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New limited-edition Tour Edge EXS Pro fairway metal and EXS Pro hybrid unveiled

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Tour Edge EXS Pro Fairway Metal

Tour Edge has introduced its “Straight From The Tour Van” new limited-edition EXS Pro Fairway Metal and EXS Pro Hybrid.

The new Exotics fairway metal and hybrid features new shapes and forward CG positioning as well as some technology never-before employed by Tour Edge.

Speaking on the new line, Tour Edge President and Master Club Designer David Glod stated

“At first, we were just designing prototypes for the pro tours, but along the way, we realized that the market has a need for these tour-inspired designs as a limited edition series. With our previous Exotics launch, the EXS 220, we designed our most forgiving and stable clubs we’ve ever produced. The EXS Pro line is designed to bring the level up with the more traditional player with a faster swing speed who is looking for anti-left clubs with extremely low spin and penetrating ball flights.”

Tour Edge EXS Pro fairway metal

The new fairway metal from Tour Edge features a traditional pear shape with a deeper beta-Titanium cup face designed with the tour player in mind.

Designed for maximum workability, the EXS Pro features a slightly smaller 170cc head size on the 15-degree 3-wood, while an extreme slope from the middle of the crown to the back of the clubhead aims to compact the head and ensure low spin and a penetrating ball flight.

Tour Edge EXS Pro Fairway Metal

The fairway metal clubhead features a Flight Tuning System (FTS) designed to allow weighting to be adjusted for draw, neutral or fade bias. The latest addition from Tour Edge comes in a standard draw position (heel-10 grams and toe-5 grams), but by switching the 10-gram weight to the toe and the 5-gram weight to the heel, players can employ a fade setting.

Tour Edge EXS Pro Fairway Metal

The clubhead contains a forward Center of Gravity (CG) designed to produce the lowest possible amount of spin for faster swing speeds. The lower CG angle and toe biased weighting seeks to help to close the clubhead at impact to increase ball speed and to produce a slower closure rate at impact to be an anti-left fairway metal that is desired by players with faster swing speeds.

Tour Edge EXS Pro Fairway Metal

The EXS Pro fairway metals utilize a beta-titanium/360-degree cup face combo brazed onto a Hyper-Steel body. Combo brazing is a zero-welding technology that fuses Titanium to steel, reducing weight in the face in a technology designed to produce a faster and more powerful transfer of energy from club to ball.

Tour Edge EXS Pro Fairway Metal

The clubs feature wider SlipStream speed channels on the sole in a bid to provide more significant turf interaction, while the clubs also include a Sound Diffusion Bar which aims to improve the acoustics.

Specs, Pricing and Availability 

  • Available Lofts in Right-Handed: #3/13.5°, #3/15°, #3/16.5°, #5/18°
  • Stock Shafts: Mitsubishi Tensei CK Orange: 60g (R,S,X) 70 g (S,X), Project X HZRDUS Smoke Yellow: 60g (5.5 R, 6.0 S, 6.5 X)
  • Grip: GolfPride Tour 360
  • Price: $299.99
  • Available: June 1st

EXS Pro Hybrid

Featuring a deeper face, the new EXS Pro hybrid’s compact head is designed to produce faster ball speeds while achieving the same CT measurement as the larger EXS 220 series.

Tour Edge EXS Pro Hybrid

The EXS Pro hybrid also contains a Flight Tuning System which allows weighting to be adjusted for draw, neutral or fade bias. FTS dual weight ports are placed to the extreme heel (20 grams) and toe (5 grams) in the draw position, and by switching the 20-gram weight to the toe and the 5-gram weight to the heel, the club will produce a fade.

Tour Edge EXS Pro Hybrid Tour Edge EXS Pro Hybrid

The new addition from Tour Edge features a Beta-Titanium face combo brazed with a zero-welding technology that fuses it onto a Stainless-Steel body – designed to reduce weight in the face and allow for a faster and more powerful transfer of energy.

Tour Edge EXS Pro Hybrid Tour Edge EXS Pro Hybrid

Like the fairway metals, the new hybrids from Tour Edge also feature speed channels on the sole as well as a Sound Diffusion Bar.

Specs, Pricing and Availability 

  • Available Lofts: 16°, 17°, 18°, 19°, 20°, 22°
  • Stock Shafts:
  • Mitsubishi Tensei AV Silver Hybrid Shaft: 65g (R), 70g (S), 75g(X)
  • Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black: 80g (5.5 R, 6.0 S, 6.5 X)
  • Grip: GolfPride Tour 360
  • Price: $249.99
  • Availability: June 1st

Individual weights and a weight kit will be made available for both the fairway metals and hybrids.

 

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Gianni is the Assistant Editor at GolfWRX. He can be contacted at [email protected] Follow him on Twitter @giannimosquito

5 Comments

5 Comments

  1. Dave Bryce

    May 22, 2020 at 4:11 pm

    I purchased the 3 wood last year and absolutely love the performance and look;however, would prefer more options in heavier shafts for both the fairway woods and hybrids!

  2. jgpl001

    May 20, 2020 at 5:47 am

    Nice looking fairway, but a 60g shaft is just too light for a 3 wood (I know you can spec a heavier shaft)

    60g seems to be the norm now for a stock 3 wood shaft with many OEM offerings

  3. Travisty

    May 19, 2020 at 5:12 pm

    What’s the release date on these? I didn’t see it in the article.

