XXIO is a small golf club manufacturer specializing in lightweight clubs designed for moderately skilled golfers. If you haven’t heard of XXIO (pronounced zeks-ee-oh), you likely have heard of its parent company, Cleveland.

XXIO has three different Series of clubs, Eleven, X, and Prime. They also sell two different types of putters: a mallet-style and blade. This allows any golfer to assemble a full XXIO set. Each component may be purchased separately, so you can mix and match if you choose, although they are not exactly designed that way.


At A Glance: Our Favorite XXIO Clubs


Each Series of clubs has its own peculiarities we will delve into, although they are all lightweight. The company claims its clubs are 20-30 percent lighter than normal clubs. Let’s delve into some details about these clubs and what they offer.

OUR TOP PICKS

2020 XXIO Eleven Driver 460cc RH 10.5 Graph Reg
Best Game-Improvement Clubs
  • Lightweight
  • Rib-frame structure aids in forgiveness
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2020 XXIO Eleven Fairway Wood RH 3 15 Graph Reg
  • Lightweight
  • Counter-balanced
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XXIO Eleven Hybrid 2020 Right 6 26 XXIO MP1100 Graphite Stiff
  • Cup face is quite forgiving
  • Cannon sole allows for larger face
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2020 XXIO Eleven Iron Set RH 5-PW, SW Graph Reg
  • Lightweight
  • Easy to hit
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XXIO X Series Driver 460cc RH 9.5 Graph Stiff
Best Value
  • High speed cup face
  • Low and deep center of gravity
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XXIO X Series Fairway Wood RH 3 15 Graph Stiff
  • Cup face for better ball speed
  • Low COG
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XXIO X Series Utility Hybrid RH 3 18 Graph Stiff
  • Easy to hit
  • Lightweight
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XXIO X Series Iron Set RH 4-PW Steel Reg
  • Speed Groove
  • V-shaped sole
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Xxio Mens Prime X Driver Xxio Prime Sp-1000 Graphite Regular Right 10.5
  • High-strength titanium alloy
  • Softer shaft helps square face
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Xxio Men's Prime 9 Fairways Xxio Prime Sp 900 5 Regular Right 18.0
  • Expanded sweet spot
  • Heavier club head for greater speed
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Xxio Mens Prime X Hybrid Xxio Prime Sp-1000 Graphite 6 Regular Right 26.0
  • Easy to swing due to light weight
  • Cup Face has large sweet spot
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Xxio Men's Prime 9 Irons #7-Pw Xxio Prime Sp 900 Regular Right
  • Forgiving
  • Low center of gravity
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XXIO Eleven Half Mallet Putter 2020 Right 35
  • Forgiving on mis-hits
  • Quality construction
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XXIO X Blade Putter 2019 Women Right 32
  • Classic style
  • Pistol grip
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Best XXIO Golf Clubs


Eleven Series Driver

2020 XXIO Eleven Driver 460cc RH 10.5 Graph Reg

The Eleven Series is designed for golfers with moderate swing speeds, putting it into the game-improvement category.

Aside from the lighter weight that all XXIO clubs have, the Eleven Series Driver has two key components to help mid-handicappers, the group most likely to benefit.

One is a rib frame structure that supports a sole that is a mere 0.45 millimeters thick. That allows for a low and back center of gravity to aid in getting the ball airborne easily, as well as increased forgiveness with its cup face technology.

The second is weights added to the butt end of the club. This raises the balance point of the club, making it easier for golfers to swing consistently and with greater power.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Rib-frame structure aids in forgiveness
  • Balanced with weights in butt end of club

Cons

  • High price for game-improvement driver
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Eleven Series Fairway Wood

2020 XXIO Eleven Fairway Wood RH 3 15 Graph Reg

With a graphite shaft and the light weight featured in all XXIO clubs, the Eleven Series fairway wood is quite easy to hit.
In the ladies version, a weight pad is placed behind the sole, giving greater distance.
For men and women, these fairway woods feature the counter-balance weights in the butt end of the club, making them easy to swing.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Counter-balanced
  • Easy to hit

Cons

  • No added weight pad for men’s version
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Eleven Series Hybrid

XXIO Eleven Hybrid 2020 Right 6 26 XXIO MP1100 Graphite Stiff

Like other Eleven Series clubs, the hybrid is a lightweight club with counter-balanced weights to make it easier to hit.

