Our newest clubhead arrivals will be the exciting Acer XK drivers, fairways and hybrids to complement the already popular XK irons that debuted in September. The Acer XK series will be our most versatile line to date allowing true custom fitting. The fairway series has many game improvement features to provide accuracy along with distance and trajectory control for improves course management skills.
The first feature one will notice will be the unique appearance be the triangular shape. The triangular shape pushes center of gravity deeper or further rearward to promote a higher moment of inertia to reduce twisting on off-center shots. This allows for better energy transfer to the ball equating to better distance to go along with more accuracy.
There are two hidden elements which enhance the design so you play better. The Acer XK fairways feature our exclusive Variable Crown Technology (VCT). The crowns are cast as little as 0.5mm thick which is 44% thinner than traditional investment casting. This allows all the unwanted weight to be repositioned deep within the head. Next, a variable face thickness was selected. This is where the wall thickness around the perimeter of the face is much thinner than the center to create a more re-active face.
Versatility abounds with the right-handed models having 6 loft options to choose from. Aside from the normal #3, 5 and 7 woods, there are a few models which many golfers may not be familiar with. So let’s explain what they are and who they are for.
The 3+ is a strong-lofted #3 wood (13°) as compared to the standard #3-wood in the series which is 15°. This club is designed primarily for golfers who hit a naturally high ball from the fairway and are looking for maximum distance. It is perhaps a perfect companion to the 9.5° XK driver. This can also be used as a driver alternative (or “Thriver”) for those that want to use a shorter club from the tee for control purposes as the heavier weight and medium face height makes this an excellent combination.
Stronger golfers are not overcome with distance problems, but do occasionally need that one club that allows them to hit a long way to reach par 5’s in two or play that controlled shot off of the tee. Instead of a deciding between carrying a #3-wood or #5-wood, the simple solution is to select a #4 wood. This gives the player the option of carrying an extra wedge or possibly a hybrid for better course management.
Another advantage of carrying a #4 wood is for ladies or seniors who use a high-lofted driver. A #3-wood probably won’t have adequate loft to get the ball airborne due to the slower swing speed. The higher-lofted #4 won’t have that same problem. Then that same player can skip to a #7-wood to have a nice separation of loft and distance.
Lastly, with the advent of hybrids, higher-lofted fairways, such as a #9 wood, don’t get as much consideration as they should. The 25° Acer XK #9 wood would be approximately the replacement for a #4 iron or hybrid. Certain golfers may favor the wider profile of the fairway wood as compared to a hybrid. The #9 wood would also get the ball up quicker yet still get the desired distance.