• “The GRAA is not just for driving ranges! Our golf courses benefit tremendously from our relationship with the GRAA. They provide us a wealth of knowledgeable resources in all facets of our operations from food & beverage to golf course maintenance and everywhere in between.”

    - Carl Filipowicz, Traditional Golf Properties

  • “We pride ourselves and work very hard to maintain and grow our facility. It is always nice to be rewarded for our work, especially from a well respected and leading industry organization such as the GRAA.”

    - Phil Scally Jr., Scally’s Golf Center

  • “The GRAA and its products provide me with a wealth of knowledge. As a teaching professional, the coverage the GRAA gives to instruction is invaluable to me, providing me with ideas and best practices from some of the best instructors in the country!”

    - Lou Guzzi, PGA, Lou Guzzi Golf Academy

  • “Having the opportunity to share my best practices’ with the GRAA community has encouraged great feedback from my peers that I have used to further enhance my own programs. It is important for professionals to share their innovative ideas to continue growing the game.”

    - Scott Shapin, Kenwood Golf & Country Club

  • “Our association with the GRAA goes back several years now. In that time, Shadow Ridge Country Club has been recognized as the region’s leader in practice area and driving range development. We really enjoy your ‘best practices’ features.”

    - Gary Gabrielson, Shadow Ridge Country Club

  • “GRAA allows me see what my peers are up to and that really helps me come up with new ideas for our practice areas and teaching programs.”

    - Steve Dresser, Steve Dresser Golf Academy

  • “Every PGA Professional should have a chance to attend a GRAA Boot Camp!”

    - Will Reilly, Royal Palm Beach Golf Academy

  • “It was very exciting to be able to host a GRAA Boot Camp at our facility. Having taught at one the previous year, I knew it would be a very professionally run event attracting golf professionals from the area. The GRAA has really created a nice traveling product that is a must-attend if in your area!”

    - Nicole Weller, The Landings Club

  • “The GRAA’s Golf Range Magazine and Best Practice e-mails do an unbelievable job portraying how to grow the game and take instruction to the next level.”

    - Michael Haywood, PGA, Tucson C.C.

  • “We can be an isolated industry when we are in the midst of our busy seasons. As a GRAA member, we appreciate the connection to others in our industry that the magazine and best practices provide.”

    - Rick and Patty Kline, Sittler Golf Center

  • “Taking ideas that have been presented by Golf Range Magazine and GRAA best practices, then customizing those ideas to fit our facility has been so beneficial to Pine Meadow. My advice, read the magazine, read the GRAA best practices, you just never know where they may take you or your staff.”

    - Dennis Johnsen, Pine Meadow Golf Club

  • “The GRAA is great to work with because their goal truly is to help get, and keep, people interested in the game of golf. The association is very adamant about helping to promote the best facilities and instructors who do that!”

    - Scott Hogan, Scott Hogan Golf

  • “Golf Range Magazine has been a great resource for me and our facility to keep us up to speed on GRAA Best Practices and what is happening in the golf industry. I look forward to each issue to see what nugget of information will be helpful to our operation.”

    - Tiffany Faucette, 1757 Golf Academy

  • “I got some great ideas from the GRAA Boot Camp, which got me thinking of different ways to implement programs at my facility.”

    - Fred Glass, Neshanic Valley Golf Course

  • “Being recognized as one of the GRAA Top 50 Private Ranges in the country helped our membership grow to a full 300 golf members. We look forward to gathering more ideas in the future from the GRAA, and continuing to improve our golf facilities and the service to our membership.”

    - Dave Bahr, Maketewah Country Club

  • “The GRAA provides great information and covers a broad spectrum of topics to help me grow my business! I’ve kept in touch with many professionals I met at the Boot Camp, and have continually shared ideas.”

