Look at a typical set of clubs and what will you find? You’ll find a myriad of club types all at various lengths. Over the years the set make up has changed and in some cases dramatically. Long irons are now replaced by hybrids in a vast majority of bags today to the point that 1 and 2 irons are only found in the old periodicals or museum pieces. Are 3-irons far behind? Fairway woods of long ago consisted of 3, 4 and 5 woods and later became 3, 5 and 7 woods. However, that change was more a renumbering of the clubs themselves when you look closely at the lofts. The number of fairway woods carried in the bag has diminished as less 7 woods are in play by golfers in favor of the #3 hybrid. This shift in buying habits is being paid attention by manufacturers including Hireko.
When developing the Acer XDS series the idea was to offer a comprehensive set that wouldn’t create confusion on what to order or even carry in the bag. Therefore a 7 wood wasn’t ever conceived as the matching XDS React #3 hybrid would essentially offer the same benefits.
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That is why you will only see two fairways woods in the React series – there is a traditional 3 wood and a club called a Machete. The Machete is a cross between a 5 and 7 woods in terms of loft and weight. To fully understand, in a traditional set make up a golfer has to choose between a longer 7 wood and a shorter 3 hybrid. These two clubs vie for the same distance hit and you certainly don’t want to carry two clubs in the bag that do. So somewhere there is a large gap in terms of club length between 5W and 3HY or the 7W and 4HY.
The Acer XDS React set spaces the lengths and lofts so it bridges the distance gap more evenly between the #3-wood and #3-hybrid in this set and create a nice smooth transition making this the “modern” set.
The following video will explain many of the other features such as the rails, variable wall thickness and weight distribution that will make this a great fairway series to invest into and help lower your score.
Assembly side note
For clubmakers, remember to tip trim and cut the Machete to the length of a 7 wood in order to achieve the proper swingweight and flex. Even though it is a shorter assembly length, expect the distance as an ordinary 5 wood.
|Acer XDS React Fairway Wood – Custom Assembled||$49.95 ea.|
|Acer XDS React Fairway Wood – Clubhead||$19.95 ea.|