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October 21, 2014 | 5 a.m.

Tour Edge intros E8 and E8 Beta lines

James Achenbach
The Tour Edge Exotics E8 Beta driver and E8 iron.
The Tour Edge Exotics E8 Beta driver and E8 iron.

When David Glod, founder and chief club designer for Tour Edge Golf, decided to create an entire equipment family called E8, he committed himself to drivers, fairway woods, hybrids and irons.

But that wasn't all. Glod also wanted two distinct models of drivers and fairway woods in the E8 family, the latest to carry the Exotics label that is emblematic of the company’s tour-quality clubs.

At its most basic level, E8 models offer a higher trajectory while E8 Beta models offer lower trajectory. There are other subtle differences, and Glod appears to have succeeded in providing consumers two ...

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October 21, 2014 | 5 a.m.

Tour Edge Exotics E8 irons

James Achenbach
Tour Edge Exotics E8 irons
Tour Edge Exotics E8 irons

The new E8 irons feature the deepest undercut cavity ever produced by Tour Edge. The benefits of this undercut cavity, the company said, are a larger sweet spot and a higher trajectory.

The irons have high-density tungsten weights located low in the heel and toe. This is intended to deliver more ball speed and helps normalize carry distance on offcenter hits.

The cavity of the E8 iron contains a multi-material insert that dampens vibration and provides a softer feel at impact.

This is a progressive set of irons, meaning each iron is designed individually to optimize performance. The long irons ...

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October 21, 2014 | 5 a.m.

Tour Edge Exotics E8 and E8 Beta drivers

James Achenbach
Tour Edge E8 Beta driver
Tour Edge E8 Beta driver

Tour Edge is known for craftsmanship and attention to detail. The new Exotics E8 drivers are the latest examples of these qualities.

The driver is available in two titanium versions: E8 and E8 Beta.

The standard E8 has a 460cc head, while the Beta driver adds a beta titanium face and is 440cc in size. The E8 is designed to be an easy-launching, high-trajectory driver. The Beta club utilizes a higher, more forward center of gravity to produce a more penetrating trajectory with minimal spin.

There are other subtle differences, as Tour Edge founder David Glod appears to have succeeded ...

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James Achenbach
Tour Edge E8 fairway wood
Tour Edge E8 fairway wood

With its latest offering of Exotics fairway woods, Tour Edge looks to build on its following among skilled players.

The E8 fairway wood is designed as an easy-to-hit club with a higher trajectory, while the E8 Beta model has a slightly smaller clubhead with a deeper face intended to create a lower, more penetrating trajectory.

Spring-like effect has been maximized on both these fairway woods with more surface area in the face. The center of gravity also has been moved closer to the face, providing a more powerful launch with less spin.

The E8 ($249.99) comes in lofts of ...

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October 21, 2014 | 5 a.m.

Tour Edge Exotics E8 hybrids

James Achenbach
Tour Edge Exotics E8 hybrids
Tour Edge Exotics E8 hybrids

The Exotics E8 hybrid shares several design features with E8 drivers and fairway woods. In particular, the hybrids feature the Tour Edge Power Grid behind the face, generating increased flexing of the face at impact. This translates into more spring-like effect and more distance.

Overall, the face of the E8 hybrid is extremely active. This is the product of the Power Grid plus a maraging steel cup face and hyper steel body.

The design of the clubhead, according to Tour Edge, increases stability on offcenter hits while minimizing turf drag.

The retail cost is $199.99 apiece for these hybrids ...

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David Dusek

Here is a complete list of the clubs Ben Martin used to win the 2014 Shriners Hospital for Children Open:

DRIVER: Titleist 910D3 (8.5 degrees) with a Graphite Design Tour AD- DI-7 X shaft

FAIRWAY WOOD: Ping i25 (14 degrees) with an Aldila Tour Blue 85 TX shaft

HYBRID: Titleist 913H (17 degrees) with a True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shaft

IRONS: Titleist 714 CB (3, 5-PW) with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 shafts

WEDGES: Titleist Vokey Design SM5 (50, 54 degrees), Vokey Design TVD K-Grind (58 degrees), all with True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour ...

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October 16, 2014 | 10:01 a.m.

Nike Vapor Speed hybrids

David Dusek
The new Nike Vapor Speed hybrid.
The new Nike Vapor Speed hybrid.

Nike staffer Rory McIlroy doesn’t carry a hybrid because he’s one of the best iron players in the world, capable of hitting towering shots that fly seemingly forever and stop on a dime once they reach the green.

Most amateurs, on the other hand, benefit from hybrids, which bridge the gap between fairway woods and mid-irons.

With the release of the Vapor Speed hybrids, Nike promises clubs that offer distance, forgiveness and ease of use for players who have trouble with long irons.

The Vapor Speed hybrids each were designed with a different head size, with the 2-hybrid ...

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October 16, 2014 | 9:01 a.m.

Nike Vapor Flex Driver

David Dusek
The new Nike Vapor Flex driver.
The new Nike Vapor Flex driver.

At address, the 420cc Vapor Flex was designed to closely resemble the drivers Tiger Woods has used. It has a black crown with a Swoosh near the heel, but when you flip over the club, it looks nothing else Nike has ever made.

