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Callaway Big Bertha OS Irons

Callaway Big Bertha 03 Irons
Callaway Golf

The Callaway Big Bertha OS Irons fit into the super-game improvement category of irons with their focus on being very long and very easy to hit.

They are built on a new chassis design that Callaway calls the "Exo-Cage." It's a frame that got stronger despite getting lighter, and onto which the company's 360 Face Cup
technology is fixed. The weight savings and thinner materials make for higher ball speeds across the face, Callaway says.

Callaway's Tungsten Loaded Standing Wave technology is employed in the sole to effect a higher launch angle and higher carry, plus added ball speeds for shots struck low on the clubface.

Speaking of the CG, the BBOS irons have a progressive center of gravity position, meaning the CG moves lower through the set. The result is an easier and higher launch in the long irons, but more feel and control in the short irons.

The Callaway Big Bertha OS Irons began shipping on Sept. 30, 2016. They come in 4-iron through sand wedge. The MSRP is $1,099 for a steel-shafted set, and $1,299 for a graphite-shafted set.

The stock steel shaft is the True Temper Speed Step 80, the stock graphite shaft the UST Recoil ES 460. The company also offers women's and senior models, both of which are lighter (in overall weight) and have more loft than the standard set. callawaygolf.com

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Tour Edge Exotics XJ1 Driver

Tour Edge Exotics XJ1 Driver
Tour Edge Golf

The latest driver in Tour Edge's Exotics line is the XJ1, a driver build for speed - and for golfers with what Tour Edge calls "real swing speeds." The swing speeds most of us have - moderate, not fast, not powerful.

The Exotics XJ1 uses materials and construction techniques that reduce the overall weight and reposition some of it to more beneficial parts of the clubhead.

The Exotics XJ1 driver has a titanium chassis, Kevlar-Carbon crown, titanium face and three tungsten sole weights. The crown weighs in at only 12 grams, yet the material adds firmness. The 9-1-1 titanium used for the chassis is, again, lighter but stronger.

These design choices increase COR across the face, Tour Edge says, particularly boosting ball speed higher on the face.

The weight savings in the head (and in the 45-gram Fujikura Air Speeder stock shaft) allow for those three weights in the sole. Two of them are in the form of "stability bars," set in the heel and toe, 10 grams each. Their job is to increase MOI for added forgiveness. A third weight (a screw; a kit with additional weights is available) is in the heel to promote a draw bias with a faster clubhead release through impact.

The Tour Edge Exotics XJ1 driver has a ship date of Nov. 1, 2016, and an MSRP of $699.99. It comes in lofts of 9, 10.5 and 12 degrees, and in right-handed only. touredge.com

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Callaway Big Bertha OS Hybrids

Callaway Big Bertha OS Hybrid
Callaway Golf

Keeping to the Big Bertha tradition of distance and forgiveness, the Callaway Big Bertha OS Hybrids were released at the same time as the Big Bertha OS Irons. They hit retail outlets on Sept. 30, 2016.

The Big Bertha OS Hybrids, available in 3H through 7H clubs, utilize Callaway's next-generation Hyper Speed Face Cup technology for faster ball speeds on off-center strikes and across the entire clubface.

The clubhead itself has a deeper body than previous generations of Callaway hybrids, with that faster face that is also larger and more flexible.

The larger face is possible by lengthening the clubhead from heel to toe; the deeper body adds an MOI boost for greater stability and forgiveness.

In addition, the Callaway Big Bertha OS Hybrids have the company's OptiFit hosel, and there are eight loft and lie angle settings to help the golfer dial in his or her optimum launch angle and shot shape.

The stock graphite shaft is the UST Recoil ES 460 and the MSRP is $249 each. callawaygolf.com

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Air Force One Air Foil Fairway Woods

Air Force On Air Foil fairway wood
Air Force One

The Air Force One Air Foil fairway woods feature the company's signature nitrogen-injected clubheads, but also a new approach designed to improve the "trampoline effect" of the clubface.

Trampoline effect, or spring-like effect, is a well-known concept but one most golfers are familiar with in relation to driver faces. It's less talked about in fairway woods because the shallower faces in fairways minimize the effect.

Air Force One's answer to that is a dual-slot design on the Air Foil fairways - two slots in the sole, one behind the other, that create, the company says, an accordian effect. The result? Air Force One says it is "rocketing ball speed and increased distance."

The dual-slot design, AF1 says, also boosts the launch angle, helping golfers who struggle to get fairway wood shots airborne hitting off the ground (as opposed to a tee). They are built for a higher launch with a high trajectory.

The AF1 Air Foil fairway woods come in 3-wood (15 degrees) and 5-wood (19 degrees), with a stock Air Force One Fujikura shaft. With the stock shaft they are priced at $149.99 each; with one of the premium shaft options, at $199.99 each. afogolf.com

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Tour Edge Hot Launch 2 Iron-Woods

Tour Edge Hot Launch 2 Iron-Wood
Tour Edge Golf

The Iron-Wood is one of the best-selling products in the history of Tour Edge. Is that surprising? Maybe it won't be when you hear that the Iron-Wood has been part of the Tour Edge product line since the first ones were introduced in 1999. Those were some of the first wave of iron-like hybrids to catch on in the market.

The latest generation of these hybrds are the Hot Launch 2 Iron-Woods. The HL2 Iron-Woods have iron-like clubfaces, including the appearance of a thick topline, built on a hollow body of hyper steel with a heavy sole.

That clubface is thin, forged and features variable face thickness (VFT) technology, all of which add forgiveness across the face and boost ball speed and distance.

The clubs are customizable at no extra cost and orders are delivered to your golf shop within 48 hours. You can buy Tour Edge Hot Launch 2 Iron-Woods individually, mix-and-match them with traditional irons, or build an entire set solely of Iron-Woods (they come in 2-iron through pitching wedge).

The MSRP is $79.99 per club, or a 7-club set for $499.99. touredge.com