The Callaway X-22 Irons are Callaway's latest from their X range of clubs and target the player who is seeking the ultimate combination of playability and forgiveness.
While never one to make understated looking clubs, with the X-22s the team at Callaway seem to have really gone to town with the clubhead design. The cavity is very busy, with a thin green line that outlines the X and other aesthetic groovings along the notch. A bit loud, but nothing too garish I suppose.
Callaway said the head shape was a tour-inspired design, which would mean a smaller head, thinner topline and sole, but I thought the clubhead was slightly smaller, it still looked as chunky as previous Callaway models, but being game-improvement clubs, thicker heads and wider soles are required for easier ball launch and take-off so that was not unexpected.
Built from 17-4 stainless steel for softness and durability, Callaway utilised their Precision Notch Weighting technology, where more weight is positioned closer to the perimeter to increase the moment-of-inertia (MOI) for more forgiveness and increased stability while at the same time keeping the center of gravity at an optimal position for that ideal trajectory as well as providing added feel. VFT (Variable Face Technology) allows more weighting on the perimeter of the club for more forgiveness, and Modified Tru-Bore, which allows the shaft tip to extend through the hosel and clubhead to the sole of the Callaway X-22 Irons and improves feel and control by moving the tip of the shaft closer to the center of the clubface. Factor in the 360° undercut channel which moves the center-of-gravity lower and farther back in the clubhead to create a larger sweetspot.
At the course, the topline I remarked as thick earlier seems fine at address now. Feel is very muted but I felt that I was able to work the ball nicely, which I attributed to the smaller clubhead. Forgiveness was in line with previous X series models. Mis-hits are not only muted but resulted in very little loss off distance and were only slightly off line.
I would recommend the Callaway X-22 Irons to anyone who wants a little workability and tons of forgiveness in their irons. Another great X-series irons to carry the good name.
Bought these clubs to replace some cheap Dunlop's that I bought to take up the game. What a difference these make. I've increased my distance drastically on all my clubs by 15 yards and they are much more workable compared to my game improvement irons. I have to admit that the 4 iron has been giving me some trouble though. The feel is superior to any other club I hit accept maybe the Pings, but I liked these the best. Solid feel on mishits, and they look great too. Spin on the ball is outstanding as well.
triplelundy, San Diego, CA
I purchased these to have something more forgiving since I was playing Ping I3 blades. Since I don't play as often I decided to buy something that would dampen mishit. I have a personal driving range and I found that my swing fault followed me, go figure :)
Anyway, my 1st round was a disaster, but it wasn't the clubs. After the disaster I practiced all week with them, along with a major revision in my setup and shot 73 in my second round with them. So, they were redeemed.
One thing I've noticed is that the offset is hidden well in the design of the club. I have never cared for offset, but it's almost invisible in this club.
They feel really good in my hands and the thicker sole from the Ping's now seem normal.
Jett Moon, NC