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Golf Australia Express : Launch
YOUR INDEPENDENT PRODUCT REVIEW TEST THE EXOTIC BEAUTY We put Tour Edge’s latest Exotics driver to the test. Is the XCG-4 really that long? IN A NUTSHELL Pros: Superb feel; weighted beautifully; consistently straight; impressively long! Looks nice. Cons: Difficult to work the ball; can be tricky differentiating pure hits from poor ones. EXOTICS XCG-4 DRIVER DRIVER OTG STICK XCG-4 CLUBHEAD SPEED (MPH) 108 MPH 108 MPH BALL SPEED (MPH) 156.8 MPH 156.8 MPH SPIN RATE (RPM) 2564 2536 CARRY DISTANCE (METRES) 235 242 TOTAL DISTANCE (METRES) 251 258 The guys at Tour Edge have established a name for producing quality, long fairway woods over 30-odd years. But as we found out, the club manufacturer is now making drivers of equal quality in its Exotics range. We took the latest instalment in the range—the XCG-4—out for a test drive. And it’s fair to say we were pretty impressed. WHAT TOUR EDGE SAYS: The new XCG-4 series offers legendary performance. Available in a 276-gram super-ultra-light and 310-gram ultra-light editions, these turbo-charged drivers are guaranteed to thrill and inspire like no other club has before. With the development of the XCG-4 driver, Exotics engineers have carried out extensive work to create one of the lightest, most aerodynamic drivers in golf. The XCG-4’s new sleek design and heavily-radiused sole allow for a more streamlined, fluid head shape that minimises drag as the driver cuts through the air. Powered by the game’s most advanced lightweight shafts, the XCG-4 is a true distance weapon off the tee. The heart of the XCG-4 is an advanced head design that features a titanium face and sole, an amorphous carbon crown, two amorphous carbon sole inserts, and two tungsten sole weights. The ultra-light weight carbon frees up 27 grams of weight that is strategically positioned in the lower rear of the clubhead to improve MOI by more than 15% over previous versions. The result is longer tee shots that hold the target line even on off-centre contact.