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The shafts are how light? XXIO’s new Prime drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons

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XXIO (pronounced zek-si-oh), the No. 1 golf brand in Japan year-in and year-out, has unveiled to America new XXIO Forged irons, as well as a new line of Prime clubs — drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons — that take drastic measures to help golfers hit longer, straighter shots.

The feathery-light club heads have an inherent draw bias to help fix a slice, as well as a high moment of inertia (MOI, a measure of forgiveness) to help improve performance on mishits. To achieve a lower and deeper center of gravity (CG), which translates to a higher launch and more forgiveness, the rear portions of the crowns in the driver, fairway woods and hybrids were made more shallow, helping to push weight down and back in the heads.

Extremely light, XXIO Prime SP-900 graphite shafts are the stock option throughout the line. The shafts are made with premium materials, including Toray T110G, and use different constructions in the tip, mid and butt sections to improve performance. Key to their design are shock-absorbing, flexible tip sections, which can help golfers create more club-face closure at impact to increase draw bias. The weight of the shafts is just as critical. The XIOO Prime SP-900 driver shaft measures 46 inches, yet it weighs just 36 grams. The 3-wood shaft measures 43 inches and weighs a mere 38 grams. The 5-hybrid shaft measures 39 inches and tips the scales at only 48 grams. All of the stock shafts in the woods are available in SR- and R-Flex.

The new releases are priced at the higher end of the American golf equipment market, as you may have guessed from the ostentatious gold color schemes.

  • Driver: $849.99 each
  • Fairway Woods: $579.99 each
  • Hybrids: $379.99 each

The XXIO Forged irons will be available on Dec. 10, while the Prime clubs will be available on Dec. 17. See what GolfWRX members are saying about the clubs in our forums.

XXIO Prime Driver 

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The XXIO Prime drivers, which have a total weight of 252 grams, are designed to quell the common slice that average golfers fight. In addition to its draw-enhancing weighting and shaft design, the club heads also have a smaller toe section and an expanded heel section. The heel section of the club face is thicker to reduce a slice on open-face, heel strikes, according to the company.

Also, a very thin crown that measures just 0.35 millimeters in most spots helps lower the center of gravity (CG). For even more forgiveness, the drivers have what the company calls a “Wing Cup Face,” which uses variable face thickness and a channel in the sole — both to produce faster ball speeds across the forged faces.

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Compared to XXIO’s previous driver model, the club head is 4 grams lighter, the shaft is 0.25 inches longer, the swing weight is two points heavier (D3), the shaft is 2 grams lighter and the grip is 2 grams lighter. The changes, as well as the driver’s higher average COR area, will create an increase of 4.3 more yards on average, according to XXIO.

The XXIO Prime driver comes in lofts of 10.5 and 11.5 degrees.

XXIO Prime Fairway Woods

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Like the XXIO Prime drivers, the fairway woods have a cup face with variable thickness for more forgiveness and speed across the face. They also use an extremely light shaft and lower CG from the head construction to pick up 3.4 yards on average compared to their predecessors, according to XXIO. The total weight of the clubs range from 273 gram (3 wood) to 285 grams (7 wood), making them some of the lightest fairway wood offerings on the market.

The fairway woods — 3 (15 degrees), 5 (18 degrees) and 7 (21 degrees) — will sell for $579.99 each.

XXIO Prime Hybrids

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The XXIO Prime hybrids have a HT17709 maraging steel cup face for forgiveness on off-center hits, and have a taller face to increase the sweet spot, according to the company. Compared to the predecessors, they also have a more shallow rear crown — like the drivers and fairway woods — for lower and deeper CG. A single weight in the heel portion of the sole is made from tungsten-nickel and weighs 4 grams.

The clubs are available in U5 (23 degrees), U6 (26 degrees) and U7 (29 degrees), and will each sell for $379.99 each.

XXIO Prime irons

4d93d97ca22883fbc6ccc43aefaac3c0According to XXIO, its Prime irons irons boast the lowest and deepest CG ever used in a XXIO iron, leading to a higher launch and more forgiveness, partially a result of faces that have been lengthened near the sole.

