Callaway XR 16
I liked the look of the XR 16’s head shape from the off. Its back is slightly bigger, which is more appealing to my eye. For me, how a fairway sets up is really important; I like the square face angle of the XR 16. Callaway’s technicians made the 16 up to the exact spec (loft, swingweight, shaft length etc) of my old fairway for my initial testing to give a direct comparison between both clubs.
Technology’s moved on massively since my Diablo! It’s really important for me when testing new equipment to see data on a launch monitor and gauge what’s happening. When I see a new model beating what I have in the bag, I’ll change.
HyperSpeed Face Cup
My initial tests with the XR 16 had my club speed just down on my old gamer, which was to be expected as I’m still getting used to it and not swinging at it full tilt. Despite this, I’ve gained 3mph of ball speed which equates to over seven yards of carry distance over my Diablo, which the technicians say is down to the XR 16’s Hyper Speed Face Cup outperforming the Diablo. With club and ball speed only going to increase further as I become more familiar with the club then it is definitely the right move to say goodbye to the Octane… even if it feels like losing a close friend!
Looks and performance
The XR 16 is a really good looking club, but looks don’t mean much to me. I’m much more concerned about the results. The XR 16 is stealing me a few extra yards, which means a shorter approach.
Driver or Fairway?
I don’t shape shots too much, so I often hit my fairway wood from the tee so I don’t have to “thread” a driver to suit a particular hole’s shape. I consult my caddie on when to hit driver or fairway, but my fairway wood has always been my club to trust when I need to hit the short grass. It comes down to confidence.
Callaway has done a great job. I’ve gained 3mph of ball speed and over seven yards of carry distance over my Diablo fairway wood. I’m so convinced with this new club I’ve already put the XR 16 driver and 4-wood into play, too. They’re great clubs.