Today's Golfer (UK) - - American Golf -­away Lofts: 9° / 10.5° / 13.5° Stock shaft: Fu­jikura Speeder Evo­lu­tion 565 Ad­justable hosel: Yes How much loft change: -1/+2° TECH: Call­away worked with aero­dy­namic ex­perts to cre­ate a high-speed head de­sign with low drag to help you in­crease club and ball speeds. A next gen­er­a­tion R-moto face and big­ger foot­print head in­crease MOI from every im­pact lo­ca­tion.

WE SAY: The XR’S head looks longer from front to back than from toe to heel and it’s this stream­lined, stretched shape that lends it­self so well to im­prov­ing aero­dy­nam­ics and for­give­ness. The XR put in a strong per­for­mance in 2016 and it did ex­actly the same this year, which says it’s a de­cent op­tion for rea­son­able money. It doesn’t have the bells and whis­tles of Call­away’s new Epic driv­ers, but it’s a very, very solid club at al­most half the price. That makes it a great op­tion for us.

VER­DICT: Aero­dy­nam­ics play an ever-in­creas­ing role in driver de­sign and our test­ing’s shown the tech is just as ef­fec­tive at higher swing speeds as it is at slower tem­pos. For us, match­ing ex­tra speed with for­give­ness is the key to the XR 16’s ap­peal.

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