Tour Edge offering multitude of choices in 09

By David AllenJanuary 28, 2009, 5:00 pm
2009 PGA Merchandise ShowORLANDO, Fla. ' In these difficult economic times, you would expect equipment manufacturers to scale back on production costs. But many are doing just the opposite, offering up a smorgasbord of new clubs in 2009. One such company is Illinois-based Tour Edge, which is rolling out several new drivers, including its popular Exotics brand, and fairways woods, not to mention a chipper and a combo iron-hybrid set in 09.
 
And the company is even bringing its Exotics line to the green with the Exotics David Glod Tour Proto Putters, designed by and named for the companys founder and chief designer.

Its more new merchandise than Tour Edge has ever pushed out before. The company believes that the more products it puts out there, the better chance it has of turning a profit in 2009.

Regardless of market conditions, everyone else is moving out new products at a rapid pace so we have to keep up, said Glod.
 
Tour Edge isnt backing down from the bigger equipment manufacturers when it comes to pricing, either. At $500, its Exotics XCG-V driver is bringing in top dollar in its category, along with Callaways FT-iQ and Titleists 909D Comp, and its Exotics XCG-V fairway wood, retailing at $369, is the Lamborghini of its class.
 
Will consumers pay driver-type money for a fairway wood in todays economy? Glod seems to think so. If not, hes got more than a few other clubs to lean on in 09.
 
The Exotics [brand] grew by 40 percent last year, said Glod. Its making enough money to butter the bread.
 
One of the reasons for the expensive price tag on the XCG-V series, which also includes hybrids, is the cost which goes into making such a club. The XCG-V combines three metals ' titanium, magnesium and steel ' to maximize power and performance. The XCG-V driver features a titanium cup-face that is 125 percent larger than previous Exotics models, an ultra light magnesium crown (two times lighter than titanium) and a V-shaped steel sole plate that helps shift the clubs weight to the rear of the clubhead, creating a lower, deeper center of gravity. Nearly half (49 percent) of the clubs weight rests in the sole, below the ball, which helps you to launch your drives higher and farther with greater control.

The XCG-V fairway wood has a titanium cup-face which is 25 percent larger than previous models, and the V-shaped steel sole plate helps transfer weight toward the heel and toe in the rear quadrant of the clubhead, for greater stability and accuracy. At 185cc, the Exotics XCG-V is 11 percent larger than its predecessor, making it much more forgiving than any other fairway wood weve ever done before, says Glod. The XCG-V has the lowest, deepest center of gravity of any Exotics fairway wood ever made, with 60 percent of the clubs weight sitting below the ball to help you launch your shots quickly.
 
Its the best wood weve ever done by far, said Glod. The sound is phenomenal.
 
Two-time PGA Tour winner Luke Donald recently added the XCG-V to his bag. Donald has a 3-wood, which Glod notes he frequently uses off the tee because he cant find a driver that hits it farther.
 
For consumers looking for a more moderately priced driver there is the Exotics XLD-LS, which retails for $299. The XLD-LS weighs in at a mere 295 grams, making it one of the lightest drivers in golf and a good option for players with slower swing speeds. The sloping crown and pentagon-shaped head helps shift weight to the rear three corners of the club, giving you more forgiveness on off-center hits.
 
An even cheaper option to the Exotics drivers is the Bazooka QLS, which Tour Edge will launch at this weeks PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando. The Bazooka QLS has a very affordable $149 price tag. Theres also the Bazooka GeoMax 2 driver ($219.99), which boasts four weighted cavities in the rear sole of the club to help move the center of gravity lower and deeper in the head, promoting higher shots. The GeoMax 2 is also available in 12- and 15-degree lofts.
 
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    Ortiz takes Web.com Tour clubhouse lead in Bahamas

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 16, 2018, 2:19 am

    Former Web.com Tour Player of the Year Carlos Ortiz shot a bogey-free, 4-under-par 68 Monday to take the clubhouse lead in The Bahamas Great Exuma Classic at Sandals Emerald Bay.

    Four other players - Lee McCoy, Brandon Matthews, Sung Jae Im and Mark Anderson - were still on the course and tied with Ortiz at 6-under 210 when third-round play was suspended by darkness at 5:32 p.m. local time. It is scheduled to resume at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday.

    Ortiz, a 26-year-old from Guadalajara, Mexico, is in search of his fourth Web.com Tour victory. In 2014, the former University of North Texas standout earned a three-win promotion on his way to being voted Web.com Tour Player of the Year.

    McCoy, a 23-year-old from Dunedin, Fla., is looking to become the first player to earn medalist honors at Q-School and then win the opening event of the season.

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    Randall's Rant: Can we please have some rivalries?

    By Randall MellJanuary 16, 2018, 12:00 am

    Memo to the golf gods:

    If you haven’t finalized the fates of today’s stars for the new year, could we get you to deliver what the game has lacked for so long?

    Can we get a real, honest-to-goodness rivalry?

    It’s been more than two decades since the sport has been witness to one.

