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Ernie Els isn't just a major winner. He's also a club designer

By Mike Stachura

Some were surprised when Ernie Els signed an endorsement contract with Adams Golf in January, but the real surprise might be that Els helped design the iron he has played since the spring.

loop-adams-iron-518.jpgThe XTD Tour uses the same cross braces in the cavity found in the company’s more game-improvement-style XTD iron, plus a slightly smaller sole slot to increase the face’s ability to flex at impact. The cross braces deepen the center of gravity for extra stability on off-center hits.

Els helped refine the shape on his more compact version of the XTD, including a squarer toe on the short irons. The XTD Tour will be available in September ($700, seven irons).

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