Gone are the days when only the best long iron players -- you know, the ones that can launch a high and soft 4-iron to a back-right pin -- can compete at longer courses. There are men (and women!) that are more accurate from 200 yards than they used to be from 150.

That's because a hybrid’s combination of compact head, perimeter weighting and low center of gravity (CG) makes it easier to launch high, long shots from the turf.

How do you improve on that?

Callaway's new Steelhead XR Hybrids take all of the above to the next level. Compared to the company's XR Hybrids, the head is longer from heel to toe and deeper from front to back, with a deep-back CG.

All of these improvements work together to make Steelhead XR Hybrids more forgiving and easier to launch. And the correspondingly longer face of each Steelhead XR Hybrid incorporates next-generation Hyper Speed Face Cup technology that allows the edges of the face to flex and release faster at impact. You'll get more ball speed on center-face hits, or whether you've struck the face a little high, a little low, a little off the heel, or a little off the toe. (Hey, that rhymes.)

And what lies beneath is important too.

Just as the original Steelhead X-14 irons were renowned for their extremely playable and versatile sole design, so are Steelhead XR Hybrids. With the help of extensive computer modeling and Tour pro testing, Callaway engineers reduced sole-to-turf friction dramatically to make it easier to launch the ball cleanly from almost any lie.

In terms of total performance, the convergence of the XR Steelhead’s advanced technologies and shaping allow it to deliver exactly what golfers’ want from a hybrid: massive forgiveness, easy launch, high and long flight, and exceptional versatility and playability.

We'll take three, please.

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