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TourEdge Xrail Fairway Wood: Multi-Metal Madness

New TourEdge Xrail fairway woods take the Exotics line—and the ball—even higher (and longer)

By: James A. Frank

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.

$179. touredge.com

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