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SPOTTED: A PXG “XXF prototype” driver in Charles Howell III’s bag

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In December, we spotted a PXG XXF driver, along with two other PXG drivers, on the USGA conforming clubs list. Flash forward to Monday at the 2018 CareerBuilder Challenge, we spotted an XXF prototype driver in person in the bag of PXG staffer and club-tinkerer Charles Howell III.

We are told the XXF driver in CHII’s bag is only a prototype, and that it may never actually be released to the public.

As we originally postulated, it seems from the layout of the weights, or screws, that the XXF prototype is a fade-biased driver; that’s because there are three screws out on the toe portion of the sole, but none on the heel portion. We also guessed that the PXG ZZ has a neutral bias and the PXG XX is a draw-biased driver.

The last official driver release from PXG was a line of 0811X drivers that introduced thermoplastic elastomer inserts into the soles of the drivers to help lower center of gravity — making the drivers more forgiving and spin less — and to dampen vibrations, enhancing sound and feel. Since we haven’t cut open the XXF prototype driver we spotted in CHIII’s bag, we don’t know whether it also has a TPE insert in the sole. But, if the material lowered CG in the 0811X drivers, it’s likely the material would make it’s way into the XXF prototype driver in some capacity to achieve similar results.

From the photos, CHIII is testing the XXF prototype driver with a Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue shaft. We’ll keep an eye out to see whether he puts the driver into play this week, and we’ll update you with more information on the XXF driver if it becomes available.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about the PXG XXF driver in our forums

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7 Comments

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  1. SK

    Jan 18, 2018 at 1:17 am

    Hmmmm ….. back weighting, face weighting, toe weighting …. but NO HEEL WEIGHTING …!!!
    Wonder why!

  2. AllanG

    Jan 17, 2018 at 2:20 pm

    Next PXG model will be “SXFK69″…. 😎

  3. Wondering

    Jan 17, 2018 at 2:11 pm

    Why are some of the tungsten weighting skrews colored black and some silver? What’s the difference or is it just cosmetics?

    • stan

      Jan 18, 2018 at 6:42 pm

      Black skrews are ‘big’ and silver skrews are ‘white’…. so obvious

  4. Dot

    Jan 17, 2018 at 2:23 am

    Where do they find these utterly stupid model numbers because they sound like something that’s intended to bamboozle gullible golfer into thinking their clubs are special?
    In the advertising world they invent model numbers as acronyms for something exciting, like “SX” which everybody wants.

  5. Moderation

    Jan 16, 2018 at 10:50 pm

    😮

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