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XRail Fairway Woods Keep Ball in Play AND Offer Workability

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Pros: Heel, toe weighting, sole rails keep ball in play. | Exotics for mid-HDCP players.

Cons: Other fairway woods have hotter faces.

Craft-shop club maker Tour Edge has achieved a cult following for its Exotics line, especially the fairway woods. In recent years, PGA Tour pros such as Brandt Snedeker use the Exotics fairway metals because they work - the pros get no TE endorsement money for playing them.   Well, TE has expanded its Exotics line with the XRail driver, FW, and hybrid. These are pegged for everyday golfers who are willing to trade a little distance for a long club that keeps the ball in play.   The XRail has a v-sole design to cut through grass and help stabilize the clubhead; the face view looks similar to the TaylorMade Raylors from about 2007, although not as radical. The FWs have...
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VR-S Forged offers cavity, forgiveness and feel

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Pros: Clean head design hides cavity from address view, club easy to line up

Cons: Very costly for average golfer

I was fortunate to test out this club extensively at a St. Louis area regiona demo day. I came into Nike's tent when many of the visiting golfers were at lunch.   The head design has a cavity back, but this is hidden from the golfer at address. The face is an almost trapezoidal design with almost straight lines at the edges rather than curves. The sole, however, is slightly rounded from heel to toe. The metal is 8620 steel (for you science buffs), and has a soft, silver finish to it, somewhat like the Ping Ansers.   I used the stock shaft: a Nippon NS Pro 950GH HL (high launch); this Stiff Flex version weighs about 98 grams.   My current irons have PX 5.0...
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TM Superfast 2.0 - Has potential

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Pros: Easy to square up

Cons: Light shaft tends to balloon ball

Experience was last August, but it was a good one.   At local golf club, got to hit the following three drivers, all 10.5* loft and with regular shaft. Callaway HyperX Tour (2008) - my regular driver Callaway RazrX TM Superfast 2.0   I borrowed the bottom two from the pro shop, and went out the range. Dry, sunny day with about 15 MPH crosswind, and brand new range balls. I warmed up hitting some chips and short irons, hit a couple of shots with each driver, and then started keeping score. I hit eight or nine shots with each driver.   The two Callaways pretty much tied, at 220 yards carry and a little roll, and minimal wind effect. The two felt...
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Less is more for SL 3.5

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Pros: Slant-cut 4-way divider handles clubs smoothly... Cart strap slot

Cons: Penalty potential! Actually will hold 16 clubs

 I'm one of those difficult golfers who wants a golf bag that does everything - it's a stand bag which can carry smoothly or go onto carts... it's lightweight but holds a lot... won't lose your umbrella... and so on...   Well, I stumbled across a stand bag which delivers most of this in the 2011 SM 3.5 Superlight. The 2011 model has a 9.5-inch "4-way top with three integrated handles and full-length dividers." The 2010 model had six divider slots, but the 2011 has four fully lined compartments which will hold all your clubs.   The top is cut on a diagonal, so that the woods ride higher above the middle irons, and the middle and short irons ride...
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Shotmaker-83 Insert Offers Better Accuracy and that Old Persimmon Feel

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Pros: Gives tighter dispersion and more distance... Marketing materials clearly explain the science behind it...

Cons: This is a precision instrument. Read instructions so you don't damage it on insert... Price point may be too high for some.

  In 1996, True Temper borrowed ideas from carpentry tool manufacturers and introduced the vibration-dampening Sensicore golf shafts. Next came clubhead gel inserts and cushions by various club makers such as Cleveland and Titleist.   While early efforts pursued both a softer feel and less impact shock to joints and tendons, Harrison Sports has taken the trend to the next level: its new Shotmaker shaft insert promises increased shaft stability without increasing tip stiffness. Basically, Shotmaker is designed to lessen the vibration of the shaft and increase the likelihood of center hits. Shotmaker does two primary things, according to marketing director Frank Choi....
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Raylor = H or FW? Who cares...

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Pros: Boat hull sole digs ball out of rough well. Good stopping power.

Cons: Care needed to balance clubhead in set-up.

The title reflects a burning question in golfdom: Is the Raylor a hybrid or a fairway wood? As I hinted, who cares? It works for what I needed.   I got the 19* Raylor in R shaft to replace my Slazenger RDS 5W. The RDS got the ball up with gusto out of the rough, or off the fairway. But, I had trouble trying to stop the thing. Also, a slightly closed face meant I had a lot of solid shots that ended up 10 yds. left of green. (Driver and 3W are square-faced).   Enter the Raylor. I had test-hit the Raylor and some other 5W variants a few months before I bought it. It has a 42.5" shaft, which is an inch longer than most hybrids. Plus, it has slightly more bulge in the...
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