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Optimized for golfers with moderate swing speeds, the XXIO X Driver combines high quality materials and focused design for impressive, consistent results.
XXIO [pronounced Zek-Si-Oh] has been making the news a lot since I reviewed their X Fairway Wood. Ernie Els is now the Global Brand Ambassador and Inbee Park recently won an LPGA event using the X Driver. The notoriety isn’t new in some parts of the world, and here in North America XXIO has made a concerted effort to expand their presence. In this crowded market, advertising can only do so much – especially at the premium price point. Is the XXIO X Driver worth a look? I think so – but read on and judge for yourself.
The XXIO X Driver is a club you appreciate even more when you see it in person. The metallic blue crown has a deep finish that changes with the light. The silver matte face wraps around the body, creating a strong visual reference point for alignment at address. The face is tall with a few simple white lines and dots.
There’s a lot going on with the sole in terms of lines, colors and finishes, but it all works together beautifully. The blue MP1000 shaft pairs seamlessly with the head. The XXIO X Driver has a distinctive, premium look.
Sound & Feel
The sound of the XXIO X Driver at impact is that of a large metal hammer striking an anvil. The tone changes ever so slightly depending on the ball type – range ball to premium cover. The designers tuned the cavity so the sound is very consistent across the face.
One thing to know about XXIO is that they design and manufacture all the components in-house. This allows XXIO to design a complete club, producing a feel that is seamless. The MP1000 shaft has a flex in the butt which allows the club to pass closer to the body and decrease the forces that affect the golfer’s balance. What I experienced was a smooth transition at the top and acceleration through the impact zone.
With the XXIO X, it felt like I was always making dead center contact. Checking impact marks on the face, the strikes weren’t perfect, but much more concentrated than my gamer. I don’t have any quantitative data to confirm XXIO’s claims that their True-Focus Impact Technology reduces off center strikes by 28%, but it was noteworthy with the X Driver.
Those solid strikes had a wonderful mid-high trajectory with good roll out and seemed to be going where I aimed. I was eager to visit Club Champion to see if the performance data matched what I had observed. Sure enough, the data confirmed impressive results across the board with remarkable consistency.
One important note about shaft flex – SR denotes stiff/regular, not senior.
Take a look at the XXIO website and note the small family of products. By focusing on golfers with moderate swing speeds, XXIO can direct all their energies towards producing a few exceptional clubs rather than umpteen different models. The X Driver is the 10th generation but as XXIO states: “The core concepts of the XXIO series haven’t changed since the first generation—distance, forgiveness, and an exhilarating impact sound.” I can attest to all three attributes.
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