Equipment: Callaway's X Utility Prototype Irons
When Callaway's X Utility Prototype Irons were introduced to the Company's Tour staff prior to the 2012 U.S. Open, their appearance sparked a wave of interest on the PGA Tour among non-staff pros. Designed by Roger Cleveland to replace the 2-, 3- and 4-irons that many players have been gravitating away from over the last several years, the clubs soon stood atop the list of utility irons in play at many PGA Tour events.
While utility irons are not new to the game, the X Utility Prototypes feature a state-of-the-art forged construction that delivers a combination of distance, speed, feel and control. Many players have replaced their long irons with hybrids, which are easier to hit, but the X Utility Protoypes offer a level of precision and a tighter dispersion than hybrids on mis-hits.
Els employed all three X Utility Prototypes en route to capturing the Open Championship in July at The Open Championship beforeasking, "Where is the rest of the set?"
Available in three lofts (18, 21, 24 degrees), the Callaway X Utility Prototype Irons are made with a hollow forged construction of 1020 carbon steel, a tungsten sole to precisely dial-in the CG (center of gravity) location, and a high-strength maraging steel face that promotes high ball speeds. Each iron also features removable weights on the sole that range from two to eight grams in two-gram increments that allow players to make swing-weight adjustments to fit individual needs surrounding specific length, shaft and grip options.
The X Utility Prototype irons will be available starting in December at select retailers in the United States.