Just received my 2011 X-UT hybrid from TourStage yesterday and have already taken it to the range. I’ve got a lot of clubs I’m reviewing right now and tomorrow I have the support of TSG club tester Tatsuro Oshimoto to help me out so that we can provide a mid handicap perspective (ME) along with a plus level player (Tatsuro).
My first impressions right out of the box are, is this thing gonna be hard to hit? It’s a fantastic looking hybrid it’s face is fairly deep and it’s dimensions playeresque. Its overall a compact design and extremely appealing to my eye. The face looked a bit open which I like because I have a tendency to pull hybrid clubs. I was never one to get along with wood style utilities and always preferred driving irons over them so I decided to order this one with a steel NS950 shaft to keep dispersion tight and predictable.
First Impressions were extremely positive, with the steel shaft it flew dead straight, It had a low/mid trajectory and felt very easy to get off the ground. I’ve only got about a half bucket 30 balls under my belt with it so far and real course testing occurs tomorrow. If your familiar with last years model the UT-101w this one has a slightly lower CG yet has been moved forward for less spin and workability. The 2011 TourStage X-UT features “onset” which supports you in keeping the left side out of play. For those of you not familiar with onset, its the opposite of offset where the face is slightly positioned forward of the hosel. The body is made of SUS630 stainless steel and the face is a hyper stainless 455 variable thickness cup face.
Tomorrow it goes up against the new Miura MG Hybrid which has a deeper face than the X-UT. The comparison will be difficult as I have shafted the MG hybrid with the Ozik Altus Hybrid shaft in X. Stay tuned many reviews coming up!