Pros: Attractive TopLine and Confidence-Building Size, Forgiving, Long, and Accurate
Cons: Indirect, Muted Feel
Great clubs for my game!
I threw the XHot Pros into my bag ... well because ... I confess ... I am undergoing a swing change and didn't want to play my precious forgings during the transition. I was hitting the ball towards the toe, digging, fatting, thinning, i.e. the normal characteristics of learning and a loss of confidence. But after playing the XHot Pros, they may remain in the bag. They had me at "hello."
These bad boys have really helped my game. They are fine clubs - forgiving, long and easy, go through the turf nicely ... accurate, too. I have them set up in KBS Tour 90 ($15/shaft up-charge) at standard length and lie. The KBS Tour 90 do feel "whip-like" in that they kick in nicely. As you can see during my swing transition, I hit the toe ... but the Pros offer good results. Ball still go high, far, straight. As I've transitioned the swing, the hits are moving towards the center and I'm obtaining consistently good results. I haven't hit a 6i in probably 5 years. But I took this 6i in on a slight uphill approach against a strong, two club wind to a two tier green from 150, strong flight and carry ... and voila! 10 feet from the cup. I was impressed ... by the club.
Like all clubs, they are not for everyone. You know golfers - picky little fellows ... if it's not the feel, they don't like a cavity design, or the look of the PW (But this set transitions well, and the PW is attractive). If you're in the market, demo the XHot Pros. I like them. I also demoed the new True Temper PXI Steel Shaft and enjoyed it. But it is now a $45/shaft up charge - gulp! and 108g. I chose the KBS Tour 90 because its lighter weight of 95g was more compatible to my other iron set in performance and more suitable to my pocketbook.
Sole - not too thin or wide - just right.
Clubhead size - just right for me. Confidence building but not "big".
Workability - they draw or fade nicely - but not too much.
Height - they get up there, but flight is strong, not ballooning.
Length - fine for me.
Feel - Indirect and Muted, but acceptable.Looking at the face gives me the feedback I require. I also believe it sounds a bit hollow towards the toe, but when you hit the sweetspot, the feel/sound is more solid. I like the results and can forgive as these clubs forgive me.
Forgiveness - like a priest in Confession without the penance.
Turf Interaction - they glide well and I'd describe myself as a "trapper" type - I don't pick but don't dig deep holes.
Grips - Many choices if custom ordered - Lamkin White 3Gen are comfy and durable.
Soles are not too thin or wide - the PW is slightly wider than the 7i
I like the cavity and the Lamkin White grips...
The darn toe! But it's getting better, Even with toe hits, I get more than I deserve - good distance that went straight.