Tour Edge Exotics XCG-V Fairway Woods

Photo: Schecter Lee

From Golf Magazine (Buyer's Guide, May 2009)

It's for: All skill levels

David Glod, President and founder: "The question I ask myself with each new model is: 'How do we outdo ourselves?' It was hard to improve on our last model but I knew we could do it by utilizing more titanium. A larger clubhead and v-shaped titanium cup face allow us to improve ball speed, especially on off-center hits. The XCG-V fairway wood is a rocket no matter where you catch it on the face."

How it works: As Glod states, the heads are bigger (e.g., the 3-wood is 11 percent larger). A light titanium hosel (saves 30 grams) and cup face (25 percent bigger) means that 50 percent more mass gets distributed to the heavy steel sole. Consider this: Sixty percent of the head's total weight is packed into the sole. The by-product is lower CG, less spin, more head stability and faster ball speed across the face.

$369-389, graphite

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