Under the Radar: Hireko Models That Might Surprise You

There are always sleeper golf clubs that aren’t necessarily popular in sales but gain a cult-like following. We would like to discuss some of those models that you may have looked over.

What makes a model popular? Is it advertising, product placement in the catalog or website or some other consideration like some clever way of getting a particular product into customer’s hands to try? One thing any golf manufacturer knows for certain is any popular product must perform well for a wide range of golfers.

Power Play Caiman X2 Rawpower Iron

The Power Play Caiman X2 Rawpower irons are a classic example of one sleeper model that even shocked me. It is by far the most heavily reviewed irons in our current line up by our customers; nearly double that of the second most reviewed iron. This is our only game-improvement iron that does not have an undercut cavity and possesses a low, forward center of gravity. The topline is relative narrow, doesn’t have a ton of offset and part of a family that didn’t go over as well with our customers as we had hoped.

However, there is something about this iron that evokes customers to give it high marks. What sells clubs today? The answer to that is distance. Isn’t it easier to hit a green in regulation with a 7 iron instead of a 6-iron? Or as an aging golfer starts losing strength, they remember how far they used to hit the ball. With a change of equipment, they hope to turn back the clock. The Caiman X2 Raw Power apparently is the magic elixir than can make this happen.

Power Play Caiman X2 Rawpower Iron – Clubhead Power Play Caiman X2 Rawpower Iron – Custom Assembled
$8.95 each component clubhead $21.95 each custom assembled

Acer XDS React Hybrid

One hybrid we had slated to be deep-sixed after the end of last year was the Acer XDS React after we decided to retire the entire XDS family. You would have thought we committed one of the seven deadly sins as we got an earful from our distributors to bring back the hybrid (and the iron too). Therefore back by popular demand, we made the full set of right-handed hybrids a standalone model.

These offer something different from any other set of hybrids we sell. They are large and forgiving where it is needed and you have a consistent set up and look at address. There is one other thing you can’t believe until you try them – they are sneaky long. These hybrids aren’t any stronger lofted, but many golfers (me included) state that these are a full club longer than similar lofted irons or hybrids they have tried. Like the Caiman X2 Rawpower irons, these too have a low and forward center of gravity.

Acer XDS React Hybrid – Clubhead Acer XDS React Hybrid – Custom Assembled
$11.05 each component clubhead $36.95 each custom assembled

Power Play Warp Speed Brassie Fairway Wood

Fairway woods
While the Acer XS Titanium fairways get all the accolades and deservedly so, it is the Power Play Warp Speed Brassie that gets the rave reviews even though is falls under the radar. This large headed 3 wood is extremely versatile. It can be played off of the deck or off of the tee as many golfers write. Who needs a “mini” driver when you can get the Warp Speed Brassie? If you want a Minnie Driver, I might suggest renting Good Will Hunting or watch the new show About a Boy, it is pretty good too. Oops, that’s the wrong “mini” driver, now back to the Brassie. Despite the lower loft (13º), it really is no more difficult to get the ball airborne versus another 15º fairway wood due to its deep center of gravity.

Power Play Warp Speed Brassie Fairway Wood – Clubhead Power Play Warp Speed Brassie Fairway Wood – Custom Assembled
$29.95 each component clubhead $59.95 each custom assembled

Dynacraft Hindsight II Putter

The Dynacraft Hindsight family has by far and away the most technology built into any putter in our entire line. These are true original designs and the concepts and features will help provide a true roll to the ball. It just goes to show that a product can look totally different than the typical putter you will find at your local pro shop or off-course store and that might be the reason why it works so well for those have given it a try. The forward press and roll face are built into both the blade and mallet version.


These are just a handful of the quality and affordable products Hireko offers it customer. Next time you or one of your customers has an itch to scratch and is seeking new equipment for the bag; take a hard look at some of these products too.

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“Precious metal at bargain prices” – Caiman Irons Reviewed by Worldgolf.com

the following is a review by Kiel Christianson, Senior Writer for Worldgolf.com

Hireko Golf has been offering components and assembled golf clubs since 1980. Hireko’s quality and affordable prices have built a strong following in Asia and North America.

Over the past several years, Hireko has added well-known brands like Acer and Pal Joey, and recently added the highly-respected Dynacraft line to their stable.

Another one of Hireko Golf’s brand names is Power Play, and the new Power Play Caiman irons offer a passel of game-improvement features for a mere pittance.

How Hireko Golf’s Power Play Caiman irons play
I recently tested the Caimans against my current favorite big-name, mid-handicap irons, the Cleveland CG Gold, on the excellent practice range at Stone Creek Golf Club in Urbana, Illinois.

The game-improvement features of the Caimans are a bit more pronounced than in the Cleveland sticks, with a thicker top-line and slightly larger offset. However, after the first couple of swings – which produced lovely shots the likes of which I can rarely hit on an actual course – these features completely faded from view.

During the several hours of testing, in which I was trying to eradicate the chronic hook that bedevils my game, I began to hit too strong of a fade with the Cleveland irons. The Caimans, with their anti-slice design features, produced shots with a straight to soft-fade ball-flight without changing my swing at all.

Importantly, the height and distance of shots didn’t change a bit when switching back and forth between iron sets. And if anything, the Caimans were a tad more forgiving on off-center contact.

The verdict on Power Play Caiman irons by Hireko Golf
New irons might be a tough sell in this economy, but the Caimans are worth a serious look as alternatives to higher-priced, higher-profile sets. The clubs can be ordered directly from Hireko’s website already assembled with Apollo shaft and Golf Pride grip for $30 each – that’s 3-PW for under $250.

Read the review on Worldgolf.com here.

Power Play Caiman Irons Assembled Price (comes with Free! Headcover!) $29.95

Power Play Caiman Irons Component Clubhead Price $13.95