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2 new fairway woods deliver technology, distance

Langston Wertz Jr.
Langston Wertz Jr. writes about high schoool sports for The Charlotte Observer and charlotteobserver.com.

Tested the new fairway woods from Tour Edge Exotics and Adams this week, and if our testers are any indicator, these are going to be big hits.

Our testers, across the board, rated the Adams 4.5 out of 5 stars. The Tour Edge got 4.5 out of 5 from former PGA pro Lew Farwell and 4.0 out of 5 from everyone else. The slight dip was because the others had a little trouble launching the Exotics and setting it up.

Being a scratch player, Farwell enjoyed the tighter ballflight of the Exotics.

A little on both sticks.

• The $349.95 Exotics XCG is a really pretty club. It's got a titanium face and features a Golf Pride half-rubber, half cord grip that I loved so much I went and had master clubfitter John Gamble install them on all my clubs -- replacing the Winns I'd played for a year.

The clubface is not very tall and tends to want to make you set up open. It took myself and testers awhile to figure out how to best attack the ball. Off the ground, it's not the easiest thing to hit consistently but misses were tight. Off the tee, though, this is a cannon.

Overall this is the longest 3-wood we've tested since we did an older version of the Exotics early last year. Everyone got 10 or 12 more yards.

I think the problem that some had launching it would be solved by getting the 4-wood version -- and in doing so, I think you'd still get 3 wood distance.

The stock 3 wood here is like a strong 3 for everybody else.

• The new Adams XTD series is simply ingenious. I think it's a 5 star out of 5 club, but I have to go with the total score provided by six testers. The premise is simple: create a fairway wood that looks like a hybrid club. Most golfers, at all levels, get a little confidence from looking at the hybrid.

And when you put the Adams on the ground, it does feel like a hybrid with a longer shaft. It's easy to set up and easy to launch. It goes high and at least as far as most 3-woods I've hit with the exception of that bionic one from Tour Edge.

The $199 Adams comes in three flavors: one for slower swingers looking to correct a slice, one for faster swingers and one for low handicappers, a "pro" version with more neutral weighting and a smaller head.

The Adams also comes with an upgraded Aldila DVS shaft, which would cost as much as $200 aftermarket.

News n Notes

• Reps from Mizuno and Titleist will have a demo day at Emerald Lake Golf Club in Matthews Saturday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m....Players can get Skycaddie demonstrations from authorized reps at all Edwin Watts Charlotte locals Friday, May 30, and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

• Just four months after switching to Nike Golf equipment, Suzann Pettersen has claimed her first professional title of the season at the Deutsche Bank Ladies Swiss Open on the Ladies European Tour (LET). Pettersen, currently ranked third in the women's world rankings, produced a new 54-hole tournament record of 22-under par using Nike's CCi Forged irons and the new Nike ONE Black Ball.

• More players in the just-completed Women's NCAA Division I Championships at the University of New Mexico Championship Course played PING irons, drivers, fairway woods and hybrids than any other brand, PING announced, citing the Darrell Survey Report....More than 95 percent of the field, or 120 of the 126 players relied upon Titleist golf balls.

• Graphite Design's Pershing shaft drove a pair of women's champs and the runner-up at the BMW PGA Championship while the winner of the weekend's EuroPro Tour event played the company's new Tour AD YSQ model, according to the Darrell Survey.

• Titelist has launched a new website, vokey.com, to showcase its award-winning wedges and their designer, Bob Vokey. Vokey works directly with Tour players, club professionals and better playing amateurs to create his clubs, which were introduced in 1998. Vokey Design wedges have been the No. 1 wedge on the PGA Tour in terms of count and wins for five consecutive years, the company said.

Langston Wertz Jr: 704-358-5133
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