Affordable. Adjustable. Introducing The High Performing Acer XV Fairways & Hybrids

For both the Acer XV fairways and hybrids we use a “hybrid” construction that combines forging and casting techniques to create the most economical and highest performing product.

For most companies, they continue to produce their stainless steel fairways and hybrids the same way they have for years. After all this is done because stainless steel is an excellent material to make a durable club at the modern size and weight as well as one that is cost effective for both the manufacturer and end consumer. But you know, every once in a while you need to shake some things up and change the way you do something in order to make improvements and that is exactly what we did with the Acer XV series of fairway woods and hybrids.

Acer XV Fairway Woods

“Hybrid” construction
There are a two basic ways you can construct a stainless steel fairway wood or hybrid. One is the way that most companies choose and that is the investment cast method. In brief, this involves producing multiple tooling to create what will eventually be a hollow bodied structure. Wax is injected into the molds and melted onto to wax frames which are then dipped into ceramic slurry several times until it creates a ¼” shell around the wax. They are then heated so the wax drips out so later molten stainless steel can be poured into the shells. Once cooled, the ceramic is broken off and cleaned away and cut from the “tree” to form the “as cast” parts. Then the process begins to weld the pieces together, grind, polish and then finish it into the final product you see. As you can imagine it is labor intensive.

Acer XV Hybrids

 

The second method is “forging”. In brief, this process involves stamping out sheets of stainless steel over forming tools and cutting away the excess material. Then the welding, grinding, polishing and cosmetic finishing takes place. This is a much easier process, but the downside is one cannot stamp really intricate shapes or wall thickness like you can with the casting method unless one wants to invest in very expensive forged tooling. However, this method is faster and is more economical.

For both the Acer XV fairways and hybrids we use a “hybrid” construction that combines forging and casting techniques to create the most economical and highest performing product.

Multiple materials
Not only are we using hybrid construction but also employing varying grades of stainless steel. The crown is forged from 420 stainless so we can shed needless weight to be better able to use elsewhere. The thicker sole is cast from 431 stainless steel as well as the rest of the head (or the high performance part) that will need further explaining.

Acer XV Fairway Woods and Hybrids Cup Face ConstructionCup face
One of the keys to a high coefficient of restitution (COR) is a variable face thickness. As we said before, this is best by using the casting technique. We also chose a cup face structure to round out the XV series to enhance the variable thickness. You will also notice from the CAD picture the third piece includes the hosel as part of the face to save welding (extra weight) and distortion (tolerances in face angle and lie).

In golf club cup-face construction, part of the faceplate is incorporated into the sole, crown and skirt area of the head. This pushes the weld back away from the actual face. By moving the weld further back away from the face, the areas around the perimeter could be made thinner and deflect more, thus producing a higher ball speed to areas other than the center of the face as compared to traditional welding techniques. Even when you miss-hit the ball, clubs with cup-face technology provides you that extra spring-like effect for longer, straighter shots.

Other enhancements
Like the matching drivers and Acer XV Thriver Mini in the Acer XV series, these feature the Power Chamber Sole (for greater energy transfer to the ball) and the Gravity Port (for fine-tuning swingweight with different weight shafts and custom lengths). The Gravity Port is also moved forward for reduced spin as another distance contributor but at the same time there is a very high concentration of weight in the sole to produce a high launching head. The stock screw is 7 grams, but you can also get 2g and 12g replacement screws which allow for options galore.

Fairway options
For the fairway woods, this chart shows 4 different options available to clubmakers. After all, not all golfers are the same height or have the same needs. For example taller golfers may want longer clubs, but may not want the higher swingweight as a result using standard weight heads. Conversely, shorter golfers may prefer reduced length clubs but still want head feel only available by having a heavier weight head. Option 4 is for those that typically struggle with a 3 wood, but may not with the 5 wood. In that case it is not the loft, but rather the length that is the problem and this helps remedy it.

Acer XV Fairway Woods and Hybrid WeightsHybrid options including the Single length option
For the hybrids, here are the 4 options as well starting with the stock settings.

