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.
11/10/17 and 11/11/17
X Forged 18 with Project X 5.5
On course with cool conditions, temp 50 deg. Sunny, cloudy and some rain. Turf was normal, a little soft from the rain.
Club Characteristics (1=Very poor, 10=Outstanding)
Loved the top line and the overall look of the irons. The look from above gave the appearance of a smaller forged iron but still had good feel and forgiveness. Could feel and hear the off center hits. When hit in the sweet spot there was virtually nothing but the sweet since of purity. Look and feel are top notch.
(1=Very poor, 10=Outstanding)
|DISTANCE compared to my current irons||9/10|
|VERSATILITY compared to my current irons||7/10|
|CONTROL compared to my current irons||8/10|
|LAUNCH compared to my current irons||9/10|
When hit pure the X-Forged 18 is a good club longer then my current iron. On mishits about the same as my current irons. I am a right to left ball flight and these irons were very consistent with my normal curve. Tried to hit a couple of fades and the ball just ended up straight. Not a big deal since I don't hit a lot of fades anyway. Launch was more penetrating and direct then my current set, especially on solid hits. If I could hit the sweet spot all the times I would play these irons every round. The feel and performance on solid shots where excellent.
The overall look, thin top line, finish were outstanding. Love the soft feel on solid, center shots.
Off center hits were disappointing, not as forgiving as my current set.
Summary of My Experience with the X-Forged 17 Irons:
Overall I really enjoyed playing with the X-Forged 18 Irons. I think playing with this type (forged) of iron would eventually make me a better player. They reminded my of the old school irons in size but not in performance. Performance was excellent for a forged pro style club. I would not recommend this iron to a double digit handicapper, to much club.