Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood Review


Can you remember the first time you ever saw a metal fairway wood? You remember how big you thought it was back then and now can’t believe how small it was??

Well NOW you are going to see big. Probably double the size of the original metal fairway woods and that is just what Callaway wants. Something that is going to help a wider spectrum of players in a number of departments. One is the ball striking factor, but there are a few others.

We reviewed the Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood as part of our Best Fairway Woods Review.

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Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood

Our Assessment

8.8 Total Score
Great (B+)

If you need help in the ball striking and forgiveness departments - look no further! The XR 16 has a larger than standard head with aerodynamic design that improves clubhead speed and ball speed. A low center of gravity resulting in a high launch with long carry that is suitable for all handicaps. Not exceptionally workable in terms of hitting a fade or draw on command so if that is what you're after this isn't for you. But if all you want is a straight(ish!) ball flight then this a great offering from an industry leader.

Design / Appearance
Build Quality
Control / Feel
Value for Money
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Pros and Cons

  • High launching and very easy to hit regardless of your playing ability or handicap
  • Shot dispersion is superb with weak shots not going that far off line compared to usual
  • Consistent distance on all strikes
  • Really good value for money in our books – particularly for mid to high handicappers
  • Not very workable in terms of shape – most shot shapes are fairly straight
  • Being picky, but perhaps more visual effect on the crown of the club – bit too plain now

Key Facts

Product Details Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood
Launch RRP From $229.00
Gender Men’s & Ladies
Handicap Range Low – High
Hand Availability Right & Left
Swing Weight D3
Lie 56° – 59.5°
Loft 14°, 15°, 17°, 19°, 21°, 23°, 25°
Length 41.00″ – 43.00″
Shaft Type & Name Fujikura Speeder Evolution 565 Red Fairway Graphite
Grip N/A
Manufacturers Website Callaway Golf
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Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood Detailed Review

Design & Appearance

As in the XR 16 Pro Driver, Boeing’s input is once again prevalent with the aerodynamics and construction particularly on the sole of the club. Whilst most of today’s ‘better players clubs’ are smaller and more compact, Callaway are actually more than happy to use the XR 16’s size to their advantage in improving their sales pitch.

The 175cc head gives you the impression of being easy to hit. And you know what? It is easy to hit! A shallow head with a wide clubface from heel to toe that improves overall playability for all handicap categories

. Also available in a XR 16 Pro version, which has the three wood at 150cc so a lot smaller in size. We do prefer the standard XR 16 though.

Slightly more visual effect could be present in terms of alignment aid etc. on the matte crown. Just a bit basic and plain from the aerial view.


Image Credit: Official Callaway Image

Build Quality

The MOI in the XR 16 is Callaway’s highest they’ve ever had in any other fairway wood. The crown is exceptionally light in order to reduce the center of gravity in the clubhead and along with a high COR provide exceptional performance.

Callaway’s Hyper Speed Face Cup has also been made even lighter and thinner, which improves ball speed and also stretches out the sweet spot. You like that at all!? We thought so! Who wouldn’t love a bit of help in improving off center strikes!

Lastly with Boeing’s help, the clubhead has been made more aerodynamic thus improving the clubhead speed. Pair that up with the higher ball speed and you’re looking at something exciting!

Control / Feel

The thin face really does make the ball feel as though it’s springing off the clubhead with huge speed and power! It does feel slightly heavy on the takeaway, but completely different on the downswing with big velocity.

The sound is stereotypically Callaway with a titanium ‘ting’ sort of sound on all strikes. Not bad at all though and when actually holding it and striking it yourself, you’re more focused on the actual flight performance of the XR 16.

Control and forgiveness are above average. Good strikes result in a very straight shape with off-center strikes not dispersing as badly as some other competitors.

This is obviously a knock on effect and will improve score being able to keep it in play rather than having penalties all day long. If ball striking is your problem then the XR 16 will definitely help you gain confidence and improve score.

Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood
Callaway XR 16 Fairway Wood Review


This club is consistently longer than average and not just on center strikes, but off-center strikes as well. With you being a mid to high handicapper, let’s be honest you don’t always strike your club out the center.

It is a huge help to see your ball go a lot further than usual even if striking it off the heel or toe and subsequently keeping up with your mates!

An absolute breeze to hit off the tee box and there you will see a few extra yards gained from time to time. But the biggest factor is it’s playability from both the fairway and also first cut of rough.

The sole is the key factor here that improves this performance and really is easy to strike decently. Workability isn’t phenomenal, but fair enough if you’re wanting something more forgiving with great control then why would you want to be able to work it in any direction? Stick to the basics and keep the ball in play – and WELL at that.

The consistently high launch and ball flight makes it a breeze too. The ball carries forever and without you having to try launch it high. Simple, easy and attractive.


Image Credit: Official Callaway Image

Value for Money

Great value for money at the price. Can confidently say the best we’ve seen for the mid to high handicapper that will turn your game around.

Not crazy long, but consistently long on both center and off center strikes. High launch with long carry and very easy to control.

Whether you’re hitting off the tee or from the first cut of rough you will appreciate just how easy the XR 16 is to hit and hit well. Even though large, it is a good looking pear shaped head that is appealing.

Mike fell in love with the game from a very early age – a passion that hasn’t diminished ever since. He earned provincial colors throughout his junior years, but by the time he reached Varsity, the realization set in (thanks largely to some cold ales) that it was time to favor the pen rather than his clubs. He now writes for GA along with a few other sources.

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