The hybrid, unlike the fairway woods, also has the added weight pad that makes space for a larger cup face. That cup face technology aids in forgiveness, as off-center hits still travel well.

Pros

  • Cup face is quite forgiving
  • Cannon sole allows for larger face
  • Counter-balanced weights make it easy to swing

Cons

  • Lacks a bit of feel
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Eleven Series Irons

2020 XXIO Eleven Iron Set RH 5-PW, SW Graph Reg

The irons from the Eleven Series share the light weight and counter-balancing of the other clubs in this Series.

The defining feature of these irons is a double-undercut cavity just behind the face. The idea here is to increase flexibility of the face, increasing club head speed and distance.

While this particular set has two wedges, you can buy a set with an additional wedge.

Pros

  • Lightweight
  • Easy to hit
  • Double undercut for added distance

Cons

  • Less than desirable feel
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X Series Driver

XXIO X Series Driver 460cc RH 9.5 Graph Stiff

While the Eleven Series is all about being easier to hit for mid=handicappers, the X Series targets golfers with a different take.

For the X Series, it’s all about distance. These clubs are designed for low- to mid-handicappers.

What’s the same? Well, the X Series still has the lighter weight, a hallmark of all XXIO clubs. It also has the counter-balanced weight in the butt end of the club above the hands.

XXIO claims that counter-balanced weight results in more consistent strikes in the sweet spot, 13 percent more in fact.

The X Series Driver has a high speed cup face that includes a type of titanium that XXIO says is extremely strong and flexible, giving the person wielding the club greater power.

Carbon fiber is added to sole. That material is very strong and lightweight and allows for the center of gravity to be moved low and deep, with additional weight applied to the perimeter of the club. This makes for a higher launch angle and more forgiving results on off-center hits.

Pros

  • High speed cup face
  • Low and deep center of gravity
  • Carbon fiber makes it easier to get ball airborne

Cons

  • Distance comes at sacrifice of feel
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X Series Fairway Wood

XXIO X Series Fairway Wood RH 3 15 Graph Stiff

The fairway woods use similar components to the driver, including cup face, low COG, and counter-balanced weights.

The big difference is the Cannon Sole, a weight pad added to the sole that helps get the ball in the air more easily when hitting the ball off the deck.

Pros

  • Cup face for better ball speed
  • Low COG
  • Cannon Sole aids in hitting the ball off the deck

Cons

  • Lack of feel
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X Series Hybrid

XXIO X Series Utility Hybrid RH 3 18 Graph Stiff

The hybrids are very similar to the fairway woods. They use much the same technology in a package that gets progressively smaller head sizes and higher lofts.

You can get hybrids to replace your 3-iron, 4-iron, and 5-iron.

Pros

  • Easy to hit
  • Lightweight
  • Large sweet spot

Cons

  • Unable to work the ball well
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X Series Irons

XXIO X Series Iron Set RH 4-PW Steel Reg

Like the other clubs in the X Series, the irons are designed to be long and straight.

These are quality irons with two characteristics that distinguish them from the Eleven Series.

First is a groove carved into the back of each iron that helps produce great distance in this forged set.

Second is a V-shaped sole, engineered to fit the play of better golfers who can hit down on the ball at a steep angle. The V shape helps with turf interaction.

One surprising factor about the X Series is that they are designed mostly for distance when you might think feel would be more important to their target audience.

Pros

  • Speed Groove
  • V-shaped sole
  • Distance

Cons

  • Lack of feel compared to competitors
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Prime Series Driver

Xxio Mens Prime X Driver Xxio Prime Sp-1000 Graphite Regular Right 10.5

It isn’t often you find a set of player development golf clubs at a premium price. That’s exactly what you get with XXIO’s Prime Series.

That’s evident with the driver which has the light weight you get in all XXIO clubs. There is much more here, all designed for golfers with moderate swing speeds.

The club face is made from a titanium alloy that helps produce great distance on a large sweet spot.

The driver has an expanded toe section, which borrows from the heel, which is narrowed. This makes the club more forgiving on off-center hits.

Carbon and resin are combined to create a softer tip of the shaft. XXIO believes this allows golfers to more easily get the face back to square at impact, reducing the likelihood of stray shots, especially slices.

The hosel is also lightweight and positioned closer to the center of the club face, another innovation that makes the club easier to hit.

