Tour Edge Exotics XCG Fairway Review

By May 2, 2008, 4:00 pm

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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Perez skips Torrey, 'upset' with Ryder Cup standings

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 2:19 am

Pat Perez is unhappy about his standing on the U.S. Ryder Cup points list, and his situation won't improve this week.

Perez won the CIMB Classic during the fall portion of this season, and he followed that with a T-5 finish at the inaugural CJ Cup. But he didn't receive any Ryder Cup points for either result because of a rule enacted by the American task force prior to the 2014 Ryder Cup which only awards points during the calendar year of the biennial matches as well as select events like majors and WGCs during the prior year.

As a result, Perez is currently 17th in the American points race - behind players like Patrick Reed, Zach Johnson, Bill Haas and James Hahn, none of whom have won a tournament since the 2016 Ryder Cup - as he looks to make a U.S. squad for the first time at age 42.

"That kind of upset me a little bit, the fact that I'm (17) on the list, but I should probably be (No.) 3 or 4," Perez told Golf Digest. "So it kind of put a bitter taste in my mouth. The fact that you win on the PGA Tour and you beat some good players, yet you don't get any points because of what our committee has decided to do."

Perez won't be earning any points this week because he has opted to tee it up at the European Tour's Omega Dubai Desert Classic. The decision comes after Perez finished T-21 last week at the Singapore Open, and it means that the veteran is missing the Farmers Insurance Open in his former hometown of San Diego for the first time since 2001.

Perez went to high school a few minutes from Torrey Pines, and he defeated a field that included Tiger Woods to win the junior world title on the South Course in 1993. His father, Tony, has been a longtime starter on the tournament's opening hole, and Perez was a runner-up in 2014 and tied for fourth last year.

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Woods favored to miss Farmers Insurance Open cut

By Will GrayJanuary 24, 2018, 1:54 am

If the Las Vegas bookmakers are to be believed, folks in the San Diego area hoping to see Tiger Woods this week might want to head to Torrey Pines early.

Woods is making his first competitive start of the year this week at the Farmers Insurance Open, and it will be his first official start on the PGA Tour since last year's event. He missed nearly all of 2017 because of a back injury before returning with a T-9 finish last month at the Hero World Challenge.

But the South Course at Torrey Pines is a far different test than Albany, and the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook lists Woods as a -180 favorite to miss the 36-hole cut. It means bettors must wager $180 to win $100, while his +150 odds to make the cut mean a bettor can win $150 with a $100 wager.

Woods is listed at 25/1 to win. He won the tournament for the seventh time in 2013, but in three appearances since he has missed the 36-hole cut, missed the 54-hole cut and withdrawn after 12 holes.

Here's a look at the various Woods-related prop bets available at the Westgate:

Will Woods make the 36-hole cut? Yes +150, No -180

Lowest single-round score (both courses par 72): Over/Under 70

Highest single-round score: Over/Under 74.5

Will Woods finish inside the top 10? Yes +350, No -450

Will Woods finish inside the top 20? Yes +170, No -200

Will Woods withdraw during the tournament? Yes +650, No -1000

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Monahan buoyed by Tour's sponsor agreements

By Rex HoggardJanuary 24, 2018, 12:27 am

SAN DIEGO – Farmers Insurance announced on Tuesday at Torrey Pines a seven-year extension of the company’s sponsorship of the Southern California PGA Tour event. This comes on the heels of Sony extending its sponsorship of the year’s first full-field event in Hawaii through 2022.

Although these might seem to be relatively predictable moves, considering the drastic makeover of the Tour schedule that will begin with the 2018-19 season, it is a telling sign of the confidence corporations have in professional golf.

“It’s a compliment to our players and the value that the sponsors are achieving,” Tour commissioner Jay Monahan said.

Monahan said that before 2014 there were no 10-year title sponsorship agreements in place. Now there are seven events sponsored for 10-years, and another five tournaments that have agreements in place of at least seven years.

“What it means is, it gives organizations like the Century Club [which hosts this week’s Farmers Insurance Open], when you have that level of stability on a long-term basis that allows you to invest in your product, to grow interest and to grow the impact of it,” Monahan said. “You experienced what this was like in 2010 or seen other tournaments that you don’t know what the future is.S o to go out and sell and inspire a community and you can’t state that we have a long-term agreement it’s more difficult.”

Events like this year’s Houston Open, Colonial in Fort Worth, Texas, and The National all currently don’t have title sponsors – although officials at Colonial are confident they can piece together a sponsorship package. But even that is encouraging to Monahan considering the uncertainty surrounding next season’s schedule, which will include the PGA Championship moving to May and The Players to March as well as a pre-Labor Day finish to the season.

“When you look back historically to any given year [the number of events needing sponsors] is lower than the typical average,” Monahan said. “As we start looking to a new schedule next year, you get excited about a great schedule with a great group of partners.”

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Day WDs from Farmers pro-am because of sore back

By Golf Channel DigitalJanuary 24, 2018, 12:07 am

SAN DIEGO – Jason Day has withdrawn from the Wednesday pro-am at the Farmers Insurance Open, citing a sore back.

Day, the 2015 champion, played a practice round with Tiger Woods and Bryson DeChambeau on Tuesday at Torrey Pines, and he is still expected to play in the tournament.

Day was replaced in the pro-am by Whee Kim. 

Making his first start since the Australian Open in November, Day is scheduled to tee off at 1:30 p.m. ET Thursday alongside Jon Rahm and Brandt Snedeker.