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USA is great, but out marketabilty sucks
Has anyone seen this club? I feel we are getting taken advantage of being offered two mutually exclusive clubs while the japaneese are offered the best of both the ft-3 and the x-460, with this x-18 cf. Really seems to be a kickass club. Check it out here:

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Asia always get golf clubs, especially drivers that have way more technology with higher grade materials.

 

This usually translates into better looking clubs and perhaps better performing.

 

WHY???

 

1. Asia is technology driven marketplace. Companies are constantly looking to use better & newer materials to one up the competitors. As you have seen, most clubs are composite with high grade titanium and high grade composites and carbon fibers.

 

WHY do they not use these materials in the US.

 

ANSWER: PRICE!!!!! MONEY!!!!

 

We are a technology driven marketplace but we are all bargain shoppers and where the average driver in the USA costs $299 retail and high-end drivers cost $399.

 

In ASIA average driver price are around $599-$799 and high end drivers a closer to $1000.

 

And these babies sell like hot-cakes in Asia, where as a $499 plus driver, let alone a $699 driver no matter what grade titanium was used or what fancy new material was used would never leave the proshop or store. Except for perhaps a few "early adopters" that are willing to dish out premium bucks for the latest and greatest.

 

But the US marketplace will not allow such prices so......the Manufactures will not set themselves up to fail or gamble anymore than they already do with every new product release.

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I haven't hit the X-18 CF, but I am trying out the ERC III CF (usga legal club, top Callaway-Japan driver last year, being updated with the new ERC Hyper this month). It feels and sounds better (to me) than the older FT's and X-series drivers BUT I have not tried the FT-5 yet.

 

If I get a chance to try the X-18 for a comparison I will post my thoughts on it.

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