Callaway X Hot Driver Review

Callaway X Hot Driver Review

By Paul Liberatore

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Time to read 4 min

If you’ve read much of our latest content, you’ve probably noticed that we’re reviewing some equipment that’s a couple years old, along with this year’s newest stuff. That’s because we’ve seen a marked increase in interest in equipment that’s cheaper, yet still performs. 


This review discusses the Callaway X Hot Driver. It’s a prime example of a driver that’s a few years old but still provides golfers all the advantages of modern equipment and design.

Key Features

Low profile head design helps golfers get the ball in the air.

OptiFit Hosel makes adjustability and customization easy.

Progressive CG optimizes launch conditions for low spin and maximum carry.

Design and Technology

When the X Hot first came out, it was considered ahead of its time in terms of adjustability. The OptiFit hosel is easy to adjust and allows you to curate loft and open and closed settings to optimize your ball flight with the turn of a wrench. 

If you’re familiar with Callaway drivers, you’ve likely heard of VFT Technology. VFT stands for Variable Face Thickness. This technology is strategically designed to maximize COR at key points across the clubface. 


That means distance. Not only do solid shots go a long way, mishits aren’t as penal as they are with other clubs, especially those that come off the lower part of the clubface. 

When you get the X Hot in your hands, you’ll likely notice the low profile of the head too. Whereas a lot of modern drivers stand tall, this design helps golfers get the ball in the air. This is ideal for golfers with slower swing speeds and that tend to hit their drivers low.


PROS

  • One of the most affordable, highest-performing drivers on the market.
  • VFT Technology makes the X Hot extremely forgiving.
  • Price point is much lower than other drivers of the same generation.

CONS

  • Club lacks some of the new technology found in other drivers.
  • Availability is limited because the club is somewhat dated.
  • Shallow head profile might not be what some golfers are used to

Our Experience

The Callaway X Hot driver is an impressive club that delivers excellent performance. According to the review, the X Hot offers impressive distance and forgiveness, with a fast and hot titanium face that launches the ball high and long. The reviewer was able to hit drives over 325 yards with this driver, thanks to the speed frame face technology.


The driver also has a pleasing metallic sound at impact and a forgiving 460cc head that inspires confidence. The reviewer found the X Hot to be accurate and able to keep the ball out of trouble, even on less than perfect swings. The Opti-Fit hosel allows for adjustability to fine-tune the launch and spin.


Overall, the reviewer was very impressed with the Callaway X Hot driver, stating that it would compete with any driver on the market in terms of distance, forgiveness, accuracy, sound, and feel. They recommend the X Hot as a great option for golfers looking for an easy-to-hit, high-performing driver.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the key features of the Callaway X Hot driver?

The Callaway X Hot driver features a lightweight, forgiving design with a large clubhead and adjustable loft settings to help golfers optimize launch and spin. It also incorporates Callaway's proprietary technologies like the R-Moto face for increased ball speed.

How does the performance of the Callaway X Hot compare to previous Callaway driver models?

Compared to earlier Callaway drivers, the X Hot provides more distance and forgiveness off the tee while maintaining a similar feel and sound at impact. Many reviewers noted it was a significant upgrade in performance over the previous generation.

Who is the Callaway X Hot driver best suited for?

The Callaway X Hot is designed as a game-improvement driver that can benefit a wide range of golfers, from high-handicappers to better players looking for more forgiveness. Its adjustable features allow it to be customized to individual swing characteristics.

What are the downsides or drawbacks of the Callaway X Hot driver?

Some common criticisms of the X Hot include a slightly closed clubface at address, which can cause a tendency to draw or hook the ball for some players. The large clubhead size may also not appeal to golfers who prefer a more compact driver look.

Where can I find the best deals on the Callaway X Hot driver?

The Callaway X Hot is widely available at major golf retailers and online stores. Prices can vary, but it's often possible to find discounted prices on new or used models, especially as newer Callaway drivers are released.

Conclusion

­Every year golfers get all too excited about the latest equipment to hit the shelves and there’s no reason they shouldn’t. Considering the rate at which technologically is advancing, manufacturers are falling behind if they aren’t moving forward. 

However, that doesn’t mean that you need to buy a new driver every time one hits the shelves. Quite the opposite in fact. Even though driver technology continues to improve, it’s become so advanced that even clubs that are a few years old stand to benefit golfers of all abilities. 

If your driver is a bit dated, and you don’t want to spend a small fortune on a new one, give the Callaway X Hot a try. Chances are, you’ll see a noticeable improvement and end up putting it in your bag. 

Paul Liberatore

Paul Liberatore

As the Founder of Golfers Authority Paul Liberatore Esq. has spent the last 7+ years writing about the best golf equipment or instruction from the top golf instructors in the world. He has been a contributing writer for Sports Illustrated Golf and GolfWRX. After graduating with honors from Purdue University, he realized that he had a passion for the golf business and the law. When he's not practicing law, or creating golf content on YouTube, he can be found on his syndicated Behind the Golf Brand podcast talking with the most prolific leaders in the golf industry. 

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