Hybrids have become so ubiquitous in recent
years, not to mention so useful, that we
occasionally forget how much variation exists in
their design. Some launch lower and have
blade-like profiles preferred by more talented
players. Other models, like the new XR OS
hybrids from Callaway, are designed to be more
versatile and easier to play for a wider range of
The new clubs feature a generously-sized
head shape that inspires confidence. Couple
that with a design that emphasizes greater
forgiveness with a higher ball flight and you
have what Callaway believes are the perfect
hybrids for golfers looking to maximize their
performance from all areas of the golf course.
Naturally, all golfers are interested in
leveraging more distance from their hybrids.
The new models feature a deeper center of
gravity position that helps get the ball airborne.
The XR OS hybrids are also outfitted with
Callaway’s industry-leading Forged Hyper
Speed Face Cup which varies in thickness across a
greater portion of the hitting surface. This helps
golfers get more distance out of every shot,
including those struck near the toe or heel.
Hybrids have a player-friendly head
The XR OS hybrids have also been
designed with versatility in mind and feature
the new keeled utility sole which helps these
clubs perform more effectively from a wide
variety of lies.
“With a relatively large sole we’re
interested in turf interaction,” said Dr. Alan
Hocknell, Senior VP of R&D at Callaway. “It has
a dual keel aspect to it to reduce ground
contact by about 50 percent. That will improve
it’s versatility over other hybrids of a similar
shape and size.”
technology allows for greater
Callaway has identified the XR OS hybrids
as being ideally suited for players with
moderately slow swing speeds, or for those
players seeking maximum forgiveness. They
will also benefit golfers looking for better
gapping options at the lower-lofted range of
their iron set. As such, the XR OS hybrids have
been designed to smoothly integrate with
Callaway’s new XR OS irons. Callaway
designed a separate set of XR OS hybrids to
address the unique needs of female players.
“In recent times our women’s products
have been mostly cosmetic variants of the
men’s with different shafts and grips,” said
Hocknell. “But here we took a stronger stance
in designing a set with women’s needs more
specifically catered to.”
improves turf interaction
The women’s set of hybrids feature a
variant of the face cup for even more distance
while the head itself has been engineered for
proper weight, CG and maximum forgiveness.
The set comes stock with lightweight, ultra-
premium Mitsubishi Bassara shafts (50 grams)
and properly sized Winn Grips for better feel.
Features at a glance:
- High ball speed and forgiveness
across the face with Callaway’s Forged Hyper
Speed Face Cup.
- Improved head design features a
draw bias and extreme forgiveness for players
seeking more distance in an easier-to-hit
- Seamless integration with Callaway’s
new XR OS irons making them an ideal long-
- Keeled utility sole helps you to hit
good shots from the fairway or out of the
The XR OS hybrids come in five different
lofts and will retail for $219.99 each. Each
hybrid model comes stock with a Mitsubishi
Fubuki AT shaft except for the women’s edition
which is paired with a Mitsubishi Bassara shaft.
The new hybrids will be available for purchase
on January 22nd.