Mexico Open at Vidanta

Vidanta Vallarta



Why We Like It

The XXIO brand continues to gain traction in the United States as a highly viable alternative for the swing-speed challenged. The X iron (the company’s 13th generation) produces gains in swing and ball speed through two sources: a lightweight, high-balance-point graphite shaft and a face made out of titanium. The weight savings from the titanium face allowed the XXIO team to use 31 grams of tungsten (up to the 7-iron) to get mass low and back to help get the ball airborne. Also, because the average hand size in North America is 10 percent larger than in Japan, larger grips are used.

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Characteristics

  • Heel and toe grooves allow the face to flex more at impact.
  • L-groove low on the face assists strikes hit in that area.
  • MP 1300 graphite shaft is the lightest ever for a XXIO iron at 47 grams.
  • 7-iron: 28 degrees; PW: 42 degrees

Highlights

  • Top 5 best-looking super-game-improvement irons, high-handicaps

Price

$220 per iron

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HOT LIST SCORE

The aggregate star rating of all three categories rounded to the nearest half star.

4.5
Performance
4.5
50%*
Innovation
4.5
30%*
Look / Sound / Feel
4.0
20%*

HOT LIST PLAYERS FEEDBACK

Ratings are based on players’ assessments in three key performance areas.

Sensory
Soft Feel
Firm Feel
Ball Flight
Lower, More Roll
Higher, More Carry
Playability
Workable
Forgiving

Reviews

Why Impact Is Critical to Your Iron Play

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