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Wilson's new DXi Superlight taps the relationship between weight, speed and distance
LIGHT IS the new size when it comes to drivers. Clubmakers ran up against the USGA's 460-cc size limit years ago, which means they can no longer get more distance by getting bigger. Instead manufacturers have reduced weight throughout the club, which produces greater swing speed and translates into more distance. Wilson's standard DXi driver weighs 320 grams, but the new version is 270 grams, making it one of the lightest drivers on the market.
The eight grams saved in the head are moved into a weight that is positioned low and deep in the 10.5° and 12° models to help get the ball up, and slightly farther forward in flatter versions to reduce backspin.
The hollowed areas in the crown are .55 mm thick, compared with the base crown sections that are .7 mm, saving weight while maintaining strength.
A lighter shaft saves about 20 grams, and a superlight grip takes away 26 more.
The face features five zones of varying thickness, with the thinnest sections at the heel and the toe to provide a greater rebound effect on off-center hits.