A Head to Head comparison between Exotics XCG7 Driver and XCG6
Back in December 2012 Tour Edge released their innovative Exotics XCG6 driver, a product we felt it was a quantum leap from its predecessor in terms of materials, technology and overall performance. In fact, the Exotics XCG6 Driver scored high marks in our raw distance competition and was rated #1 in overall performance specially for those with fast swing speeds. Come November 2013, Tour Edge is planning to launch (2) very distinctive drivers, a 460 cc model XCG7 and a smaller version at 440 cc XCG7 Beta (ßeta). So we decided to do what is right and compare them in a head to head challenge… right here in our own turf ! (Carolina Golf Club Driving Range)
- Heads: Tour Edge Exotics XCG6, XCG7 and XCG7 ßeta
- Matrix Ozik HD 6.1 X-Flex (Standard for XCG6)
- Fujikura Fuel Tour 70 S-Flex (Standard for XCG7)
- Matrix White Tie 7X3 S-Flex (Standard for XCG7 ßeta)
With our launch monitor in place we started warming up and trying different lofts and shafts combinations between the (2) XCG7 models. We must point out that the hosel design and screw are totally different from last year’s model and this limited our ability to try the old XCG6 driver with the new shafts. The new XCG7 has an state of the art eight-way adjustable loft system, with one-half degree increments between 8.5 and 12 degrees. At 8.5 degrees, both driver faces are open, the Beta driver slightly more than the standard driver. At 12.5 degrees, both driver faces are closed, the standard version somewhat more than the Beta version.
Fact is, last year we felt that the lack of a full adjustability was one of the features we disliked the most on the old XCG6, with this new hosel we feel that Tour Edge has a bigger reach to the golf audience…
The XCG7 and XCG7ß drivers come with different shafts too. The Beta comes with a Matrix Ozik Tie series shaft and the standard XCG7 is equipped with a Fujikura Fuel series shaft. The Beta, which is designed for better players, also has a lie angle that is one degree flatter. From the top (crown) is hard to tell which driver is which, 20 cc is not that much of a difference and they both look very similar. Comparing face to face, the Beta driver has a deeper face; but as soon as you switch from one to another the big changes occur. In addition, distance is maximized in both XCG7 drivers with a new Power Grid design. According to Tour Edge, the Power Grid, which is positioned directly behind the hitting area, creates an accordion-like action that increases spring-like effect at impact.
Using the same Fujikura Fuel shaft on both XCG7 models we noticed similar ball flight characteristics, launch angle 13.1 for the Beta and 13.6 for the standard. More noticeable were the spin rates Beta 2945 rpm vs standard 3480 rpm. The Beta model is a spin killer just like its predecessor the XCG6 model which also averaged just under 3000 rpm using the old Ozik Matrix. Tour Edge has gone a step further by incorporating the high performance Matrix Tie Series which squeeze the extra few yards out of the small 440 cc head. Our final numbers in terms of distance (carry), launch angle, spin rate, based on a 9* degree loft and averaging between 104 mph to 109 mph swing speed were the following:
- XCG7ßeta Head and Matrix White Tie: Distance (carry) 278 yards, total distance 291 yards, launch angle 13.1, spin rate 2945
- XCG7 Head and Fujikura Tour Fuel: Distance (Carry) 283 yards, total distance 287 yards, launch angle 13.7, spin rate 3480
- XCG6 Head and Matrix Ozik: Distance (carry) 275 yards, total distance 285 yards, launch angle 13.2, spin rate 2990
There is not a real winner between the XCG7 and the XCG7ß versions. Both drivers performed well above its predecessor the XCG6. In terms of raw distance the winner will have to be the ßeta version with an incredible 291 yards total distance and a lower trajectory which is desired by the better golfer. In terms of longer carry and better control the winner will have to be the standard XCG7 model.
In the end, Tour Edge is presenting a true change in terms of design and performance with their new Exotics XCG7 Driver and XCG7 ßeta models. Both drivers designed for different segments of the golfing population. One driver (my preferred) the XCG7 ß for the better player with a retail price of $349.00 and the other one XCG7 at a more accessible $299.00 price range. For further information on Tour Edge and their Exotics line of Clubs please visit www.touredge.com