    - Brad Latimer, Smiley’s Golf and Learning Center

  • “The GRAA boot camp I attended was informal, and educational. Learning from PGA National Teacher of the Year, Lou Guzzi, was a valuable experience. Definitely helped me improve as an instructor and the bottom line of my facility!”

    - Jason Blonder, Ash Brook Golf Course

  • “I was fortunate to attend the recent GRAA Boot Camp at Fiddler’s Elbow. Hearing Stephen Kay present and to be so engaging concerning practice facility design and me being able to talk to other operators, to learn what is working for them, were both truly valuable.”

    - Bob Issler, Tom’s River Golf Center

  • “The exchange of ideas at with other PGA professionals at the Mistwood GRAA Boot Camp and the practice facility design presentation were awesome and terrific. Great job!”

    - Ed Stevenson, Oak Meadows Golf Club

  • “The GRAA Boot Camp was outstanding! Seeing the junior golfer so entertained by Nicole Weller was exciting to watch and good to see people like Patrick and Ryan of the GRAA willing to find the challenges that we face in the business.”

    - Lee Puddlefoot, Olde Hickory Golf and Country Club

  • “The GRAA has been tremendous for our practice range and golf club. It is our go to resource for creative ideas, promotions and vendor referrals.”

    - Stephen Clancy, Granite Links Golf Club

  • “As a three-time winner of the GRAA Top 50 Ranges, Red Ledges has received the positive recognition as one of the top private golf facilities in the state of Utah. This notoriety has brought numerous new golfing members and golf school students to Red Ledges, which has significantly increased operational revenues.”

    - Jon Paupore, Red Ledges

  • “The GRAA best practices have been fun to read and always creative. Holding outings on the wedge range and hosting a demo day for women are just two ideas we have implemented.”

    - Mike Barge, Hazeltine National Golf Club

  • “I have to say thanks to the GRAA for hosting their Boot Camps. Great agenda and excellent program!”

    - Patrick Casey, Brentwood Country Club of Los Angeles

  • “I really enjoy using the GRAA as a resource for my golf operations. From the best practices to equipment reviews, I can always count on the GRAA to help improve on what we do.”

    - Don Hurter, Castle Pines Golf Club

  • “Having experienced a growth in junior golf, equipment fitting along with the plans of building a new short game facility, GRAA has been a great tool to help us find ways to improve our bottom line.”

    - Rob Clark, The Ledges of Huntsville Mountain

  • “I always enjoy your Best Practices emails as they are chock filled with much, valuable information. Keep them coming!”

    - Judy Alvarez, The Florida Club

  • “GRAA best practices provide new and exciting ideas that we may be able to incorporate at TopGolf. Even if it’s not something that can be directly implemented at TopGolf, it tends to stimulate thinking towards related items that may be used at our facilities.”

    - Mark Caster, TopGolf

  • “Thanks so much for an informative GRAA boot camp. I can’t wait to do it again.”

    - Marty Stumpf, Farmer Brown’s Golf Center

  • “I support the GRAA in their Boot Camps, as well as all other opportunities to participate. Why? Because they do a tremendous job of recognizing the many deserving golf teachers across the country.”

    - Dana Rader, Dana Rader Golf School

  • “The GRAA Boot Camp at Haggin Oaks was a great opportunity to brainstorm with fellow professionals and to get some fresh ideas to try at my facility!”

    - Keith Lyford, Old Greenwood

  • “I love to read the GRAA best practices and articles. New ways to do things or something a little different is hard to think of when we are all consumed in our own facilities. I also like that GRAA has incorporated videos, which is even more descriptive and love to see the visual aspect.”

    - Shawn Cox, The Grand Golf Club

  • “The GRAA Boot Camp is a very good networking experience. Meeting and building relationships with the sponsors is very beneficial. I have connected with PowerTee and now have an installation in Minnesota — A very good ‘win-win situation’ if notfor the Boot Camp at TPC Twin Cities.”

