The Steelheads do everything well. Off the tee, off the turf, off the hardpan and out of the rough they perform. The Warbird’s were good. These are better. They look good (but not as good as the Hawk Eye’s) and they feel terrific, as good or better than any wood we’ve tested. The “crack” at impact is not as electrifying as that of the titanium Hawk Eye’s, but it is pleasant sounding and gratifying.
The 2 wood was an on-course surprise to everyone. Three testers hit this 2 wood as long, or longer than their drivers. Jeff, Josh and Adam all had some of their best driving rounds ever with this Steelhead. The extra loft noticeably reduced hooks and slices. This length off the tee combined with its ease of use from the fairway makes for a potent combination.
The steel-shafted 5 wood was also a surprise. It had the length, ease and feel of a fine, graphite shafted wood. The combination of Steelhead 2 wood and 5 wood was a productive one on the golf course. The addition of the 9 degree driver added a trajectory option off the tee and, for some, extra yardage. The ball can be worked with every club, though numerous stronger swinging testers had a tendency to hook the 9 degree driver and its softer than average “stiff” shaft
Reservations are made well in advance to “test” the Steelheads during club championships. Four times such a request has been made – three for the Steelheads and once for the Hawk Eye 3+. That pretty much sums up the Callaway success story. Once a golfer becomes convinced that Callaway’s are the clubs for them they become neurotic about the notion of playing anything else.
Does everyone swear by the Steelheads? No. Some, particularly professionals such as Jay, prefer the firmer, harder feel of woods such as the Titleist 975Fs and Orlimar TriMetal’s. Others, such as Glenn, prefer their older Warbird’s and Great Big Berthas. But, by and large, everyone wants to own at least one Callaway wood.
The Steelheads remain adored and cherished by our testers. We still squabble over the possession of the 2-wood even after a careless visitor dented the crown when using a very high tee. We like them so much that we bought a used 7-wood to complete the set. It is an absolute sweetheart. Rock-solid, accurate and musical in its ringing tone at impact. This steel-shafted version feels so good and is so stable at impact that we recommend that readers try the steel even if they normally prefer graphite. This is an excellent trouble club and is very, very easy to use from the fairway or a low tee. With an intuitive alignment this 7-wood is one of the easiest woods we have tested to hit with consistent accuracy.