ClubTest 2013: Tour Edge Exotics XCG6 Fairway Woods
Tour Edge Exotics XCG6 Fairway Woods
Category: Game-Improvement Fairway Woods
WE TESTED: 3+ (11.5°), 3 (15°), 4 (16.5°) with Matrix Ozik HD graphite shaft; 3 (15°), 4 (16.5°) with Graphite Design Tour AD 40 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Sixty-five percent of the head's total weight is spread across the heavy tungsten sole to increase MOI. A thinner, larger titanium cup face than in the XCG5 maximizes spring-like effect across more of the face.
PLAYABILITY: Medium-high and straight almost every time in the higher lofts; can work the ball both ways fairly easily; the 11.5° is a real laser off the tee.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Acceptable range of dispersion, with most offcenter hits finishing no worse than 20 yards right or left of the target; misses fly nearly as long as center shots.
DISTANCE: The 11.5° may as well be a small-headed driver, and compares distance-wise to some drivers tested.
FEEL: Its greatest strength; a hammering feel at impact -- ball explodes off the face; you can really feel the trampoline effect off the face; a little softer than prior versions.
LOOK: Simple, clean club with a shallow face but enough depth to suggest the forgiveness is there; the tungsten weights and curvature of the sole also contribute to a forgiving look.
Many testers have difficulty hitting high shots off the ground, which can cost distance; several testers prefer an alignment aid on the hood of the club.
BOTTOM LINE: Typical long-hitting, hot Exotics woods. One of the top-rated for feel.
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