Acer XV Hybrid ChartOption 4 is the intriguing one as the weight allows for a single-length approach. There are some golfers that are single-length iron proponents as this allows for a repeatable swing when all the clubs are the same length, lie and swing with the only thing changed is loft. Option #4 or #2 may be an excellent option for beginners or high handicapped players looking for improved solidness of contact. However note it is not possible to alter the lies so they can be the same lie single length irons are.

Add up the all the features
As you can see, there is a lot going on and yet we are charging far less than other manufacturers offering not nearly the technology or adjustability. The Acer XV fairways can be mixed and matched with the rest of the Acer XV family for you to create the perfect set make up. Or you can purchase one of these separately to fill a gap or replace a club that just isn’t cutting the mustard anymore.

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What is a Thriver Mini? Meet the Acer XV Family’s Newest Addition – Perfect Off The Tee or Fairway

What is 50% tee club like a driver, 50% high-performance fairway wood and 110% extremely fun to hit? If you do that math, there is only one head on the market that adds up which is the new Acer XV Thriver Mini and it is a whole new classification of club head.

So what the HE double hockey sticks is a Thriver Mini and why do I need one?

Hireko has offered Thrivers before like the Acer XS and Acer XF versions. If you don’t know what a Thriver is, here is a brief explanation:

It is a combination of the terms Three Wood + Driver which results into Thriver. A 3 wood is more lofted and this cuts down on side spin, plus is shorter to enable one to have more control. On the other hand, a driver is approximately three times the size of a 3 wood which makes it much more forgiving on off-center shots. Plus you have the large 460cc confidence building size and thin face that produces maximum distance. The Thriver is a full 10g more than a normal driver to allow for a shorter, more controllable length that now has the proper amount of weight in the player’s hands. These are the best of both worlds when it comes to these two heads.

Acer XV Woods ComparedThe Acer XV Thriver Mini is somewhat the opposite of the original Thriver concept by being more fairway wood than driver. It maintains the 3-wood loft and weight, yet is sized between the two. However, it has a far bigger footprint than a standard 3-wood (221cc) and yet shallow enough to hit from a fairway; that is something a traditional Thriver is incapable of doing efficiently. The Acer XV Thriver Mini has a face height of a standard 3-wood but one could still use it off of a short tee for added control like a fairway seeking demon.

What separates the Acer XV Thriver Mini from a normal fairway wood are several things. First, this is an all-titanium head. This is made with the same explosive thin face as a driver for added distance. Secondly, being titanium but a smaller volume or size as a modern driver allows for a much higher concentration of weight to be placed on the sole to allow it to be hit from the fairway and get the ball airborne. Plus we have added the Power Chamber sole for improved energy transfer, especially on shots struck low on the face, as well as the Gravity Port for fine-tuning swingweight.

The Acer XV Thriver Mini is a club you would stick in your bag to replace your current 3-wood, but you would still consider carrying a normal driver to give you different options off the tee depending upon the 3 C’s: circumstances, confidence and course conditions. Plus when you need that added distance for that long par 4 or trying to reach a par 5 in two, you have the Thriver Mini on hand. As you can see this is a very versatile club.

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10 Things You Need to Know About the New Acer XV Driver Series

Rob Altomonte, Hireko’s Marketing Director sat down with Technical Director Jeff Summitt to discuss the new Acer XV Driver line that just arrived725x250_2015_ACER_XV

Here are some things we are sure you would want to know as well as some things you might have been scared to ask.

  1. What product is the new Acer XV driver similar to?

The Acer XV was derived from our very popular Acer XF driver series. But that is where it stops because we added 3 key features to put the XF on steroids.

  1. What is the name XV derived from?

For those who aren’t Roman or haven’t brushed up on your Latin lately, XV is the number 15 like 2015. We didn’t call it 15 because next year and the year after that it won’t be dated as I strongly feel these most likely will be in the line for a while.

View Tech Director Jeff Summitt’s Review of New Acer XV Titanium Drivers Below
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  1. Speaking of product cycles, it seems you have been introducing a new Acer driver line every two years.

