The most gold medals, the most stars and a massive haul of 5-star performance ratings. Thanks in large part to the biggest R&D team in golf, as well as innovations like 360 Face Cup technology in irons and fairway woods, Callaway was the definitive leader in the 2016 Golf Digest Hot List. We submitted 18 products, and every medal the Hot List panel awarded to us was a gold!
And now for the winners…
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Results: All of our drivers received 5 out 5 stars in performance. Which is their way of telling you to go out and hit them at retail or a demo day, like right now. If you’re picking a Callaway driver, you’re picking a gold medal winner with a perfect performance score.
The Fairway Woods
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Gold Medal Winners: XR 16/XR 16 Pro, Great Big Bertha, Big Bertha Alpha 816
Results: Combined, our fairway woods scored a 14.5 out of a possible 15 in the performance category. One Hot List tester called the XR 16 Fairway Wood, “(A) driver in sheep’s clothing” which is a tagline we should have put in our ads. Face Cup technology people; it’s real and it’s fantastic.
Content to Click: Features & Benefits of XR 16 Fairway Woods (Video)
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Results: Both of these hybrids earned a perfect 5 star performance rating, and 5 stars for look/sound/feel. There’s a reason why we’re the No. 1 hybrid brand in golf.
Content to Click: Mickelson Immediately Puts Apex Hybrid in play (What’s in the Bag)
The Game-Improvement Irons
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Results: The New Apex irons were the one and only game-improvement irons to earn 5 stars for performance. (Did you know: both the New Apex irons and the XR irons feature our Face Cup technology.)
Content to Click: How Does Face Cup Technology in Irons Actually Work? (Video)
The Players Irons
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Gold Medal Winners: New Apex Pro
Results: We’ll give you one guess what the stunning New Apex Pro irons scored in the performance category (it’s five). This also might be a good time to remind you that Callaway is the No. 1 iron brand in golf.
Content to Click: We Now Offer Apex/Apex Pro Combo Sets (Photos)
The Super Game-Improvement Irons
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Gold Medal Winners: XR OS
Results: One panelist said of XR OS (which also have our Face Cup technology), “The ball absolutely explodes off the face.” Somewhere, our head of R&D, Dr. Alan Hocknell, is smiling.
Content to Click: Inspect Every Inch of XR OS Irons in 3D
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Gold Medal Winners: MD3 Milled Wedges
Results: The 5 star innovation score for MD3 Milled comes from progressive groove optimization. We weren’t kidding when we said you can get up and down from everywhere.
Content to Click: Use Our Wedge Selector Tool To Pick Out Your MD3s
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Results: Both putters got the 5-star performance treatment. One tester said the new White Hot RX is “buttery soft, but you still feel like it has power and control” and another tester said Odyssey Works “gave me complete confidence I was lined up correctly.”
Content to Click: See How Odyssey Inserts Have Evolved Through the Years (Infographic)
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Gold Medal Winners: White Hot RX, Odyssey Works
Results: Here is a great comment from one of the Hot List testers on White Hot RX Mallets: “Off-center hits felt like center hits. The forgiveness on this one really stands out.”
Content to Click: Browse All The Head Shapes Offered With New White Hot RX Putters
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