ClubTest 2014: Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta Hybrids
Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta Hybrids
Category: Better-Player Hybrids
WE TESTED: 2 (17°) and 4 (22°) with Matrix Exotics White Tie 5X3 graphite shaft; 2 (17°) and 4 (22°) with Matrix Exotics Red Tie 6Q3 shaft; 2 (17°) and 4 (22°) with Matrix Exotics Black Tie 7M3 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Dimpled “Power Grid” slots allow the face to flex for a more springlike effect. The compact head is engineered to produce a hot ball flight.
PLAYABILITY: Ball flight depends on the shaft— the Red Tie gives the highest trajectory, while the Black Tie produces the lowest, most penetrating flight; easy to hit from the tee, fairway or rough.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Moderately forgiving off the tee and on nice lies; solidly struck shots are accurate for low-single-digit testers capable of working the ball.
DISTANCE: One of the longer, more consistent models.
FEEL: Stability is a staple of this club; the head stays square through impact and the ball rockets off the face with a powerful, springlike feel; vibrations to the hands are muted on all shots.
LOOK: Brushed gray head with white scoring lines; the crown gives it a serious appearance, while the sole looks space-age.
Some guys have trouble with shot dispersion; others want more precise feedback; there’s no adjustability, so you need to have these custom-fit to match the many shaft and loft options to your game.
BOTTOM LINE: These play more like mini fairway woods than potential iron replacements. Treat them as such—and find the right shaft/loft combo— and they’ll be a powerful tool.
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