Callaway X-16 Pro's

Callaway X-16 Pro's

Post by CiarĂ¡ » Tue, 13 Apr 2004 23:49:10


Hello,

I have been playing golf socially for 6 months now and have decided it is
time to begin taking it slightly more seriously. In order to do this, I need
to really have my own set of clubs so I have been scouring the internet for
any good recommendations of irons to purchase. Using GolfReview.com as my
main source, it seemed that the Callaway X-16's were a very nice option for
a beginner of my standard and also that the longer shaft fed well into a
taller persons game. At 6' 2", I require a slightly longer shaft. When using
certain clubs from my friends' bag, I often have a tight pain in my lower
shoulder and upper back area on my left side. This can be excruciatingly
painful when playing for more than a couple of hours.

As a beginner, the 845's were also recommended to me but many complained
that, for the taller player, they are not such a comfortable set of irons.
As a basic guideline to how I play, I average around 140 yards with a 7 iron
and hit about 180 yards with a 3 iron. My mishits used to swing right but I
feel I have corrected that ailment in my play now. I have a long, deep
swing - nothing snappy about it coming down from my height. I have tested
using graphite and steel shafts and preferred the feel of graphite but lost
10 yards in my shot. I believe this was more to do with the flex in the
shaft.

I'm all for spending a good few hundred pounds on these clubs as I would
like irons that will last me for many years to come. I am looking to
purchase 8 irons (3-PW), a driver and a putter. But I will save the
deliberation over the putter and driver for another date as for the time
being, I am happy driving with a low iron and borrowing a putter! I don't
really want to end up splitting my irons up, and using one set for the low
irons and another set for the high irons and wedges - I'm not at a level to
necessitate this expense. Are the X-16's for me or can anyone point me in the
right direction please?

Many thanks in advance,

Ciarn

 
 
 

Callaway X-16 Pro's

Post by Robert Davi » Wed, 14 Apr 2004 01:22:17

I suspect the Callaways are a fine set of clubs, but I don't believe
there's anything about them that make them especially suited for a
taller person. Almost any set of clubs can be "fitted" to your body
and swing. Any good club builder/fitter can add some extra length to a
shaft or change the lie angle of the shaft to fit you.

Any cavity-back type club would be an OK choice for a beginner, and
it's hard to go wrong with the name brands (Callaway, Ping, Titleist).
Personally, I think the Cleveland TA series of irons are excellent
clubs and might be a slightly better value. Also, some folks believe
that the best value is in a custom made set of components assembled by
a good club builder. Try as many as you can, and see which ones feel
the best.

Rob

Quote:

> Hello,

> I have been playing golf socially for 6 months now and have decided it is
> time to begin taking it slightly more seriously. In order to do this, I need
> to really have my own set of clubs so I have been scouring the internet for
> any good recommendations of irons to purchase. Using GolfReview.com as my
> main source, it seemed that the Callaway X-16's were a very nice option for
> a beginner of my standard and also that the longer shaft fed well into a
> taller persons game. At 6' 2", I require a slightly longer shaft. When using
> certain clubs from my friends' bag, I often have a tight pain in my lower
> shoulder and upper back area on my left side. This can be excruciatingly
> painful when playing for more than a couple of hours.

> As a beginner, the 845's were also recommended to me but many complained
> that, for the taller player, they are not such a comfortable set of irons.
> As a basic guideline to how I play, I average around 140 yards with a 7 iron
> and hit about 180 yards with a 3 iron. My mishits used to swing right but I
> feel I have corrected that ailment in my play now. I have a long, deep
> swing - nothing snappy about it coming down from my height. I have tested
> using graphite and steel shafts and preferred the feel of graphite but lost
> 10 yards in my shot. I believe this was more to do with the flex in the
> shaft.

> I'm all for spending a good few hundred pounds on these clubs as I would
> like irons that will last me for many years to come. I am looking to
> purchase 8 irons (3-PW), a driver and a putter. But I will save the
> deliberation over the putter and driver for another date as for the time
> being, I am happy driving with a low iron and borrowing a putter! I don't
> really want to end up splitting my irons up, and using one set for the low
> irons and another set for the high irons and wedges - I'm not at a level to
> necessitate this expense. Are the X-16's for me or can anyone point me
> in the
> right direction please?

> Many thanks in advance,

> Ciarn


 
 
 

Callaway X-16 Pro's

Post by larr » Wed, 14 Apr 2004 01:21:37



Quote:
>Hello,

>I have been playing golf socially for 6 months now and have decided it is
>time to begin taking it slightly more seriously. In order to do this, I need
>to really have my own set of clubs so I have been scouring the internet for
>any good recommendations of irons to purchase. Using GolfReview.com as my
>main source, it seemed that the Callaway X-16's were a very nice option for
>a beginner of my standard and also that the longer shaft fed well into a
>taller persons game. At 6' 2", I require a slightly longer shaft. When using
>certain clubs from my friends' bag, I often have a tight pain in my lower
>shoulder and upper back area on my left side. This can be excruciatingly
>painful when playing for more than a couple of hours.

>As a beginner, the 845's were also recommended to me but many complained
>that, for the taller player, they are not such a comfortable set of irons.
>As a basic guideline to how I play, I average around 140 yards with a 7 iron
>and hit about 180 yards with a 3 iron. My mishits used to swing right but I
>feel I have corrected that ailment in my play now. I have a long, deep
>swing - nothing snappy about it coming down from my height. I have tested
>using graphite and steel shafts and preferred the feel of graphite but lost
>10 yards in my shot. I believe this was more to do with the flex in the
>shaft.

>I'm all for spending a good few hundred pounds on these clubs as I would
>like irons that will last me for many years to come. I am looking to
>purchase 8 irons (3-PW), a driver and a putter. But I will save the
>deliberation over the putter and driver for another date as for the time
>being, I am happy driving with a low iron and borrowing a putter! I don't
>really want to end up splitting my irons up, and using one set for the low
>irons and another set for the high irons and wedges - I'm not at a level to
>necessitate this expense. Are the X-16's for me or can anyone point me in the
>right direction please?

>Many thanks in advance,

>Ciarn

The X-16 heads are nice clubs, very forgiving for mishits, etc.  We
all miss the sweet spot a LOT, ha.

However, I think you should get them with the graphite shafts and
regular or even soft flex would be preferred for your long slow swing.
As more and more articles are pointing out, MOST of us may be using
shafts that are too stiff-- must be sort of a macho thing.  Big,
strong guys think they should be using big strong shafts, ha.  But
with swing speeds below 100 MPH (for mid-irons) those stiff shafts are
reducing our iron distance at least 10 yards--probably because they
reduce our clubhead speed simply because too much of the overall club
weight is in that big strong stiff shaft-- It is the equivalent in car
design of "unsprung weight" and is totally counterproductive to
propelling the golf ball.  Ideally we would have almost no weight
anyplace but the clubhead!  Graphite comes closer to that ideal than
steel.  

I think we saw Phil Mickelson playing graphite shafts at the Masters--
and hitting them pretty well!

larry
Larry

 
 
 

Callaway X-16 Pro's

Post by Matt Aamol » Wed, 14 Apr 2004 03:06:40


Quote:
> I think we saw Phil Mickelson playing graphite shafts at the Masters--
> and hitting them pretty well!

Nope, those where Project X Steel shafts