When the original Callaway Steelhead fairway woods were introduced in 1998 players simply wouldn’t take them out of their bags, even years after the line was discontinued. Especially among Tour players, the Steelhead 3-wood and the iconic 4+-wood were favorites.
The company says the Steelhead family comprised the best-selling fairway wood line of all time. Callaway has now updated the popular model into the Steelhead XR.
Better players liked that the original Steelhead launched higher with low spin, which helped propel that design philosophy that permeates throughout drivers and fairways in the entire equipment industry.
The Steelhead XR encompasses the original design with what the company says are some important improvements. The original Hawkeye sole was designed for versatility in many lie conditions and the XR has been re-contoured to take on fairway, rough and even tall grass.
The crown is now make of the company’s J-36 carbon, which weighs just 6 grams, 20 grams lighter than Callaway’s previous fairway woods. The weight saved by the crown has been distributed elsewhere in the clubhead, making it easier to position the center of gravity (CG) lower and more forward and enabling the club to launch higher with low spin, just like the original.
The Hyper Speed Face Cup incorporates an extremely thin and flexible boundary area to encourage fast ball speed across a larger area of the face for long distance, even on mis-hits.
A wide variety of lofts are available, including 3+wood (13.5°), 3-wood (15°) , 4+wood (16°), 5-wood (18°), 7-wood (21°), 9-wood (24°) and Heavenwood (20.5°). The stock shaft is the Mitsubishi Tensei CK.