The lesson of this little spin story is that “high launch, low spin” is not for everybody.
It’s the spin part of the equation that caught the attention of Tour Edge founder and president Dave Glod. He currently has a driver known for its length, the XCG6, in the Tour Edge Exotics line. It is, in the jargon of the trade, a “spin killer” and an ideal driver for golfers with faster clubhead speeds.
What Glod said to himself was simple enough: “Why don’t I make two drivers, with two different spin characteristics, so that more golfers can find the perfect driver?”
And that’s exactly what he did. The new XCG7 and XCG7 Beta will appear at retail in early November. The XCG7 creates more spin; the XCG7 Beta has less.
Both drivers feature an eight-way adjustable loft system, with one-half degree increments between 8.5 and 12 degrees. At 8.5 degrees, both driver faces are open, the Beta driver slightly more than the standard driver. At 12.5 degrees, both driver faces are closed, the standard version somewhat more than the Beta version.
The two drivers have different volumes – the Beta measuring 440 CCs and the standard measuring 460 CCs. The stock shafts are different, too. The Beta comes with a Matrix Ozik Tie series shaft and the standard is equipped with a Fujikura Fuel series shaft. The Beta, which is clearly a driver for better players, also has a lie angle that is one degree flatter.
“The Beta is still that spin killer,” Glod said. “It has a little deeper face and a little shorter shaft (44.75 inches in overall length, compared to 45.5 inches for the XCG7 standard).”
What happens when a golfer does not develop enough spin on a drive? The ball can lose carry distance, and it can appear to fall from the sky.
Tour Edge, through its network of club fitters, will attempt to put the proper XCG7 driver in the hands of its customers. The XCG7 standard will sell for $299.99, the lowest priced driver in the history of the Exotics line. The XCG7 Beta will cost $349.99.
Distance is maximized in both drivers with a new Power Grid design. According to Tour Edge, the Power Grid, which is positioned directly behind the hitting area, creates an accordion-like action that increases spring-like effect at impact.