Tour Edge Exotics XCG-4 Fairway Woods
From Golf Magazine (May 2011)
Category: Fairway Woods
We tested: 15°, 18° with Fujikura Motore Exotics 65 graphite shaft
Key Technologies: A "springy" beta titanium face insert creates a "trampoline effect" at impact, for longer distance. Two-thirds of the head's weight is in the tungsten sole, resulting in an extremely low center of gravity and high MOI.
OUR TESTERS SAY: Among the most preferred woods tested; a standout in terms of distance and feel.
PLAYABILITY: Better players find it easy to shape shots; heavy, rounded sole proves versatile from a variety of lies.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Off-center hits are only mildly hurt in distance and direction.
DISTANCE: As long as some drivers off the tee; superior length from fairway lies; several testers pick up 10+ yards compared to their own clubs.
FEEL: Lively, springy, firm feel elicits "wow" at impact; shots rocket off 3-wood like a driver.
LOOK: Large, low-profile head is set for liftoff.
Low-profile head can slide under ball from fluffy lies in rough; a few testers find that left-to-right misses don't get a lot of help.