Callaway XR Hybrid Review

On this page you’ll find our detailed assessment of the Callaway XR Hybrid, the pros and cons, and a side-by-side comparison with other hybrids we have recently reviewed.

We reviewed the Callaway XR Hybrid as part of our Best Golf Hybrids Review.

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If you are seeking a hybrid that is easy to hit, look no further! A great club that even the best players will love hitting due to its performance and forgiveness.

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Our Assessment

8.7 Total Score
Great (B+)

The XR Hybrid is a fantastic option for a wide range of players. If you're currently a long hitter you're going to benefit the most of anyone. If you are seeking a hybrid that is easy to hit, look no further! The technology behind the XR Hybrid provides superior ball speed, forgiveness and distance. Not to mention accuracy! Get your hands on it and give it a bash, it will impress.

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

  • Great value purchase for a sexy product that everyone enjoys
  • Distance is of abundance with the XR Hybrid – particularly if you have a high swing speed!
  • Very forgiving clubface that even the best players will appreciate
  • Actual clubhead doesn’t really have a beautiful elegant shape, somewhat triangular toward the toe section
  • No adjustability offering in terms of loft/lie. Not the end of the world, but can be convenient
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Callaway XR Hybrid

At the price, the XR Hybrid is great value for money and everyone seems to love the brand. Plenty of distance packed into this club!

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Detailed Review

Design & Appearance

Callaway have completely redesigned the head on this hybrid and you’ll notice in the appearance right off the bat. A slightly higher and chunkier toe region, which provides more forgiveness as well as a lower CG. 46% lower than the X2 Hot actually to be exact. While I may not be so much a fan of the overall shape I do like the matte black crown with raised chev logo helping alignment. I’m also a fan of the glossy sole of the club, just looks beautiful. Funky, sporty and attractive to anyone!

Build Quality

A re-engineered internal Standing Wave increases the moment of inertia and allows the face cup to flex more at impact producing optimum ball speed. As mentioned above the higher and thicker toe region actually improves forgiveness tremendously – especially if you are a higher handicap player. It lowers the Center of Gravity thus providing a beautiful launch angle and trajectory. Seems like we always mention this, but the Forged Hyper Speed Face Cup is exceptional. It really aids in forgiveness as well as ball speed.

Control / Feel

The sound synonymous with Callaway. The metallic crispness. Nowadays when hitting hybrids you’re almost expecting a more dull thwacking sound, but Callaway have stuck with their original sound that you will appreciate. Easy to control from just about anywhere, but especially off the tee box. Feedback is good, very little vibration at impact when hitting it off center and just stunning feel out the middle of the club.

Callaway XR Hybrid

The XR Hybrid is a fantastic option for a wide range of players. If you're currently a long hitter you're going to benefit the most of anyone.


Even though there is very little offset to the XR Hybrid, there is still a slight draw bias and it is easy to turn over. If you have an average swing speed then this will still provide good distance, BUT if you are already a long hitter then you are going to record some ridiculous numbers with this Callaway bad boy!

Scroll to 00:50 in the video to see what they say regarding the XR Hybrid. Video Length 05:48

Bomb it with the XR Hybrid!

The XR is all about distance and forgiveness. Make the game that much easier for yourself

Ball flight I wouldn’t say is high. Mid launch is more acceptable and accurate, definitely manageable though and easily suited to a wide variety of golfers. There is no IDEAL shot with the XR Hybrid that you can say is better than other manufacturers, but every shot is above average. Whether it be off the tee and getting some distance or whether it be approaching a flag positioned in a shallow section of the green, the XR Hybrid does it well.

Value for Money

At $199.00 this is superb value for money. Who doesn’t like a Callaway product for that kind of price!?? Plenty of punch at the price offering you distance, forgiveness and is wonderfully accurate. Callaway definitely have a sexiness about their product, which is addictive. Their predecessor in terms of matching hybrid was the X2 Hot, which was great. The XR Hybrid though get’s its nose down at the finish to just pip it – really a solid option for the low handicapper right through to high handicap player, give this a bash.

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Callaway XR Hybrid Review

More forgiveness, more ball speed and primarily more distance

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Key Facts

Product Details Callaway XR Hybrid
Launch RRP From $199.00
Gender Men’s & Ladies
Handicap Range Low – High
Hand Availability Right & Left (28° Right Only)
Swing Weight D1
Lie 58.5° – 60.75°
Loft 19°, 22°, 25°, 28°
Length 38.25″ – 40.50″ (Ladies 37.25″ – 39.50″)
Shaft Type & Name Project XD
Grip Callaway Tour Velvet
Manufacturers Website Callaway Golf
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Last update was on: January 15, 2019 3:10 pm

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