For those frequent readers of our Blog, you are probably aware many of the new Acer XF drivers have now hit our shelves. That means for those that pre-ordered your new Driver may very well be en route to you. But for some who may not be up on all the latest current events like what is happening in Libya and how it affects gas prices at the pump or how Charlie Sheen’s escapades will affect your sitcom viewing pleasure, I am going to hip you in on what will be the best selling driver series in the component market this year.
Why will this be the best selling driver series this year?
The answer to this is easy. First of all, these are drop dead gorgeous head club heads. Each Acer XF driver has that classic pear shape which most golfers prefer, plus they have an attractive and durable black PVD finish that makes them stand out and make your playing partners take notice. Not only do they have a great shape, but also a great sound that is neither high pitched or muted – but just right. Next they are affordable, but that goes without saying since it is a Hireko offering. Lastly, there are a diverse number of options for right and left-handers, of various lofts and three distinct models with in the line (at least right now…hint, hint) to fit virtually any golfer.
Which one is for you?
This leads me to the next challenge which is selecting the right model for your or your customer’s game. I have already fielded hundreds of calls and email from customers around the globe about the Acer XF driver series. Many of which are looking at one model in particular, but after consulting with them, they really needed one of the other options that was better suited to their game. That is what I am going to discuss next. So let’s start with the easiest question.
Do you slice the ball?
OK, be honest here. Do the majority of your tee shots land in the rough (on the fade side) or you are constantly yelling “Fore” to warn those players on an adjacent fairway? If that is your case, you need the Draw version. You see the Draw version is designed to improve your chances of hitting more fairways. Oh, and I should preface that by stating your own fairway.
The fact is most amateur golfers slice the ball. Yet with their busy schedules, they don’t have the time or even resources to take lessons and improve their swing. We completely understand that and build in technology to help those golfers make the game as fair possible. The first of the two technologies is an offset hosel. Listen up! This is same type of offset to which golfers already rely on in their iron play everyday to help them hit the ball straighter. Just because your buddy doesn’t use one, doesn’t mean you don’t need an offset driver. Heck, after one swing your playing partner may need to get one too.
The other technology is the XF Draw is offered with a slightly more closed face angle than what we have done in the past to augment with the offset hosel and really making this a slice-busting tool off the tee. In all honesty, the XF Draw should be our best selling of the three models, but probably won’t because golfers feel like they are cheating by using an offset when they are only cheating themselves.
Are you able to hit the big stick?
Here is another time you want to make an honest assessment of just how well you control the ball off of the tee. If you got this far, then you probably don’t have a slicing problem. Hey, ever once in while you do, but sometimes you pull, dub, top it too. Even the pros do that from time to time. But one thing you should know is drivers are not only getting longer but lighter. So long and light in fact, many golfers can no longer gain the control they desperately need. One time they hit the ball right. The next time left and maybe the third finds their fairway.
So take the Meat Loaf test. You know the rocker (Meat Loaf) that made the classic Bat Out of Hell album with the hits “Paradise By The Dashboard Light” and “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad”. Well, if you don’t know him, he will be the loud one on the Apprentice. My point is if you aren’t hitting every 2 out of 3 fairways, then the product you want is the standard Acer XF version. This is the meat and potatoes version as we have 4 different lofts in right hand and 3 in left to cover just about any golfer – even left handed lady golfers. However, if you do manage to hit two out of three fairway (hey, that ain’t bad), then you want to choose the Leggera version that we will discuss a little later.
Weighing Your Options
One of the big trends or buzz words this year is sub-ultra light – especially in drivers. This is where the customers I talk to get stuck between the standard XF and the Leggera version. You may not realize this but you can go light without going excessively long. The vast numbers of 460cc titanium drivers that have been marketed the past several years have an overall weight of 320 grams and will have been 45”. We will call this our benchmark, because chances are this is what you may be sporting in your bag right now.
But let’s break down the components. For the most part, the majority of manufacturers make their driver heads 200g +/-4g which is quite a small range when you consider the different philosophies that exist in the golf industry today. Our Acer XF standard is no different and weighs 200g. The most popular weight in a shaft for drivers has been 65g, while the standard sized men’s grip had held steady now at 50g for some time now. Once we factor in @ 5g for items like epoxy, grip tape and the ferrule, the overall weight of a driver is 320g.
Currently some major manufacturers are touting drivers that are 300g and lighter as a means of increasing you speed and distance off of the tee. As a Hireko customer you have tons of options to choose from. You want to hit the ball longer by swinging the club faster – fine! Let’s do it, but let’s do it right.
Now what was your biggest problem? If you said accuracy off of the tee and didn’t pass the Meat Loaf test, then here is what you can do. First and foremost maintain your normal club length. By making it any longer you are more likely to be errant. Therefore you don’t want the Leggera version as the standard will work just fine.
Lighter is easy. If you want to remove 25 of weight you can simply get one of the Winn Lite grips. With the same 200g head and 65g shaft you have gone from 320g down to 295g. That’s option one. You can also look to go with a lighter weight shaft. There are a couple of things to be aware of though. As shafts become lighter they also become less easily found and are typically more expensive. Luckily, Hireko offers a greater assortment this year to choose from.
But lighter weight shaft also have an impact on swingweight as it will tend to reduce it and subsequently increase the stiffness slightly. Yes, you could add ½” of length to compensate, but again, look at your goals. If you already struggle at 45”, then making the length any longer will only make matters worse.
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