Tour Edge Exotics XCG Fairway Wood Review

by   |   May 5, 2008

As a recent winner in the 2008 Golf Magazine club test, the Tour Edge Exotics XCG fairway wood is getting a tremendous amount of buzz. The Exotics line from Tour Edge has been known to produce serious contenders in the arena of the high end club market. They have not disappointed in their latest fairway wood offering, the XCG.

Tour Edge Exotics is a branch of the Tour Edge golf equipment line. There is a clear divide between the two offerings of this company. They have the Tour Edge line which is geared toward the more financially conscious consumer and then the Exotics line which is specifically geared toward the high end market. Their attention to this market has not gone without notice. Some companies that involve themselves in two different ends of a spectrum lose sight of where they are going; it appears that Tour Edge Exotics knows where they are headed and how to get there.

Technology

If you are looking for a fairway wood that is teeming with loads of current technology, this is the one for you. The XCG claims to have the fastest ball speed of any of their previous fairway wood offerings. The XCG’s high COR of .83 allows for amazing ball speed which is accomplished by creating a thin, titanium cup face that employs variable thickness technology across the entire face of the fairway metal. According to Tour Edge, Combo-brazing the face and crown to the XCG’s heavier steel body displaces more weight to the sole for less spin, a higher launch and greater distance. This fairway wood also utilizes a 4-way cambered sole to allow play from a myriad of lies. All models set square, aside from the 13 degree model which sits one degree open.

Shafts

The shaft offerings from Tour Edge for the XCG fairway wood, according to their website, are limited to three options (at the time of publish I was not able to confirm if they have custom offerings). They include the stock offering Graphite design X-Quad, Aldila DVS fairway, and the UST V2 fairway. These shafts are offered in many weights and all flexes. My version has the Aldila DVS fairway wood shaft and I found the shaft very smooth, with great response and feel. I also found that it played true to flex and weight. From a consumer standpoint, I would have loved to see a larger selection of shafts to choose from, especially at the price point of this fairway wood.

Aesthetics

The tour XCG fairway wood did not disappoint in the looks department. If you enjoy a classic look, and one that frames the ball nicely, you will love this club. The classic, low profile look that has become common place in the higher end fairway wood market is present here with the Tour Edge Exotics XCG. This club is very subdued, using classic black paint, a small alignment aide, and exhibits a traditional metal wood appearance; all of which make it appealing to golfers of all levels, specifically ones that enjoy the appearance of traditional, classic fairway woods.

Performance

The performance that has become associated with the Tour Edge Exotics line is not misplaced with this latest version. The XCG is vying to take the position of the much coveted CB2. Has it surpassed it? It is really hard to beat a classic (let alone one from your own company), but this offering comes close. The XCG is much more forgiving than the previous option and, according to Tour Edge, guarantees the player 20 more yards from their current fairway wood. This is quite a bold statement from a company that is known to have one of the longest fairway woods available in their current CB2.

My version of the XCG is a 15 degree fairway wood with an Aldila DVS stiff flex, 75 gram shaft. I have to say that this is an extremely smooth combination; one that I was skeptical would produce the results that I heard about. Being a higher spin player I was slightly concerned with the ball flight that would be produced with the DVS. After hitting many shots and attempting to hit different shapes and heights, this shaft and club head failed to disappoint. The high launch and low spin was perfect for me and produced high, flat flying bombs that had some run out down range. It was an amazing range and course session.

I was able to hit many different shots and more importantly, I was able to hit many fairways, some with very impressive distance. This is a very solid, exceptional fairway wood, and despite the high price tag (MSRP $349.00) it is one of the better fairway woods that I have had the pleasure of owning.

Conclusion

Should you buy this fairway wood or not? That is completely your choice as a consumer. I am very impressed with this fairway wood and after forking over my own hard earned money for this club; it is even better that it is an impressive performer. This is the first club that I have had to pay for since resigning my PGA membership, and I am not regretful at all. It is as good as any of the top performing fairway woods that I have played in my career. Solid from the fairway and solid from the tee, plus adding in the fact that it looks great, plays from many lies, and the distance is impressive, what else would you want from a fairway wood?

There is one thing I would recommend, if you are going to buy one of these I would make sure that you select the correct shaft and loft combination. If you are spending the cash to get this club, do yourself a favor and get yourself fit for the right shaft and loft. That way you can reap the benefits of the performance and technology aspects this club offers. You might just be as happy with yours as I am with mine.

