XXIO may be a new brand to many golfers but having been the No.1 seller in Japan for 16 straight years since debuting in 2000 the clubs are coming to Europe with the XXIO9 series.
The XXIO9 driver, fairways and hybrids have been designed to create greater clubhead speed by using technology that helps golfers create a new head path without changing their swings.
Boasting the latest generation of what XXIO calls Dual Speed Technology, the XXIO9 driver combines two technologies to maximise both head speed and ball speed for greater distance.
Greater head speed is generated by a combination of a lightweight flexible shaft and the heaviest head XXIO has ever used in a driver. The shaft and head, which together weigh 272g, act together to naturally maintain a golfer's wrist cock longer during the transition, which in turn causes the club head to pass closer to the body.
This re-routing, which the golfer will not notice, reduces the swings rotational radius which in turn naturally increaes the arm rotation speed and therefore swing speed. As a result there is a greater centrifugal force on the head in the second half of the downswing, which significantly increases clubhead speed at impact.
The shaft that XXIO has designed to support this in the XXIO9 range is the MP900 carbon shaft. Made from the most advanced materials the shaft is 2g lighter and has a higher balance point, 20mm closer to the grip, than in the previous XXIO model.
This was made possible by the use of leading-edge materials such as Toray T1100G (a carbon fibre developed for aircraft, launch vehicles and other aerospace applications), Toray T700G and other polymers developed with the Japanese industrial company's Nanoalloy technology.
Despite its weight the shaft is also very strong thanks to a unique concentric sandwich structure that gives extra support to the outer and inner layers of the shaft that receive the most force during the swing.
The increased clubhead speed is turned into faster ball speed as the heavier head maximises kinetic energy at impact and thus energy is efficiently transferred to the golf ball. A new Wing Cup Face design, that flares at both the heel and toe, has increased the sweet spot by 10% from XXIO's previous model meaning faster ball speeds across the whole face.
The high-strength titanium face is joined to a low density 8-2 titanium body that has a 7g weight integrated into the plaque on the sole of the club. This weight has been repositioned 15mm further back than in the previous model resulting in a lower and further back centre of gravity (CG) for high launch and low spin.
XXIO9 Fairway Wood
As with the driver, the XXIO9 fairways boast heavier heads and the specifically developed lightweight shaft that has a high balance point close to the grip.
This combination again generates increased swing speed through naturally adjusting the players swing and the fairways turn this into more power through a high-strength HT1770M steel face. It has been newly designed to incorporate an extended flare around the bottom of the face to enhance the COR performance on shots hit lower on the face, which is the typical impact position for the average golfer with fairway woods.
By making the area surrounding the face thinner the sweetspot has been expanded by 10% across the face from the previous XXIO fairways, which minimises loss of ball speed on off centre hits
A "Power Wave Structure" in the sole, with a thinner centre and thicker sides, increases forgiveness with a low and deep CG to help players get the ball in the air easily from the turf.
The XXIO9 fairways are available in 3, 4, 5, 7 and 9 that have lofts of 14, 16.5, 18, 20 and 23 degrees respectively and have an RRP of £399.99.
Like the driver and the fairway the XXIO9 Utility uses Dual Speed Technology to maximise both head speed and ball speed for greater distance.
The heavy head and light shaft combination alters swing path for more speed and a high COR forged steel face turns the extra speed into distance with a 10% larger sweetspot than the previous XXIO utility club.
The head of the club has also been reshaped with greater curvature towards the toe area and a reduced face progression to promote a better strike and increased accuracy. The utility clubs also feature XXIO's "Power Wave Structure" in the sole of the club where a thinner centre and thicker sides, move the CG low and deep to help players get the ball into the air easily.
The XXIO9 utitlity's are available in U3+, U3, U4, U5, and U6 models with lofts of 17, 19, 21, 23 and 25 degrees and have an RRP of £219.99.