In the last several years, utility irons have become a great alternative for better players who want forgiveness in lower-lofted, long-iron replacements without the clunkiness and rigidity of a hybrid. Some players want to hit an iron, want to work it from the fairway and want to hit a low bullet off the tee every now and then. (I’m raising my hand.)
However, many of those utility irons are designed with a low-and-back center of gravity designed to launch the golf ball higher in the air and land down more softly, kind of like many hybrids. So, what’s the benefit of having an iron-looking utility that’s basically a disguised hybrid?
That’s the thinking which led to Callaway Golf’s new X Forged UT utility irons.
With these clubs, the CG is positioned in line with the center of the face and designed to deliver a lower, more penetrating ball flight and less curve. It’s meant to find fairways and get up the gut on par 5s. There’s a tungsten insert as part of the hollow body for higher moment of inertia (MOI) and an easy-but-not-high launch. The company’s 360 Face Cup creates maximum ball speeds across the face.
The Callaway Golf X Forged UT irons are available Jan. 19 for $250 each in 18-, 21-, 24-, 27- and 30-degree heads with a standard True Temper Project X 6.5 shaft.