    With world No. 1 Dustin Johnson and former world No. 1 Rory McIlroy at the Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship this week, an early-season showdown would percolate hope that this year might be all about rivalries.

    It seems as if the stars are finally aligned to make up for our long drought of rivalries, of the recurring clashes you have so sparingly granted through the game’s history.

    We’re blessed in a new era of plenty, with so many young stars blossoming, and with Tiger Woods offering hope he may be poised for a comeback. With Johnson, McIlroy, Jordan Spieth, Jason Day, Justin Thomas, Jon Rahm, Hideki Matsuyama, Brooks Koepka and Rickie Fowler among today’s dynamic cast, the possibility these titans will time their runs together on the back nine of Sundays in majors excites.

    We haven’t seen a real rivalry since Greg Norman and Nick Faldo sparred in the late '80s and early '90s.

    Woods vs. Phil Mickelson didn’t really count. While Lefty will be remembered for carving out a Hall of Fame career in the Tiger era, with 33 victories, 16 of them with Tiger in the field, five of them major championships, we get that Tiger had no rival, not in the most historic sense.


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    Phil never reached No. 1, was never named PGA Tour Player of the Year, never won a money title and never dueled with Woods on Sunday on the back nine of a major with the title on the line.  Still, it doesn’t diminish his standing as the best player not named Tiger Woods over the last 20 years. It’s a feat so noteworthy it makes him one of the game’s all-time greats.

    We’ve been waiting for an honest-to-goodness rivalry since Faldo and Norman took turns ruling at world No. 1 and dueling in big events, including the back nine of multiple majors. 

    In the '70s, we had Nicklaus-Watson. In the '60s, it was Nicklaus-Palmer. In the '40s and '50s, it was Hogan, Snead and Nelson in a triumvirate mix, and in the '20s and '30s we had Hagen and Sarazen.

    While dominance is the magic ingredient that can break a sport out of its niche, a dynamic rivalry is the next best elixir.

    Dustin Johnson looks capable of dominating today’s game, but there’s so much proven major championship talent on his heels. It’s hard to imagine him consistently fending off all these challengers, but it’s the fending that would captivate us.

    Johnson vs. McIlroy would be a fireworks show. So would Johnson vs. Thomas, or Thomas vs. Day or McIlroy vs. Rahm or Fowler vs. Koepka ... or any of those combinations.

    Spieth is a wild card that intrigues.

    While he’s not a short hitter, he isn’t the power player these other guys are, but his iron game, short game, putter and moxie combine to make him the most compelling challenger of all. His resolve, resilience and resourcefulness in the final round of his British Open victory at Royal Birkdale make him the most interesting amalgam of skill since Lee Trevino.

    Woods vs. any of them? Well, if we get that, we promise never to ask for anything more.

    So, if that cosmic calendar up there isn’t filled, how about it? How about a year of rivalries to remember?

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    McIlroy: 2018 may be my busiest season ever

    By Will GrayJanuary 15, 2018, 6:28 pm

    With his return to competition just days away, Rory McIlroy believes that the 2018 season may be the most action packed of his pro career.

    The 28-year-old has not teed it up since the Alfred Dunhill Links Championship in early October, a hiatus he will end at this week's Abu Dhabi HSBC Championship. It will be the start of a busy spring for the Ulsterman, who will also play next week in Dubai before a run of six PGA Tour events leading up to the Masters.

    Speaking to the U.K.'s Telegraph, McIlroy confirmed that he will also make a return trip to the British Masters in October and plans to remain busy over the next 12 months.

    "I might play more times this year than any before. I played 28 times in 2008 and I'm on track to beat that," McIlroy said. "I could get to 30 (events), depending on where I'm placed in the Race to Dubai. But I'll see."

    McIlroy's ambitious plan comes in the wake of a frustrating 2017 campaign, when he injured his ribs in his first start and twice missed chunks of time in an effort to recover. He failed to win a worldwide event and finished the year ranked outside the top 10, both of which had not happened since 2008.

    But having had more than three months to get his body and swing in shape, McIlroy is optimistic heading into the first of what he hopes will be eight starts in the 12 weeks before he drives down Magnolia Lane.

    "I've worked hard on my short game and I'm probably feeling better with the putter than I ever have," McIlroy said. "I've had a lot of time to concentrate on everything and it all feels very good and a long way down the road."

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    What's in the Bag: Sony Open winner Kizzire

    By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 15, 2018, 6:05 pm

    Patton Kizzire earned his second PGA Tour victory by winning a six-hole playoff at the Sony Open in Hawaii. Take a look inside his bag.

    Driver: Titleist 917D3 (10.5 degrees), with Fujikura Atmos Black 6 X shaft

    Fairway Wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5 degrees), with Aldila Tour Blue 95 TX shaft

    Hybrid: Titleist 913H (19 degrees), with UST Mamiya AXIV Core 100 Hybrid shaft

    Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB (4), 718 CB (5-6), 718 MB (7-9), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

    Wedges: Titleist SM7 prototype (47, 52, 56, 60 degrees), with True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 shafts

    Putter: Scotty Cameron GoLo Tour prototype

    Ball: Titleist Pro V1x