Suppressed spin plus higher launch angles for farther distances.
The new XXIO8 series irons feature Dunlop Sports Co. Ltd.'s original Dual Speed Technology, which maximizes the effect of the golfer's swing and a newly developed shaft that reduces the club's moment of inertia (MOI) to deliver an all new level of performance than the previous, very successful and popular XXIO7 irons.
Taking the evolution of high and strong trajectories to the maximum, the XXIO8 irons features a MP800 carbon shaft with a new rigidity design that allows the club tip to flex more fully for a higher launch angle with suppressed spin. The CG distance on the club face is also shorter than the previous XXIO model, making the head to return square at impact. These improvements work synergistically for easier return of the head to square at impact.
The XXIO8 iron's sweet spots have been generously expanded to match golfer's hitting point and the new face thickness design is individually custom set for each loft to match the golfer's hitting point, laterally in the middle irons and vertically in the wedge to create higher ball speed. The face area of the irons employs the same SUPER-TIX PLUS for XXIO high-strength, low-density Titanium as the driver for even lighter weight. These weight savings are redistributed to the neck and toe areas using tungsten-nickel weights. This increases the club head's MOI, resulting in an expanded sweet spot 108% larger when compared to the previous XXIO7 irons.
With these distance-enhancing and forgiving technologies, the new XXIO8 irons make great even better with the longest of flights than any in the XXIO series to date. Sure to bring all new distances and playability to your game, put one of Japan’s highest successful series in your hands for the latest in high speeds and super strong trajectories.
- Heavier club head increases the kinetic energy transmitted to the ball on impact resulting in faster ball speeds
- XXIO largest sweetspot ever
- Sweetspot expanded in the direction of the impact variations for each club number
- Ultra thin titanium face for greater repulsion
- Light overall weight but not too light to swing
- XXIO longest irons ever
- Body (#4-7): SUS630 stainless steel + tungsten-nickel sole weight + tungsten-nickel neck weight
- Body (#8, #9): SUS630 stainless steel + tungsten-nickel sole weight
- Body (PW, AW, SW): SUS630 stainless steel
- MP800 graphite shaft offering for higher head speed, even with a heavier club head
- NS Pro 920GH steel shaft offering that features a counterbalanced center of gravity (CG) design perfectly matched to the XXIO8
- Mirror, satin mirror, ceramic-shot laser finish with navy plaque
XXIO8 Irons Expert Review
Written By: Bob Gomavitz
The XXIO8 Irons feature Dual Speed Technology that produce a higher launch and lower spin trajectory. They feature a specially designed Nippon steel shaft with a softer tip section that flexes more, producing a higher launch. The CG is closer to the hosel area making it easier to square up the clubface at impact. These two features create a slight draw-bias ball flight. The head features a titanium face, with a stainless steel body. The 4-7 irons feature a tungsten-nickel sole weight and a neck weight. The 8-9 have just the tungsten-nickel sole weight, and the wedges are purely a stainless steel body.
Who's It For?
These models are mostly for beginners and semi-beginners, and design-wise you can expect a very large footprint, a thick top line, lots of offset, a very wide sole, a large deep cavity and a lightweight shaft, either in steel or graphite. However, this reviewer had a blast testing them and based on the results that I witnessed would have zero issues playing them.
On the rack, the XXIO8 Irons seem very basic and a bit uninspiring. Looking down at the head at address players will quickly notice the size of the head. It is quite large with a very rounded toe area that continues into the top line, which is more rounded than the majority of the other Super Game Improvement Irons. Holding these irons, players will notice a very skinny shaft and small grip diameter. They will also notice a very strong “hook” taper at the end of the grip, which is different, too. After a few swings this uninspiring club started to grow on me. These irons offer a piercing, slightly higher launch angle with a slight draw. The distance was very good and the feel very solid without any accompanying “clicking” noise at impact.
Club Tested: 7-Iron; Shaft: Nippon NS Pro 900; Loft: 30°Read the 2015 Super Game Improvement Irons Guide
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