By Patrick Tuttle
on 11.29.11
Photo by Callaway

Golf is hard. Truth be told, we make it harder than it has to be. We’ll buy drivers and putters the size of snow shovels, but for some reason, we insist on playing irons beyond our abilities. Callaway Golf is offering a chance to make amends for years of frustration and futility with the RAZR XF iron and hybrid combo set.

Our review continues after the jump.

Aiming for the highest levels of forgiveness, the RAZR XF ($1,299-$1,399) is based upon Callaway’s most premium iron configuration. While it may come with a breathtaking price tag, you first need to take into account what it would cost to buy a similar set of irons and a few hybrids to round out your bag. Once you do, the price seems much more manageable.

In terms of the ever-critical face, the RAZR XF utilizes a multi-material club construction and a 455 carpenter steel face that is stronger than traditional stainless steel for faster ball speeds for added distance.

Callaway built the RAZR XF with pretty much their entire technology arsenal. Yet, unlike some other clubs, these don’t feel (or look) chunky and overloaded. The XF’s are sleeker and more streamlined than any super game-improvement irons we’ve seen or used. For us that made all of the difference. No one wants to admit they need more forgiveness by unsheathing a Hammer of Thor-like club on a Par-3.

We found the irons solid, feeling lighter than they looked. The ball flight was soaring, even for this tester who already hits a consistently high trajectory. And while I found the irons a joy to swing, it is the hybrids in this set that are insanely easy to hit. The 3-hybrid took my hacks and turned them into crushed balls with flights to match — offering fairway wood power with the height and control-ability of a mid-iron — due to an off-set to help square the face at impact.

The low-down? The clubs almost felt like cheating and last time we checked that’s perfectly okay in the rule book.

Buy Now: $1,299-$1,399 based on set configuration

ADVENTURE IS ONE CLICK AWAY

Subscribe to GP for a daily dose of the best in gear, adventure, design, tech and culture. 5pm sharp.