Equipment

ClubTest 2013: Tour Edge Exotics XCG6 Hybrid

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Tour Edge Exotics XCG6 Hybrid

Tour Edge Exotics XCG6 Hybrid
Category: Game-Improvement Hybrids
Price: $199
WE TESTED:
2 (17°), 3 (19°), 4 (22°) with Graphite Design Tour AD 50 graphite shaft; 2 (17°), 3 (19°), 4 (22°) with Matrix Ozik HD 5.1 shaft; 2 (17°), 3 (19°), 4 (22°) with Matrix Ozik HD 6.1 shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Extra sole weighting in the heel and toe adds stability. A strong, thin maraging steel face helps to launch the ball at faster speeds with less spin.

PROS
PLAYABILITY:
A slightly lower, more piercing trajectory than many others; the midsize heads put the ball in play on marginal swings and dig it out of junk.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Strike the ball almost anywhere on the shallow face and the ball goes straight, with little dispersion; no big curves; distance is well-preserved.
DISTANCE: Well-struck shots are among the best tested; mis-hits keep you in the hole; impressive length off the tee.
FEEL: A real strong suit -- the crushing sensation equates to the shot quality; powerful, crisp compression on center hits; no danger of losing the head during the swing -- excellent balance and weight.
LOOK: Compact, meaty, powerful look; little offset appeals to better players; one of the easiest to square -- set it down and it does the rest.

CONS
A few testers don't hit the ball high enough into greens; the XCG6 isn't as forgiving of thin contact as some of the superlow CG hybrids; white shaft with orange accents and red grip is a poor color combo.

BOTTOM LINE: One of the highest-rated hybrids. A consistent, great feeling set.

NEXT REVIEW: Wilson Staff D-100 Hybrid

 

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