Recently I tested the new Steelhead XR Pro Irons. Callaway sent me the club to test for the purposes of writing a review for the Callaway Community.
Steelhead XR Pro Irons, all irons/true temper 105/stiff
Test Location: Driving Range & On Couse Weather: Beautiful, 75 degrees and sunny
Club Characteristics (1=Very poor, 10=Outstanding)
These clubs are awesome!! They look amazing and sound/feel is just as good.
(1=Very poor, 10=Outstanding)
|DISTANCE compared to my current irons||9/10|
|FORGIVENESS compared to my current irons||8/10|
|CONTROL compared to my current irons||8/10|
|LAUNCH compared to my current irons||10/10|
The launch and trajectory is insanely good. They are LONG and pretty forgiving on off center hits. Noticeable distance on off center hits , they're still long.
Look, sound, feel, distance, launch
if any...just getting adjusted to the irons takes a little bit because of the difference between them and my irons. Had numerous shots long that felt like a flier just because these are so hot
Summary of My Experience with the Club
I loved these irons. hate to send them back. Never really liked the A wedge in most sets but this is a different story. This A wedge is a WEAPON!!! Overall I would say this...Im buying these irons, might try a different shaft just to test out but A+++++ from me, LONG, forgiving, and they look and sound better than ANY iron I've hit.
Thanks for the review. I've been waiting to get some real world feedback on these. As you and I are around the same handicap, question: what's the workability aspect like? I knew they'd probably feel a touch hot, but I'm interested in how much control there is there? Also, what ball were you playing? I "learned" the game on the X-14 and now play forged irons...I'm hoping these find the sweet spot between the two.
I would say this is the sweetspot between the two. I currently have cleveland irons in my bag, had some AP2 Titleist irons but couldnt ever get as comfortable with them as I am my Cleveland irons. I, Like you, became a golfer and played who knows how many years with the X14 irons. I bought them as a sophomore in high school, worked all summer for my uncle just to save up for them. They do have some of the X14 characteristics which brought back memories, haha. To answer the question on workability..I draw the ball with EVERYTHING so I didn't even try to move the ball left to right with any irons except 4 and 5 which I was able to do..but I took a lot off of my draw and played higher and straighter shots with these irons. When I actually swung the club 100% it was high and straight, when I took a little off I could move the ball more.
Excellent. Thanks again. Looks like I might be a step closer to hitting/buying these myself.
As a follow up - and from the great feedback you've given as well as others who've tested these - I bit the bullet and bought the 4-gap set. After putting my shafts in and setting the lie I finally got to give them a 36 hole test yesterday. All I can say is - the hype is warranted. These things are long, forgiving, and have excellent feel (not to mention they look very good). I'm getting a good 10-12 yds across the board and the control is everything I wanted. The only issue I'm having is with the gap wedge. I'm going to have to play with the loft on it a bit because it's not what I expected from a 50*. It does get the ball in the air very well, but gravity seems to take over from there because it doesn't carry as far as my Mack Daddy 52*. All in all...I couldn't be happier after the first weekend with these irons in the bag.
I never hit the gap as a full shot, I trust my true wedges too much. I loved the ability to flight it low around the greens or a just a punch and run (release). I do agree,,there probably arent a set of irons out there that can rival the look of these irons. They look awesome and perform the same
Yeah. I may pull the gap back out and pick up the 3 iron...or just go back to carrying 3 real wedges.