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Tour Edge Golf Story By TOM LaMARRE

For several years after its inception in 1986, Tour Edge golf did a nice, little business as something of a specialty golf club company. David Glod, who played college golf at Florida Southern with Rocco Mediate and Lee Janzen before becoming a teaching pro, started the company in the garage of his condo in Warrenville, Ill. “We were a driver and fairway wood company and then we got into the iron business,” said Glod, who now operates the company out of a 5,500-square-foot facility in Batavia, Ill. ” … (In the beginning) my garage was the cut room and my bedroom was the finishing and painting room.” How times have changed.tour edge golf

These days you can fill your golf bag, or everybody’s in your foursome for that matter, with Tour Edge equipment, which by the way is state-of-the-art and right on the cutting edge. “I think our product line is as big, or bigger, than any equipment company here,” said a Tour Edge rep, waving his arm to include Titleist, Callaway, TaylorMade, Ping, Nike and Adams, all the heavyweights who had booths of varying sizes on the floor of the PGA Merchandise Show in January at Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Don’t look for your favorite player on the PGA Tour, LPGA Tour or Champions Tour to endorse Tour Edge equipment on the Golf Channel, because the company does not pay golfers to use its equipment. It speaks volumes that some of them do, anyway.tour edge golf

Brandt Snedeker won the Tour Championship and claimed the FedEx Cup with the help of a Tour Edge Exotics 3-wood. “It’s definitely one difficult club to find the perfect fit for, but I did with this Tour Edge Exotics CB4,” said Snedeker, who was the best player in the world early this season, winning the AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am in addition to finishing second twice and third once. “This is a relatively new 3-wood, its a Tour Edge Exotics 13-degree 3-wood (and) its kind of a little bit higher launch for me. It’s got a Diamana shaft in it so. It kind of helps me get (the ball) up in the air a little.”tour edge golf - Matt Kuchar

Matt Kuchar Bag

Others who are using or have played Tour Edge golf clubs at one time or another include Tom Watson, Luke Donald, Matt Kuchar, Nick Faldo, Zach Johnson, Lucas Glover, Tim Clark, Brian Gay, David Duval, Chi Chi Rodriguez, Gil Morgan, Hee-Won Han, Stacy Prammanasudh, Mika Miyazato, Sean O’Hair, Spencer Levin, Ryan Moore, Bruce Fleisher and Kevin Streelman. Tour Edge’s first big breakthrough came in 1999, with the Lift-Off Iron-Wood, one of the first hybrid clubs, which was selected as ING’s “Breakthrough Product of the Year.” “I remember writing in a press release that this was the wave of the future,” said Jay Hubbard, who then was Tour Edge’s vice-president of marketing. “I guess I was right, because now everybody has hybrids.”exotics cb5

Tour Edge golf has had success in recent years with its Bazooka titanium woods and its Exotics line, which made its debut in 2005 and includes every type of club you can put in your bag–from driver, to fairway woods, to hybrids, to irons, to putters. This year, Tour Edge introduced its Exotics XCG6 line, which includes a full set or irons, hybrids and fairway woods, plus the company’s first adjustable driver. With the twist of a wrench supplied with the club, golfers can adjust the face, angle, loft and lie.

Just like the big boys…

I am Fernando, Editor and Publisher of South Florida Golf. My goal will always be to make sure you have a great time while visiting our website or reading our digital magazine. I'm an old school guy happily married with 35+ years of serious golf under my belt. Former mini-tour player, Florida Atlantic University Grad... I follow Miami Dolphins, Miami Heat, Miami Marlins, Panthers and anything related to South Florida .. Contact me at fs@sfgmagazine.com or @SOFLAGOLF

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    Delaine Hosch
    May 12, 2013

    Open golf tournaments, such as the U.S. Open, are held to try and give amateurs the chance to break into the field of professional golf. Golfers participate in a series of smaller tournaments to qualify for the Open where they proceed to the big tournament where they compete against professionals. The last amateur to win a U.S. Open was back in 1933.,..

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