Tour Edge Golf has announced a trio of new Exotics iron sets for 2016 that it hopes will offer three different sets of golfers distinct benefits.
The EXd iron is what amounts to a game improvement set, offering its deepest undercut in a cavity on the largest head among their offerings. The variable-thickness face is unsupported for maximum flex at impact, while offering forgiveness on off-center hits. Tungsten weights are placed in the heel and toe to improve moment of inertia, while a sole slot allows the face to flex more at impact as well.
The long irons (3- through 6-irons) have stronger lofts with more offset, sporting a lower center of gravity. The combination adds distance, albeit potentially at the expense of a tighter dispersion. The offset decreases as the set gets to the short irons.
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An thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) insert in the cavity improves feel at impact.
The EXi irons are more for a mid-handicap or better player, featuring a smaller cast head with less offset. The sole slot continues through into this set, albeit in a much smaller sole, and works in tandem with a dual-undercut cavity to improve distance and launch conditions. The variable-thickness, super-thin face is also backed by the TPE insert found in the EXd line.
The EXd and EXi irons will retail for $600, coming in a standard 4-iron through approach wedge set with KBS Tour 90 steel shafts. Other shaft options come with an upcharge. Different configurations are also available, including combo sets with hybrids.
For its set geared at low-handicap and scratch players, Tour Edge decided to take a different track with its CB Pro Tungsten irons. It created a hollow iron with a solid tungsten sole, decreasing the tungsten weighting through the set to the long irons, dropping from 95 grams in the short irons to 90 grams in the long irons.
The hollow design necessitates a thicker top line than you'd typically find in a players' iron, but the iron head, the company says, allows a player to shape the ball better while expanding the sweet spot.
The irons sound and look somewhat inspired by Titleist's 712U tungsten irons, going so far, like Titleist, to sell the long irons in this set individually.
The CB Pro Tungsten irons retail for $800, coming in a 3-PW set with KBS Tour 90 steel shafts. Graphite shafts are available for $100 more. The individual irons will go for $100 for steel shafts and $120 for graphite.
All sets will start shipping Nov. 15.