The Callaway X22 golf iron reviews were named to Golf Digest’s Hot List in the Game Improvement Irons category, and with good reason. These are the rare clubs designed for high handicappers that also are PGA Tour-worthy, as evidenced by the fact that they are in Rocco Mediate’s bag.
This series of clubs is designed to offer both performance and forgiveness. It has a greater concentration of weighting on the perimeter while maintaining the desired center of gravity. That means that off-center hits will fly farther and straighter, and the trajectory on well-hit balls will be high.
It’s also the best looking set of irons from a company that has been accused of offering functional but clunky clubs in the past. The Callaway X22 irons have a thinner topline and a narrow sole, elements usually found in irons designed for low handicappers. There’s also a polycarbonate tip plug that dampens vibrations at the end of the shaft, taking the sting out of mis-hits.
A little touch that many will appreciate is that the club is forgiving while still offering feedback. Hit the ball off the toe or the heel and the ball will still fly straight, but it will feel differently to a perfectly-struck ball, making it easier to correct.
The Callaway X22 irons are easy to like, and a great set for a better golfer who struggles with the irons. It’s the rare set that is forgiving enough for a hacker while also having the features a Tour series, and it’s hard to think of another irons series that could be in the bag of a PGA Tour star like Mediate and the 40-handicap hacker playing alongside him in the pro-am.
It’s not a set for everyone. For starters, it doesn’t contain any hybrids, and many golfers find hybrids a lot easier to hit than even the most forgiving three-iron. There also isn’t a Lob Wedge in the left-handed series, a curious omission. But there are a lot more positives than negatives in this set, which is why it’s become among the top sellers on the market.