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11 Comments

  1. Mike Hosek

    March 1, 2013 at 9:57 am

    The best fairways I have ever hit hands down.
    My preference is the Tour Edge Exotics XCG4 series over all of them.
    Workable and very long. The 13* three wood may have you keeping your driver in the bag. Awesome clubs.
    Mike

  2. Steve

    August 25, 2009 at 6:24 am

    Great review. This is one hell of an incredible model. I’ve hit pretty much every model of FW on the market (for those with relatively low handicaps) and this is the best I’ve hit. Hitting them is an absolute pleasure, as you would expect from clubs as expensive as these. I’ve also hit all the previous model Exotics fairways. This is the easiest to hit of the lot and look the best at address as well. Noticeably easier to hit than the CB2, in my experience and hits it higher (with an equivalent shaft). Also much prefer how it looks at address. As for the shafts, the DVS feels better than the stock GD and is for those with slightly stronger swings. Similar ball flight in my experience. If you hit it way-high you’d want the UST shaft, I imagine. You get what you pay for.

  3. Pete

    September 10, 2008 at 2:29 pm

    How would you decide or describe the attributes associated with the DVS v the GD shafts? They are of considerable different weigh and, torque and kick.

  4. Dan

    June 27, 2008 at 11:55 am

    I think the distance results between the two heads will be negligible. They are very similar distance wise, with the correct shaft. Forgiveness wise you will see some benefits from the newer model XCG as it is designed to be a little more forgiving than the previous models from the Exotics line. I would say if you like the cb2 and hit it well, your results will not be that different. If you are looking for a little more forgiveness and a little bit easier launch of the deck the XCG might be the way to go. Either way they are both very good three woods.

    Hope that helps

  5. James

    June 27, 2008 at 10:03 am

    Like Scott’s June 23rd comment, I would also like to hear how this compares to the CB2. I just bought a CB2 from Edwin Watts and did not realize there was a new model out in the CZG. I have only played one round with the CB2 so far and will play twice more this weekend. The price of the CB2 and CZG are the same and I get a 30 day play/return policy so wondering if I should switch to the CZG. I am sure I will not always make sweet spot connection and maybe the forgiveness will be good. However, I do not necessarily want a high launch club but suppose the shaft can take care of that (I got it with teh UST V2 stiff). I like height but not too much, is all. I play to an 8.2 index right now. Thoughts?

  6. Scott

    June 23, 2008 at 3:46 pm

    How would you compare the XCG with the CB2? I’ve been hitting both trying to decide which to purchase. Results have been almost identical for both clubs. So far, neither one is a clear winner.
    Thanks

  7. Tom

    May 16, 2008 at 12:16 am

    This is indeed the best 3 wood out there. I hardly use my drive anymore

  8. thomas

    May 9, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    the review is excellent, it truly describes the club. I work in a golf store and i hit this wood almost everyday. the feeback is sharp and feel is solid, it sounds nice too. its a great buy, and most people who buy it from us, already know how good the exotics range is, so they have no problem splashing out a little extra. as for me, i’m sticking with my original exotics fairway wood, as i still havn’t found a better choice!

  9. Joe

    May 8, 2008 at 5:11 pm

    These fwys are very solid and extremely forgiving off the fairway too. I am staffed by tour edge and carry the 13 and 16 degree woods. best fwys i have ever hit

  10. Dan

    May 6, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    It is a very solid 3 wood in my opinion. But it is a little pricey. In my article I made sure to mention that if you are going to buy this club, make sure you get the correct setup for you and your golf swing. It has a higher MOI than previous models from TEE, and that helps on miss hits, etc. I would think with the correct shaft and loft this fairway wood would be a good choice for many golfers of almost all ability levels. Get fit up correctly and you will be good to go with any club, but this fairway wood is as good as I have ever played, and that is saying a lot as I have played quite a few.

    I appreciate the comments on the review.

  11. Ian Tessier

    May 6, 2008 at 8:51 pm

    I have not yet read the Golf Mag Club Test but will soon. In the meantime, is this 3 wood one that a mid capper would enjoy? I have a tendency to fade off the deck with my Cleveland TI Launcher but it goes the distance when hit well.
    Thanks for the great review!

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