Finally, a driver that is technologically advanced but built for golfers who are not tour pros or low handicap amateurs and possess a more moderate swing speed. Tour Edge Golf recently came to market with its ground-breaking XJ1 driver that features loads of new technology and is built to help players get the most from more normal swing speeds. In addition to the lightest Titanium alloy available, it also has one of the finest premium shafts in a new, revolutionary super light-weight design that is offered as the stock option—something you never see in a club aimed at the everyday player.
“Most technologies of the past decade have benefitted players with higher swing speeds—eliminating the majority of golfers,” explained David Glod, president and founder of Tour Edge Golf. “We have been developing the XJ1 driver for over four years, working on each characteristic of the club, moving critical amount of weight around for the best results, and waiting for technology to catch up to our goal of bringing this extremely lightweight driver to the market, which will benefit golfers with real swing speeds.”
This club is very light to the touch and you don’t have to hit it very hard to get a lot of production from it.
In construction of the head, there are four main technology stories. The super metal 9-1-1 titanium body is remarkably light and 10 percent lighter than the old 6A4v titanium that has been used in the past. This allowed engineers to save significant weight in the club body and with the super strength of this metal, allows the face to be thinner and more reactive, even at lower swing speeds. This is just one of the club’s aspects that allows for more clubhead speed—and distance.
The new Kevlar-Carbon crown is also ultra-lightweight, durable and very strong and weights a mere 12-grams—saving significant weight and lowering the center of gravity for better launch conditions. The increased firmness of the Kevlar-Carbon crown results in greater ball speeds higher on the face.
Utilizing SP 700 beta titanium in the face plate provides superior results because it is thinner and more reactive, and allows it to be larger than on a normal driver. Along with being larger, the face incorporates thinner edges that allow it to be robotically laser-bound to the body of the club, saving additional weight and increasing C.O.R. all over the face.
The near-perfect weight distribution in the 460cc head is achieved with three tungsten weights, including two heel and toe stability bars at 10-grams each. The stability bars widen the sweet spot and increases M.O.I. substantially for even greater forgiveness.
For those that prefer to hit a draw, the weighted tungsten screw in the heel is positioned strategically for draw enhancement and faster release of the clubhead through impact. This can also be changed with the variable weights that are available in a kit—3,6,12,14 grams.
One of the big stories for this club is the ultra-light 45-gram Fujikura Air Speeder shaft, making Tour Edge the first company to use one of these premium shafts in stock production. This shaft helps the club provide high launch and a soft feel--and really helps increase ball speed and the ability to increase distance even with a moderate swing speed. With the lighter head in this club, you don’t lose feel because the light shaft does a good job matching up with it to keep things in balance.
The XJ1 driver is available in 9, 10.5 and 12 degrees of loft, right hand only.
For more info on the Tour Edge XJ1 driver: www.touredge.com