    - Jim Deutsch, University of St. Thomas

  • “Since being named one of GRAA’s Top 50 Growth of the Game Teaching Professionals my lesson book has exploded! I’m as busy as I can be. Thank you for this honor.”

    - Mike Richards, Mike Richards Golf Academy

  • “Dancing Rabbit Golf Club greatly values our relationship with the GRAA and is very proud of the recognition we have received. The GRAA helps all facilities to offer and show the best ideas, amenities and services possible for all golfers to enjoy.”

    - Mark Powell, Dancing Rabbit Golf Club

  • “The GRAA is a great resource for our business. It is a vehicle through which we can stay relevant, keep up with the latest and greatest and assist in running a top-notch operation.”

    - David Beltre, Chelsea Piers

  • “More than anything, the GRAA has provided me new ideas and ways to help people play better golf and enjoy the game more. The videos and articles in Golf Range Magazine often give me a different view on a training aid or fresh perspective on a drill/exercise that I may not have used for some time.”

    - Andy Hilts, GolfTec

  • “I am very supportive and appreciate of your efforts to emphasize golf ranges in every capacity. The GRAA has huge potential to greatly benefit operators and PGA members.”

    - Joel Weitz, Vitense Golfland

  • “Loved the exchange of ideas at the GRAA boot camp. The GRAA staff kept the interest level high.”

    - Mimi Brown, Brown Golf Management

  • “I love to read the GRAA best practices and articles. New ways to do things or something a little different is hard to think of when we are all consumed in our own facilities. I also like that GRAA has incorporated videos, which is even more descriptive and love to see the visual aspect.”

    - Shawn Cox, The Grand Golf Club

  • “The recent GRAA Boot Camp was upbeat and informative. It was wonderful to hear great speakers like Lou Guzzi and Stephen Kay. I left the Boot Camp with more ideas than expected and will definitely attend another.”

    - Sean Driscoll, Big Swing Golf Center

  • “The GRAA Boot Camp program is excellent. I will be looking forward to the next one!”

    - Tom Burley, Indian Wells Golf Resort

  • “The golf architect talk at the GRAA Boot Camp was very eye opening! Great ideas to take back right away!”

    - Alan Manley, Augusta Technical College

  • “I actually learned something when I attended the GRAA Boot Camp, which is not always the case with those type of events. I was able to take away few ideas from the facilitators, and watching Keith Lyford reconfirmed that I am teaching the correct way to improve my students quickly.”

    - Phil Green, Home On The Range

  • “The GRAA is an amazing resource for all phases of golf. Their association encourages golf professionals and facility operators to get excited about utilizing our range to grow this great game. The GRAA’s information is extremely helpful and relevant in today’s world of golf.”

    - Kathy Gildersleeve-Jensen, Jensen Lindebald Impact Golf Academy

  • “The GRAA provides valuable industry information from the top teachers in the game on player development and programming. My bottom line has been directly impacted from the information provided.”

    - Jim Estes, Olney Golf Park

  • “The GRAA certainly acts as a resource and avenue to research great ideas from leading industry professionals.”

    - Chad Fleming, TPC Jasna Polana

  • “I am very supportive and appreciative of the GRAA’s efforts to emphasize golf ranges in every capacity. This organization has a huge potential to greatly benefit operators and PGA members.”

    - Joel Weitz, Vitense Golfland

  • “GRAA Boot Camps are a wonderful forum for professionals to gather and get new information and exchange ideas that can make us better professionals and operators. The value of these events is immeasurable.”

    - Bill Abrams, Balmoral Woods

  • “We have been very happy with our relationship with the GRAA. I read much of Golf Range Magazine each month and I archive the ‘Best Practices’ so that when we are looking at something new I can go back and see if someone has already had that experience. Having that information readily at hand is very valuable.”

    - Danny Elkins, Georgia Golf Center

  • “The GRAA Boot Camp was awesome! Great chance to meet and share with some of the best in the business! Keep it up.”

