The Callaway XR Speed driver is a popular mid-market option that provides plenty of value for money in a crowded marketplace.
The XR Speed driver was first released in 2018 as a replacement for the XR 16 model to offer an alternative option for lovers of the Callaway brand but who are priced out of the market for the premium products.
What Callaway say about the XR Speed driver:
“We are aware that drivers in the super-premium category aren’t accessible to every golfer,” Dr. Alan Hocknell, Senior Vice President, Research and Development at Callaway Golf, said.
“So our challenge with the new XR Speed was to deliver the best ‘non-Jailbreak’ driver possible, to sit in the premium category, that would still outperform competitor drivers, as well as give Epic and Rogue (and Mavrik) a run for their money.”
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Callaway XR Speed Driver Design
The XR Speed driver was introduced as a replacement for the XR 16 driver to sit in the mid-market range and offer a big stick that doesn’t feature expensive technology.
The XR range of Callaway drivers are well liked and have provided golfers with excellent value for money and the XR Speed is no different.
Compared to the XR 16 driver, the XR Speed is lighter, faster and more forgiving than its predecessor.
It doesn’t have the unique Jailbreak Technology and the bars that feature behind the faces of the Epic Flash, Mavrik and Rogue, but Callaway have still come up with a driver they expect to rival their own premium products.
There is plenty of technology tweaks that has gone into the new design to improve performance, including the X Face VFT (Variable Face Thickness) technology that helps maximise ball speed from across the club face, and add distance from the tee.
There is added speed in the swing too thanks to the XR Speed becoming the lightest model yet with a titanium crown that is 45 per cent lighter than the XR 16. Improved aerodynamics and airflow around the club head help the driver cut through the air – and are the reason for the Speed tag.
With the centre of gravity lowered, Callaway promise it is the longest and most forgiving version of the XR they have produced. It is accompanied by fairway woods (3W, 4W, 5W and 7W) in the XR Speed range.
Callaway XR Speed Driver Verdict
You have to applaud Callaway for the improvements made to the XR Speed range, and in particular the gains made to the driver in terms of the distance and forgiveness it offers golfers.
While the research and development team have been celebrating technological successes with the creation of the likes of Jailbreak Technology and Flash Face technology in other models, they haven’t forgotten about the average golfer.
The XR Speed sits at a very attractive mid-market price range offering exceptional value for money. If you aren’t fussed on a driver filled with the latest computer generated advances, then the Callaway XR Speed might well be the choice for you.
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