A dark resin insert was designed into the back of the sole.

“We used that material to save weight,” said Nate Radcliffe, Nike’s director of engineering. “But if we were to try to make this insert design out of titanium, we couldn’t. It’s not manufacturable in metal. There is some very complex geometry designed ...

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October 16, 2014 | 8:14 a.m.

Nike Vapor Speed Driver

David Dusek
The new Nike Vapor Speed driver.
The new Nike Vapor Speed driver.

At first glance, the new black and yellow Nike Vapor Speed may appear to be very similar to the Vapor Pro driver, but there are several differences that could make it a better option for golfers looking for more yards off the tee.

The sole of the 460cc Vapor Speed was designed with a channel from the toe to the heel. Nike says that shots hit in the sweet spot create the most ball speed, but the channel helps maintain ball speed on off-center strikes because the face flexes more effectively at impact.

Nate Radcliffe, Nike’s director of engineering ...

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October 15, 2014 | 2:47 p.m.

Nike Vapor Flex hybrids

David Dusek
The new Nike Vapor Speed hybrid.
The new Nike Vapor Speed hybrid.

Nike designed the new Vapor Flex hybrid to blend distance and forgiveness, aiming to give golfers versatile tools to replace long irons.

Like the Vapor Flex drivers and fairway woods, the hybrids feature a channel in the sole that allows the hitting area to bend and rebound more efficiently at impact. Nike calls it a Compression Channel, and by helping the face flex more efficiently, it creates more ball speed and distance, the company said.

The cavity-back sole design that was first incorporated into the VR_S Covert hybrids two years ago has been improved, Nike said. Two fang-like pieces of ...

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October 15, 2014 | 2 p.m.

Scotty Cameron Futura X5 putters

David Dusek
Titleist's new Scotty Cameron Futura X5 mallet putters.
Titleist's new Scotty Cameron Futura X5 mallet putters.

As the cliché goes, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. For golfers who want more stability and a solid feel, Scotty Cameron, Titleist’s master craftsman for putters, has created three versions of the new Futura X5 putter in an attempt to offer something that appeals to every mallet-lover.

All of the Futura X5 putters – the standard X5, the X5R and the X5 Dual Balance – are milled from 303 stainless steel and have a 6061 aluminum sole plate.

By removing the stainless steel and replacing it with lighter aluminum, Cameron was able to redistribute weight into the wings ...

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James Achenbach
Wilson Golf's new D200 line including the driver, fairway woods, hybrid and irons.
Wilson Golf's new D200 line including the driver, fairway woods, hybrid and irons.

Wilson golf clubs fit neatly into three categories: F (feel), C (control) and D (distance).

It is the distance part of the equation that fascinates many golfers. With the previous D100 family, Wilson gathered all its distance technology and produced some eye-popping yardages.

Now comes the D200 family for 2015, which promises even more distance.

"We are building on everything we did in D100," said Michael Vrska, Wilson's global director of innovation.

Vrska is straightforward in his assessment of Wilson. "We are known as an iron company," he said. "This has been true for decades, and irons remain a ...

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October 13, 2014 | 11:59 p.m.

Nike Vapor Speed, Vapor Flex fairway woods

David Dusek
The new Nike Vapor Speed and Vapor Flex fairway woods.
The new Nike Vapor Speed and Vapor Flex fairway woods.

The bright yellow sole of the Nike Vapor Speed and Vapor Flex fairway woods will be the first thing most golfers notice. But it's the technology designed into these clubs that Nike believes will help golfers hit the ball higher and farther off the tee and from the fairway.

At the heart of the Vapor Speed and Vapor Flex fairway woods is a channel along the bottom of the club, behind the leading edge, that helps the face flex more at impact. Nike calls it the Compression Channel, and it’s similar to the channel found in the Nike ...

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David Dusek
The new Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls on the range at TPC Summerlin.
The new Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls on the range at TPC Summerlin.

LAS VEGAS – On a cloudless morning at TPC Summerlin, white boxes were discreetly handed here and there on the driving range as Titleist brought the next generation of its Pro V1 and Pro V1x golf balls to the PGA Tour for the first time.

The company shipped one case (24 dozen) of the new Pro V1 balls and five cases (120 dozen) of the new Pro V1x balls. Titleist’s PGA Tour reps declined to provide details about how the new Pro V1 and Pro V1x balls differ from their existing counterparts, but if history is a guide, we can ...

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James Achenbach
All 14 of Sang-Moon Bae's clubs were Callaway at the Frys.com Open.
All 14 of Sang-Moon Bae's clubs were Callaway at the Frys.com Open.

There is a trend on the PGA Tour of players exhibiting absolute loyalty to their golf equipment manufacturers, with 14 clubs from one company.

The last three golfers to carry the world No. 1 banner – Tiger Woods, Adam Scott and Rory McIlroy – have been 14-club loyalists. Woods and McIlroy are Nike staff members, while Scott is a Titleist staffer.

The most recent example is Sang-Moon Bae, winner of the Frys.com Open. Bae carried 14 Callaway clubs, including an Odyssey putter that is part of the Callaway family.

Bae’s bag: Callaway Big Bertha V Series driver (9 degrees) with ...

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