ClubTest 2014: Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Fairway Woods
Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Fairway Woods
Category: Game-Improvement Fairway Woods
WE TESTED: 4 (16.5°) with Fujikura Exotics Fuel graphite shaft and 4 (16.5°) with Fujikura Exotics Fuel Tour graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Hexahedron sole weights are positioned behind the toe and heel for added stability and a lower CG. A 465 maraging steel cup face backed by a new “Power Grid” helps increase ball speed.
PLAYABILITY: Surprising versatility for a larger, lighter wood; proficient out of trouble, with plenty of hang time; baby cuts and draws are doable.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Shots fly high and hold well; keeps fades in check and most shots on-line; for a majority of testers, mis-hits receive fair punishment.
DISTANCE: Easy distance impresses slower swingers, while power players are unconvinced; overall, good pop for the loft tested.
FEEL: Blasts the ball—springy without feeling harsh or cheap, yet softer than previous Tour Edge woods; light shaft is effortless to swing, and holds up to most moves pretty well.
LOOK: Minimalist: matte black with few graphics; wide, round and low to the ground—a bit of a pancake appearance at address; looks ready and willing to hoist the ball high.
High trajectory and spin rate don’t suit stronger testers; lightweight shaft isn’t ideal for fast swings, and reaching back for a few extra yards gets some guys in trouble; big, saucershaped clubhead doesn’t evoke tons of confidence for a handful of testers; won’t eke much extra out of misses.
BOTTOM LINE: A polarizing club, best for repeatable, easy-swinging players or those who might have lost clubhead speed over the years.
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