Callaway RAZR X Irons Reviews

Callaway RAZR X Irons

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Callaway RAZR X Irons Review

Feb 16, 2011 (Updated Feb 19, 2011)
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Pros:Good Distance, Good Balance, Extra Dose of Techno Kitsch, Good Build Quality

Cons:Not Everyone Will Appreciate The New Look

The Bottom Line: These are more than just a respectable replacement for the "X" Line of clubs. Callaway has built a worthy successor.


Due to the security breach in Callaway's Chinese Manufacturing Operatons, and the resultant piracy of this make and model, it took an extra dose of effort on my part to obtrain some demos. On a rather sobering note of how bad the counterfeitng business has gotten, it seems that counterfeit models of this club were already showing up as early as this last September. This club isn't even due for release to the general public until the 18th of February. Callaway's version of "Lock Down Mode" only managed to whet my appetite to try this club, and so I jumped through an extra few hoops.

     Now I dearly loved the Callaway X-24 Hot Faced Irons. They were the very best of the Callaway "X" Line of irons. They are also the last iteration. The new RAZR line is set to replace the "X" line just as The Diablo Line replaced the Big Bertha line of clubs. Callaway dumped a lot of money, a lot of research, and an extra dose of creativity into these in order to come up with a worthy successor. Read on and see why these clubs will be worth the wait for Callaway fans.
  
Distance is always important to clubmakers. Sadly they trumpet the same line to us year after year about how this latest and greatest model is, "....4 to 7 yards longer than last year's model...." In this case, such a claim is at least probable, and here's why. As hot as the X-24's were, Callaway has tweaked the circumference of the safe hitting zone on the face. This allows for that .."closer to the toe.." strike that 92% of all golfers are guilty of. This reduces the distance lost on those toed miss hits. So in essence..it actually raises the average of an average golfer's distance off of each club by 4-7 yards. Don't get me wrong here though. If you smack one of these in the real sweet spot...and not just the safe hitting zone...you will see the real distance potential these clubs have. Besides the "toe-forgiveness factor" these clubs also have that fluted attachment to the rear of the cavity. That helps lower the center of gravity and add to the easy launch factor.
 
 Forgiveness is huge on these clubs. Now admittedly, Mizuno JPX 800's and Wilson Staff Di 11's have just a tad more of that "toe -forgiveness", but these do have that aforementioned easier launch for carry. Not only that, but the way the fluted attachment is manufactured onto the sole makes for some seriously creative bevelling at the sole. The way this club's sole interfaces with the turf because of that is amazing. You get smooth as silk interaction off of most lies. Better yet, that steepness of angle, and over-the-top move, which are the bane of most amateur golfers' existencse, become much less of a factor without the need to play an iron with an overly bulbous sole.
 
 Balance on these is pretty darned good for Game Improvement Irons. That's good to know too, because oft times Callaway's tendencies towards lighter swing weights does not sit too well for those in search of club head awarenes. The Graphite Shafted models weigh in at a very light D 0 throughout most of the set, and the Uniflex steel Versions come in at a heftier D2. Either way, you won't be guessing as to where that club head is as you swing away. They may not be pin seekers, but if you need long, high, and straight---and the vast majority of us do--these clubs provide it in great abundance.
 
  The Shafts on these are at least adequate for the task. The Graphite Models are your typical Callaway OEM Shaft, though the new sense of quality control is evident in their newly re-acquired consistency. They range from as feathery as 61 Grams in a Lite Flexed Wedge to as hefty as 79 Grams In A Stiff Flexed Long Iron. The uniflex steel shafts are True Temper Lights with a slightly softer tip for more of that easy launch. The graphite shafts feature a Low Kick Point in Lite Flex, a mid-low kick point in Regular Flex, and a Mid Kick Point in Stiff Flex.
  
Overall these are very nice irons--especially for Callaway fans. They have a lot of Callaway's trademark manufacturing points as in techno-kitsch, good distance, good balance, above average forgiveness, and that new found sense of pride in their quality control. If you weren't quite ready to jump on a set of "X" irons because you wanted more forgiveness, you are officially running out of excuses. Nice Clubs!

3I=19*
4I=22*
5I=25*
6I=28*
7I= 32*
8I= 36*
9I= 40*
PW=44*
GW=49*
SW=54*
LW=59*

I'd like to thank my Lead, Abraham, who got me the link which made this review possible.


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