PREVIEW: Tour Edge Exotics XJ1 driver

PREVIEW: Tour Edge Exotics XJ1 driver


Tour Edge Golf has a new driver that's feather-light, and they say it goes mega far.

The company has introduced its new Exotics XJ1 driver, with the story being that it's an ultra lightweight club designed to generate more swing speed while not costing the player anything in the way of material performance.

With the XJ1, Tour Edge is using a new titanium material in the body, called 9-1-1. It is 10 percent lighter than 6A4v titanium, allowing engineers to save significant weight in
the body. The 9-1-1 material responds better for players with slow to medium swing speeds, offering additional distance. The crown is also designed with weight savings in mind, using a thin Kevlar-Carbon material that comes in at 12 grams, right in with what we're seeing in the new Big Bertha Fusion offerings from Callaway. The face plate is made from SP 700 beta titanium, allowing the company to make the plate larger because of its thinner nature, improve coefficient of restitution (how much energy gets back to the ball at impact) across the face.

The XJ1 has three tungsten weight, with a pair of 10-gram heel and toe stability bars, which are made possible by weight savings from the other materials in the head. The bars, the company claims, enlarge the sweet spot and moment of inertia across the face for forgiveness. A tungsten port screw in the heel is designed to encourage a draw. A weight kit is available to dial in for individual players.

The stock shaft is the 45-gram Fujikura Air Speeder, making Tour Edge the first company to use this shaft in a production run.

The Tour Edge Exotics XJ1 driver will be available Nov. 1 in 9-, 10.5- and 12-degree models for $700 each.

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