Sweet Stuff

Golf Vacations - - CONTENTS - by Terry Ross

Tour Edge, the Batavia, Illi­nois com­pany that has earned a rep­u­ta­tion over the past 32 years for cut­ting edge game im­prove­ment golf clubs, re­cently in­tro­duced its lat­est line of user-friendly metal woods in the form of the Ex­otics EXS driver, fair­ways and hy­brids that of­fer some ex­it­ing new fea­tures.

Fu­tur­is­tic tech­nolo­gies have been a trade­mark of Tour Edge Pres­i­dent and Master Club De­signer David Glod, and his lat­est cre­ations not only feel and look good but per­form at an ex­tremely high level that trans­lates into more dis­tance and ac­cu­racy for play­ers at all lev­els.

Take the new Ex­otics EXS driver, the flag­ship of the new lineup, that fea­tures the com­pany’s Flight Tun­ing Sys­tem (FTS), that in­cludes 9-gram and 3-gram in­ter­change­able weights, an ad­justable hosel that al­lows for plus two or minus two de­grees in loft, Rol­lFace Tech­nol­ogy for an ex­panded sweet spot, Dual Car­bon Fiber place­ment for ideal weight dis­tri­bu­tion and a new and im­proved SlipStream™ Sole for faster club­head speed.

“The EXS driver is ab­so­lutely loaded with tech­nol­ogy,” said Glod. “This is the most tech­nol­ogy we’ve ever been able to fit into a de­sign and each one works in con­cert with one an­other to pro­vide the best per­form­ing driver pos­si­ble. The shapes are beau­ti­ful, and we uti­lized only the finest in ma­te­ri­als and com­po­nents. I be­lieve that at the ag­gres­sive price point that we are of­fer­ing, the EXS driver will have its high­est im­pact on the driver mar­ket over any other pre­vi­ous Ex­otics re­lease.”

This is a driver with a nice light feel that helps pro­duce a smooth swing and has a solid feel at im­pact. It also pro­duces a no­tice­ably higher swing speed than many other of the top-rated driv­ers on the mar­ket.

The EXS 460cc head fea­tures pre­mium Ja­panese ex­otic met­als; TSP 910 Beta Ti­ta­nium face plate fea­tur­ing Vari­able Face Thick­ness Tech­nol­ogy and an 8-1-1 Ti­ta­nium chas­sis. The TSP 910 Beta Ti­ta­nium face has been made even thin­ner and lighter in the EXS over pre­vi­ous Ex­otics driver mod­els to pro­duce a greater spring-like ef­fect.

Tour Edge R&D paired the su­pe­rior TSP 910 Beta Ti­ta­nium face plate with the ex­cep­tion­ally light Car­bon Fiber Crown and with ad­di­tional Car­bon Fiber lo­cated on the toe of club­head, al­low­ing weight to be strate­gi­cally repo­si­tioned lower and deeper in the head for op­ti­mal spin and cre­at­ing an ex­tremely high MOI. The Dual Car­bon Fiber Tech­nol­ogy also helped Tour Edge en­gi­neers to sig­nif­i­cantly im­prove the acous­tics of the driver and en­abled them to ac­count for the gram weight of the FTS weights and the ad­justable hosel.

The Flight Tun­ing Sys­tem al­lows ad­justable sole weights to be moved to two al­ter­nate set­tings; a 9-gram weight in the heel, 3-gram weight in the rear for lower spin, slice-re­duc­ing shape and a medium launch and then the 3-gram weight in the heel and 9-gram weight in the rear for medium spin, neu­tral shape and a higher launch. Ad­di­tional weight screws can also be pur­chased as a kit.

The ad­justable hosel al­lows the 9.5-de­gree EXS driver to go from 7.5 de­grees to 11.5 de­grees, while the 10.5-de­gree EXS driver will ad­just from 8.5 de­grees to 12.5 de­grees. The ad­justable hosel also fea­tures three upright lie an­gle set­tings, giv­ing the EXS driver 16 dif­fer­ent set­tings be­tween the two FTS weights and the eight dif­fer­ent loft and lie set­tings.

