Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood Review

Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood Review

By Paul Liberatore



Time to read 6 min

Whether you’re looking to replace an old golf club, or on the hunt for something bigger, sleeker and capable of  improving your performance  when on the fairway, then the Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood may be the club for you. 

With an integrated new and improved Hyper Speed Face Cup, the Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood provides players with even greater speed and distance than other conventional  fairway woods

The Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood is perfect for the mid to  high handicap player  looking for the ultimate  fairway wood  on the market that can truly take their game to the next level.

 Ideal for golfers looking to achieve their need for speed, we have put together a comprehensive review on everything you need to know about this innovative golf club.

Key Features

The Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood has been designed to allows for higher swing speed by utilizing an all new aerodynamic club head shape. This design helps to launch golf balls at a high rate of speed, giving players the ultimate in distance and accuracy. 

Not only has Callaway changed the overall design of the club head, but also its shape. The Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood is significantly larger than previous models and has been designed to provide for both a higher moment of inertia (MOI) and a lower center of gravity. We are not exaggerating when we say that the Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood not only looks easy but is easy to hit. Moreover, there is a high versatility to factor in, since the cambered sole allows you to make the shots that you want to play. 

The XR 16 Fairway Wood incorporates Callaway’s industry-leading Hyper Speed Face Cup that is designed to allow for higher speeds and a larger sweet spot.

Design and Technology

When discussing the overall design of the Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood it is impossible not to mention its massive 175cc driver like club head.

 The Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood truly packs an oversized head, and its face is shallower than what we would find with the Big Bertha 816 line. 

Of course, this makes the club a bit more ‘friendly’ in appearance, inspiring confidence in players that they will be able to make the shot successfully.

One of the main statements by players is that due to the club head size, the Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood simply looks easy to hit, and in fact it’s true. With a combination of a shallow club head and a wide club face the Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood is truly a versatile club.

 However, the primary complaint is that golfers would like to see more visual effects on the matte crown. This is because if you are just looking at it, you have a plain and quite basic club.

In regards to the more intricate details of the Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood, just as in the Callaway XR 16 Pro Driver, the technology behind the club is simply amazing. For many players hitting a lower lofted fairway wood can pose a problem. 

To counter this issue, Callaway engineers were able to move the weight from the crown to the sole. This design allows for the impact zone to be located at the center of the ball, which in turn helps to launch the ball higher at impact.

Furthermore, the shallow club face design also gives players the option to use the Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood in various kinds of conditions. By adding more camber to the sole shape, the Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood is truly a versatile club. 

For example, with some toe relief, it makes playing shots easier than from the rough, since there is less surface area in those places for the grass to disturb. Additionally, the Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood incorporates the Hotter Face Cup Technology, a staple in most Callaway’s clubs. 

Quite honestly there is some amazing technology behind this design. Callaway’s Hotter Face Cup Technology helps to produce faster ball speeds and more  forgiveness , especially when it comes to off center strikes.

In fact, compared to other brands on the market, off-center strikes aren’t as bad with the Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood. Thus, if you have a problem with mis-hits, then this golf club is ideal for you. Since the club head I so big, one would think that the Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood would be heavy.

 However, this is simply not true during the downswing, especially if you have a high rate of velocity. Lastly, at impact, players will hear the signature sound that Callaway golf clubs make – a resounding ‘ting’ that is quite pleasant to the ears. All in all, there is little denying that the Callaway XR 16 Fairway holds true to form, excelling in almost every aspect.


  • Comfortable pear shape with a matte finish made to reduce glare
  • Shot dispersion is superb
  • Excellent value for money, you really get what you pay for


  • May be hard to get all airborne due to size of club head
  • Not very workable design
  • A rather plain design when compared to other similar models

Frequently Asked Questions

Can Women Also Use the Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood, or Is It Specifically Designed for Men?

Women can certainly use the Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood. Its advanced club face technology and design make it suitable for all golfers, regardless of gender. This club can help increase distance for women players as well.

How Does the Innovative Club Face Technology of the XR 16 Fairway Wood Compare to Previous Callaway Models?

Absolutely, the XR 16’s innovative club face technology takes performance to a new level. Compared to previous models, the XR 16’s materials and design offer enhanced durability and unmatched ball speed, making it a game-changer.

What Is the Average Increase in Distance and Forgiveness That Golfers Can Expect When Using the XR 16 Fairway Wood?

When I use the XR 16 Fairway Wood, I notice a significant increase in average distance and forgiveness compared to other woods. The ball seems to jump off the club, and it’s easier to hit, giving me more confidence on the course.

What Are the Specific Dimensions and Weight of the XR 16 Fairway Wood, and How Does It Compare to Other Fairway Woods on the Market?

I compared the dimensions and weight of the XR 16 fairway wood to other models on the market. The XR 16 features a larger head and a hotter face for improved performance. The customization options and material composition offer exceptional value.

Are There Any Specific Pros and Cons of the XR 16 Fairway Wood That Have Not Been Mentioned in the Article?

I’ll highlight the XR 16 Fairway Wood’s pros: great forgiveness and distance, solid club face technology. Cons include club head size for some and limited women’s use. Its design supports high performance, aligning well with current market offerings.


Featuring a modest yet sleek look, the Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood is a feature-packed golf club that seems to outperform many other brands available in today’s market.

 With an aerodynamic head shape, a lighter crown, and a Hyper Speed Face Cup the Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood is simply an amazing club. 

The Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood is the ideal club for players with mid to high handicaps or with slow to moderate swing speeds looking to improve their performance when on the fairway.

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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