Having been on the market for quite a few years now since 2005, the Callaway X-18 Irons now admittedly rank behind the X-20s and the X-22s in raising interest among a lot of golfers.
However they are still quality clubs from a quality manufacturer, and as such can't be over-looked by any golfer interested in trying out new irons to improve their scores and their golf game.
They are generally aimed more at mid handicap players. Though there are reports of many beginners and higher handicappers having benefited from using these clubs.
At first glance the Callaway X-18 irons are nice to look at, sporting a nicely designed head and stylish graphics, also not being overly bulky like some modern irons can be. These clubs will look good in anyone's golf bag.
The clubs are weighted in such a way that is meant to give you better shots on off centre hits, and increased stability. Thus the intention is to create a very forgiving and reliable iron.
And as with most Callaway irons the X-18s do look good when you're standing over the ball at address. The top line of the club isn't too thick or too thin, and the weight of the club is about right for most players.
Right from the first shot it's hard to not be blown away by how sweet and smooth the X-18s can feel at impact. At times it can feel like you're not even hitting a ball at all, even many off centre hits still feel ok, hardly any vibration occurs.
And as was mainly intended by Callaway, these irons are also very solid and forgiving. An off centre hit should at the very worst for most reasonable players result in a slight pull or push.
But even then, most poor strikes, as long as their not too sever, do still go relatively straight with these irons, although some yardage is often given up though.
However that isn't really too much of an issue, as these Callaway X-18 irons are already quite powerful. Perhaps not giving players as much distance as the X-20 or X-22 irons, but still pretty strong though.
The ball flight in particular with the longer and mid irons, is almost always very strong and penetrating. Possibly a tad on the low side on some shots. But that's something that means these irons are likely to be very good for playing in windy conditions. More often than not the flight of the golf ball doesn't go very high.
Despite the often lower ball flight though, approach shots with the X-18s can still land quite softly. Perhaps not as much in the longer irons, but the shorter irons can certainly be controlled well. Getting a good amount of spin with the clubs isn't too difficult.
However as these irons are very forgiving, they aren't really very easy to shape your shots with. Moderate results are still possible, but it does require a fair amount of effort being put into the golf swing.
But overall though the Callaway X-18 Irons offer a good package of decent feel and reliable forgiveness. While looking good at the same time.
Although a bit out of date now, they are still a very good offering from Callaway, which from what we saw, could suit most levels of golfer.
One of the benefits of being a slightly older iron is that the price will usually be quite reasonable. Some retailers do still sell the clubs in brand new condition, and although prices vary, generally the X-18 irons retail at around £180 or $286 as of 2012.
|Easy To Hit||10/10|
|Value For Money||10/10|