Recently, I had an opportunity unexpectedly, fall into my lap. An opportunity to test and review a new product that was released by Tour Edge Exotics. That product. The EXS Pro Hybrid, and this hybrid is “Straight From the Tour Van”.
The EXS Pro Hybrid (and the rest of the EXS Pro Series for that matter) came from tour player feedback and 100+ PGA TOUR Champions players that have played Tour Edge Exotics products over the past few years.
Jon Claffey (Vice President of Marketing for Tour Edge) explained that the EXS Pro Hybrid was designed to be anti-left. The centre of gravity is designed to be low and forward to produce lower spin than we typically see for a hybrid. Typically, the center of gravity is placed low and back to help golfers get the ball into the air easier. With the CG low and back comes extra backspin. Also, the face of the EXS Pro is deep. The EXS Pro Hybrid features a deep face that is actually constructed from Beta-Titanium, a material usually seen in drivers. “The EXS Pro is one of the few Ti-faced hybrids available in the U.S. golf market and the only hybrid utilizing combo brazing technology for the ultimate in weight savings.”
The head itself, features a smaller, more compact footprint than that of the EXS 220 Hybrid which was also released this year. The EXS Pro Hybrid is clean in that it is void of any alignment aid placed on the crown. Other features of the EXS Pro Hybrid are…
Below is the unboxing video. Please watch and stay tuned for a lot more content on this exciting release from Tour Edge Exotics.
Until The Next Tee!!
If you follow my blog, you’ll know that I had an entry not too long ago where I discussed my issues early this season. In that entry, ‘The Effects of Practicing in Isolation” I talked about the druthers of practicing in my backyard, into a net. Unfortunately, boredom stepped in and I started experimenting with a bunch of non-descript things with a focus on mechanics. A significant mistake for a feel player.
The struggles either on the range or on the course were nauseating. Watching my swing on video was even worse, and I had to fix it, stat!
So, I got to work, and here we are just over a week since that article, and I’m very pleased to announce that “I’m fixed”. You could say that I’m in a groove again and suddenly all is right in the world. But the question is, how did Alex get his groove back?
As tempting as it is to be over dramatic, I won’t be. I didn’t bludgeon myself over the head with a 9-iron (no Tiger/Elin double-entendre meant) and to be honest, I didn’t really do anything other than suggesting what I said at the end of that article. I simply, swung my swing. That’s it! Honest! I have the tools, the knowledge, and the swing or shall I say “my” swing already. After all, I spent five long years of blood, sweat, and tears of a swing reconstruction under my belt. By the way, all of those things I mean quite literally.
Also helping me to remember who I was or am as “Golfer Alex” was one picture that I found. A picture that was taken before I met my coach. This one frame of me from several years ago triggered my memory a little. In that one shot (pictured below), I picked up on a lot of good stuff to take to my consequent range sessions.
The pic was taken while I was experimenting with “Stack and Tilt” and while I will not go into a deep conversation about “S & T” in this picture here’s what I saw that I took to Brock Golf Course for my sessions since that ill-fated article.
The funny thing is I remember that shot vividly. It was an 8-iron that flew just over 160 yds. Just a slight draw. As a matter of fact, it was a push-draw. Admittedly, a lot has happened healthwise since that pic including and not limited to a stroke. So, 160 yard 8-irons are a distant memory. God, has it actually been a decade since that picture was taken?
If I were asked to describe “my swing” and I would call it “Frankenstein”. Of course, there’s all of the work I did with my coach where there were some elements of “S&T”. So there’s a little bit of “S&T” here, maybe a little bit of Mike Bender there (think Zach Johnson) with a lot of influence from Kay McMahon (EduKaytion Golf) more recently, for good measure. All that I know is this. When I add them all up, they are “my swing”.
Since re-discovering “my swing”, my range sessions have been very good. It no longer feels like I’m working hard out there. It feels like striking the golf ball has become easy again. I feel comfortable in my shoes addressing my ball. There’s no “white noise” getting in the way which inadvertently caused an increase in grip pressure. Sure, I may have the occasional mis-hit (who doesn’t) but all things considered, I’m pretty happy with 90% of my range buckets.
I’m driving down and through the ball, even as the clay-based soil has gotten hard I still take proper divots. My divot patterns are straight, there’s great compression, and the ballflight is exactly what I’m after. Straight to push-draw. The right side is no longer an issue and is once again a non-factor. When I do miss, it’s a “low-left” as it should be when I miss. My coach always said that “Your miss low and left is good. That’s easy to fix and it means that you’re close. It’s the “pros miss”. Out to the right, is bad. There’s a lot that could be going on to cause that miss”. This is something that I pass on to my students.
Damn, it feels good to be back!! Alex has gotten his groove back.
Until The Next Tee!!
Carlsbad, Calif. (June 11, 2020) – COBRA® Golf, a leader in golf club innovation, unveiled today its new KING MIM Black Wedges, a fully Metal-Injection-Molded (MIM) 304 stainless steel head construction that is now offered in a glare-reducing QPQ (Quench Polish Quench) black finish. The MIM process represents a significant advancement in wedge manufacturing, delivering the most precise shape possible for truly exceptional feel and turf interaction in every wedge COBRA manufactures.