    - Jason Sedan, Orchid Island Golf & Beach Club

  • “It’s a pretty awesome publication that the GRAA has. Hats off to Rick Summers and his wonderful staff. The content is always great and relevant. I’m currently starting to implement some of the ideas I’ve seen in the magazine and emails.”

    - Greg Mason, Waverly Municipal Golf Course

  • Golf Range Magazine, GRAA Best Practices and Boot Camp are all great ways to pick up new ideas that have been successful at other facilities in order to enhance my operation. Everything I’ve seen the GRAA do is a home run!”

    - Brian Varsey, Ocean Reef Club

  • “I took away several ideas from the GRAA Boot Camp at Kinloch that I think will help enhance my business. Thought the ideas were good and learned a lot from others doing things differently. Loved exchanging ideas with different operators.”

    - Jay Perkins, Bel Air Golf Center

  • “I wanted to thank you again for allowing me the opportunity to attend the GRAA Boot Camp. The event was very well organized and the learning opportunities were tremendous!”

    - Paul Vasquez, Muroc Lake Golf Course

  • “Dulles Golf Center and the Chuck Will Golf Academy have had a long standing, positive relationship with the GRAA. Through seminars, Golf Range Magazine, and Best Practices, we have gained valuable information and ideas that not only improve our facility, but directly impact our bottom line!”

    - Chuck Will, Dulles Golf Center

  • “The past two years Liberty National has been given the honor of a GRAA Top 50 Golf Range. This is something we are very proud of and would like to thank GRAA for inspiring us to continue to improve our range operation through best practices and keeping us updated on industry trends. Thank you GRAA!”

    - Dan Schleichart, Liberty National

  • “The GRAA Boot Camp was great and I feel fortunate to have the opportunity to attend. Many best practices shared by experts at other facilities can only help to improve revenue and profitability at my facility. Even just implementing one idea learned from the GRAA Boot Camp makes it well worth attending.”

    - Joel Weitz, Vitense Golfland

  • “I have been using Golf Range Magazine to help me stay current and to learn about trends in the industry. I have found the articles particularly useful in learning about what others have done to stay ahead of the curve. They have also given me ideas on what I can do to make our facility better. Thank you for making us all better.”

    - Dale Abraham, Desert Mountain Club

  • “In our highly competitive market, Golf Range Magazine is one of my best sources for proven best practices and operational issues that pertain to the range.”

    - Mike Woods, PGA, Haggin Oaks Golf Complex

  • “Being involved with the GRAA is one of the best business decisions I have made. It helps me keep up-to-date with the latest information that is going on in the industry. I highly recommend you get involved.”

    - Rick Grayson, Rivercut Golf Course

  • “The GRAA has been an outstanding resource for not only Fox Hollow training center, but the three other ranges in our golf system. Golf Range Magazine keeps us on the leading edge of industry best practices across the country.”

    - Mike Messina, Fox Hollow Driving Range

  • “Always great to hear ideas from the industries best. Great GRAA Boot Camp at Fiddler’s Elbow.”

    - Doug Holub, Fairchild Wheeler Golf Course

  • “Outstanding event! Meeting all of the astute fellow professionals and the private session the first evening with Lester George were the highlights of a great GRAA Boot Camp at Kinloch.”

    - Kevin Lovell, Winton Country Club

  • “Thank you for bringing your GRAA Boot Camp to NJ – it was terrific! We got a lot of new ideas.”

    - Sue Delaney, Basking Ridge Country Club

  • “The GRAA is a great resource for any driving range (stand alone, public, private or resort) to use for networking and operational information. Golf Range Magazine and the Best Practices are invaluable products that provide proven ideas that can help all facilities use the range to drive revenue and grow the game!”

    - Greg Mason, Waverly Municipal Golf Course

  • “The GRAA staff was great at keeping on track and initiating discussion at the recent GRAA Boot Camp at Trump National – Los Angeles. There was way more interaction than I have seen at past educational seminars. Keep up the good work!”

