Introducing XXIO Forged 2017 Irons

XXIO forged 2017

XXIO (pronounced  [zek-si-oh]) is a brand that is not as familiar to US customers. However, it has been a premium club brand in Japan and Korea for quite some time. Dunlop Sports Co. brought XXIO to the US and is looking to become more prominent. The XXIO Forged 2017 irons help this transition into a new market. The irons combine soft, forged feel with longer, more consistent iron performance. These three main technologies make this possible.

XXIO Forged 2017 Irons Features

V.T. Sole

xxio forged 2017 V.T. sole

The all new V.T. sole on the XXIO Forged 2017 irons minimize turf resistance for improved accuracy. The V-shaped sole increases bounce and is slightly wider to prevent digging. This benefits the player who has a steeper angle of attack. The sole shape also provides a middle ground between the wide, flatter sole of game improvement clubs and the narrow, sharp soles of players clubs.

Thin Face

The XXIO Forged 2017 irons feature an expanded thin area on the clubface, giving more forgiveness on off-center hits. Most of the 20% area increase is towards the toe and sole of the club, where most mishits occur. The other benefit to the thinner face is consistent ball speeds across the entire face. This means that if you don’t hit the center of the clubface, your distance won’t suffer.

Lightweight Shafts

xxio forged 2017 shaft info

XXIO Forged 2017 irons come with graphite and steel shafts designed specifically for their clubs. The stock steel shaft is the Nippon N.S. Pro 930GH DST. In graphite, the stock shaft is the XXIO MX-6000. Both lightweight shafts have a softer butt section for enhanced energy transfer. The firmer tip section in each shaft increases consistency and accuracy.

Overall Impressions of the XXIO Forged 2017 Irons

The XXIO Forged 2017 irons offer an aesthetically pleasing look for players who don’t like the heavy top lines often seen in forgiving clubs. Despite a relatively compact, classic look, mid handicap players benefit from the iron’s forgiveness and consistency. While still relatively new to the US market, XXIO is sure to become a well known and recognized brand quickly.

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Get The Latest In Our Monthly Catching Up With Callaway

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It’s here, the newest addition to our monthly Catching Up With Callaway series. In each installment, we let you know about recent product launches and report on the performance of Callaway Tour Staff players. This month, Callaway expands on the hottest equipment line of the season and reinvents a classic club. Tour staff has continued to perform at a high level this year as well, getting wins on both sides of the Atlantic. We begin with the equipment.

Equipment

Epic and Epic Pro Irons

One can make the argument that the Callaway GBB Epic line has been the most popular line of the season. Callaway capitalized on this success, releasing 2 new irons and a hybrid under the Epic brand. The Epic and Epic Pro irons are the brainchild of Dr. Alan Hocknell, SVP of R&D for Callaway. He was given an unlimited budget to design the best possible iron. The Epic Pro iron is the result. The building processes and materials used in these sharp looking clubs are the best on the market. The Epic irons use the same materials and are built the same way. The difference? The Epic is more forgiving and higher launching than the Epic Pro. You can read our full review of the irons to learn about the rest of the features.

epic hybrid

Callaway also released an Epic hybrid, completing the line. The Epic hybrid has the latest Hyper Speed Face Cup technology, giving you faster ball speed across the clubface. The crown is made with the same Triaxial Carbon found in the driver and fairway woods. The crown’s light weight makes it more forgiving by moving weight around the outside of the head, giving it stability. The Epic hybrid also has the same standing wave as both Epic irons, optimizing CG location.

steelhead xr fairway wood

Coming in July, Callaway is bringing back the Steelhead fairway wood line. Those familiar with the original will find the new XR Steelhead fairway wood looks similar. Callaway designed the new Steelhead with the old one in mind but gave it modern features. Be on the lookout for a full review on our blog, coming soon.

But, how are the people getting paid to play these clubs doing with them?

Tour Performance

Like the clubs, Callaway Tour staff players are enjoying success this season. The weekend before Memorial Day,  staffer Kevin Kisner took home the title at the Dean & Deluca Invitational. Kisner outdueled Jordan Spieth, winning the tournament by a stroke. Daniel Berger won the FedEx St. Jude Classic a few weeks later, defending his title. He went bogey-free in the final round, including a chip-in for par on the 1st hole that got his round going.

quiros trophy

Moving “across the pond,” Alvaro Quiros and Alex Noren earned wins in back-to-back weeks for Callaway on the European Tour. The win for Quiros at the Rocco Forte Open, held in May, was his first since 2011. After dominating for much of the tournament, Quiros ended up in a playoff. He held off Zander Lombard with a par on the 18th hole, playing the hole for the 3rd time, for the win.

The following week, Alex Noren won one of the premier events on the European Tour calendar, the BMW PGA Championship. The Swede was on fire in the final round, shooting a 62 to win by 2. His 10-under par score ties the course record at the Wentworth Club West Course.

aaron wise trophy

Photo credit: Alex Wood/PGA Tour

Switching briefly to the Web.com Tour, Aaron Wise won the Air Capital Classic on the 3rd weekend of June. Not only did the win net Wise a sweet trophy (above), it secured his PGA Tour card for the remainder of the season. Well done, Aaron.

One Last Thing…

You’ve probably heard by now, that Callaway icon Phil Mickelson and long-time caddy Jim “Bones” Mackay have mutually parted ways. The 25-year on-course relationship between these two is the stuff of legend. From the “one-veto-a-year” rule to the 42 PGA Tour wins, it’s been an unbelievable ride. Best of luck to both moving forward!

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Best Father’s Day Golf Trips

Father's day

Every third Sunday in June, children are thinking about what they can do with their father on Father’s Day. Should you take him out to eat, spend the day relaxing, or something else? If your Dad is a golfer, here are 3 options that will surley put a smile on the face.

Father’s Day Golf Trips

Staying Local

The first and most common trip is a trip to the local course for a round of golf with dad. Often, local courses have 1-day father/child tournaments to participate in. You can also just set up a tee time and go spend the day at the golf course. Arrive early for breakfast at the clubhouse and have lunch and beverages after the round. Spending time just talking with dad and enjoying the company goes a long way. While not the most elaborate of trips, many fathers have the best time of his life on one of these outings. Some are even fortunate enough to bring multiple generations. Any dad would love the opportunity to play a round with his child and his father on Father’s Day.

Weekend Getaway

Father's Palm Beach

For something a little bigger, try a weekend escape to a golf resort. Planning a Friday, Saturday night stay at a nearby resort offers an escape from the norm. Plus, it’s a chance to play a few rounds at a different course. While some like to plan on playing 36 holes a day, every day they are there, I prefer to take a less golf approach. Leaving plenty of time for non-golf and relaxing activities is just as important. Many great memories from golf get-a-ways aren’t made on the golf course. The time spent at the pool, at dinner, or even just sitting in the room talking has a lasting effect.

Major Destination

father's day us open 2017

Now for the dream trip for most any father who plays golf: seeing the US Open live. Every year, the final round of the US Open is played on Father’s Day. What better way to say thank you to dad than taking him to watch the best players in the world be tested? If you live close to the location the tournament is being held, a quick day trip for a round is a great idea. I had the opportunity to go to the US Open in 1999 with my dad in Pinehurst. I had a great time and I know my dad did as well. To go all out, plan in advance and look at booking an all-inclusive, week-long trip that includes tickets every day, meals, and accommodations for a once-in-a -lifetime experience.

In the end…

No matter what you plan, remember the whole point is to spend quality time with dad, thanking him for everything he has done for you. He will appreciate any gesture, large or small.

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