Pros

  • High-strength titanium alloy
  • Softer shaft helps square face
  • Hosel designed to make club more forgiving

Cons

  • The price could scare some folks
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Prime Series Fairway Wood

Xxio Men's Prime 9 Fairways Xxio Prime Sp 900 5 Regular Right 18.0

One difference here is the shaft is lightweight but the club head is actually a bit heavier. A departure for XXIO, the added weight to the head is aimed to provide more club head speed.

The shallow back of the club allows for a low and back center of gravity, making the club easy to hit even off the deck.

Pros

  • Expanded sweet spot
  • Heavier club head for greater speed
  • Low COG

Cons

  • Not great feel
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Prime Series Hybrid

Xxio Mens Prime X Hybrid Xxio Prime Sp-1000 Graphite 6 Regular Right 26.0

Hybrids get their name due to the fact the club is a mixture of an iron and a fairway wood. They have elements of both. Here, the only thing the Prime Series hybrids have in common with irons are the loft of the clubs.

That’s quite unusual. The 3-hybrid looks and plays more like a 5-wood than a 3-iron. That isn’t to say these are not quality clubs. They are quite forgiving and offer good distance.

Pros

  • Easy to swing due to light weight
  • Cup Face has large sweet spot
  • Very forgiving clubs

Cons

  • Lack feel or irons
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Prime Series Irons

Xxio Men's Prime 9 Irons #7-Pw Xxio Prime Sp 900 Regular Right

The Prime Series irons share some similarities with the irons from the other two series, with one notable difference.

These irons are constructed with a draw bias to help alleviate the slice that so many high handicappers suffer from. That could be a turn-off from golfers who don’t slice the ball, and almost certainly will be for golfers who play with a draw.

Still, there are not a large number of mid- to high-handicappers who play a draw, making this a fine and very forgiving choice of irons for most players.

Pros

  • Forgiving
  • Low center of gravity
  • Large titanium face

Cons

  • Some golfers won’t like built in draw bias
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Mallet Putter

XXIO Eleven Half Mallet Putter 2020 Right 35

The half-mallet design of this putter already gives it more stability over a blade-style putter. That is enhanced further by weights added to both the toe and the heel. The result is a high moment of inertia that is forgiving on off-center hits.

This is a well-constructed putter that is milled from a single billet of stainless steel.

Pros

  • Forgiving on mis-hits
  • Quality construction
  • Milled

Cons

  • Lacks feel of a blade putter
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Blade Putter

XXIO X Blade Putter 2019 Women Right 32

Like the mallet putter, the blade putter is milled from stainless steel and has tungsten weights added to increase MOI.

That makes it a forgiving putter, but the less mass means it will not quite be as forgiving. It makes up for that with a bit more feel.

Pros

  • Classic style
  • Pistol grip
  • Consistent feel

Cons

  • Not as stable as mallet
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Three We Like

These are all quality clubs, although they may not appeal to a large percentage of the golfing public. The Eleven Series gets out choice as the best game improvement clubs. The X Series is the best value of the bunch. And the Prime Series is the best constructed.

Recommendation

We are left to ask who these clubs are a good fit for. One of the problems is that XXIO seems a bit unsure.

Even the least expensive of the three series of clubs is a bit more than what many mid-handicappers are looking to spend. These clubs, especially the Prime Series, seems to straddle the line between premium and game-improvement clubs.

The answer is found in the one defining feature of all its clubs, weight. XXIO has gone to great lengths to dramatically reduce the weight of their clubs, making them easier to swing.

If you add how easy to swing these clubs are with the relatively high price tag, it becomes clear who they are intended for. Senior golfers with low swing speeds and fat wallets may love these.

Make no mistake, these are highly crafted clubs. But they definitely have a love them or hate them nature. Few people will shrug their shoulders at these.

Who will not benefit from these? Anyone who has a moderate to high swing speed, say 90 miles per hour or greater, will likely not be overly impressed.

And the extreme lightweight nature of the clubs will be a turnoff to some golfers, even those with slower swing speeds. These definitely take some getting used to. And that’s doubly true if you have never used counter-balanced clubs before.

Using XXIO clubs can feel very foreign. If you can get past that, and if you have a swing speed on the slower side, and if you are unfazed by the price, then this could be a good fit for your game.

They definitely have a lot to offer for the right golfer. And there are plenty of baby boomers out there with disposable income.