Last year the most talked about golf club was the belly putter, but this year is going to mark in a long, long time that oft forgotten category of fairway woods will get its day in the spotlight and justly so. Let’s face it, not everyone is on the hybrid bandwagon and still enjoys the larger, confidence building profile that a fairway wood has to give. While there are low lofted hybrids, they still don’t produce the much needed distance of a #3 wood. However, all this talk of today’s hot fairway woods can’t be mentioned without including the all-new Power Play Caiman X2 Raw Power #3 wood.

The Raw Power Story
If you are not hip to the Caiman Raw Power story, this short video will help explain it. But in a nutshell it was designed to solve the most common problem of golfers everywhere – hitting their 3 wood as solidly as their #5 wood. In addition, those seeking additional distance, your wish was granted by virtue of the material choice used in its construction. Longer and straighter is the Raw Power mantra.


Why all of the recent hype on fairway woods?
In some circle, it has to do with the strict USGA rules and regulation regarding driver designs as they are already pushed to the limits of what manufacturers can do with the materials at hand. However, fairway woods have gone pretty much under the radar for a while. Sure, there have been some hot fairways such as some the Tour Edge Exotics models. But for the most part consumers haven’t demanded higher performance fairway woods or at least their pocketbooks. Major manufacturer are gambling that this is the next big trend in golf.

How to put the HOT in hotter
This isn’t marketing BS, but there are indeed some hotter fairways woods available. This all has to do with material choice. In the past 30 years, the vast majority of fairway woods have been made wholly from stainless steel which has worked out quite well for the size, strength and weight requirements. But there are limitations and this is where different materials are needed to increase performance. One is the family of what are called maraging steels.

The purpose of utilizing a thin maraging steel face insert allows the face to flex and produce a higher coefficient of restitution or rebound effect, just like the use of titanium in modern drivers as a way to increase the ball velocity coming off the face. There is a weight savings as well that allows the golf club designer to place more weight elsewhere in the head to improve launch angles, spin rates and increase forgiveness. Maraging steel is used in lieu of titanium because it is easily bonded (welded) to a stainless steel frame. The reason it is not used in all fairway woods is simple – cost! When you look at name brand clubs with a maraging face it usually adds on $30 (at the minimum) over the same design with a normal stainless face.

Going a step beyond maraging steel, you will start to see more titanium fairways introduced to the market. However, it won’t come cheap. For name brand clubs, you are now looking at a $100 add on compared to a similar design in stainless steel. When you figure that the average golfer carries 2 or even 3, that starts to add up in a hurry.

Hirekoize It
While this term is not yet officially in the dictionary, Hireko is able to give the same higher performance but at the price that other manufacturers are offering their standard fare products for. So if you want better performance from a “hot” fairway wood without breaking your piggy bank, the Power Play Caiman X2 Raw Power is it.

Power Play Caiman X2 Rawpower Fairway Wood – Custom Assembled
$59.95 ea.
Power Play Caiman X2 Rawpower Fairway Wood – Clubhead $29.95 ea.

16 Comments on Hot New Fairway Wood: The Power Play Caiman X2 Raw Power 3 Wood In Stock!

  1. Roger J says:

    My Orlimar 3 metal 14 degree has a maraging steel face, low profile and it is 7 years old. I hit long and straight, always have. Why the new hype of maraging steel?

  2. Ralph A. Marble says:

    Will there be a Power Play Caiman X2 Rawpower fairway wood in a off-set?

  3. Jeff Summitt says:

    Roger:

    We have had maraging steel fairways off and on for several years. But when manufacturers are telling you you will hit the ball farther, they usually don’t tell you why and that is material difference.

  4. Jeff Summitt says:

    Ralph:

    Sad to say, we have no immediate plans of offering the X2 Raw Power in an offset version.

  5. Richard Wheatley says:

    Looking for recommendations: –

    Current clubs
    Snakeyes blades TT Black gold regular.
    Due to hand issues i want to change to graphite.
    I like heavy shafts but not too stiff Firm to stiff is ok.
    83 mph 6 iron 180 yards new mexico 4800 ft
    I compress the ball well.
    I dont care what the shaft brand is.
    Old fashioned lengths.
    I can shaape my shots

    Driver
    Short 43 inch
    Not sure here
    Just under 100 mph
    I like 10.5 degree
    230 carry
    Regular flex
    Standard straight to slight fade
    week shot high right
    I have used draw bias well.
    Any recommendations here.

