XXIO is not a brand too many golfers will be overly familiar with. Therefore, the XXIO X Driver is unlikely to be the first option that springs to mind to add to the bag. So what is it and where does it fit into the marketplace?
The first thing that has to be said is that the XXIO X Driver isn’t cheap. In fact, the price tag sits well above the industry leading TaylorMade M3 and M4, Callaway’s Rouge and Epic and the new Titleist TS2 and TS3 drivers, which are set to hit the market. In terms of price, the XXIO sits at the high end currently occupied by PXG.
XXIO X driver: quality equipment
XXIO—pronounced zek-si-oh—are no newcomer to golf equipment manufacturing. They’ve been doing this for decades and are the number one producer of golf clubs in Japan. They are also the number one golfing brand in Korea with Ernie Els among the brand ambassadors for the company.
The business is built on a solid model: to create premium clubs for golfers with slower swing speeds. 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. If you like to grip it and rip it, the XXIO X probably isn’t for you.
The first thing to note is that the driver is very lightweight. That might put some people off, particularly golfers who like to feel that the driver will produce distance—but don’t be. The driver may be light, but this helps create added club speed. Plus, the True Focus Impact technology and Low Swing MOI used is what helps to add extra distance and more control off the tee.
There’s a larger sweet spot inside the XXIO X Driver to help even off-centre strikes travel further in the air and add distance. The hi-energy impact head can be tailored to your own impact pattern when it comes to the shots you hit. It is little wonder then that XXIO bill it as the “the longest, straightest club we’ve ever produced.”
XXIO 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, increasing consistency when it comes to striking off the centre of the face.
The clubhead itself is a smart combination of blues; the silver face really stands out. The head is quite large but helps provide added confidence over the ball. If you want to complete the set, there is also a fairway wood and hybrid in the X Series.
All-in-all, there is very little not to like about the XXIO X driver, other than the price. If you are a golfer with an average to slow swing speed then seriously consider trying it out.
See also: TaylorMade P790 UDI Review