The XXIO X driver may not be one you have heard of, but how good is this offering and why does it cost a pretty penny?
XXIO, which is pronounced zek-si-oh, are part of the Cleveland/Srixon stable of golf equipment and the X series are the premium products, featuring not only the driver but also fairway woods, hybrids and irons.
XXIO are no newcomer to golf equipment manufacturing having been doing so for decades. They are a leading producer of golf clubs in Japan and the number one golfing brand in Korea with Ernie Els among their ambassadors.
The X driver is aimed at low-to-mid handicap golfers and comes with a price tag that sits above those major manufacturers like TaylorMade, Titleist and Callaway are all charging for their top range drivers.
The XXIO driver is packed with technology to get the most out of ball speed and distance without sacrificing forgiveness. But how does it compare with the PXG driver options on the market in a similar price bracket range?
What XXIO says about the X Driver:
“Designed for skilled players seeking lightweight performance and easy speed, X Drivers deliver added power and forgiveness for better drives off every tee.
“Experience the difference with XXIO X Drivers. Built for low-to-mid handicaps seeking lightweight benefits, X Drivers feature a carbon fiber sole and powerful cup face for improved launch, speed, and forgiveness.”
XXIO X Driver Design
XXIO have prided themselves on creating premium clubs for golfers with slower swing speeds and the XXIO X driver certainly fits in with that philosophy.
It is targeted at that very type of golfer with a slower than average swing speed, and is a very lightweight driver which comes with the promise of being “the longest, straightest club we’ve ever produced”.
The light weight helps create added clubhead speed and the True Focus Impact technology and Low Swing MOI also combine to add extra distance and provide more control off the tee. There’s also a larger sweet spot inside the X driver to help maximise distance even from off centre strikes.
The Hi-Energy Impact Head can be tailored to your own impact pattern, and XXOI have also come up with an optimised loft too with the Smart Impact Shaft adding another lightweight element to the driver.
The idea behind the shaft being created the way it is, is to increase flex and reduce the forces on your body. XXIO believe that will in turn increase consistency when it comes to perfect strikes off the centre of the face.
The clubhead is quite large but helps provide added confidence over the ball, and has a very sleek look to it.
XXIO X Driver Verdict
Other than an eye-watering price tag, there is very little not to like about the XXIO X driver.
It has some exceptionally clever ideas added to it in terms of technoloy and really helps golfers with slower swing speeds extract extra distance off the tee, thanks to the light weight.
If you are a golfer with an average to slow swing speed than seriously consider trying it out, so long as you have a decent budget for a new driver purchase.