Unlike cast wedges, MIM manufacturing reduces the amount of post-process polishing, where in the past, there was a heavy reliance on skilled machinists to grind consistent wedge shapes by hand. Each wedge is created using a mixture of 304 stainless steel metal powder, which is then heated and injected into a mold. Using a sintering process, the metal is heated to a higher temperature than forging (1340°C vs 1200°C), resulting in a smoother grain flow structure versus forged and cast wedges, and the softest feel the industry’s ever seen. The KING MIM Wedge family is the first in golf to utilize a fully robotic polishing process where the robot is pre-programmed to polish each wedge to exact specifications – a sharp contrast to the variability found in the traditional manual hand-polishing process. This fully automated process eliminates variance in head weight and thickness and creates more precise grind shapes and more repeatable bounce in each wedge.
“When we introduced MIM Wedges last year, it marked a steep change in the way wedges were manufactured. Since then, we have received requests from better players asking for the type of black finish that is preferred on Tour. The new QPQ finishing process allows us to deliver this option while maintaining soft, consistent performance for a wide variety of shots, now with a wider variety of grind options,” said Tom Olsavsky, Vice President of R&D for COBRA Golf.
In addition to the MIM process and Fully Robotic Polishing process, the new KING MIM Black Wedges are constructed with the following game boosting technologies:
The KING MIM Black Wedge is offered in 50, 52, 54, 56, 58- and 60-degree lofts, in the Versatile Grind (The 52, 56 and 60 degree wedges in Versatile grind are available in LH as well). In a WideLow Grind the MIM Black are offered in 56, 58- and 60-degree lofts. In the Classic Grind, MIM Black are available in 52, 56 and 60 degrees of loft. **KING MIM Chrome wedges are also now available in the identical grinds and lofts as above. Each KING MIM wedge features a black Lamkin Crossline CONNECT grip and an aftermarket KBS Hi-Rev 2.0 (125g) black shaft.
Delivering many of the same stroke-saving technologies as the variable-length COBRA KING MIM Black Wedges, the KING MIM Black One Length Wedges, COBRA’s first-ever MIM one-length offering, is the perfect complement to COBRA’s single length irons. Available exclusively in black in 56 and 60 degrees of loft in the Versatile Grind.
The KING MIM Black Wedges will be available tomorrow, June 12, 2020 with a MAP price of $149 per wedge. For more information on the COBRA KING MIM Black wedges and all of COBRA’s innovative new products for 2020, visit http://www.cobragolf.com.
Carlsbad, CA (June 11, 2020) – COBRA Golf®, a leader in golf club innovation, today introduced its new KING Utility irons, delivering improved distance with a classic look and modern technology. The KING Utility iron is designed for players who seek maximum control and precision on tee shots and longer approach shots on par 5’s. A classic, muscle-back iron shape delivers the feeling of controlled ball flights, while a wider sole and hollow body provides stability, power, and a low centered CG for trajectories that are high and penetrating. A PWRSHELL™ face insert adds to the performance by expanding the sweet zone for improved ball speeds on off-center hits and launch efficiency for improved trajectory.
Normally only found in Metalwoods, COBRA engineers integrated into the Utility design the trusted COBRA MyFly8™ technology, a series of eight adjustable loft settings that give users the ability to manage trajectory and launch for proper distance gapping. Additionally, the KING Utility irons are geared with COBRA CONNECT™ Powered by Arccos Caddie, an artificial intelligence system that utilizes Smart Grips with embedded sensors to track and record distance and accuracy data on the Arccos Caddie app. COBRA blends a classic design with cutting-edge engineering, including a hollow-body design, forged PWRSHELL Face, and Tungsten Weighting, to deliver superior performance that users can track and analyze using the in-depth data provided by the Arccos Caddie system.
The KING Utility is also offered in a ONE Length™ configuration (graphite – $219), while sharing the technologies of its variable-length counterpart, is designed at 7-iron length (37.50”), making it a perfect complement to any of COBRA’S ONE Length iron offerings. Having a constant length through the set promotes one repeatable set-up and swing for more consistency, while the head design and weighting are fine-tuned to provide uniformity of feel through the set. Traditional variable-length players can also benefit from the consistency and accuracy of the ONE Length Utility iron. After analyzing player test and GEARS test results, a shorter length has been shown to improve playability in the long irons and promote center contact for more precision.
COBRA KING Utility irons (graphite – $219) will be available in a 2-Utility in RH (adjustable from 16 – 19 degrees), 3-Utility in RH/LH (adjustable from 18 – 21 degrees) and 4-Utility in RH/LH (adjustable from 21 – 24 degrees). The standard Utility comes with a steel KBS $-Taper lite (in S or R flex) and a graphite Project X Catalyst 80 (in X-Stiff, S, or R flex) shaft options with a Lamkin Crossline CONNECT Black grip. The KING Utility ONE Length irons will be available in a 3-Utility (adjustable from 18 – 21 degrees), 4-Utility (adjustable from 21 to 24 degrees), and a 5-Utility (adjustable from 24 to 27 degrees). The ONE Length Utility offering comes standard with a steel KBS $-Taper lite (in S or R flex) and a graphite Project X Catalyst 80 (in S, XS, or R flex) shaft options with a Lamkin Crossline CONNECT Blue grip.
KING Utility products will be available at retail and online, tomorrow, June 12, 2020. For more information on the full King family, visit http://www.cobragolf.com.