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Golf Club Review: Callaway Steelhead XR Pro Irons

Callaway Steelhead XR Pro Irons

The Callaway Steelhead XR Pro irons are, obviously, the ‘pro’ version of the standard Callaway Steelhead XR irons.  As is usually the case when a set of irons has been modified to attract the low handicap set, these irons have features suited for better players.  For example, they have less offset than seen in a standard set, which is something most low handicap players prefer.  Like other Callaway irons, the lofts are also tweaked into a stronger position by 1-degree.  This gives better players, who don’t need help getting the ball into the air, more distance.  Overall, these are classic Callaway irons with small tweaks to suit a more skilled player.  Let’s get into the details.


A New Look

image of top line of Callaway XR Pro golf clubs. best golf clubs from callaway for low handicap

One of the first things you will notice about the pro version of the Callaway Steelhead XR Pro irons is the fact that they feature a black finish.  It’s a sleek improvement on the traditional Callaway look that makes these golf clubs stand out – in a good way.  This is a matter of personal preference for each golfer, but we think these look great.

Unique Shaft-Head Connection

Very few irons feature a bore-though design, but that is exactly what you will find when you pick up the Callaway Steelhead XR Pro irons.  Bore through design means that Callaway bored all the way through the head in order to attach the shaft.   This design takes the weight out of the heel portion of the club head, which frees designers to put the weight of the club in other areas.  When striking a golf ball, you should notice a great feel across the face of these irons, in part due to the bore-though design and the weight dispersion.

Thin Top Line

A big part of the change seen when moving from standard Callaway golf clubs to a ‘player’s set’ is the visual difference.  We have already talked about the black finish, but the thinner top line may be an even more important change.  This is something that is likely to appeal to the eye of the experienced player.  No clunky look, no clunky feel.  Alternatively, a novice golfer is more likely to enjoy a wide club head and the confidence that such a design inspires.  Callaway irons have rarely been known for their compact looks, but this model could change that.

Are these the best golf clubs for you?

Too many of the ‘pro’ irons on the market today are way too hard to hit for golfers that aren’t on the PGA tour.   The designs are unrealistic and leave very good players with an expensive set of clubs that they hit just “okay”.  With the Callaway XR Steelhead Pro Irons, great golfers are given a happy medium.  These clubs offer workability, feel, and look of pro clubs without hurting your game.  These are some of the best golf clubs produced by Callaway and should be at the top of any good golfer’s list.


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