A new Rol­lFace Tech­nol­ogy in­cor­po­rates mod­i­fied bulge and roll on the toe to cre­ate straighter shots for shots hit off the toe, which is where most miss-hits with a driver are made. In con­junc­tion with the sweet-spot en­hanc­ing Vari­able Face Thick­ness tech­nol­ogy, the Rol­lFace makes this the most for­giv­ing driver face ever pro­duced by Tour Edge.

The aero­dy­nam­ics in the EXS driver are greatly en­hanced by a more slop­ing crown and wider speed chan­nels on the sole. The new, more ta­pered head pro­file also re­duces aero­dy­namic drag. New wider speed chan­nels on the SlipStream sole cre­ate an even faster club­head speed and en­hance the aero­dy­nam­ics of the club­head.

An ul­tra-pre­mium Ten­sei CK Blue 2G shaft se­ries by Mit­subishi Chem­i­cal is the stock shaft for the EXS driver. Ex­tremely light yet ex­tremely sta­ble through­out, the Ten­sei Blue CK fea­tures ad­vanced ma­te­ri­als like Car­bon Fiber and Kevlar mixed with other light­weight ma­te­ri­als that weigh in the 50-70-gram range, de­pend­ing on flex.

The EXS fair­way met­als are loaded with the same tech­nol­ogy, in­clud­ing

11-gram and 3-gram in­ter­change­able weights, Cup Face Tech­nol­ogy with Vari­able Face Thick­ness (VFT Tech­nol­ogy) for an ex­panded sweet spot, multi-ma­te­rial us­age of Car­bon Fiber for ideal weight dis­tri­bu­tion and a new and im­proved SlipStream™ Sole for faster club­head speed through the turf. These fair­way met­als are even longer than pre­vi­ous Tour Edge fair­ways and of­fer a nice bor­ing tra­jec­tory—yet the abil­ity to get the ball out of higher grass with ease. The CG lo­ca­tion is po­si­tioned closer to the face for less spin, cre­at­ing a tra­jec­tory that fights wind and in­creases roll.

“The EXS fair­way metal is a beau­ti­ful and tra­di­tional pear shape that we’ve been able to com­bine with five dif­fer­ent in­te­grated tech­nolo­gies,” added Glod. “In fact, in the in­de­pen­dent tests we’ve con­ducted, it’s go­ing to pro­vide a ton of dis­tance gain and less dis­per­sion to a wider va­ri­ety of skill lev­els than ever be­fore.”

The Ten­sei CK Blue 2G shaft se­ries by Mit­subishi Chem­i­cal is the chosen stock shaft for the EXS fair­way metal, and they are avail­able in five dif­fer­ent lofts; 13, 15 and 17 de­gree 3-woods, an 18 de­gree 5-wood and a 21 de­gree 7-wood. The 15 de­gree 3-wood is avail­able

in left handed.

The Ex­otics EXS hy­brid also fea­tures an in­ter­change­able sole weight, ex­panded sweet spot and a de­sign to be more ef­fec­tive in the wind with less spin, which has made it a pop­u­lar choice on the pro tours. The EXS hy­brids be­came the fastest grow­ing hy­brid on the U.S. pro­fes­sional tours in 2018 and were in the bag for four vic­to­ries on the PGA Tour Cham­pi­ons. Ex­otics staff play­ers Bart Bryant, Tom Lehman and Scott McCar­ron all won with an Ex­otics hy­brid in the bag in 2018. Over 250 Ex­otics clubs were put into play on the PGA Tours in 2018, ac­cord­ing to the Darrell Sur­vey.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the new Tour Edge EXS met­als: www.touredge.com

OLive View Plus

ne of the bet­ter golf prac­tice tools is now much im­proved as the LiveView Golf Digital Swing Mir­ror (DSM™) now comes with a faster cam­era and more fea­tures that greatly en­hance this teach­ing and prac­tice tool that has be­come very pop­u­lar over the past couple of years.

