Equipment

ClubTest 2014: Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta Driver

Photo: Michael Chini

Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta Driver

Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta Driver
Category: Tour Drivers
Price: $349
WE TESTED:
9.5° with Matrix Ozik White Tie graphite shaft; 9.5° with Matrix Ozik Red Tie graphite shaft; 9.5° with Matrix Ozik Black Tie graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The dimpled portion of the sole enables the face to flex more, which leads to faster ball speeds. The head can be altered by as much as 3.5º of loft. Adjustable 440 cc head has loft settings from 8.5° to 12° in half-degree increments.

PROS
DISTANCE:
Reasonable performer; not a home run hitter, but it has decent pop off the face; pretty similar to what testers are currently using.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: An apparent lack of sidespin leads to a lot of straight drives; distance isn’t hurt dramatically by shots hit just off the sweet spot; testers’ adjustments to the face pretty much eliminate big left and right shots.
FEEL: Powerful feel when the ball leaves the face; solid without being overly loud; pleasing at impact—no jarring sensations on missed shots.
PLAYABILITY: Relatively consistent, medium-high flight that can be curved; straight shots are more the norm for many testers.
LOOK: Handsome, low-glare gray finish makes it look like a player’s club; clean, classy look at address.

CONS
Doesn’t provide the big distance of some others; not quite as forgiving or controllable as a handful of testers would like; it produces a bit more backspin than some other drivers.

BOTTOM LINE: Decent all-around performer that would appeal to players who prefer to primarily play straight shots.

HOT STIX'S TAKE: Launch - Low; Spin - Low

NEXT REVIEW: Wilson Staff FG Tour M3 Driver

RELATED LINKS
MORE INFO: Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta Driver
BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta Driver
CLUBTEST INDEX: List of past ClubTest Driver reviews

 

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