Titanium face, tungsten sole, multi-metal compound
Well-balanced; solid feel and sound
Versatile offering of lofts and shafts for all skill levels
May not be ideal for some higher-handicap players
MSRP at introduction: $299.
Come in lofts of 3, 4, 5 and 7 with two strong-lofted 3-woods, as well.
Stock shaft choices are the Fuji Blur, Graphite Design Tour AD and Aldila RIP Sigma.
Review: Tour Edge Exotics XCG5 Fairway Woods
Tour Edge has kept true to its mission of providing multi-metal configurations that provide feel, solid sound and performance. The manufacturing process involves a complicated marriage of very light titanium with tungsten, which is very heavy. The marriage of the two is a great union - these clubs are long. Nearly three-quarters of of the clubhead weight resides in the sole. That helps get the club through the ball and adds to the ease in getting the ball airborne. The sole is also “X” radiused, which provides ease of hitting from a variety of turn conditions.
It also allows the lie angle to be nearly anything the golfer wants – another plus.
Another bonus from Tour Edge is the variety of quality stock shafts. The Graphite Design Tour AD weighs in at a very low 43 grams, The Fuji Blur 65 is mid-60s and the Aldila RIP provides a more traditional 70-gram weighting. There is one likely to suit your tempo.
Interestingly, there are two strong 3-wood options, one 11.5 degrees and the other 13 degrees of loft. This might appeal to those players for whom driver is out of play, or who want more control and accuracy. The greater the loft the less sidespin, and the less sidespin, the straighter the flight. The face angle is square on all models.
While I'm not sure the Tour Edge Exotics XCG5 fairway woods would fit well in the bag of a mid-high handicap player, the deeper face and long heel-toe measurement gives forgiveness where it's needed most. Shots hit with the TEE XCG5 travelled slightly higher and also slightly longer than a current fairway wood setup. Just what you'd want from a new stick.
We've tested some solid fairway woods this season, but the Tour Edge Exotics XCG5 has to rate at the top of any list of clubs you should try.