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Newest Release: Ashton Golf's X-BRID

You've been on a launch monitor, you're now fitted with the correct clubs and shafts but for some reason, you're still not throwing darts at the flag. You realize the lies on your irons might need an adjustment. You go back to your club fitter and hit off his lie board. He concludes that you need the lies adjusted by 2 degrees. You immediately realize that's why you've been consistently missing the flag to the right. You go back to the range and now your able to dial it in at the flag. BUT…you still can't hit your long irons. You go back to your club fitter and he sets you up with a couple of hybrid clubs. You hit them a lot better than your long irons but you're still leaving the ball out to the right. You again go back to your club fitter to get a lie adjustment on your hybrids. The first thing he says to you is "sorry but we can't adjust the lie on hybrids"… until now.

Introducing the X-BRID with Soft Hosel Technology™ from Ashton Golf.

 

The first hybrid club that's easily adjustable for loft and lie.

Most hybrid clubs are made of 17-4 or 4-31 stainless steel. A lot of fairway woods are made of 17-4 stainless steel. Have you ever tried to adjust the lie on a fairway wood? First thing you have to do is heat the hosel, discoloring the paint and then try your best to bend it without damaging the crown of the club or snapping the hosel. 303 and 304 stainless steel requires much less force to bend and heating is not required. 303 and 304 stainless can also be bent up to 3 degrees without complications*. The X-BRID's hosel is made of 304 stainless steel since 304 possesses better welding characteristics than 303. Using our proprietary fusion welding system, the hosel is successfully attached to the body. The relative density of 304 stainless is also slightly higher than 17-4 or 4-31 stainless steel, giving the X-BRID slightly more natural hosel weighting, leading to straighter shots.

Apart from the natural benefit of 304 stainless steel's bendability, 304 also possesses the unique feel of a forged iron. Hitting the X-BRID gives the golfer the feeling of hitting a premium forged club in the center every time.

With so many hybrids to choose from on the market today, it's nice to have a truly original design that stands out from the crowd in performance and innovation. Our goal with the X-BRID was to produce a hybrid that hits long, straight, accurate shots and feels great. With the X-BRID we've done just that.

 

 

 

Specifications

* Face Material: Moly Forged™

* Hosel Material: 304 Stainless Steel

* Crown Material: 17-4 Stainless Steel

* Sole Material: 17-4 Stainless Steel

* Color: High Gloss Black

* Deep and back center of gravity- high launch angle

* Double satin finish face

* Available RH only. All X-BRID heads include a free zipper headcover..

 

* Please do not attempt to bend this club without first consulting a qualified professional clubmaker with the proper loft/lie equipment. We are not responsible for breakage or damage to the club if there are visible signs of loft/lie adjustment. Extreme caution must be taken. Bend this club at your own risk.

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Just finished playing 18 holes with my X-brid in the bag. Have a 16* which I hand picked with 59* lie & 1* closed face. Put in a 40.5 " TT Crossfire and have hit it great. Way more accurate than my current 3 wood and only about 10-15 yards behind in distance. I'll gladly give up those yards to hit shots that travel consistently at my intended target. Nice muted pop to this stick and the Crossfire makes a surprisingly nice complement to this head and is a nice cheap option

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The specs: Got a 22* head and matched it with a DGS300 tipped for a 3 iron and made to 38.75". I've got a Lamkin Crossline Cord Midsize on there. The swing weight came out to about D0.

 

The looks: Classy looking head that looks easy to hit. The Nice square looking face and I feel like I can make a nice aggressive swing through it. It's deeper than the Hogan hybrid or the Rescue, but it still looks like it will get the ball in the air.

 

Performance: I bought this club looking for something to give me 200 yards and replace my 3 and 4 irons. For me, this is the distance that gives me trouble coming into the green on par 5s and long par 3s. I can either force a 4 iron or try to punch a 5 wood. With this club, I can make a good swing on it and not worry about having to force it or take something off to get what I need. The head seems to be a little on the draw biased side, not much though. When I miss it, I hit a draw/hook right now and the club would do just that. Thin shots would still give pretty decent results. It was hard to hit a fat shot with it due to the shot design. Toe shots and heel shots would give okay results, still playable. The ball comes off the face on a flatter trajectory than the Rescue and seems to hold it's line pretty well in the wind. I liked the look of the ball flight.

 

Feel: This was the one area that I felt the club was lacking to me. I'm playing the Ashton X-1 and X-1D fairway woods and I can tell easily where I hit the ball on those. With the X-brid, there were many shots where I would have no idea how I hit it until I looked up. All shots felt the same with a dull muted thump to them. Almost persimmon-like. Not nearly as high-pitched as the woods are. I liked the sound and solidness of it, but the lack of feedback is a bit bothersome.

 

Overall: Nice club and a great value. I put one together for under $100 and it performs for me. Looks classy and gets the job done. The only drawback for me was the lack of feedback when hitting it. Otherwise, good performer.

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Ashton produced a nice head here. It sets up like a deepfaced .370 pear shaped spoon ready to launch the ball.

The face is square, it's only that the shaft is just behind the face and directs forward which is pretty much unlike an iron.

 

Where others dislike the feel, I really enjoy it. It is soft and compact; at impact it delivers a distinct solid click which reminds of the persimmon age. The rounded sole provides superb solutions for tight lies.

 

Thin shots will rise to acceptible heights and fat shots tend to balloon. Just as any other head.

 

Don't play the x-brid for ultra long shots, but do play it for shotmaking. Straight, draw, fade: the head performs at will allthough the shaft weighs heavily in this equasion. (I play mine with a sturdy irod prototype s).

 

The hardest time for me was trying to shank it on purpose. Impossible since the hosel is connected to the crown.

 

Only minus: cheapish headcover

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