CALL­AWAY XR 16

Golf Asia (Malaysia) - - GOLFING | GEARGUIDE -

www.call­away­golf.com Lofts: 3+/14°; 3/15°; 4/17°; 5/19°; 7/21°; 9/23°; 11/25° Stock shaft: Fu­jikura Speeder Evolution 565 Ad­justable hosel: No

TECH: A big­ger foot­print has al­lowed Call­away’s engi­neers to cre­ate their high­est MOI, low cen­tre of grav­ity and high­est COR (spring face) fair­way wood.

WE SAY: Call­away prom­ises aero­dy­nam­ics with the XR 16 and it cer­tainly de­liv­ered, post­ing the joint high­est av­er­age club speed and two of the three quick­est single club speeds of all the fairways tested. We re­ally liked the laser pat­tern that Call­away uses to high­light the cen­tre of the face, which fo­cuses at­ten­tion bril­liantly be­hind the ball. The XR 16 isn’t just quick ei­ther – with just 3.5mph of drop-off be­tween cen­tre and of­f­cen­tre strikes it’s also very sta­ble and for­giv­ing. The head sits re­ally square at ad­dress and we reckon the size de­liv­ers a great blend of ver­sa­til­ity and playa­bil­ity thanks to its sta­bil­ity.

VER­DICT: A very good fair­way with a face depth that’s just as use­ful from the tee as it is the fair­way. Thanks to the for­give­ness you don’t need to be the world’s best ball-striker to get a de­cent per­for­mance from such a well-en­gi­neered head. Lots of loft op­tions, too.

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