In the all-new LiveView-PLUS, the big­gest ad­vance­ment is the in­tro­duc­tion of an im­proved cam­era that is no­tice­ably faster and clearer than the orig­i­nal model. With 60 frame per-sec­ond video cap­ture on the new cam­era, users can cap­ture three times more frames for slow mo­tion swing anal­y­sis over the LVG Clas­sic edi­tion. LiveView-PLUS in­te­grates the lat­est WiFi tech­nol­ogy using 802.11 BGN to re­duce frame errors and en­sure that more of your swing data is cap­tured. This means more swing de­tail can be seen and an­a­lyzed dur­ing prac­tice.

Com­pany Founder Shane Yang and his team man­aged to add all these ex­tra frames with­out re­duc­ing real-time per­for­mance as the video still main­tains video de­lays un­der 0.5 sec­onds to en­sure that what you see, and feel is real. An­other great fea­ture of the LiveView-PLUS is the built-in widean­gle op­tics that has re­duced the min­i­mum imag­ing dis­tance to 9-feet in or­der cap­ture 6.5-feet of ver­ti­cal swing space, mak­ing it eas­ier to use in­doors or on the range in a hit­ting bay. With the op­tional widean­gle lens adapter, that dis­tance can be re­duced even fur­ther to less than 7-feet.

The LiveView-PLUS is also very handy like the orig­i­nal ver­sion to carry in your golf bag or pocket and sets up any­where— at home, in a ho­tel room or on the range. It checks in at a small 3.8” high, 2.72” wide and 1.2” deep and comes with its own car­ry­ing case. It also works well with the op­tional LivPod flex­i­ble tri­pod stand that is equally small and can be used to mount the cam­era on a golf bag, a door han­dle or even on top of a chair. The cam­era also has a bracket so that it can be mounted on an align­ment stake punched in the ground, if de­sired.

The new LiveView-PLUS app that can be down­loaded to IOS de­vices and An­droid also has some nice new fea­tures with in­stant re­play of ev­ery swing that is au­to­matic, mak­ing this train­ing tool even more in­tu­itive with its im­proved soft­ware.

The app also lets you do all kinds of nice swing anal­y­sis func­tions and trans­fer them back into the live video feed, with the abil­ity to cre­ate tem­plates to help with swing im­prove­ment. The app also has Live Swing Guides that al­low the player to draw plane lines or sta­tion­ary posts that can be used in the live feed as pre­cise ref­er­ence for the in­tended swing.

LiveView-PLUS Digital Swing Mir­ror is re­ally an old con­cept uti­liz­ing new tech­nol­ogy. Mir­rors have been used by teach­ers and golf stu­dents for many years, as have video cam­eras. But mir­rors are bulky and don’t record any­thing by them­selves and aren’t some­thing you are go­ing to lug around in a golf bag. Video is avail­able on your smart­phone these days, but it has its lim­i­ta­tions and doesn’t match what the soft­ware can do. The beauty of this sys­tem is that you can prac­tice your swing while watch­ing yourself (just like in a mir­ror) from any an­gle, record your swings (and even email them to an in­struc­tor) and watch your swing frame-by-frame.

Be­cause the feed­back in this digital mir­ror is in­stan­ta­neous, play­ers can ver­ify the real club po­si­tion against their internal swing feel and make very fine dis­tinc­tions as to what the in­tended swing po­si­tion re­ally feels like. This “real” feel­ing is what en­ables elite play­ers to strike a ball cor­rectly and con­sis­tently in ac­tual play.

To learn more visit: www.live­view­golf. com

State Ap­parel

Arel­a­tive new­comer to the golf ap­parel scene, San Francisco-based com­pany State Ap­parel has taken a def­i­nite unique twist to producing cloth­ing for golf by treat­ing it as equip­ment for play­ers.

The com­pany likes to say that they are “Rein­vent­ing Golfwear” by trans­form­ing golf cloth­ing into golf equip­ment by in­cor­po­rat­ing in­tu­itive wip­ing lay­ers into their golf pants and shirts. These are spe­cial towel-like fab­rics for clean­ing a golfer’s hands, clubs and golf balls, thus pro­vid­ing

an ef­fi­cient so­lu­tion so golfers no longer need to step away from a shot to grab a towel.

