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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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Best forged game improvement irons? – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing forged game improvement irons. WRXer ‘Monks66’ is on the hunt with more forgiveness, saying

“I currently play the Mizzy JPX Pro 825s, love them, but I don’t play as much golf these days, wondering if there is a forged iron out there with more forgiveness….thoughts?”

And our members have been sharing their best picks in our forum.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

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  • 20six: “Mizuno Comp-EZ, if they could be found.”

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Coolest thing for sale in the GolfWRX Classifieds (11/29/21): New Nike Vapor Pro irons

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At GolfWRX, we are a community of like-minded individuals that all experience and express our enjoyment of the game in many ways.

It’s that sense of community that drives day-to-day interactions in the forums on topics that range from best driver to what marker you use to mark your ball. It even allows us to share another thing we all love – buying and selling equipment.

Currently, in our GolfWRX buy/sell/trade (BST) forum, there is a listing for a set of new Nike Vapor Pro irons.

From the seller (@R5Two): “New Nike Vapor Pro 4- PW,  X100, 1/2″ over. Bought off WRX, decided to play the blades I bought instead. New in bubble wrap, climate controlled storage looking to get what I paid for them – $925 shipped.”

To check out the full listing in our BST forum, head through the link: New Nike Vapor Pro irons

This is the most impressive current listing from the GolfWRX BST, and if you are curious about the rules to participate in the BST Forum you can check them out here: GolfWRX BST Rules

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Driver: Srixon ZX5 (9.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 70 TX (44.5 inches, tipped 1 inch)

3-wood: TaylorMade M2 Tour HL (16.5 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana D+ 80 TX

Irons: Nike Vapor Pro (3), Srixon ZX7 (4-PW)
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Wedges: Cleveland RTX ZipCore – Tour Rack Raw (52 Mid, 56 Mid, 60 Low)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue S400 (Standard length/lie)

Putter: Scotty Cameron T22 Newport 2 Prototype

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet Cord (Midsize) round

Ball: Srixon Z Star Prototype

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