Future of Golf: Execs offer their views of equipment in 5 years

Future of Golf: Execs offer their views of equipment in 5 years

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Future of Golf: Execs offer their views of equipment in 5 years

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Tour Edge Exotics EXS driver

The Exotics EXS driver has carbon fiber in the crown and toe, as well as moveable weights and a thin titanium face. (Tour Edge)

‘Carbon, carbon, carbon’

“With drivers, it’s looking like the key to the next five years is carbon, carbon, carbon. Improvements in carbon materials, with related strength-to-weight ratios improving, [mean] you might even see full carbon heads.

“I think you will also see a continued trend to lighter-weight golf shafts that could get into the 30- to 40-gram area, even for the better players. Shafts being 20 grams lighter means designers can put 10 more grams into the head while reaching normal swing weight. Ten grams is significant (because it is) 5 percent of the total head weight. This will help to continue to improve (moment of inertia) and mass properties with the ever-evolving driver heads.

“I can even see an even greater increase in price on super high-tech drivers.”

— David Glod, president and master club designer, Tour Edge

(Note: This story appears in the December 2018 issue of Golfweek.)

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