Callaway offered a peek at its new 2013 irons, the X Forged, on Wednesday. Luke Williams, senior director of global woods and irons for Callaway, explained their decision not to produce more forged cavity back irons. He said the the most popular irons on the PGA Tour and the European tour are not the company’s forged cavity backs but last year’s RAZR X Muscleback irons and the Tour Authentic X-Prototype irons. The tour players prefer the clean looks and performance of the musclebacks and X-Prototype to the forged cavity backs.
Golf WRX reports, “According to Williams, Callaway’s recent musclebacks have been a hit because of what the company is calling CG Height progression. CG (Center of Gravity) Height Progression puts the center of gravity lower in the long irons for the higher trajectory that tour pros want. It also places the CG higher in the short irons for a flatter trajectory. Callaway’s previous forged cavity back irons, the RAZR X Forged, had the opposite CG progression. The center of gravity was actually the lowest in the short irons.”
The musclebacks also go more smoothly than the RAZR X Forged irons which tend to dig through impact. The new X Forged have what Williams called “a slightly wider muscleback sole.” The 2013 X Forged look like the musclebacks as well. Compared to the RAZR X Forged, the 2013 X Forged have a shorter blade length and do not have the high heel and sharp toe.
Callaway’s Facebook described the new irons as, “A new face design, sole profile and optimized CG Height Progression through the line delivers distinct performance advantages, including distance, with an incredible (and somewhat drool-inducing) look.” The 2013 X Forged irons are expected to be available in January 2013 for $1000 per set.
So what do you Rockheads think? Would you trade in your irons for the new X Forged? Let me know in the comments!