Golfers can learn a lot by watching the pros from a game management standpoint. Take for example the winner of this year’s British Open championship who didn’t even carry a golf driver. Sure these guys are long, but there was a lot of trouble lurking in and around the fairway requiring them to position the ball off the tee.
At Hireko Golf, we offer a number of products to help golfers at all levels. One such product is the Power Play Warp Speed Brassie. The large footprint at address gives the player a sense of more confidence off of the tee, plus will be more accurate than a typical 3-wood. The shorter assembly length should allow golfers to make more solid contact on the face with minimized face angle errors at impact compared to their driver. Sure, you may not be as long, but if the ball goes out 220 yards and lands in the fairway versus 235 yards to the right in the second cut of rough, not only are you going to be closer to the hole on their next shot, but it will be an easier shot too.
This is just a friendly reminder of one specialized product to help you (or one of your customers) lower your score if the number of fairways hit is becoming more of an irregularity or non-existent. If a pro winning a major championship can leave both his golf driver and ego in the parking lot, then any golfer can.
Being the “tech guy”, I get grilled all the time by our customers as to what I play. I guess they feel if it is good enough for me to play, it ought to be good enough for them. So if you are asking that same question, here’s my answer. Of all the golf drivers we offer, including all the ones introduced this year, the Power Play Warp Speed Driver is my personal favorite. I actually have several built up with different shafts starting with the early prototypes that I started playing last fall, not to mention handed to fellow golfers to get their reactions.
To be perfectly honest, we would have had these available by now, but we made umpteen gazillion cosmetic changes on the Warp Speed Driver to get to the final product you see today. Now that might be a slight embellishment, but that’s part of product development. Cosmetics are just as important as the design itself or the naming that makes the difference between a successful launch and just another “ho hum” product. I, for one, am glad we didn’t rush it to market and waited to get it right.
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By now, I hope you are already familiar with the Power Play Warp Speed Brassie in this series that I spoke about a couple of weeks ago. But if you are unfamiliar with the Power Play Warp Speed Driver, its’ story is slightly different. It was designed to generate more speed upon impact. How you ask? We streamlined the body by reducing the volume slightly as it is only a 440cc driver. I can tell you though, not a single player that tested the early prototypes ever noticed it was any smaller than the maximum volume most golf drivers are made today. However, I wouldn’t classify it as a deep face driver either. Secondly, the shape was carefully sculpted to have a more aerodynamic shape to reduce drag. Now, many companies will make this same tout. Just like car manufacturers, as each year passes, we get a little more proficient at producing better and better products. But that’s not why I like it best about this product.
We also shed as much weight as we could from the crown to lower and then deepen the center of gravity. That is just one of the key elements you can’t see as well as a slight change to the face construction for a little faster ball speed on off-center shots. These are the little details that provide you with a better performing product. But again, that is not the main reason I like this driver best.
What I like best about the Power Play Warp Speed Titanium Driver is that it evokes my senses. It is the same way people are attracted to one another. It is the sound of their voice, the shape of the face or the color of the eyes or hair. It is the same way with this driver. It has a beautiful sound at impact due to the slightly smaller volume and thicker walls and the shape and colors have a look like that no other driver has. This is my Halle Berry and Jessica Alba of drivers. Not only does it perform magnificently (*mine are optimized with a 20g Tour Lock Pro counterweight), but I am proud to show it off too. That’s pride in ownership.
While your tastes may differ from mine, The Warp Speed Driver is just one of many fine custom golf drivers that Hireko offers that you will find in the whole golf industry. Make sure to get properly fit. If you are unsure and asking “What size driver do I need”, go to one of the number of independent clubmakers in your area to get the proper driver length for your height, shaft weight, flex and grip size.
Power Play Warp Speed Titanium Driver – Clubhead
Power Play Warp Speed Titanium Driver – Custom Assembled
Lightweight Crown For Improved Weight Distribution
What might be the best driver in golf you have yet to hear about? Well today, I would like to introduce to you to the “standard” version of the new Acer XS driver series. Each year, we strive and learn better and more efficient ways to produce our titanium golf drivers so you end up a product that will provide you or your customer with more performance. The Acer XS series (short for excess) is no exception as it goes a step beyond our popular Acer XF drivers we have offered for the past two years.
Here’s how we did it. First, we maintained the 460cc titanium driver volume but made the crown a little taller and the breadth a little wider to give it more of a full-bodied look. What makes up difference in size comes in is the shorter heel-to-toe dimension allowing the head to rotate more rapidly around the hosel or shaft so it will be easier to square up at impact.
You might think that a taller crown would normally raise the center of gravity of the golf clubhead, and you would be right. But we took a page from the Acer XF Leggera and shed all the weight possible from the crown to actually lower the center of gravity. This is the secret to help optimize launch and spin for even greater distance. We even altered the face construction to attain a high ball velocity over a wider area of the face too.
The standard version of the Acer XS driver series is geared to fit as wide array of players as well as complementing the various Acer XS irons. For example, the lowest lofted (9.5º) version is made with a 1º open face to guard against hooking the ball – that same player would most likely select the Acer XS Forged Iron or Acer XS Pro Iron. The meat and potatoes of the group are the 10.5º and 12º lofts; each having a unique set of specifications to match the standard Acer XS Iron or Acer XS HT Irons (high trajectory) respectively. This is just part of the comprehensive Acer XS line that we will address in the coming weeks ahead.
View Technical Director’s Jeff Summitts Videoblog on the Acer XS Titanium Driver
What really make these shine are the sensory elements – or those you can see and hear. The color really stands out. The copper-on-black color scheme was patterned off of the dog that my wife and I rescued and avoided having to be put to sleep. Its traditional shape will appeal to the most discerning eye, but maybe more importantly will be the muted sound. All in all, the standard version of the Acer XS Titanium Driver is a well-rounded and affordable driver series that can be custom made and perform just as well as the more expensive brand name drivers. Experience an Acer XS driver for yourself and I am sure you’ll have something to “woof” about too.