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Exotics XJ1 Fairway Woods: What you need to know

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Tour Edge is best known for its fairway woods, so it makes sense that its new launch makes forward strides in the world of fairway woods. Its new Exotics XJ1 line uses a new titanium material, a surprisingly sole-heavy design for a higher launch and more forgiveness, and debuts a new shaft from Fujikura.

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The entire body of the XJ1 woods is constructed from 9-1-1 titanium, which Tour Edge calls “Supermetal” due to its combination of strength and light weight (it’s 10 percent lighter than 6A4v, a popular titanium used in golf club manufacturing). With the salvaged weight from the body, Tour Edge was able to create a heavier sole, which now holds 124 grams of tungsten, or two-thirds of the heads total weight.

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The tungsten sole is applied to the body using a process called combo brazing, and the face, made with SP-700 Beta titanium, is laser bonded to the body. The face uses variable thickness across its surface to maximize ball speeds, even on off-center hits.

To help slicers turn the ball over, there is also a 12-gram tungsten screw in the heel that can be interchanged with 10-, 14- or 16-gram weights.

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Exotics XJ1 woods will come stock with Fujikura’s Air Speeder shaft, which weighs in at 45 grams. According to Tour Edge, it’s the first company to put that shaft into a retail launch. The fairway woods will sell for $449.99 starting on November 15 in right-hand only, and will be available in the following lofts; 3-wood (15 degrees), 4-wood (17 degrees), 5-wood (18 degrees), and 7-wood (21 degrees).

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  1. BK24BK

    Dec 14, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Anybody hit any of the XJ1 clubs?

  2. Matt

    Oct 29, 2016 at 4:16 pm

    45 gram shaft, no thanks

  3. Doug A

    Oct 28, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Looks pretty good. Gonna have to try it at a demo day

  4. John

    Oct 28, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Right hand only. What a shame. They should at least have custom order options for left hand so they wouldn’t get stuck with excess inventory. I really don’t think there is a huge difficulty flipping a right handed club around & producing a left handed model.

  5. gw

    Oct 28, 2016 at 12:28 pm

    Seems like a really heavy head for the lightweight shaft.

    • RCM

      Oct 29, 2016 at 11:19 am

      The table provides total club weight, not head weight. They’re actually quite light for total club weight.

      • Rimjob

        Oct 29, 2016 at 11:33 am

        He said, FOR the lightweight shaft. Duh. Could’ve been a lighter head. But look at the size of the thing!

  6. Desmond

    Oct 28, 2016 at 11:33 am

    The Fuji air speed shaft is a great idea – I am using a 45g shaft in a 4 wd, and it launches mid, and even when hit on the face a bit low or from the rough, it still gets air and ball go far.

  7. AC

    Oct 28, 2016 at 10:49 am

    those are big, the 5 wood is almost identical in size to the F6 3 wood. For the off the deck, that’s just too big for player of my skill level.

  8. Jon

    Oct 28, 2016 at 10:16 am

    As a matter of fact, Exotics is releasing XJ1 driver for $699.99.
    http://golfweek.com/2016/09/20/tour-edge-exotics-xj1-driver/

  9. SV

    Oct 28, 2016 at 8:07 am

    $450 for a fairway wood? Are you kidding me! If they make a similar driver will it cost $800? TourEdge used to be known for goods clubs at a reasonable price. I guess that is over. Seriously, with prices like this and PXG, clubs it is a wonder anyone buys clubs anymore.

    • Desmond

      Oct 28, 2016 at 9:03 am

      It is a Tour Edge Exotics – that line is premium with a premium price – has always been that way. I demoed its EX9 4wd with a Grand Bassara 39, and it was almost as long as my driver , and I hit it off the deck- and that is a steel head. Ti may go as far as your driver.

    • Johnjohn

      Oct 28, 2016 at 10:37 am

      Give it 3-4 months and price will plummet

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Lee Westwood WITB 2020

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  • Equipment accurate as of the 2020 Honda Classic

Driver: Ping G410 Plus (10.5 degrees at 10 degrees, neutral)
Shaft: Aldila NV 2KXV Green 65 X (ion finish, tipped 1/2 inch)

3-wood: Ping G410 (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila NV 2KXV Green

Hybrid: Ping G410 (19 degrees at 19.7)
Shaft: Aldila Tour Green Hybrid 85 X (40.5 inches)

Irons: Ping i210 (3-UW)
Shaft: Ping JZ Stiff w/Cushin (hard stepped)

Wedge: Ping Glide Forged (60 degrees)
Shaft: Ping JZ Stiff w/Cushin (hard stepped)

Putter: Ping Sigma 2 Fetch (35 inches, 3 degrees)
Grip: Ping PP58 Midsize

Grips: Lamkin Crossline Full Cord 58 Rib (+2 wraps) on woods, Ping ID8 White 1/2 Cord (+2 wraps) on irons

Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

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Nike Golf unveils new Jordan 5 Low golf shoe

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Nike Golf has unveiled its new Jordan 5 Low golf shoe – marking the first time the Air Jordan 5 Low has been remade for golf.

The Nike Jordan 5 Low golf shoe contains a primarily white and ‘fire red’ color scheme, with black and translucent accents.

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The shoes contain a lace lock system and feature the Jordan brand’s iconic Jumpman logo on the heel, outsole and tongue of the shoe.

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The shoes, which commemorate the Air Jordan 5‘s 30th Anniversary, also feature a translucent outsole, a reflective tongue, and a black midsole.

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The Air Jordan 5 Low golf shoe will release on February 28th at select retailers and Nike.com and will cost $220.

 

 

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Honma introduces new club fitting experiences: ‘Honma Experience’ and ‘Honma Mobile Experience’

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Honma has launched new club fitting experiences across North America –  ‘Honma Experience’ and ‘Honma Mobile Experience’.

The Honma Mobile Experience is equipped with creatively-designed custom Honma vans and delivers personalized fitting experiences and custom events to private clubs, public properties and driving ranges.

The all-new experience is set to hit 13 new markets including Southern California, Northern California, Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, Texas, New York, New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia and South Florida. Additional mobile markets will be announced in the coming months. 

“Making Honma more accessible to discerning golfers throughout North America with our mobile experience continues to fulfill our mission of bringing premium, unsurpassed equipment to the golfers who value quality and craftsmanship.” – Brad Holder, Honma Vice President, Marketing,

Additionally, Honma Experience fitting destinations have opened recently at Reunion Resort & Golf Club in Orlando, Florida, Ko Olina Golf Club in Oahu, Hawaii; and The Golf Performance Project, Victoria in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

At a Honma Experience, golfers can test a full array of Honma’s hand-crafted heads and shafts, as well as leading third-party OEM shafts during the one-on-one personalized fitting session.

The experience will also include a private hitting space and data from the Foresight GC Quad launch monitor designed to optimize Honma equipment performance. Each fitting will consist of a follow-up email with launch data and equipment recommendations.

Speaking on the new club fitting experiences, Brad Holder, Honma Vice President, Marketing, stated

“We are excited to partner with these premium golf destinations and introduce more golfers to the Honma Way of beautifully-crafted performance. 

Honma is a special brand with a unique story of traditional craftsmanship meeting modern style and performance. Partnering with luxury golf destinations like Reunion, Ko Olina and The Golf Performance Project, Victoria aligns perfectly with our vision of Honma reaching more equipment-savvy golfers.”

Honma Experience and Honma Mobile Experience fittings are available by reservation and range from $150 to $350. Fittings are available to reserve online, through email honmahouse@honmagolf.com or telephone 877-476-4653.

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