Their soles are also made with a tungsten-nickel weight — it weighs 28 grams in the 7-iron — and a high-density, tungsten-nickel inner weight in the long irons, as well. The iron bodies are made from 630 stainless steel with a mirror, satin and high-gloss, bead-blast finish. Total weight of the clubs, like the rest of the line, are very light, coming in at 339 grams (5 and 6 iron) and 349 grams (7-9 iron).

XXIO Prime irons come stock in either SR or R Flex and are available as a set for $1,039 (7-9, PW), and individually for $260 each (5, 6, AW, SW).

XXIO Forged irons 

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The XXIO Forged irons have bodies made from mild carbon steel and a HT1770 maraging steel face. The V.T. Soles have slightly higher bounce than previous models to prevent digging and improve turf interaction, ultimately tightening dispersion. The faces are made thin for high ball speeds, and the thin area has been expanded by 20 percent compared to the previous model to expand the sweet spot, according to the company.

The irons are available in either N.S. Pro 930GH DST steel, XXIO MX-6000 graphite, or Miyazaki Kusala 8 shafts available at custom, each offered in SR or R Flex. Pricing is as follows:

  • $1,019 (Steel: 5-9, PW), $1,259 (Graphite: 5-9, PW)
  • Individual clubs (4, AW, SW) can be purchased for $170 each in steel and $210 each in graphite.

Related: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the photos in our forums.

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He played on the Hawaii Pacific University Men's Golf team and earned a Masters degree in Communications. He also played college golf at Rutgers University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism.

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  1. Leftienige

    Nov 17, 2016 at 1:05 pm

    How much bling would have to be glued to the top, back, and sides to bring the price up to $5000 ? After all , a club cheaper than 5K is just not worth having .

  2. John Krug

    Nov 16, 2016 at 1:43 pm

    Everyone has their own unique swing. There is no such thing as the best clubs. You need to be fit and what works for one person may not work for another person.

  3. Oskars

    Nov 14, 2016 at 9:21 pm

    They look like something from the early 2000’s, wow are they ever ugly. What is exactly the appeal of JDM golf equipment?

    • Jack

      Nov 14, 2016 at 10:27 pm

      I think there are two lines, one is this type of club which is destined for folks who need all the help they can get. The lightest, flexiest, highest launching highest COR clubs you can find that are draw biased. They are like the ones shown, often gold and brown and conservative in looks (in an old japanese man way).

      The other clubs are higher tech players clubs which are pretty similar to what US companies are doing now anyway. They usually have a more edgy look and look techy. There’s really no reason to pay the premium.

      There are also some blades too which people just like to play no matter their skill level LOL. But that happens everywhere. Blades all have muscle backs now no more butter knife 3 irons.

    • Skip

      Nov 15, 2016 at 1:26 pm

      You won’t know, unless you’ve actually tried them. Just like anything, they’re good for some, not for others. Personally, my all-time favorite irons are from Miura Giken and Epon.

  4. JLJ

    Nov 14, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    You can’t have a Driver shaft that is 36grams with headweights of 252grams.
    You made a typo there, I think, you meant to say that the total weight is 252. Even if the grip weight they use is around 40grams, that headweight has to be around 175-ish

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Puma unveil new Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

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Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

Puma Golf has launched its new Ignite NXT Crafted footwear – a new version of the NXT with premium leather accents.

The upper of the shoe features a premium leather saddle wrapped around Pwrframe reinforcement. The Pwrframe TPU is an ultra-thin frame that is placed in high-stress areas of the upper for lightweight in a bid to offer added support and increased stability.

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

The new additions feature Puma’s Pro-Form TPU outsole with an organically-altered traction pattern, containing over 100 strategically placed directional hexagon lugs in proper zones, designed to provide maximum stability and traction.

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

The Ignite NXT Crafted footwear contain a full-length IGNITE Foam midsole, wrapped in Soleshield in design to offer maximum durability, comfort and energy return. Soleshield is a micro-thin TPU film that is vacuum-formed around the midsole designed to make cleaning off dirt and debris effortless.

