Callaway X-22 Irons
A very modern and advanced looking club released in 2008, the Callaway X-22 Irons are a model generally aimed mostly at mid to high handicappers. These clubs might not be too attractive visually in photos, but they are a lot more easy on the eye when you see one of these irons first hand.
They are designed and weighted with the idea of giving you more distance, and greater forgiveness. The X-22s are the most recent clubs in the X series, and thus the latest in a long line of clubs regarded by many as a market leader in terms of game improvement and forgiveness.
When you first hold the club in your hands one thing that's noticeable is that the club head is quite a thin top line and sole. This is something that usually features in clubs aimed at more better players, however Callaway feel that this design can work on these clubs, even with the target market.
With a slightly thinner design than most game other improvement clubs. These irons didn't have the usual chunkier appearance, and in fact looked quite good at address, and feeling comfortable at address is something that's very important if you are to trust an iron.
In terms of forgiveness the X-22s definitely turn out to be a very trust-worthy set of irons. From what we saw you definitely do not need to hit these clubs perfectly to produce a reasonable shot, even on the more intimidating longer irons.
Whether you like the design or not, these clubs should not be too hard to hit for any reasonable mid handicapper. Simply put, the Callaway X-22 irons are clubs that are supposed to be easy to hit, and that's exactly what we found them to be.
Not only that, but nine times out of ten these irons give you that great feeling you get when you hit an iron sweetly, almost like you haven't even hit a ball at all.
This isn't really a feeling that occurs overly often on the whole with game improvement clubs. But it is the case with the X-22s.
Another good thing is that these irons don't hit the ball too high or too low. Various game improvement clubs in recent times have sometimes often produced a very high ball flight, but that generally isn't the case with these X-22s.
The trajectory in general with the mid and lower irons was always quite powerful and very penetrating. Making it a lot less likely that shots will be grabbed and taken away by high winds, when playing in such conditions.
In terms of distance though, despite the powerful ball flight, the Callaway X-22 irons don't really give you any more yardage than most others on the market. However accuracy and forgiveness are always more important qualities to look for in an iron.
So if you're a high or a mid handicapper looking at taking your game up a level, and playing a tidier golf game. Then the X-22s are certainly irons that can give impressive and consistent performance.
If you drive the ball relatively well, and often find yourself in the fairway. Then you should end up hitting more greens in regulation with these irons, which inevitably results in lower scores, and shots coming off your handicap.
As with most golf clubs in the current climate, the price has come down of late. However as with a lot of Callaway golf clubs, these irons are still not cheap.
Graphite and Steel shafts are both available, and brand new as of 2012 the X-22 steel shaft versions will generally cost you around £230 or $365. While the graphite shaft Callaway X-22 irons are usually priced at around £300 or $477.
|Looks || 7/10|
|Easy To Hit ||10/10|
|Forgiveness || 9/10|
|Control || 8/10|
|Workability || 6/10|
|Value For Money || 7/10|