ClubTest 2014: Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Irons
Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Irons
Category: Game-Improvement Irons
Price: $599, steel; $599, graphite
WE TESTED: 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, PW with True Temper X-Lite 90 steel shaft; 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, PW with Fujikura Exotics Fuel graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Tungsten weights in the heel and toe stabilize the club on misses. A cavity in the center of the sole is meant to limit turf resistance.
PLAYABILITY: Solid versatility from a variety of lies; a consistently high trajectory provides good carry through the set; knockdowns and touch shots can be played with confidence; long irons are easy to get in the air.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Forgiveness is the club’s strongest quality -- lots of help directionally, misses stay in play without serious penalty.
DISTANCE CONTROL: The weighty heads and high ball flight deliver predictably; shots carry fine in most situations; you get what you expect in the scoring zone.
FEEL: Lots of heft through the swing gives a feeling of power; vibration dampening is effective -- center hits are soft, misses provide feedback and don’t sting.
LOOK: Seeing the large clubhead at address provides an element of comfort for some testers; the clubs appear almost like hybrid-irons as they sit behind the ball.
The XCG7 irons aren’t as long as many others tested; some guys say these sticks are simply too big and bulky; a number of panelists want a bit more feedback.
BOTTOM LINE: These easy-to-hit clubs do a pretty fair job of masking your misses. They’re well suited to players looking to get the ball airborne with little or no hassle.
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