Since introduced to Tour players at the Byron Nelson in May, the Roger Cleveland-designed Callaway X Utility Prototype Irons have been a particularly hot item, according to Callaway. In fact, Callaway Tour Reps in the US and the UK have been scrambling to coordinate a shipment of club parts from the PGA Tour Trailer to Callaway’s UK office (to supplement what the European Tour Trailer has in stock). Its believed that Roger Cleveland is even traveling to the UK with
five, 18* X Utility Prototype Iron heads in his luggage to help meet demand.
“We have several staff and non-staff players using all three models (18*, 21* & 24*). The most significant positive feedback we are getting is about how much easier these utility irons are to get in the air versus the 2, 3, and 4 irons they may be replacing. Also, players love the workability and ease of getting the ball out of intermediate and primary rough lies. These irons have a great feel because of the fact that they are forged, like many of the model irons in play on Tour. These clubs are a great example of Callaway bringing product out to the world’s best players where there is a void.” said Mike Sposa, PGA Tour Rep, Callaway Golf.
The product is said to be made with a hollow forged construction and a high-strength steel face that produces high ball speeds. The Callaway X Utility Prototype irons feature removable weights on the sole that allow players to make adjustments for their specific shaft and grip variations. "Increased yardage and higher ball flight with consistent yardage from shot to shot in your 2, 3 and 4 iron is a wonderful gift to a Tour player. Roger Cleveland and our R&D have delivered another great Callaway product to the game's best!" stated Nick Raffaele, VP, Global Sports Marketing. No word yet when the product may see itself to retail. But its something to keep an eye at Royal Lytham & St. Annes as its quite likely the prototypes will be popular off the tee.