    Hybrid
    Fill the driver to six iron gap
    I really like your new draw bias
    No idea what shaft
    I am looking to carry 2 no fairway woods, i never carried stronger than 19 degrees, i dont get any advantage of less than 19.
    I am open to any suggestions.

    Thank you
    Richard Wheatley
    505 948 4682

    Very happy with what i have bought so far.

  6. Jeff Summitt says:

    Richard:

    Since I don’t know what type of tempo you have, I’ll have to give some generic recommendations. If your swing speed is just under 100 mph and you have a quicker tempo or abbreviated swing, then having R-flex may be causing you to fade the ball.

    If you are looking for a heavier graphite with about the same stiffness as the Black Gold, look at the UST ProForce Rv2 95.

    On a 10.5º driver, well that is going to be an issue at 43″. Graphite shafts, even heavier ones are closer to 45″. Otherwise you get a very light swingweight and may have trouble knowing where the club is during the swing.

    For the hybrids, look at the Acer XF Draw. The #3 is 19º and it goes to a #5.

  7. Tom says:

    I recently purchased the original PP Caiman and it works great. What would I gain by upgrading to the X2?

  8. Jeff Summitt says:

    Tom:

    It is just that – an upgrade. The main difference is the face is much thinner than when we made the original version and there is a little better weight distribution. In theory, you should be able to hit the ball a little longer and straighter, but it won’t be monumental gains over what you have.

  9. Moe Selchen says:

    Jeff,
    I am a 9 handicap and have been using the Caiman x2 Rawpower 3w head with a project x shaft cut to 5w length as you suggested. It is easier to hit and the distance is fantastic.
    I have a friend who is a scratch player and wants the same 3w head but with the “normal” 3w shaft length.
    I assume he will get even greater distance than with a 5w shaft length but would appreciate your thoughts.
    Thanks.

  10. Jeff Summitt says:

    Moe:

    The extra 1″ in length will make it very head heavy. I have said many times, it is easier to cut down a shaft than it is to extend it. So you might as well have him try it at standard 3 wood length. If it is too head heavy to control, have him choke down until it feels comfortable and remove the grip, cut to the new length and re-grip.

  11. CJ Haws says:

    Jeff!

    I’m looking at this and the Acer XF but I’m intrigued by this technology. I’m a scratch golfer but my weakness is the fairway wood off the tee. My tendency is to pull/hook my misses. I’ve yet to see a real picture of what this looks like at address. Does it set up square? Is the face pretty traditional? Also, what’s the swing weight with the Velocity Shaft (stock offer?).

    Thanks!

  12. Jeff Summitt says:

    CJ,

    I don’t have another picture from the top to show on the Acer XF, but if you look at the XF Draw there is one. You will just have to factor not having the ofset. We made it set up pretty neutral (square) to appeal to a lot of players. The swingweight with the stock setting will be @ D1. But if you have a tendency to pull/hook, you might consider upgrading the shaft to one with a stiffer tip section.

  13. CJ Haws says:

    Oh sorry, Jeff. I should have clarified but I was referring to the Caiman listed here:) I’m interested in the XF but was curious to see what the settings were on this fairway wood. Face angle? Swing weight? Shaft options? etc?

    Thanks – and if you have a picture of this fairway wood from address that would be great. Have a great day!

  14. Jeff Summitt says:

    CJ,

    There is a top shot shown at this link: http://www.hirekogolf.com/golf.....mbled.html

    The face angle spec is square on these as well. The stock shaft is the Power Play Zero Gravity, which is the same as the Acer Velocity with different graphics. Therefore I would upgrade as well. If you go to the drop down menu at that link, you can see all sorts of shafts to choose from. Any changes to that, grip or length will change swingweight.

  15. Matt says:

    Hi Jeff , how would they compare to the burner superfast fairway woods?

  16. Jeff Summitt says:

    Matt,

    The TM Superfast was made for distance rather than accuracy. The stock club is very lightweight (@ 48g shaft and 35.5g grip). While you could select a shaft and grip that light, you still have the 1″ shorter assembly length (42″ – Men’s) for solidness of contact, plus the shaft and grip of your choice with the Caiman X2 Raw Power.

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