Sweet Stuff

Golf Vacations - - Contents - by Terry Ross

Tour Edge Golf has bro­ken new ter­ri­tory with its new Ex­otics EX10 hy­brid line, which is packed with new tech­nol­ogy de­vel­oped by the com­pany along with some of the light­est shafts you can find in a hy­brid, which adds to the per­for­mance of these ver­sa­tile clubs.

The EX10 model fea­tures a new cup face, deeper CG, a larger SlipStream™ sole, all in a very elon­gated, clas­sic hy­brid shape that launches the ball ex­tremely high but can be eas­ily flighted for lower shots and of­fers easy shot-shap­ing.

Tour Edge of­fi­cials say that this new of­fer­ing brings it in line with the abil­i­ties of its fair­way woods with what they call “Ma­te­rial Ad­van­tage,” and fea­tures a new Ja­panese high den­sity, steel cup face--HT 980 high­t­en­sile strength steel. This new steel can be en­gi­neered ex­tremely thin-pro­duc­ing higher CT lev­els all over the face--en­sur­ing that mishits fly longer and straighter. Tour Edge con­tin­ues its suc­cess­ful use of use of its combo braz­ing tech­nol­ogy de­spite the in­creased ex­pense be­cause the process en­sures the tight­est tol­er­ances. The EX10 hy­brid fea­tures a 450 SS hy­per-steel body that is combo brazed.

The en­gi­neers at Tour Edge made sub­stan­tial changes to the SlipStream™ sole, length­en­ing the rails and de­sign­ing the chan­nels be­tween the rails shal­lower and more com­pact over­all to en­sure min­i­mal turf in­ter­ac­tion. A heavy rear sole pad weigh­ing 19 grams, lo­cated be­hind the rails, pro­duces a deeper CG, and helps to eas­ily get the ball in the air from any lie. To fur­ther en­hance the aero­dy­nam­ics of the club head, speed chan­nels run both ver­ti­cal and hor­i­zon­tal. The in­creased heel weight and the aero­dy­namic de­sign all adds up to faster speed, higher MOI, less spin and more dis­tance.

This club has a very com­fort­able and ap­peal­ing look at ad­dress, and with the weight that has been re­moved com­pared to other hy­brids, ad­di­tional dis­tance is gained—es­pe­cially when com­pared with some of the top 3-irons out there to­day. The EX10 also fea­tures Vari­able Face Thick­ness tech­nol­ogy. The thin and thick com­part­ments on the face are strate­gi­cally po­si­tioned for op­ti­mal for­give­ness in prepa­ra­tion for off-cen­ter hits.

Much of the de­creased weight of this club is due to the lighter pre­mium shafts of­fered by Tour Edge on this line, and helps give it its unique per­for­mance char­ac­ter­is­tics.

The EX10 comes stan­dard with UST Mamiya Re­coil and Graphite De­sign Tour AD50 shafts. Specif­i­cally, the Re­coil 450 and 460 shafts are for play­ers seek­ing a su­per light­weight op­tion to in­crease club head speed for high ball flight and greater dis­tance in a very sta­ble plat­form. The Re­coil 670 and 680 shafts fo­cus on play­ers seek­ing a light­weight op­tion to in­crease club head speed for mid-high ball flight and greater dis­tance in a very sta­ble plat­form. The Tour AD50 uti­lizes pre­mium, aero­space qual­ity 50t car­bon-fiber ma­te­ri­als. The softer mid-sec­tion bend pro­file of the Tour AD al­lows the player to load the shaft prop­erly, yet it main­tains a firm enough tip sec­tion through im­pact pro­mot­ing a high launch and low spin ball flight con­di­tion. In the Graphite De­sign shafts, a 54 and 52-gram ver­sion of the TourAD 50 is avail­able in a reg­u­lar flex, and the stiff flex is still only 56 grams with a mid to high launch. This is ex­tremely light for a hy­brid shaft.

The EX10 hy­brid is avail­able in 2 (17°), 3 (19°), 4 (22°), 5 (25°), and 6 (28°) mod­els, so you can take some of those longer irons out of the bag for some­thing more ver­sa­tile and eas­ier to hit.

All Tour Edge clubs come with a life­time war­ranty and a 30-day play guar­an­tee.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Tour Edge EX10 lineup please visit: www. touredge.com

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