Steelhead X-14 Irons
Newer not always better
I traded in my X14s for a set of X16s using the trade up option. Boy did I make a mistake! I called Callaway pre owned after a range visit and ask for my X14s back. They were very polite and said they were sorry and will get my X14s back to me. WHAT A GREAT COMPANY! I will always buy my equipment from these guys!
August 7, 2012
Better then the new clubs out there by far!!!! One of the best callaway has produced....
I will touch on my history and why I chose these clubs.
I only had 3 sets if clubs in my 30 years of playing. When I started golfing in 1982 I learned on a set of walterhagen blades. I had titlist persimmons woods. These were the hardest clubs to hit, but being so young we did not know.. This probably made me a somewhat better ball striker though.
As the years went on I got to be a 8 handicap player. With that said as time went on better equipment came out. I was reluctant because I played well and everyone said I had great clubs. Well it was time to go cavityback and 1996 was the year I decided to upgrade. (14 yrs later) With what???
Well I saw a set of Wilson cavity back prostaff mid size irons... Wow how sweet. Thin sold and blade like sized. Hit the ball great. Played like a blade but great forgiveness. Miss hits stung like a bee like blades but not as bad, but you knew what was wrong and corrected on the next shot. These were 17-4 stainless steel and I can tell you this clubs still look new and have worn minimally.
Well 1996 until now, (17 years later), these clubs have served me well. But getting older and not playing as much as I like, its hard to find that sweet spot as often as I like. My handicap is around a 14 trending 12L now.... So I said at 47 years old I should update my whole bag.... Last set I will buy until the death of me...LOL.
What to do.. I researched a lot and came away with the callaway brand. The issue is I learned that clubs are now game improvement, super, and ultra game improvement. I figure how can I go wrong the the best game improvement club right?
So I zeroed in on the diablo edge. Thick sold and big head... Well I can thell you the ball went straight, and had zero feel. Caught in the heart and you get flyers that go 20-30 yeards past the hole... Hey I played blades that were pinpoint my whole life. 150 yards mean 150 yards..not 180 yards with flyers that the edges were giving me..
So customer service was excellent and let me try the clubs 30 days. Well back they went. The issue too was the sold is too wide. If you are a scooper you will tend to skull them IMO....Plus the big notch cavity backs are not for me.. Weight too low and sweet spot is low. These clubs will never make you a better ball striker IMO.
After further research I say the diablo edge forged... Well is a forged body with a steel face. Long story short, these things were harder to hit the my Wilson staffs. You need to be dead on... Slightly smaller but still a larger sole.... Forget it. I felt I was going backwards. Back they went.
Okay so reviewing countless websites on clubs and reviews I zeroed in on the x 14s...Why? The x 14's have the thin sole that I am used to playing and fits my game. Top line is thicker then the two old sets clubs I played with, but that visual issue went away after the second round. Also the price. These clubs like all the other callaways in like new condition are really new.. No blemishes I could find..
With that said these are forgiving clubs. I feel like I am back in my prime. Last week I broke 80 for the first time in years. Shot a 79... These clubs have feel and came be worked. These fly straight and try if that's what you want. I have a fade bias and sometimes it gets out of hand but these clubs dampen that somewhat. I need to work hard for a draw, but that's my swing. I have a outside in habit that is 30 years old...LOL
These clubs also are weighted perfect IMO. My buddy bought the razr x irons and that club feels like its low weighted... If your a semi good ball striker you dont need to get the ball up I am sure.
And if you need super, or ultra game improvement clubs you will never improve yor ball striking. These clubs have the best of both worlds IMO. They have no deep cut cavity back and had my Wilson staff looks from yesteryear. Stay away from any deep cut back if you want to improve.
VFT technology seems to work for me also.Off center hits low or toe/heel fly at a different trajectory but almost get to your where you were aiming. Feel is great and you can still tell where you hit the ball. Spin is good on the shorter irons, although that may be ball related, I could still stop my 90 compression surlyn cover slazengers with min roll on the greens, One hop and stop.. 3 ft max. I hit high though...Always have.
Also got my distance back. My old wilsons were heavily lofted, but accurate. These clubs are just as accurate if not more so, and are 1/2 to one club better. Where I was taking a 5 iron I now take a 6 iron.
Well I hope this helps. Why spend $799 on the new hype irons when you can get the 14's for $200 with shipping in new condition... New is not better, trust me. The X 14's are the last club you will buy IMO.
Oh I coupled these with the X hot 9.5 driver and 3 wood. ( Also one of the best investments I made) I also use a callaway heaven wood hybrid. Great out of the rough when the 3 iron will just stick in the long stuff. Also treated myself to the forged wedges in 48 and 54... I don't play a 58. A 54 is all you need. I never use the 50 really. Thats because if I do miss a green I am usually not more then 1-3 ft off the green.
June 18, 2013
Thrilled with my Steelheads
I had my X-20's stolen from my car a few months back, and it was the best thing that ever happened to my golf game, because it led to me finding Steelhead X-14's. I borrowed my friend's Steelheads, and I loved them so much that I ordered a used set from Callaway Pre-Owned. I got them right away, played with them right away, and loved them right away. I'm driving my friend crazy because after every flush hit, I say, "Did I mention that I love my Steelheads?" I'm sure he's tired of hearing it, but these irons are so much better than my new (before they were stolen) X-20's, so I tell him how much I love them several times per round. They are more accurate, more forgiving, have less vibration, less feedback on poor hits, are more consistent, and are significantly longer. I'm even hitting the 2-iron flush, and I've never even been able to strike a 3-iron well, let alone a 2-iron. I couldn't be any happier with my irons. I had been eyeing several higher end iron sets, but I'll be sticking with my Steelhead X-14's!
August 21, 2012
Best clubs I have used
They are like New. Exceeded my expectations. I find myself being more meticulous with my set-up and swing because I am getting good improvement due to the feel and appearance of these irons. My golf buddies are impressed. This was an inexpensive way to really improve my game and increase my enjoyment of golf.
January 28, 2014
This product has great features.
I have used these clubs twice now since I bought them. They have been more consistent hitting the ball and I have gotten better control on the ball.
December 30, 2013
Great condition for a used club
I ordered this club to replace a damaged 5 iron. It was shipped quickly and the club exceeded my expectations for a used club at this price. It was in almost new condition and the club face was perfect.
April 21, 2011
Best Irons I've had in 30 years
I've owned the 3-sw since 2000 or whenever they first came out. Everytime a new iron comes out I take my 8 iron in and compare. There has only been one iron that I liked as much but nothing has been better. I've won so many events because of my iron play chipping, pitching, and full shots are very predictable. The quality is awesome too. I send my irons to callaway every 6 or 7 years to have them refurbished. I am a 3 hdcp.
April 10, 2015
I've tried clubs from 2013 and 2014, and I STILL can't make the switch. I hit the X-14s a a little lower and shorter than the modern clubs, but I prefer the feel, setup, and weighting of these clubs. Callaway simply got it right (at least for me) with the X-14s. Most importantly, it's like I'm throwing darts at the pin...I line up my shot and hit it where I'm aiming--and that's where the ball goes. If I put on a bad swing, I get feedback, but the ball still ends up in a reasonable place (WAY better than my old knockoffs).
I've changed up every other club in my bag to modern tech, minus the X-14s. Not sure I'll ever change those out...
April 25, 2014