New Product: Would You Ditch Your Driver for the Vixa V12?
Is there anything more satisfying than hitting a long, solid shot with your driver? The creators of the new Vixa V12 would say there is. The Vixa V12 is a low-profile fairway metal designed to hit great shots off the tee and on the fairway. This new golf club seeks to replace two of your clubs: your driver and your 3-wood.
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This, of course, would mean the Vixa V12 has to launch effectively from both the tee and the turf. According to its engineers, this fairway metal can do exactly that, specifically because it corrects the design shortcomings of the standard driver. Moreover, the Vixa V12 claims to help amateur golfers make longer, straighter golf shots, launch more easily off the turf, and get more accuracy off the tee.
Sounds like another club that recently took the golf market by storm. Or another fairway metal that has had continued success the past 2 seasons.
But do these claims hold up? What makes the Vixa V12 supposedly so effective? And why mess with time-tested driver design?
Vixa V12 Versus Your Driver
First, it should be noted that when the makers of the V12 talk about the failings of driver design, they’re referring to the ways in which drivers fail to serve amateur golfers. That is to say, they point to the design “flaws” that allow limited room for human error. And they’re not wrong. There are plenty of ways to screw up a shot with your driver. The long shafts of most drivers compromise the amateur golfer’s control over their swing. The low loft and large clubhead require a perfectly-executed angle of attack, catching the ball on the upswing. In fact, it’s the angle of attack that the minds behind the V12 seem particularly interested in. They make the interesting point that your driver is the only club you learn to hit on an upswing. When you swing your driver, you have to adjust the very shape and timing of your swing.
Why does this matter?
’s a matter of consistency and practice, really. During a round of golf, you spend most of your time hitting the ball on a descending blow. The Vixa V12 is designed to help you maintain that rhythm, even at the tee. The clubface of the V12 is about 1 inch shorter than that of the standard driver. This alone makes it easier to catch the golf ball at a downward angle.
Moreover, the clubhead features a super low center of gravity and a loft of 14.5 degrees, both of which promote a higher launch from a low tee or even from the turf. These high-launch elements are also where the Vixa V12 excels over typical fairway woods.Now that you have a clearer picture of the philosophy behind the Vixa V12, let’s dig into design.
The Design of the Vixa V12The team that engineered the V12 golf club was headed by Golf Digest “Hot List” medal winner Josh Boggs. If you follow our product profiles regularly, you may recognize him as the mind behind the Square Strike Wedge and the Moon Wood 8.
As we know, the objective behind the Vixa V12 was to hit the sweet spot between driver and 3-wood. The design team wanted something that offered more control than a driver, more launch than a 3-wood, and more consistency all around.
A lot of these solutions can be found in the dimensions: The V12 measures 43.5 inches in length. That’s a little longer than the average 3-wood but 2 inches shorter than the standard driver. This abbreviated length gives amateur golfers a greater sense of control in their swing. At 145 cubic centimeters, the V12 clubhead is less than a third of the size of a standard driver and 25% smaller than a typical fairway wood. The 14.5-degree loft is 4 degrees higher than most drivers and similar to most 3-woods.
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