First impression - these look really terrific! Now it's time to give it a rip. So, I peeled the plastic off of the head of the 6-iron, grabbed my X-22 Tour 6-iron and went outside. I have a crude little hitting area with net on my downstairs verandah where I warmed up. Then I went out on the course. (I live on the 9th hole - #9 is a 510yd Par 5).
I headed to where I would normally have 185 yards in (my Mizuno 6-iron was this distance). I took my X-22 and ripped two good solid shots. I was just a bit short. But I expected I might be - it is really cold here. Then I took my X TA Proto 6-iron and ripped a good solid shot. Bop ( I'll spare the flight characteristics, or the excitement I felt as I watched...) GIR . "Can I do that again, was that a fluke?" Second time... I took care to tell myself "...standard shot, don't get on it..." Bop - hit the green and rolled onto back apron. I'm thinking "This is money. Crazy... "
This morning I took the PW out, got on the ladies tee (I placed a flag in the ground next to where I hit so I could go to where the balls land, use my Bushnell scope and notate the precise distance) and hit 4 balls. Two landed at 149, one at 148, and one at 142. "Ok" I'm thinking "These things are long..." My normal PW is 138. These are 10-11 yards longer. A full club... I would guess that the 6-iron was also a full club longer (at least) than the X-22 6-iron.
I'm planning to visit my proshop today, get these clubs on their lie/loft machine and see if there's a physical difference. It seems there absolutely has to be.... if not, Callaway has done some serious engineering in these clubs.
BUT....getting extra length is not what I want, nor what I need. I know most people want extra length, but I digress. If there's no physical difference in loft and my other irons, I'll have to dial in my distances again, and boy is that a pain in the arse. It kind of concerns me that the PW is so darn long... Normally, a PW is a money club from 138 to 110, then my 56 goes from 115 down to 65, then my 60 starts at 85 down to 40 or so, then I'm chipping. Now I'll have this big gap in the wedge of 149 to 110.... I'll have to consider a GW now, then that introduces another club to my bag and I don't want that... Currently, with my set I have 15 clubs. Depending on what course I play I either remove my 5-wood or 3-iron. If I get a GW, I don't know what I'll do...
Below are the lofts as per Callaway dot com... You see that the increase the loft on the 6-iron thru wedge, by one (1) º.
X-22 Tour Irons
X Prototype Tour Authentic
I'll update the post once I get the lofts physically checked.