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

Speaking on the new Ignite NXT Crafted footwear, Andrew Lawson, PLM Footwear, Puma Golf said

“The Ignite NXT Crafted perfectly fuse the beauty of handcrafted shoemaking with modern development techniques to deliver optimum elegance and peak performance. With the combination of style and performance these shoes will appeal to a wide variety of golfers – those who appreciate the classic look of a leather saddle shoe and those who value modern comfort and stability technologies being a part of their game.”

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

The Ignite NXT Crafted shoes are available in 4 colorways: White-Leather Brown-Team Gold, Black-Leather Brown-Team Gold, Peacoat-Leather Brown-Team Gold and White-Hi-Rise-Team Gold) and come in sizes 7-15.

Puma Ignite NXT Crafted footwear

The shoes cost $140 per pair and are available online and at retail beginning today, June 5, 2020.

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What GolfWRXers are saying about the best Nike driver ever

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In our forums, our members have been discussing Nike drivers. WRXer ‘DixieD’ is currently building up a Nike bag and has reached out to fellow members for driver advice, and WRXers have been sharing what they feel is the best Nike driver ever made.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Ger21: “VR Pro LE? I have two I was still playing last year.”
  • mahonie: “The STR8-Fit Tour was one of the best drivers I’ve played. Still have it the garage and take it to the range occasionally…it would possibly still be in the bag if it hadn’t developed a ‘click’ in the head which I cannot fix. Long, straight(ish) and nice sound.”
  • jackr189: “The VR_S is one of the best.”
  • Finaus_Umbrella: “I played the Vapor Fly Pro, and still do on occasion for nostalgia sake. Sound and feel are great, but it demands a good strike.”
  • PowderedToastMan: “I enjoyed the SQ Tour back in the day, the one Tiger used forever. Do I miss it? Not at all, but it was a pretty good club for its time.”

Entire Thread: “Best Nike driver?”

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What GolfWRXers are saying about driving irons for mid-handicappers

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In our forums, our members have been discussing whether mid-handicappers can benefit from a driving iron. WRXer ‘jomatty’ says:

“I average about 230 off the tee on good drives. I can get a little more sometimes, but 230 is probably the average. I’m 42 years old and shoot in the mid to low 80’s. I do not get along with fairway woods very well, especially off the tee, and really don’t get enough extra length over my hybrid to consider using it aside from very rare situations on par 5’s (I’ve considered just going from driver to 19-degree hybrid and getting an extra wedge or something).”…

…and wants to know if he would be better served by a driving iron. Our members have been sharing their thoughts and suggestions.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • MtlJeff: “If you can shoot mid 80’s, you probably hit it well enough to hit a bunch of different clubs. Personally, I think hybrids are easier to hit….but some driving irons are quite forgiving. I use a G400 crossover that is very easy to hit and looks more iron-like. Something like that you might like. Be careful with some of them though because they aren’t always super forgiving, so you’d have to hit them first.”
  • HackerD: “G410 crossover is my version of a driving iron, feel like I hit it straighter than a hybrid. Just as easy to hit as a hybrid.”
  • hanginnwangin: “I shoot in the low 80s normally and in the 70s on my really good days. I have probably around the same or similar swing speed as you. I have been hitting my 4 iron off the tee on tight holes, and it’s been working pretty well so far. I hit it about 190-220. I have a 4 hybrid but just can’t hit it as consistently as the 4 iron, and it doesn’t even go much farther. I have a 5 wood which I only use for 220+ yard par 3s or wide-open fairways. Basically, it’s all personal preference and what you do best with. Everyone is going to be different. Try new stuff out and see what works. But if irons are the strongest part of your game (they are for me as well), I would give the 4 iron a shot. You can get a lot of roll out on the tee shots with it,”
  • Hellstrom: “Don’t laugh, but I bought a 17* hybrid with a senior flex shaft at a garage sale for $5, and I can hit it nice and easy and keep it in play without losing any distance. My driver SS is between 105 and 110 usually and swinging this thing feels like swinging a spaghetti noodle, but it works. I don’t have it in the bag all the time, but I do use it for certain courses. I take my 6 iron out and throw that in, so if I struggle with getting the ball off the tee, I just go to that.”

Entire Thread: “Driving iron for a mid-handicapper”

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