I’ve always liked the shape of Callaway irons and had great success with a set of X18 Pro Series a couple years ago. I wanted a set of irons that were easy to play but not bad to look at so I picked up a set of X20′s a couple weeks ago. First off, the reports that the X20′s are Callaways version of the X18 Pro Series are not accurate. The X20′s have a much wider sole, more offset and a larger head than the X18 Pro Series had. But, they’re a very nice iron if you’re looking for a game improvement iron that doesn’t look too clunky. I thought the feel was pretty good, sort of muted and soft, not at all harsh. Distance was above average and these irons are very easy to elevate and very, forgiving. There are better options if you want to work the ball but I did find that I could manufacture a draw pretty easily when I wanted. Most of the time I like to hit the ball straight and for that these irons are perfect. I got the stock uniflex shaft and I’m actually pretty impressed with it. Reports are that Callaway is using the “old” Dynamic Gold Lite as their current uniflex shaft. I’ve played everything in the past from S300 Dynamic Golds to 5.5 and 6.0 Rifles and I found the uniflex shaft to hold up just fine for my swing and I didn’t feel like the ball was ballooning at all. Overall I like this iron a lot and I think lot’s of us could do worse than to have a set of these in the bag. As the next few weeks go, I’ll have a chance to get better aquainted with these irons but so far I’m impressed.
First of all these clubs are very forgiving, I played terribly yesterday hitting the ball all over the face and I felt like I was losing minimal distance.
Look – A little bit larger than average size head, and thick-ish topline conform to today’s game improvement standards.
A stylish blue cavity is aesthetically pleasing and adds to the overall value of the club. Look at address ensues confidence.
Feel – As previously noted, a somewhat muted almost forged feel with a flush shot. Off center hits provide the player with almost no vibration, but the player will know he/she has mis-hit it.
Ballflight is pretty good, sends the ball high in the air consistently and I haven’t had a problem with balooning like I did with my driver.
If your looking for a more penetrating, lower ballflight you might want to look at a different set.
Workability is not impossible with this set, but don’t think you will be hitting a 20 yard draw at will with these clubs. I found them good for subtle workability like a 5 yard cut into a
back right pin position or a draw over a greenside bunker.
Distance – Found distance to be pretty good, nothing out of the ordinary. The one thing to note is that off-center hits don’t lose much. Feels like cheating!
I think do an excellent job in what they we’re created for, A forgiving, high ball, game improvement Iron for an average golfer.