Schecter Lee
Friday, April 02, 2010

From Golf Magazine (ClubTest, May 2010)

Category: Fairway Woods

We tested: 3+ (13°), 3 (15°), 4 (16.5°) and 5 (18°) with Fujikura Motore Exotics 75 graphite shaft

Company line: "Our Exotics XCG-3 is the first fairway wood to incorporate a titanium face and body with a heavy tungsten sole. Tungsten is two times heavier than stainless steel, which allows more weight to be placed below the ball's center of gravity (CG) for a hotter, quicker launch, less spin and remarkable forgiveness. The sole, in fact, weighs 126 grams (an astonishing 63 percent of the clubhead's total weight)."

PROS: One of the highest-rated performers in the test; panelists rave about the distance gains; powerful feel off the clubface; testers can maneuver shots (more so left and right than high and low); stable, substantial weighting during the swing; piercing ball flight; traditional pear shape is a plus, the club sets up square every time.

CONS: Not the most forgiving club on misses—you need to be more precise than with some others; lower ball flight could work against low-ball hitters.

$300, graphite;

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