    - Chris Talerico, Santa Barbara Golf Club

  • “In our highly competitive market, Golf Range Magazine is one of my best sources for proven best practices and operational issues that pertain to the range.”

    - Mike Woods, Haggin Oaks Golf Complex

  • “Being a part of the Golf Range Association of America has given me the opportunity to network with fellow PGA Professionals who share the same passion for growing the game of golf.”

    - Adam Smith, Salisbury Country Club

  • “We can be an isolated industry when we are in the midst of our busy seasons. As a GRAA member, we appreciate the connection to others in our industry that Golf Range Magazine and the GRAA Best Practices provide.”

    - Rick Kline, PGA, Sittler Golf Center

  • “The GRAA Boot Camp was a great experience and I learned a lot. It was great having Mike Malaska there; he really kept things interesting and was very helpful with his insight. I look forward to more educational opportunities through the GRAA.”

    - Chris Talerico, Santa Barbara Golf Club

  • “The sharing of ideas from both the GRAA Boot Camps and Golf Range Magazine is excellent! In a challenging economy, with golf being down not only in rounds played, but equipment and apparel sales, we need to rely on each other to continue to drive ideas for our patrons, customers, and members.”

    - Dan Baker, Golf Galaxy

  • “I read GRAA Best Practices and Golf Range Magazine. After reading the topics, I apply the practices that make sense for my operation and modify them to meet the needs of my customers. These have had a positive impact on my business.”

    - Rob Sedorcek, Country Club of St. Albans

GRAA News, Press Releases

November 21, 2017

Tour Edge Announces Three Additional Lofts in New Exotics CBX Hybrid Line, New TrueLoft System

Tour Edge, Golf’s Most Solid Investment, officially releases three new lofts in their wildly-successful Exotics CBX hybrid line, making for six total lofts available in the new clubs that have earned significant usage and top finishes on the PGA Champions Tour.

ybridlofts_email.jpgThe Exotics CBX hybrid is the first ever Titanium face, Stainless Steel body and Carbon Fiber sole hybrid design ever produced.

Tour Edge is adding three new lofts 17° 19°, 22° that will be available to tour players and consumers alike. The new lofts will begin shipping to Authorized Tour Edge retailers on December 15th.

Six different loft options makes the Exotics CBX the most extensive hybrid line available with more lofts available than any other manufacturer that has hybrids in play on the professional tours.

The Exotics CBX full line now consists of 16°, 17°, 18°, 19°, 20° and 22° in hybrids as well as four lofts in two different finishes available in the Exotics CBX Iron-Wood that was recently put into play on the PGA TOUR.

This unprecedented range in hybrid lofts provides a loft for every possible distance scenario and also provides the golfer the ability to expertly choose the best gaps for shots off the tee and/or shots from the fairway or rough. The Tour Edge R&D team expects an average of six to eight yards in between each loft, giving the Exotics  CBX a 36-48 yard distance range from 16° to 22°.

Tour Edge has implemented a new system for their Exotics CBX hybrids they call their TrueLoft System. Through extra quality control methods in the bending process of unfinished heads, plus a triple-check on loft and lie in the final stages of the club head making process, Tour Edge is committed to making sure that each  club head fits the exact loft that is listed on the club head.

“Tour players need to be dialed in to the exact yard with their hybrids, which can be a very hard feat to accomplish,” said Master Club Designer and President of Tour Edge David Glod. “With six available lofts and four more with our CBX Iron-Woods, we are making a commitment to the hybrid category like no one else in the  industry. We wanted to make sure that each loft serves its exact purpose and that is why we implemented the TrueLoft System in our R&D process. In the end, we end up rejecting more heads than what others would and that leaves us knowing that our investment is paying off in spades on the golf course.”

