Our Callaway XR 16 Driver Review was as interesting as they can get. What we’ve learnt regarding the partnership between Callaway and Boeing with regard to this driver is quite something.
We reviewed the Callaway XR 16 as part of our Best Drivers Review.
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Almost a flat 'A' for the XR 16 Driver, an all-round solid effort from the designers at Callaway and Boeing for producing an exceptionally long and forgiving club that most players will appreciate. Very forgiving and also at a great price so value for money wise it is a cut above the rest. The clubface is slightly on the wide side, which makes the ball look tiny behind the face at address. This does however aid confidence by knowing there's a good chance you'll be striking it decently!
Pros and Cons
- An association with Boeing in terms of construction has produced an attractive streamlined design
- High launch angle and in a nutshell – Long, long, long!
- Forgiving right across the face, which suits a wider range of player
- Perhaps too wide a club-head for some players, ball looks very small behind clubhead at address
- Slightly too much spin at impact – can result in slightly wider shot dispersion
Callaway XR 16 Driver
Design & Appearance
As mentioned earlier an association with Boeing in terms of construction and design has made the XR 16 a beautiful piece of gear for anyone’s bag. The club is finished with a matte black coating which is really striking to the eye.
There is dominant ‘rib’ wavy structure on the sole of the club which adds an attractive look to the head and doesn’t really have an effect on club-head speed or distance; it is purely cosmetic. A large 460cc head has a very wide appearance and perhaps not to everyone’s liking, but at least it provides the forgiveness which most players are in search of. The XR 16 Pro has a slightly smaller deeper club-head, which we prefer as it results in a more penetrating ball flight.
In terms of build quality, what Boeing suggested was having portions of raised titanium just behind the club-face in order to keep airflow tight to the surface and reduce drag. This provides maximum club-head speed particularly on the downswing and as a result is the XR 16 is the longest driver we’ve tested in some time.
Callaway have also used a slightly lighter titanium, which has saved a few grams.
Control / Feel
Phenomenal feel, one of the best feeling drivers you are going to hit in our opinion. The sound is loud and almost a ‘clattering’ effect and it draws attention. Whether you’ve struck it out the middle or off-center, people will still think you have bombed it! The XR 16 has a slightly draw bias to it which most average golfers will enjoy, but better golfers would likely favor the XR 16 Pro.
Exceptional distance…in fact the longest driver we have tested for some time now. It is simply explosive!
High launch angle with slightly higher spin than we would’ve liked, but still a long carry distance recorded. The trouble with higher spin though is that it is more susceptible to dispersion left and right of target. The XR 16 is very forgiving as well, which increases the player target market bringing the higher handicap into the mix.
Value for Money
Brilliant value for money! You’re going to struggle to find anything better than the Callaway XR 16 Driver for the same price. One thing we’ve noticed too with this particular driver is it holds it’s value very well. You try find one of these anywhere at a big discount and I’ll be impressed.
A worthy option for the mid handicap player that will definitely add yards to your current driver if setup correctly for you. Without a doubt!back to menu ↑
Callaway XR 16 Driver Review
Callaway have teamed up with Boeing to provide an aerodynamic masterpiece.
|Product Details||Callaway XR 16 Driver Review|
|Handicap Range||Low to High|
|Hand Availability||Right and Left|
|Right Handed Lofts||9°, 10.5°, 13.5° (all adjustable)|
|Left Handed Lofts||9°, 10.5°, 13.5° (all adjustable)|
|Shaft Type and Name||Fujikura|
|Grip||Golf Pride Tour Velvet|