Callaway X Series Fairway Wood Review
The X Series fairway woods (2006) from Callaway are mid-high trajectory stainless steel woods. Their three-piece design boasted a signature Callaway "X" sole, square face, perimeter weighting (S2H2) and the company's bore-through shaft installation. The series included 3-, 5-, 7- and 9-woods with 15, 19, 21 and 23 degrees of loft. Clubs were available in True Temper steel and graphite shafts by Aldila, Fujikara, UST and Mitsubishi. Callaway also made an X hybrid 4-wood. The line is since been discontinued, with the 3-wood replaced with the X Hot fairway wood.
Each club in the line is a comfortable stick that picks the ball up from the turf well. Their strong leading edges and solid kick points get the ball up quickly. The 3- and 5-woods are especially solid performers off the tee, while 7- and 9-woods have exceptional rescue club capabilities.
The only visible flaw of the X Series woods is their tendency to produce high shots, especially for players with steep swing patterns. This can result in shot-shaping limitations and losses in distance.
X Series clubs are superior fairway woods with strong game-improvement characteristics and their ability to get the ball airborne quickly. Advance players will fare best opting for an extra stiff shaft with minimal torque. Most clubs are still available from various dealers for about $75 to $150 (2009).