Callaway teased us for a good part of the summer following its announcement in May of a new X Utility Prototype Iron, available only for Tour Staff. Introduced in May at the Byron Nelson Championship, the X Utility Prototype, available in lofts of 18, 21 and 24 degrees, went into the bags of notable Callaway staffers Ernie Els and Phil Mickelson, among others. Prior to the US Open, Callaway specifically announced they had no plans to market to the public, but would consider it if one of their staffers won.
Whether an intentional marketing ploy, or simply a realistic assessment of the somewhat limited market for this “player’s” utility, the decision paid off later in the summer when Ernie Els won the Open Championship with three of the prototypes in his bag. It helped also that Ernie led the field in greens in regulation and fired a tidy 4 under 32 coming home on Sunday.
As the Tour season progressed, more and more players decided they liked the look, feel, sound and workability of the X Utilities, so much so that players with 10 club deals with other manufacturers (a pretty common arrangement) began lining up to give these a try. Following Ernie’s win golf junkies were salivating with the hope that Callaway would go to market. Well, they have, and the new X Utility Prototype Iron is here at DGW and ready for your bag.
The X Utility is probably not for everyone, but for those among us reluctant to let go of our longer irons, these are the ticket. The X Utilities will be available in the same 18, 21 and 24 degree lofts as those made for the pros, which makes them suitable replacements for your current 2, 3 and 4 irons (or hybrids). They are constructed using a hollow forged body made of 1020 carbon steel and tungsten with a high-strength maraging steel face that produces higher ball speeds than long irons for hybrid-like distance. The hollow construction with a low CG creates higher launch and more forgiveness. The shaft lengths are more akin to irons than hybrids, and there is a lack of bulge radius on the face that helps create a straighter, more consistent ball flight than hybrids.
The X Utility offers something further for the better player that hybrids do not—workability. You can work the ball consistently in either direction, so there’s an element of versatility that allows iron-like control with hybrid distance.
The X Utilities from Callaway are available as a limited edition model (at least for now), with your option of either True Temper Project X PXi steel shafts or Graphite Design G Series 95 shafts. Place your order today at DGW and experience the power of a hybrid combined with the feel and workability of a forged iron.