  4. Rfo

    May 19, 2020 at 3:39 pm

    Wish they would go back to a matte black top instead of gloss. Can’t wait to try them though

  5. bj

    May 19, 2020 at 2:31 pm

    odd color scheme

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Ben Hogan adds GS53 MAX driver to lineup

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Ben Hogan golf is throwing its Hogan flat cap into the ring and entering the MAX driver-category with the introduction of the all-new 460cc GS53 MAX driver.

The GS53 MAX creates extra forgiveness, thanks in part to its multi-material construction and a 22-percent larger and 11-percent taller face than the current GS53. For those that love the original GS53, don’t worry it will continue to remain in the line, with the new MAX being a line extension for those looking to get extra help on shots missed around the face.

The driver is constructed from 4 distinct pieces

  • Carbon composite crown to reduce mass around the top of the driver’s head and to push more mass low to increase MOI.
  • Forged face for precision, and ball speed
  • Titanium soleplate with perimeter mass
  • Tungsten weight at the rear of the sole to further increase MOI and help increase launch while reducing spin.

Thanks in part to the weight savings from the crown, the titanium soleplate has more mass positioned away from the face and around the edges to increase the stability of the head, and to acoustically tune the driver for a solid sound at impact.

“The combination of the lightweight composite crown and tungsten sole weight allows us to position the Center of Mass so that we maximize launch while decreasing the amount of ball spin. This provides a higher ball flight, especially for players who don’t have Tour-caliber clubhead speeds for increased carry and roll out. “
– Scott White, CEO, Ben Hogan Golf Company.

The GS53 MAX driver will initially be available right-handed and come in lofts of 9° and 10.5°. It will be adjustable using their proprietary hosel adjustment system known as “flight control”, which offers the ability to add or decrease loft by 1° and lie angle all while never having to worry about realigning the shaft/grip.

The last part of the driver puzzle is the shafts options and to increase the value to consumers the GS53 MAX comes with the choice of three premium aftermarket shafts including:

  • Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black for golfers seeking a lower trajectory
  • Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei CK Blue for golfers seeking a mid trajectory
  • UST Mamiya Helium for those seeking a higher trajectory

Price, specs, and availability 

Thanks to Ben Hogan Golf’s direct-to-consumer model, the new 460cc GS53 MAX, is available starting today fior $355.00 with the choice of the 3 premium shaft options.

For more information on other Ben Hogan clubs including fairway woods, hybrids, irons, wedges, and putters or to purchase the GS53 MAX Driver visit www.benhogangolf.com.

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U.S. retail golf equipment sales exceed record $1 billion mark

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This summer, golf saw a surge in business as states emerged from COVID lockdown and equipment sales is one of the areas that has been booming.

On Wednesday, Golf Datatech, an industry research firm, announced that U.S. retail golf equipment sales surpassed the $1 billion mark for the third quarter – which is the first time sales have reached $1 billion for July, August and September.

That figure also represents the second-highest quarter ($1.013 billion in Q2, 2008) of all-time, and per Golf Datatech, golf equipment sales for 2020 are up a whopping 42% over the same period in 2019.

Speaking on the incredible surge in equipment sales, John Krzynowek, Partner, Golf Datatech, LLC, said

“The story keeps getting better as golf continues to surge coming out of the shutdown, and Q3 equipment sales suggests that 2020 will likely end up positive for the entire year. Year-to-date sales for total equipment are now up 0.2% compared to 2019, and considering the size of the hole created by the shutdown in April and May this recovery has been nothing short of remarkable. While the US economy will not enjoy a ‘V Shaped Recovery’ in 2020, if golf continues on this trajectory we will be there soon.”

Per the company, the best selling items for September were golf bags at +19% and wedges at +18%, while golf shoes were +2%.

Overall, the golf club category was +0.9% for the month, with balls and gloves trending slightly lower at -2.7%. Krzynowek also revealed that rounds played was another area with surging numbers:

“These month-over-month sales records are unlike anything we’ve ever seen since Golf Datatech started tracking performance data in 1997. Our Rounds Played data also shows similar record-breaking growth over the past several months, which is a strong indication that avid golfers and newcomers alike are driving the sport to new levels right now.”

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‘Play a big driver. Why not big irons?’ – GolfWRXers discuss

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In our forums, our members have been discussing the case for big irons. WRXer ‘2Down’ plays a Ping G410+ driver and has recently put Ping’s G710 irons in the bag, saying:

“Wondered how many play a large headed driver and play a draw or fade off the tee but when they pull an iron it’s some blade size thing so they can “work” the ball.

Recently I put G710 in the bag and answered my question for myself. They feel different for sure, but I am quickly adapting to only bringing the putter with me to the green.”

Our members have been discussing the combination in our forums.

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.

  • Itsjustagame: “Personal preference but big irons tend to have more bounce, more offset and wider soles some or all of which may not suit a particular player.”
  • Fairway14: “Driver is played from a lie with the ball sitting on a tee, irons are played from a variety of lie types.”
  • J13: “They don’t really make “big” irons for players. Most have offset low CG for high launch, and super strong lofts.”
  • LeoLeo99: “I love my big irons. G400. Best I’ve ever used.”

Entire Thread: “Play a big driver. Why not big irons?”

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