Recently I tested the new Callaway X-Forged 17 Irons. Callaway sent me the club to test for the purposes of writing a review for the Callaway Community.
Callaway X Forged 18 4-PW Project X 6.0
Test Locations: Practice Tee & On-Course Normal/Dry Turf Conditions Avg. Temp: 85*
Club Characteristics (1=Very poor, 10=Outstanding)
I currently play the X Forged 13 model, and while I prefer the chrome look of that model, the performance of the X Forged 17 may prompt a switch. The acoustics are great, and the feel is even softer than the 13s, which is hard to beat in my opinion. On nearly every shot I was able to tell where it was on the face, and every shot still felt powerful even when off-center.
(1=Very poor, 10=Outstanding)
|DISTANCE compared to my current irons||8/10|
|VERSATILITY compared to my current irons||10/10|
|CONTROL compared to my current irons||10/10|
|LAUNCH compared to my current irons||10/10|
The launch conditions in the 17 model are much better than the 13s. I can flight them both up and down with ease, while the 13s tended to be higher than I would like when flighting the ball down. The response and control is a major upgrade. Distance is longer by a yard or two, but that's not what the typical player using this type of iron is looking for distance.
Feel, Control, Flight
I prefer the chrome look of the 13s, but the pearl-like finish of the 17s is not distracting, and the overall club is still a good looking iron.
Summary of My Experience with the X-Forged 17 Irons:
These will find a spot in my bag next season, as I appreciate that the feel and ball flight of the club has been improved versus the X Forged 13. I would probably go with a different shaft, as I am used to the PXi 6.0.
@PC98 You and me both. I plan on getting an iron fitting at Club Champion in the next few weeks these will be in the mix. I’m actually looking for the optimum shaft/head combo for me. Iron fitting is 1-1/2 hours and very detailed with over 350 shafts I should fine on that works better than what I have. I like the KBS I just put in and it may turn out they are the ones. One thing for sure is I’ll know what combo will be next.
ChuckH club champion in Boston does a great job with club fitting. I went in with a bunch of shafts and heads I wanted to try and was fitted for a shaft I never even heard of. The set up from them has worked great and they seem very knowledgeable with a lot more options than most demo vans from manufacturers during demo days.
I just did the club fitting at Club Champion. Ironically after testing for 1.5 hours, the X forged were pretty close the the Honma V irons. Then I rehit my current X forged (2013) irons with Rifle 6.5 annd outperformed them all on Tracman. However, I liked the feel of the new X Forged 18 irons and will most likely get a new set in the beginning of the year.
Big factor was the shaft, they had me in the new Mitsubishi OT-i (105 gram) shafts. They were the best out of all the shafts I tested...but the Project X was my second choice. Only Con is the +$100 per shaft for the OT.
Good luck and let us know how your fitting goes!