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Exotics XCG6 Fairway Woods: Editor Review
Summary: Long and forgiving, with classy looks and feel. A bit pricy at $299.
Pros: The XCG6 fairway woods look great at address and go forever. The sound is pleasing, the feel at impact is buttery and shaping shots is a breeze.
Cons: They’re not adjustable, and there’s no alignment on the crown. They’re also pricey — $299 — and their bigger-than-average size means they’re not the easiest fairway woods to hit of the ground.
Bottom Line: The XCG6 fairway woods are some of the longest out there — especially off the tee. Their combo-brazed titanium faces give them great sound, feel and forgiveness, but they cost almost $100 more than their competitors. That makes them a tough sell.
The XCG6 fairway woods use a 15-3-3-3 beta titanium cup face that is combo-brazed to a heavier stainless steel body — a process that creates no welds. Because there are no welds, Exotics says that its fairway woods have more precise face thicknesses that create faster ball speeds across the face. They also have a lower of gravity that makes the clubs easier to hit.
Exotics further enhanced forgiveness on the XCG6 by combo-brazing an extremely heavy tungsten sole plate on the outer edges of the sole that makes up 65 percent of the total weight of the fairway woods, increasing moment of inertia for more forgiveness on mishits.
The XCG6 fairway woods cost $299 and are available in six different lofts — 11.5 degrees, 13 degrees, 15 degrees, 16.5 degrees, 18 degrees and 21 degrees. They’re designed to have a square face at address, and come stock with two different shafts: Graphite Design Tour AD 40 and Matrix Ozik HD 6.1.
The Graphite Design Tour AD 40 is a high-launching shaft that is available in three different flexes: L (39 grams), A (39 grams), R (42 grams) and S (43 grams). The Matrix Ozik HD 6.1 is a mid-to-high-launching shaft for stronger players that comes in three flexes: R (53 grams), S (62 grams) and X (64 grams).
The Graphite Design Tour AD 40 shafts are 0.5-inches longer than the Matrix Ozik HD 6.1 shafts, with a 3 wood length of 43.5 inches.
One of the questions GolfWRX asked me for this review was, “Did the club do what the company says it does?” Well, for me it has actually done more.
I have shied away from 3 woods, especially in the 13-to-16-degree range for years, always opting for the 17-degree-and-higher fairway woods because they are easier for me to hit. Also, I just didn’t see the need for a fairway wood with a low loft for a few reasons:
- I already have a driver.
- I don’t like the look of them, as they don’t inspire confidence for me.
- I don’t usually go for par 5’s in two because I’m confident in my wedge game.
Well, I’ve had a 15-degree with a Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7S shaft for a while now. I’m not saying “look out par 5’s,” but the XCG6 has allowed me to use shorter clubs into par 4’s than in the past, sometimes as much as a two-club difference! This club is that good, that long and is an absolute rocket off the tee!
According to Tour Edge, the XCG6 actually provides a slightly flatter trajectory than the company’s CB5 fairway wood, but its larger size makes it more forgiving.
That’s the great thing about the XCG6 — it’s long and forgiving. Now, the XCG6′s aren’t magic. The misses feel a little harsh and don’t go as far as center strikes, but they’re less punishing than fairway woods I’ve played in the past.
Looks and Feel
I really like that the XCG6 has a traditional, all-black glossy crown. I also like that the shape of the club is simple, clean — it’s a pear-shaped head with white scoring lines gives it the look of being all business. I am a fan of the way the white-painted lines on the face frame the ball, and they are also proving to be durable as well.
The club has a slightly larger footprint than the company’s CB5 fairway wood, which makes it a little less versatile. But it’s not big enough to make me fear topping, thinning or chunking shots.
Like the looks of the club, the sound is traditional. The XCG6 gives a muted thwack at impact that lets me know I hit a good shot. I did not get the stock shaft, so I cannot comment on it. But I cannot say enough good things about the great feel of the heavier version I used — a Graphite Design Tour AD DI 7s.
The stock Graphite Design Tour AD 40 shaft will likely be a little too high launching and high spinning for golfers with faster swings, but the company does offer a Matrix Ozik HD 6.1 shaft as a stock option as well, which is about 20 grams heavier, depending on flex. It’s 64 grams in the S flex, and 69 grams in the X flex, which is in line with shaft offerings from other OEMs.
The biggest concern with the XCG6, as well as the CB5 fairway woods, is the cost — especially if you’re a golfer who wants to install an aftermarket shaft. That could raise the price tag from $299 to more like $500 or $600, which is a lot for a club that many golfers don’t hit more than a few times per round.
But the one thing you have to give Exotics credit for is sparing no expense in the construction of the heads. The XCG6′s combo-brazed titanium faces makes them one of the longest fairway woods on the market. They’re also one of the best-looking, best-feeling and best-sounding fairway woods you can buy.
If you’re willing to pay the price, you can’t go wrong with the XCG6, which mixes classic looks, feel and sound with premium materials and construction for top-of-the-line performance.
Reviewed by Lenny Cinquegrano (lenny316 in the forums)