Riding the rails to success: The Acer XDS React hybrids

If you are shopping for a hybrid with exceptional forgiveness, want a model that is not draw biased or one that might be shank-proof then you have been seeking the all-new Acer XDS React hybrids.  These fun-to-hit hybrids are available individually or as a complete full set all the way to a sand wedge for both right and left handed players. Now we got your attention, let’s tell you a little bit more about them.

Consistent set up at address
To help understand how to breed consistency into your game, the Acer XDS React boasts a constant face progression throughout the set. Face progression is simply a term for the distance between the centerline axis of the shaft and the leading edge of the head. This short video will go over it along with some of the other features.

In brief, the XDS React is a whole new design concept to encourage consistency. With most clubs on the market, you need to position the ball differently in the stance. For example, on a lower lofted club like #3 or 4 hybrids, the ball may be positioned closer to your front foot. As the loft increases, the ball position shifts begins to shift farther back until it is closer to the center of your stance at least for the wedges. For the vast majority of golfers who aren’t able to hone their swing from continuous practice remembering the correct ball placement is very hard to duplicate from one day to the next let alone one shot to the next.

By having a constant face progression throughout the set, even into the matching fairway woods, it is easier to establish a single ball position that makes it easier to set up to the ball at address.

Shank you very little
As you can see from the diagram as well, the leading edge of the head is forward of the leading edge of the hosel (part of club where shaft enters). This means that the head has onset or the opposition of offset like you would see in an iron. This positions the hosel back away from the face making it virtually impossible to (sorry to even say this) shank the ball.  Another byproduct of the hosel being out of the way is this increases your effective hitting as you have the whole face to use.  For those with a tendency to sh*&k the ball, you will be thanking the XDS React hybrids very much instead of cursing it.

Rails, really?
No gimmicks here, rails really do work to help minimize surface contact with the ground which can cause decreased acceleration into the ball.  In addition, the railed sole has a very high concentration of weight to make getting the ball airborne a snap.

Sized to please
When you need more forgiveness the Acer XDS React delivers.  The #3 hybrid is larger like a 7 wood which it would replace distance-wise.  Gradually the size from front-to-back decreases as the loft increases so they not only look the right size but give the proper amount of for forgiveness.

I have found that no one hybrid will satisfy every golfer because some golfers prefer certain sizes or appearance at address or they need a certain amount of offset to prevent pushing or fading the ball. The Acer XDS is truly a unique model with no peers in the golf industry.  It is designed with forgiveness in mind due to their size and weight distribution, lack of any offset so it is not prone to pulling or hooking the ball plus offers a larger effective hitting area for added confidence. If you struggle with irons and the hybrids you have hit in the past just don’t seem to cut the mustard, try out at least one of the XDS React hybrids to see if they will improve that part of your game.

Acer XDS React Hybrid – Custom Assembled $44.95 each
Acer XDS React Hybrid – Clubhead $17.95 each


  1. Marty Murphy says:

    This email is for Jeff Summitt

    Some years ago I think I remember you saying in a post that you used a ladies shaft in a hybrid. Wishon made hybrids designed requiring a wood shaft. I have your XDS (4 or 5 years old) and a Wishon 3 & 4 hybrid.
    Is it posslble to shaft the new Acer XDS React Hybrid with a wood shaft, by using an adapter. I’m getting on in years and still prefer a hybrid to a fairway wood, but it is getting harder to get the appropriate height. Any suggestions? My preference would be a wood shaft and some kind of adaptor. If you come up with the pieces, I can put them together, even if it requires some tinkering.
    PS. My first hybrid was the Jackaroo 3i which I eventually got it working very well with a fairway wood shaft…used for years.
    Any help and suggestions will be appreciated.

  2. Jeff Summitt says:


    The shaft I used was the Apollo Shadow steel, but in a senior flex. It is extremely light and flexible; more so than many L-flex steel shafts on the market.

    I am not an advocate of using a smaller diameter wood shaft into a 0.370″ hybrid. One you have to figure out how much more to tip trim to offset the heavier head weights and then you have to worry about grip sizing. Rather if you are looking at the benefits that may be gained by going to a wood shaft, simply pick out a more flexible shaft and one with a more flexible tip. Then you don’t need a shim or adapter that could potentially come loose.

    We did have the Jackaroo (II) that did use a .335″ shaft as it was really a fairway wood series without a matching driver. It was very close to the Synchron II fairways Hireko is still selling for a dozen years.

  3. chris bourcier says:

    Jeff; the new React looks very nice. Quite Logical. Thinking along those lines, why do all the excellent iron sets available this year, have so much bouncein the nine thru all of the wedges. I’m sure you remember playing here in the south, where the muni’s have little grass in some areas and outright hardpan in other areas. Having 5-6 or more bounce on nine irons, 6 degrees on wedges just won’t work. I know adjusting loft down will reduce bounce somewhat, but usually not enough. I would like to play a couple of the new models, but can’t go with the bounce. What can be done, and can the company do something, without my having to grind metal and weight off the trailing edge. Thanks for your response..

  4. Jeff Summitt says:


    The new irons have relatively narrow soles with a good amount of sole radius, so I wouldn’t categorize them to be excessive by any means. It is not uncommon for a golfer to have an angle of attack that is 3-5 degrees diminishing a good part of the bounce and leaving enough to prevent digging the leading edge in. I look back at designs from a decade ago (or even more recent) that had very little bounce and see how much easier the added bounce has made. And believe me, most of my golf is played off munis anymore.

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