In the year 2000, Callaway introduced the Steelhead X-14 irons, a much heralded design that packed playability and forgiveness into a beautifully shaped club head.
For 2016, Callaway has packed in a whole lot more.
The new Callaway Steelhead XR iron set relies on many of the same features that have kept the X-14 in many golfers’ bags to this day: a slightly longer blade length, a slightly more rounded toe and its signature hosel-to-face transition.
This new XR version, however, packs a real punch with a new 360 Face Cup™ technology that increases ball speed for both center and off-center hits. The face is so fast, in fact, that it’s now up near the USGA limit for COR (Coefficient of Restitution) of .830. In plain terms, the Steelhead XR boosts your ball speed…a lot.
Also new for this year is a Steel-Infused Polyurethane Layer that is positioned behind the bottom of the face, moving the CG low for higher launch, as well as removing unwanted vibration. “Steelhead” is more than just a namesake, after all.
We were pretty excited to hear about these new irons, with one of our marketing team members even remarking, “I used to play the original irons… Should have never gotten rid of them.” It’s safe to say the following for these irons is already sizeable.
Check out our in-depth look below and be on the lookout for the performance review in the very near future. You will be able to be fit in most Golfsmith stores soon, with an official release date set for September 2nd in select stores and online.
Callaway Steelhead XR Irons
Release Date: September 2, 2016
Stock Steel Shaft: True Temper XP 95 Stepless
Stock Graphite Shaft: Matrix OZIK F15
Original Steelhead X-14-inspired cavity design with modern XR branding
Hollow Bore-Thru Hosel, as inspired by the original Steelhead X-14
360 Face Cup with alignment aids on the lower grooves
Deep-back CG with steel-infused weighting for high launch
Confidence-inspiring topline with two-tone polished/matte face
True Temper XP 95 Stepless Shaft features a high-launching, mid-spinning design