Now the mainstay of Tour Edge’s designs, Exotics’ drivers consistently score as well or better than all but a few of the big-name and big-price companies’ drivers. The new Exotics XCG 4 driver is no exception and this is a great club to use in conjunction with a garden gold net.
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The ultra light-weight carbon frees up 27 grams of weight that are strategically positioned in the lower rear of the club head to improve MOI by more than 15 percent over previous versions. The result is longer tee shots that hold the target line even on off-centre contact.
Also key to the XCG 4’s performance is that it’s extremely light weight. It comes in two versions, a 310-gram, ultra-light version and a 276-gram, super-light version. The super-light version features a 45-gram, ultra-light, Graphite Design Tour Ad 46-inch shaft and a 26-gram WinnLite grip. The standard, ultra-light version weighs 310 grams and comes with a Fujikura Motore 55-gram, 45.5-inch-long shaft and a Golf Pride New Decade grip.
Both clubs have a suggested retail price of £329.
How the Tour Edge XCG 4 Driver performs
I took the 276-gram, super-light XCG 4 out for my first round of the season to really put it to the test. After not swinging a club for five months, I figured that if I could even find any of my tee shots, it would be a major coup for the XCG 4, you can also use it at home in the garden!
Instead, the XCG 4 delivered one long, high drive down the middle of the fairway after another. In fact, after 14 drives without one slice or one hook, including driving the ball pin-high on the 300-yard seventh hole at my home course, I think I heard my old driver weeping softly in the back seat of my car.
It could sense that it’s time in my bag might be severely limited if the XCG 4 keeps performing this way. It’s the best Tour Edge driver I’ve ever tested, and I’ve been reviewing Tour Edge drivers for a decade now.
I must admit that both the super light weight of the XCG 4 and the longer-than-average length worried me before I played with it. Lighter clubs are hard to feel for players like me who swing fast and sometimes become “disconnected” on the backswing. But, as I say, this impressive big stick handled even my rusty, early-season swing, delivering one long, high, straight drive after another and practising at home in the garden won’t leave you daunted.
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