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    Acer XS Titanium Thriver - Custom Assembled
    Model: XTM1462

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While the Acer XS Leggera might be our longest driver and the XS Draw version is designed to combat slicing the ball, the XS Thriver edition has to be the straightest. For those that play army golf (right, left, right, left…), finding the fairway (and your own) is a welcome relief. The addition of 10g of mass in the head makes a world of difference. By allowing for a 1” shorter assembly length with the right amount of heft in the golfer’s hands, this promotes more repeatable contact in the center of the face. The reduced club length and higher loft give the accuracy of teeing off with a 3 wood, but the reactive face produces all the ball speed one expects from a driver.

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Product Review by Hireko Technical Director Jeff Summitt

The # 1 Selling Drivers in Golf Shouldn’t be a Driver but a Thriver
We all know the shortest distance between two points is a straight line. But somehow when we walk onto a golf course all logic instantly disappears. Your first hole may be a par 4 or 5 and you pull the big stick out of the bag expecting it to sail down the middle of the fairway. Without much warming up, you swing for the fences with all of the might you can muster and watch the ball fly through the air for what seems like an eternity and suddenly – BINGO – you hit the fairway. Only this time it wasn’t your own! If this sounds like you or your playing partners or even one of your customers then you will want to listen up.

Are you itching to hit the ball longer?
I am going to be brutally honest here and make this statement “Every golf manufacturer attempts to sell you hope.” Think about it, you (or your customer) go to purchase a new driver. What are they looking for? That’s right, those extra 5, 10 or 15 yards off of the tee or basically something to brag about to your buddies when you get to the 19th hole. By that time you finished the round selective amnesia has already set in. That one tape measured drive you had on hole #16 gets your juices flowing to come back and play again. But what was sadly forgotten were the other 13 drives that didn’t go so well.

Here is a fact – nearly half of all golfers will fail to break 100 for 18 holes. For those of average to above average strength, they will likely miss every single fairway (if they count only their own). Drives that fly 200 yards out and take a hard turn left or right by 40 yards does not count as a 240 driver either. Not only did that player lose potential distance, the ball might land in a hazard or on the next shot, you may have to try to hit around another obstacle. That is, of course, if the ball wasn’t OB or sitting in a large patch of poison ivy. I know, I am not painting a pretty picture, but this happens all of the time at golf courses everywhere.

With the advances in clubhead design, why do so many golfers still miss fairways on a regular basis?
Here is another fact.  Drivers today are all increasingly longer in length and lighter weight than even a few years ago.  Why?  So one can potentially swing the club faster and have more leverage to hit the ball further.  It is true, advances in clubhead design have allowed the modern driver to be more forgiving on off-center shots, but it still comes down to the player making a good swing so the club face is pointed reasonably square toward the target upon impact.  Fellas, making the club lighter and longer will only going to make it harder to accomplish that feat for the average golfer, let alone the higher handicapper.

If the solution sounds like lopping off some material off of the grip end then think again, because it is not that simple.  That driver might be shorter, but that recently modified driver is even lighter in both overall weight and in the heft you have in your hands.  You aren’t going to know where that club is during the swing or where the ball might land without a spotter. The analogy would be like trying to swing a feather.  Of course the other option is pulling out the #3-wood, but what fun is that? Not to mention the smaller size is going to be less of a confidence builder when you need it most.  No wonder this is such a hard game.

Instead of driving begin “thriving”
There is a simple solution to this for the vast majority of golfer that plays this great game. The answer is one of the best high lofted drivers in the golf industry, the Acer XS Thriver, now in it’s third generation!  You might be asking, “Thriver…hmm, I am unfamiliar with that term.”  Well if you combine the terms Three Wood + Driver you get Thriver or the best of both worlds when it comes to these two heads. Think about it, the modern deep face driver is approximately 3 times the size of a typical #3 wood creating a much higher moment of inertia making it in theory much more forgiving.  Plus you have the large confidence building, thin face with the high COR right up to the legal limit for more distance.  On the other hand, your #3-wood is more lofted and cuts down on some of the slice or hook spin plus shorter to enable you to have more control.