State Ap­parel’s name is dis­tilled from the Golden State of Cal­i­for­nia. The founders grew up there and deeply ap­pre­ci­ate the vast amount of nat­u­ral beauty, re­sources, and di­ver­sity, as well as the in­no­va­tion, in­di­vid­u­al­ity and op­por­tu­nity it rep­re­sents.

Stay­ing true to the owner’s be­lief in lo­cally-made prod­ucts, they man­u­fac­ture their cre­ations from start to fin­ish in San Francisco and take pride in con­tribut­ing to a thriv­ing lo­cal econ­omy.

State Ap­parel of­fers a nice range of at­tire from shirts, bot­toms, hats, outer wear and ac­ces­sories, but one of their sig­na­ture pieces is the Green Col­lar Shirt, made of re­cy­cled per­for­mance fab­ric and hon­ors the Green Col­lar work­ers who’s sus­tain­ably and re­spon­si­bly nur­ture the green spa­ces on which the game is played. Fash­ioned with a but­ton-down col­lar for a pol­ished Sun­day look, the shirt sports a con­trast col­lar, placket, and logo pocket for strong and sub­tle style. It is made of 79% Re­cy­cled Polyester, 21% Span­dex, light weight, soft and smooth fab­ric with an ath­letic cut

The per­fect sum­mer shirt from the beach to the dessert, it is also avail­able in Char­coal, and Pow­der Blue.

A por­tion of the pro­ceeds from the sale of State Ap­parel prod­ucts are do­nated to the Audubon In­ter­na­tional’s Co­op­er­a­tive Sanc­tu­ary Pro­gram for Golf, which is an award win­ning ed­u­ca­tion and cer­ti­fi­ca­tion pro­gram that helps golf cour­ses pro­tect the en­vi­ron­ment and pre­serve the nat­u­ral her­itage of the game of golf.

More in­for­ma­tion is avail­able at: https://stateap­parel.com

Cud­dle Clones

Prob­a­bly no group of sport­ing afi­ciona­dos is as fer­vent about ex­press­ing their in­di­vid­u­al­ity as golfers—be it in the cloth­ing that they wear or their equip­ment and the bags and pro­tec­tive cov­er­ing for their clubs.

In­no­va­tive and de­signer head­cov­ers for woods have evolved over the years, but a relative new com­pany out of Louisville, Ken­tucky, called Cud­dle Clones has taken golf club cov­ers to a new level with their cus­tom-made, ex­act replicas that are skill­fully pro­duced by the com­pany. These life-like clones are a one-of-a-kind cover for your driver or three-wood and are sure to be the talk of your four­some. The pet’s name is even sown into the in­side of the cover.

The cov­ers are hand-made from the finest plush ma­te­ri­als and crafted to look just like your pet—and we mean just like it! The de­tail and craft­man­ship is re­mark­able as the com­pany will uti­lize eight or nine photos of your furry com­pan­ion for their artists to cre­ate a life-like head­cover model (which is sent for fi­nal ap­proval) and then fash­ioned into the fin­ished prod­uct with life­like fea­tures and fur. The only thing it doesn’t do is bark.

Cud­dle Clones cap­tures all the phys­i­cal de­tails and per­son­al­ity traits of a pet in stuffed-an­i­mal form, and the com­pany takes ex­treme care in mak­ing their prod­ucts life-like and cap­tur­ing your pet’s unique look. In ad­di­tion to golf head cov­ers, which are sure to turn heads on the range or at the course, the com­pany also makes an en­tire gamut of life-like cus­tom replicas such as cus­tom tee shirts, blan­kets, phone cases, cof­fee mugs, hol­i­day stock­ings and even slip­pers! These make great hol­i­day gifts—or gifts for any oc­ca­sion. Or­ders take about five weeks.

Cud­dle Clones also donates 10% of all prof­its to or­ga­ni­za­tions that help an­i­mals in need—so all pur­chases go to help a wor­thy cause.

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