True, we introduced the Acer XF in 2011 and the Acer XS in 2013. Does that mean you can expect a new series in 2017? Not necessarily. Basically we are bringing out new product only when we have something different in terms of new technology, materials or we can introduce a product that will be better in terms of performance than a model we a retiring. With so many USGA regulations on drivers it requires a lot of thought and testing to make improvements.

Acer XV Titanium Driver Crown

  1. You spoke about 3 key features. Can you let us know what they are and how they will benefit potential customers?

Those are the CNC milled crown, Power Chamber Sole and Gravity port. Let’s start with the crown since that is one that will be the least visual. It is always the quest of a head designer to eliminate unwanted weight so it can be put to better use and that usually starts with the crown on a driver. The lower the center of gravity, the better the performance in terms of launch and spin you can achieve. We could have easily made a shallower face, but then you lose face area and confidence. So we have lightened the crown by CNC machining certain non-stress areas. Yes, it is more expensive to accomplish and something none of our competitors are doing, but in order to make incremental improvements you really have to go the extra steps.

Acer XV Power Chamber

  1. What’s up with the Power Chamber?

The Power Chamber sole is a feature that you will immediately notice. This was added to boost performance on shots hit on the lower half of the clubface. This is where excessive spin occurs and the Power Chamber sole helps neutralize the ill effect of low impacts.

Acer XV Weight Port

  1. Can you tell us about the Gravity Port?

As you know screw weighting is not new, but we kind of abandoned that for a time. It is a feature the average customer never messes with, but if you are customizing clubs, you really need the ability to tweak the weight. Hey, we know that not everybody is the same height or requires the same cookie-cutter length. We also know there is more shafts that can go into these drivers than you can shake a stick at. Not all will be the same weight or have the same balance point and with the additional 2 and 12 gram screws allows the clubmaker to fine-tune the swingweight.

The position of the Gravity Port is important. It offers a higher launch and higher moment of inertia where it will benefit far more golfers than the recent trend to move weight forward. The latter may help the pros, but we are true to ourselves and cater to the other 99% of golfers out there.

Plus in the past, we have had offered standard versions, Leggera versions that were lighter and Thrivers that were heavier like we have in the Acer XF and XS lines. Well to a certain degree we can accomplish the same thing and it is not a burden on our customers to stock all those versions.

  1. I see these come in a lot of different options.

Yes, we always try to make the Acer lines as comprehensive as possible whenever it is economically feasible to do from a tooling standpoint. With the new XV series we have 4 lofts in right handed and 3 in left handed they should cover just about every golfer. This year we even added a left handed 9.5º after so many southpaws complained we didn’t have one in our lineup. So you can say I caved in and obliged to their wishes and coaxed the powers-to-be to add it as an option.

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  1. I see there is also a Draw version.

Yes, and this is an important option as so many golfers fight a slice and we want them to enjoy the game and speed up play instead of constantly searching for errant or lost balls. It is really the same as the standard model with all the features I spoke about earlier. The differences are that we have added the offset hosel and made the face angle a degree more closed. Plus as I said earlier the position of the Gravity Port was important because it will help square the face at impact so those that push, fade or slice the ball will have 3 more things going for them to help them hit more fairways – and that is the one they are aiming for.

  1. I have to admit, this is one good-looking driver.

Rule number 1 is if it doesn’t look good then nobody will want to give it a fair chance. I could tell you it has this feature or that feature which will help you hit longer and straighter drives, but all it takes is the wrong color or some annoying accent to turn a potential buyer from to put on their wish list. The matte black on top of the black PVD finish gives is neutral yet really high-end look. Again, I think this product line will appeal to a lot of golfers and have a long product life cycle.

  1. How does it compare to the all the name brand drivers out there?

I go out to a facility that I can hit the latest and greatest from all the major OEMs. You know what? They do make damn good clubs and it would be shocking if they didn’t. But when I go out with our Acer XV driver with a shaft, flex, grip, grip size, length that fits me, I see absolutely no difference in distance or accuracy. We may not have the adjustable feature for lie and face angle or what manufacturers call loft, but the average golfer is likely never to change those from the factory setting and only adds to the cost. I am not sure who said it first, but if you can’t tell the difference then why pay the difference? That’s my philosophy and I am sticking to it.

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