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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Davies headlines field at Senior LPGA at French Lick

By Golf Channel DigitalOctober 14, 2018, 10:40 pm

Laura Davies will be looking to win her second senior major championship this year when she tees it up in Monday’s start of the Senior LPGA Championship at French Lick Resort in Indiana.

Davies, who won the inaugural U.S. Senior Women’s Open in July, will join a field that includes fellow World Golf Hall of Famer Jan Stephenson, who was announced last week with Peggy Kirk Bell as the Hall’s newest members. Hall of Famers Juli Inkster and Hollis Stacy are also in the 54-hole event.

Trish Johnson is back to defend her title after winning the inaugural Senior LPGA Championship a year ago. Brandi Burton, Jane Geddes, Helen Alfredsson and Liselotte Neumann are also in the field of 81 players who will compete for a $600,000 purse, with $90,000 going to the winner.

Golf Channel will televise all three rounds live from 4-6 p.m. ET on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

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Langer (65) wins regular-season finale by six

By Associated PressOctober 14, 2018, 10:07 pm

CARY, N.C. – Bernhard Langer ran away with the SAS Championship on Sunday to take the points lead into the PGA Tour Champions' Charles Schwab Cup playoffs

Langer shot a bogey-free 7-under 65 for a six-stroke victory in the regular-season finale.

''I just played very solid all day long,'' Langer said. ''Putted well, hit the ball where I was looking and did everything exceptionally well.''

The 61-year-old German star has 38 victories on the 50-and-over tour, also winning this year near Houston. He has a record four victories after turning 60.

''I don't have anything to prove, but I still have golf,'' Langer said. ''I still want to improve my own game. I still want to play to the best Bernhard Langer can play. I don't think I need to prove anything, but I love competing, I love winning or being in the hunt. As long as I can do that, I think you're going to see me out here.''

Langer finished with a tournament-record 22-under 194 total at Prestonwood Country Club, the tree-lined layout softened by heavy rain Thursday from Hurricane Michael. He opened with a 62 on Friday to match Gene Sauers and Tom Lehman for the lead, and had a 67 on Saturday to remain atop the leaderboard with Sauers.


Full-field scores from the SAS Championship


''The 10 under was amazing,'' Langer said. ''I couldn't believe there were two other guys who shot 10 under.''

The four-time Charles Schwab Cup winner also won at Prestonwood in 2012.

''It's always fun to go back to where you've won before because you feel like you know how to play the course and you're somewhat comfortable and that's certainly the case here,'' Langer said. ''I've been probably 50, 70 times now around this golf course and I know how to play every hole.''

Scott Parel was second, closing with a double bogey for a 65.

''Bernhard is just in his own world this week,'' Parel said.

Jerry Kelly had a 68 to finish third at 15 under, and Lehman followed at 13 under after a 71.

Sauers shot a 75 to tie for fifth with Miguel Angel Jimenez (68) at 12 under.

The top 72 players in the Schwab Cup standings qualified for the playoffs, the three-event series that begins next week with the Dominion Energy Charity Classic in Richmond, Va. Dan Forsman tied for 56th to jump from 74th to 72nd, edging John Huston for the final spot by $932. Huston tied for 46th.

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Pepperell captures British Masters, eyes Augusta

By Associated PressOctober 14, 2018, 5:29 pm

WALTON HEATH, England -- Eddie Pepperell won his second European Tour title with a two-shot victory at the British Masters on Sunday and likely secured the even bigger prize of a place in next year's Masters at Augusta National.

The Englishman shot an even-par 72 and held off his playing partner, Sweden's Alexander Bjork (71), as the pair went to the 72nd hole at a wet and windy Walton Heath with Pepperell just a stroke in front.

Pepperell finished on 9-under 279.

Herbert Lucas (69) and Jordan Smith (73) were tied for third, another two shots behind Bjork.

English pair Sam Horsfield (69) and Tom Lewis (70) along with American Julian Suri (74) tied for fifth, one shot in front of tournament host Justin Rose (70).

The victory takes Pepperell into the world's top 35 and almost certainly secures a first appearance at Augusta in 2019. The top 50 at the end of the year are guaranteed a place in the first major of the year in April.

Ryder Cup star Tommy Fleetwood (72) finished 2 under in a seven-way tie for ninth.


Full-field scores from the British Masters


A top-two finish on Sunday would have seen Rose reach the top of the world rankings for the second time this season, the 38-year-old having spent two weeks as No. 1 in September

Pepperell was ranked outside the top 500 as recently as May last year, but won the Qatar Masters in February and followed a runner-up finish in the Scottish Open with a tie for sixth in the British Open seven days later, carding a closing 67 at Carnoustie despite saying he had a hangover.

His three-shot overnight lead was down to a single stroke on Sunday when Bjork covered the front nine in 34 and Pepperell three-putted the ninth, the same hole where he enjoyed a spectacular hole-in-one on Thursday.

However, the 27-year-old Pepperell promptly holed his second shot to the 10th from 122 yards for an eagle to move three clear and a par save from off the green on the 14th looked to have sealed the win.

There was still time for some late drama, though, as Pepperell dropped shots on Nos. 15 and 16 to see his lead cut to a single shot, but Bjork bogeyed the 18th after driving into the heather and Pepperell saved par from a greenside bunker.

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Disappointed Sharma fades to T-10 at CIMB

By Will GrayOctober 14, 2018, 1:46 pm

For the second time this year, India's Shubankhar Sharma watched an opportunity for a breakthrough win turn into a learning experience.

Sharma burst onto the scene in March, taking a two-shot lead into the final round of the WGC-Mexico Championship only to fade to a tie for ninth. It was a similar story Sunday at the CIMB Classic in Malaysia, where Sharma started the final round in a three-way tie for the lead but struggled to an even-par 72 that dropped him into a tie for 10th.

"Disappointing, not really happy with the way I finished," Sharma told reporters.


Full-field scores from CIMB Classic

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The 22-year-old was 1 over for his first six holes, but he battled back with four straight birdies on Nos. 7-10 to get within three shots of eventual winner Marc Leishman. But his tee shot at the par-3 11th found the water, leading to the first of three straight bogeys that ended any hopes of victory.

"That was probably one of the worst swings of the day," Sharma said. "That 11th hole I think killed the momentum for me. A par there would have gone a long way, and I probably could have made more birdies after that."

Sharma remained optimistic this spring following his final-round fade in Mexico, and he retained a positive mindset despite a rough afternoon as he eyes upcoming starts at both the CJ Cup in South Korea and the WGC-HSBC Champions in China.

"Great experience. Very, very good to have two top-10s on the PGA Tour, so that's a good way of looking at it," he said. "Also, it pushes me to keep playing well. I feel like I have it in me to win out there on the PGA Tour, and I've given myself two opportunities. Game is in a decent place now."