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November 21, 2011

Brazen power: Tour Edge’s XCG5 driver uses chemical bonding, not welding

Posted at 11:26 AM by David Dusek | Categories: Drivers, Tour Edge

Paint, graphics and clever designs mask the fact that your driver is not made from a single piece of material. The face, the part that actually hits the ball, is welded to the body, and in many cases the crown is yet another separate piece.
 
According to Dave Glod, founder and owner of Tour Edge Golf, welding is fine but the process adds weight to the club and makes some areas too rigid. So instead of welding the pieces of the new Tour Edge XCG5 driver together, his company is brazing them. The brazing process chemically bonds the titanium crown of the club to the body so no welding is necessary.
 
In this video, Glod explains the process:

 

According to Tour Edge, the combination of no welds and the super-light titanium crown allowed designers to create six Weight Pads that concentrate more mass in the bottom and rear sections of the club. This added weight lowers the center of gravity and helps to create a higher ball flight.
 
Tour Edge also claims that because there are no welds to stiffen the edges of the face, which has been made 12 percent larger than its predecessor, the XCG4, the XCG5 driver should help golfers maintain ball speed on mis-hits and increase forgiveness.

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To help golfers increase swing speed, the top of the XCG5 slopes down from the face to the rear section for improved aerodynamics. But for players who really want to squeeze out every last bit of power, Tour Edge is making a super ultra-light version of the club available that features a 40-gram Graphite Design Tour AD shaft and a lightweight Winn Lite Exotics grip. The whole club weighs in at a scant 271 grams. Slightly heavier stock shafts—including a 50-gram Fujikurea Blur and a 60-gram Aldila RIP Sigma—are also available.
 
Look for the Exotics XCG5 in pro shops now for about $329.

See-Try-Buy: Learn more about Tour Edge clubs, and schedule your fitting with GolfTEC or Golfsmith. 

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