Breaking Down the Hireko Clubhead Line
For those of you who are unfamiliar with our extensive line or new to Hireko, here is a quick breakdown of some of the products offered if you are in the process of hunting down some new gear for yourself or perhaps someone for Father’s day.
What would be ideal is that you could input the player’s handicap and a few other parameters and out would spit out an exact list of what the person should use. However, clubhead selection is not as simple as that because fitting is based more on tendencies and recommending those clubs that will remedy the situation rather than worsen them. So here is a quick skinny on the iron and driver categories.
High Handicappers or Beginners
If someone is a new golfer or a higher handicapped golfer, then chances they will need all the help they can get not only to get the ball up in the air but control the direction so they have at least a fighting chance that the ball will go in the direction they are aiming. For those golfers I would seriously look at the Acer Cabriolet, Acer XK HT (High Trajectory) and the Dynacraft Avatar XMOI’s. OK, I through you a curve there, but I categorize the Avatar XMOI’s as irons because they have the face profile of an iron rather than a wood profile that you see on most hybrids. Lastly, in our ladies line select the iBella Bellissima.
What do these all have in common? They are all wide soled clubs. Like that old Pontiac commercial – wider is better. For that reason these would be the models I would suggest for those that are new to the game or can’t seem to break 100 on a consistent basis.
For lower handicapped golfers, well…they can use just about anything they want because they can hit the ball on a consistent basis But they may prefer irons that aren’t geared to prevent a push or a fade, don’t necessarily have the maximum forgiveness so they can manipulate ball flight when needed or have a certain appearance at address. If that sounds you or someone looking for a new set of weapons, then the short list would be the Dynacraft Prophet CNC Forged, Prophet Tour and the Acer XK Pro. All of which have traditional appearances, reduced offset and still some game improvement technology built in.
This leaves us the mid ranged player or the irons designed for the widest group of players out there. If you want an affordable no nonsense iron, then there is no better choice than the Acer XK or the Power Play Q2. These possess a little bit of everything from great looks to the game improvement features the irons in the high handicap category but without the wide sole.
Then BAM! Like Emeril Lagasse, we are taking those up a notch we have the Acer XK Ti-Ceptional and the Power Play Caiman irons. What makes these so special is that we have incorporated a secondary lighter material in the face so more material can be placed toward the perimeter and the sole of the club to make them even betterer (my neighbor kid uses that word). This created what we call the super game improvement category of clubs. Yes, they cost a little more, but if you are serious about your game, the extra cost is easily justified by providing better results.
Today, all drivers are designed for maximum forgiveness and really can’t be broken down into scoring or ability the same way as the irons. The drivers to choose from are a little like buying ice cream. Let’s say your favorite flavor is chocolate and all you see is row after row of different varieties of your favorite flavor. What you select is probably based on those subtle little differences, but at the same time you know you cannot go wrong with whatever choice you make.
The models that will have the most mass appeal will be the Acer XK and the Dynacraft Avatar XMOI and Power Play Caiman and Q2. None are really any bigger than another or provide any more game improvement from one to the next in how they perform. So how do you choose? Simply by whatever looks better to you or the person you are buying the club for as they come in four distinct geometries. Believe it or not, hat’s all it comes down to regardless of how much you research when you look at the big scheme of things. You can also add the iBella Bellissima to this group, with the only difference having the higher loft for those that don’t hit the ball that high off of the tee.
What, You Live in the Zoo?
If you have more banana balls playing 18 holes than the number of bananas a monkey at the zoo will eat in a day, then you need one specific driver in our line. Look no further than the Acer XK Draw. This will be the most beneficial to help find your own fairway instead of endangering the foursome playing on the adjacent fairway or ending up with a rash of poison ivy caused by looking for your errant ball. It is the combination of the offset, closed face and internal weighting that will give you the best chance of lowering your score and not holding up the group behind you.
Doctor, it’s not that bad is it?
If you know you have some problems hitting the ball with the push, fade or slice and conventional drivers just haven’t cut the mustard lately, you know you need some help. But you don’t want all the side effects from a heavy dose of medicine either. In this case, the Acer XDS Insider or even Thriver edition is on call and maybe just what the doctor ordered.
This leaves us with the ultra-versatile Dynacraft Prophet ICT, which really could fit into any category. Better players who could easily hit the ball with a snap hook or sweeping draw may be attracted to this model for a couple of reasons. While big, it is not massive and has the traditional appearance at address. The adjustable adapter can also be moved to positions that are more open faced than commonly available on the market to prevent the ball going so far left. But then again, there are several more positions that shaft and adapter can go into to help those that suffer from the case of the “rights”.
We will break down some of the other categories of clubs at another time. As you can see we have a little bit of something to offer anyone who has the itch for some new sticks. With this information you should be betterer able to scratch that itch with the most appropriate iron or driver whether it is for you or someone else.