• Large, confidence building volume (460cc) and face height
• Thin, reactive face for high-rebound surface and maximum distance
• Higher loft (but not too much) to reduce side spin
• Shorter, more control length for solidness of contact
• Heavier weight head maximizes MOI and increases momentum into the ball

The Acer XS Thriver weighs a full 10g more than a normal driver to allow for a shorter (1”), more controllable length that now has the proper amount of weight in your hands.  Plus that extra 10 grams of weight produces an even higher MOI for the ultimate in control off the tee to make this one of the best Acer golf drivers we have ever created.  Unlike most 14 degree drivers on the market,  the 2013 Acer Thriver  doesn’t produce as high of a loft as you would imagine so the ball is going outward instead of up and dropping from the sky.

Leave the ball retriever for the next guy
Get even and make the golf ball companies pissed off at you.  An estimated 300 million golf balls are lost annually in the US alone and I want to do something about it! The cost of those normally lost balls with your old driver could go directly in your pocket, for lessons or to play more golf with the Acer XS Thriver.  Guess what, when you start finally hitting more fairways (and your own); your next shot is going to be easier.  The next thing you know, you are looking at your scorecard and you have a new personal best.  If you are not straight now with your current driver, then what makes you think that new driver, that is supposed to give you 5 or 10 yards more, will be any longer?  It is only going to be that much longer out of bounds.

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    • From Joe at 2/15/2016 1:39 PM
      • Will the thriver be offered in lower lofts? The ability to build a driver at 44 inches without having to worry about swing weighting is very beneficial. Any chance of a 10/12 degree offering?
      • Joe,

        In this case no, but you could use our newer Acer XV driver and opt for the 12 gram weight (sold separately). This will allow for a 44" length and a manageable swingweight with a graphite shaft. You would just need to order it 1" shorter than men's standard.
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    • From Brad at 10/12/2014 7:24 AM
      • Does the Thriver have a "hot" face? What is the C.O.R. Thanks
      • Brad,

        The Thriver has a COR just below the USGA's maximum limit.
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    • From Randy at 7/2/2014 7:13 PM
      • About a 25HC and struggle with my driver. I can hit fairway wood off tee pretty well if I can leave ball on the ground but struggle lately hitting anything off an elevated tee. I tend to have a long slower tempo swing with my driver and hit it only about 220-230 when everything is clicking. I have two questions, is the Thriver a good candidate for hitting off the ground like a true 3 wood and what shaft would you recommend?
      • Randy,

        The Thriver is designed to be used as a tee club. The deep face would make it very difficult for anyone other than a very accomplished player to hit out of the fairway or rough with any degree of success.
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    • From bob at 10/27/2013 10:20 AM
      • I have a Grafeloy Pro-Launch
        blue shat at 44". Tip id .335. Would this shaft work with the Acer xs Thriver? I'm 69 and swing bout 75 mph. I swing about 3/4 length with a smooth tempo, 5'10", wrist 32" from the ground. Also, what is the difference between the xs and xf Thriver other than 1 degree of lie?
      • Bob,

        It is hard to say if that shaft would be suitable for you without know what flex the shaft is and if it was tip trimmed or not as well as what shaft(s) and flex you use in some of your other clubs that have worked well for you.

        One of the differences of the new XS Thriver and XF Thriver is the shape. The XS is slightly taller, broader from front-to-back and shorter from heel-to-toe to allow the face to square up a bit faster. The other difference is the face curvature on the XS allows for a little bit faster ball speed on off-center shots.
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    • From Ricky Jubert at 6/4/2013 5:03 AM
      • It seems the only color matched shaft you have made for the Acer XS woods is the Acer Velocity orange . At 6 degrees of torque how would this weak shaft handle the extra weight of the thriver unless a golfer had a very low swing speed . I do not think a higher speed range of any caliber golfer would do themselves justice by using such a high torque shaft on such a great looking head . I swing in the upper 90 swing range and have a single digit handicap with a straight ball flight and can not use anything higher than 4 degrees of torque even with a real high quality graphite shaft.
      • Ricky,

        You may be confusing high torque with increased flexibility in the tip. Yes, a higher torque shaft can add feel as opposed to low torque. But torque can be controlled independently from tip stiffness. A very tip stiff shaft with high torque (especially a sub 60-gram shaft) may feel perfectly stable compared to the same torque and weight shaft, but one with a soft tip section. As far as color matching, look at an all black or even white shaft as those will go well with anything. If you are a single digit handicapper, look at the present shaft, flex and bend point and make a similar choice in shaft.
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    Model # Hand Club Loft Lie Weight Face Angle Face Height Volume Std Clublength Hosel ID UPC
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