Tour Edge went the route of adding lofts instead of opting for an adjustable hybrid as they have done in the past despite the extra costs involved because of their non-willingness to sacrifice an additional 15 grams to the neck of the clubhead that is needed to facilitate an adjustable hosel.

“With Exotics, our design standards of efficiency and purity really go all the way to the top,” said Glod . “There is no wasted neck weight with these heads and there is zero face angle manipulation that is caused by a changeable hosel. The Exotics CBX design was made to be as pure of a tour design as they come so adding lofts  instead of adjustability was an easy call to make sure that we maintained that purity.”

The new Exotics CBX hybrid integrates new technology designed to push the boundaries of low-spin distance combined with tour-inspired feel and workability.

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The new Exotics CBX fairway woods and hybrids were designed with a multimaterial construction that includes the top of the line in Beta Titanium, Hyper Steel and Carbon Composite materials. This unique combination of three different materials helps produce a penetrating ball flight that cuts through windy conditions  and lowers side spin rates for greater accuracy.

They are currently the only Titanium face fairway woods and hybrids available for sale in the U.S. market.

amily_email.jpgThe Exotics CBX products feature a higher CG that is located slightly forward in the club head through the use of a carbon fiber in the sole, which is significantly lighter than stainless steel. This helps to increase ball speed and reduce spin, which makes  for less dispersion. Tour Edge’s extremely thin Beta-titanium cup-face enlarges the ideal hitting area on the clubs. The higher CG location minimizes spin for optimal low-spin distance and tour preferred penetrating trajectory.

“All Exotics products embrace new materials and manufacturing methods” said Glod. “We call it our material advantage and it’s the very DNA of all Exotics products; the CBX hybrid is our latest example of this ethos.”

Highlighting the face is the Exotics variable face thickness (VFT technology) for forgiveness on off-center hits and to promote faster ball speeds. It is brazed to stainless steel behind the hitting area which allows the face to flex more at impact.

The CBX hybrid comes with premium high-performance stock shaft options: Project X HZRDUS Black, Mitsubishi
Rayon Kuro Kage Silver Dual-Core Tini. The clubs come standard with Lamkin Z5 grips. The suggested retail price is $249.99.

To find a Tour Edge retailer near you, call (800) 515-3343 or visit touredge.com.


About Tour Edge Golf

In 1985, David Glod founded Tour Edge with a focus on offering golfers with high quality and technologically  advanced golf products that were as cutting-edge as they were affordable. He is now considered one of the preeminent master club designers in golf club design and has led Tour Edge to be a Top 10 manufacturer in

every club category.

Tour Edge is driven to provide the very best in forward-thinking technology and in utilizing advanced materials that are proven to perform better than the status quo.

Independent robotic tests and professionals who play Tour Edge products on the PGA TOUR, PGA Champions Tour, LPGA Tour and Web.com Tour without club contracts have proven time and time again that the unique technology approach that Glod and Tour Edge have taken has set them apart from the competition.

Tour Edge, an American owned and operated company for more than 32 years, manufactures and sells golf clubs under three distinct brand names: Exotics, Hot Launch and Bazooka. Exotics products bring futuristic technologies to the marketplace with tour preferred designs and smaller production runs. Hot Launch  has forged a name for itself as a producer of high-quality premium game improvement golf clubs from driver to wedge. Hot Launch has proven to provide the greatest custom fit value in golf and includes an unprecedented guaranteed 48- hour custom fit delivery program. Bazooka represents the absolute best value available in golf, offering advanced players, beginners, women and juniors the best  in playability and affordability.

All Exotics and Hot Launch clubs are hand-built in the United States and then distributed throughout the world. Every Tour Edge club comes with a Lifetime Warranty and a 30-day play guarantee. High resolution images are available at www.touredge.com (select Media Center). For more information, call (800) 515-  3343 or visit touredge.com.

Media Contacts

Jon Claffey, Vice President of Marketing
Phone: 800-515-3343 ext. 110
Email:  jclaffey@touredge.com

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