Why is the USGA investigating the new Steelhead XR Irons?

By: August 24, 2016

Don’t worry there is nothing wrong or illegal with Callaway Golf’s new Steelhead XR irons. Thanks to the next-generation 360 Face Cup technology, Callaway Golf was able to boost in face-speed is so significant that it’s hiked the COR close to the USGA limit.

The 360 Face Cup technology (it can be found also in the Big Bertha Irons from 2014) allows the edges of the ultra-thin face to freely flex and release at impact with greater efficiency, adding ball speed that promotes more distance, especially on off-center hits.

The newest addition to the XR family, Steelhead XR Irons, combine the shaping and playability that made the Steelhead X-14 (it was introduced in 2000) so popular. The new Steelhead XR Irons will be available in the US from 9/2/2016.

Steelhead XR Irons are available at $799.99 for a steel set and $999.99 for a graphite set. The Steelhead XR Hybrids are individually available at $219 each.

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A good news for people like me is that we will have more speed and distance on mis-hits thanks to the modern Hollow Bore-Thru hosel design.  It also enabled to remove weight from the hosel and reposition it in strategic areas within the head:

  1. to increase MOI for more forgiveness on mis-hits.
  2. to precisely position the CG strategically in the long, middle and short irons.

Steelhead XR long-irons feature an exceptionally low and far-back CG to make them easier to launch high and long. Steelhead XR middle-irons have an exceptionally low and mid-back CG to promote easy launch and keen control. Steelhead XR short-irons have a low and mid CG to make them easier to promote lower, high-spinning shots ideal for attacking the pin.