TourEdge Golf is a frequent subject of this website because the company—located in Batavia, Illinois, outside of Chicago—is one of the most innovative manufacturers in the business. There seems to be a new and interesting TourEdge product every few months, but rather than simply adding to the already rich and vibrant line, each announcement heralds a real improvement.
I’ve been playing one of TourEdge’s Exotics 3-woods for the past few years. Exotics is the name of the company’s top line, often incorporating materials other clubmakers have yet to discover. I recently added the new Xrail 3-wood to my bag and found—as I did the last three or four times I “upgraded”—enough extra distance and forgiveness to warrant the change.
The most significant difference is in the sole, which now has a V-shaped notch toward the back that allowed moving 15% more weight into the heel and toe areas. That translates into more stability on off-center hits, which means straighter shots. And that’s exactly what I’ve noticed. The revised sole design also takes smaller divots, especially from thick-grass lies (including rough), and gets the ball in the air more easily. Once again, I concur, particularly launching high, soft-landing shots.
In keeping with previous Exotics fairway woods, the head features multi-metal construction, using what the company calls a “hyper-steel body” and a face made of “a thinner Carpenter steel face.” I’m not really sure what all that means, but I’ve spent enough time over the years with president Dave Grod, a former club pro turned gearhead, to know that he is out in front finding materials that are lighter, stronger, and more efficient in the transfer of energy to the ball. I trust Grod’s material instincts.
Something else about TourEdge clubs worth noting: Good pricing. The Xrail fairway woods—available in 3+ (13 degrees), 3 (15 degrees), 4 (16.5 degrees), 5 (18 degrees), and 7 (21 degrees)—come standard with a Graphite Design G-Series 60 graphite shaft and only cost $179 each. That’s a good deal, particularly for a club that feels as good as it performs.
Low cost is also one of the hallmarks of the company’s other lines, like Bazooka, a smart choice especially for new and infrequent golfers who don’t want to spend a lot for good gear.
More evidence that across the board, at all price levels, TourEdge is at the leading edge of golf equipment.
New TourEdge Xrail fairway woods take the Exotics line—and the ball—even higher (and longer)
By: James A. Frank