Tour Edge started the Exotics line in 2006 because the company wanted to prove it wasn’t just a maker of “price-point” equipment, that it could make high-end products with unique designs using cutting-edge materials. The new XCG7 irons, which should arrive in stores in mid-November and are designed for golfers looking for more feel and stability, continue Tour Edge’s push with the Exotics line.
Cast from 431 stainless steel, the XCG7 irons are designed with two tungsten weights – one in the heel area and one in the toe – that increase perimeter weighting and forgiveness.
“We used to have two tungsten slugs in both the heel and the toe area,” said Dave Glod, founder and owner of Tour Edge Golf. “But we’re using more tungsten than ever now, which creates a higher moment of inertia (MOI). It’s 10 percent higher than (last season’s) XCG6 irons.”
Glod also said that because the faces of the Exotics XCG7 irons are thicker in the center and thinner near the edges, they produce more ball speed.
The Exotics XCG7 irons are designed with a pocket cavity behind the face, leaving a small gap between the back of the hitting area and the weights.
“I love pocket cavities because it’s halfway to being a hollow club,” Glod said. “You can pick weight up and move it back with a pocket cavity. In most cases the weight comes from the sole, which already has a lot of weight in it, but now with clubs like the XCG7 we’re taking some of the weight out of there and moving it farther away from the face, which increases the moment of inertia in a huge way. I’m a big proponent of wider soles and pocket cavities.”
To enhance the feel of the XCG7, Tour Edge created a three-piece, elastomer-coated badge that covers much of the back of the club. Glod said it reduces vibrations, enhances sound and amplifies feel.
“When you get these thinner faces, they vibrate and don’t feel as good,” Glod said. “You’ve got to dampen that with a badge technology.”
The standard set of Exotics XCG7 irons will come 4-iron through pitching wedge with True Temper Dynamic Gold Lite 90 ($499), KBS Tour ($599) or Project X ($599) steel shafts. Fujikura’s Fuel and Fuel Tour graphite shafts for $599 also are a stock option in the same configuration. Combo sets that come with two Exotics XCG7 hybrids and five Exotics XCG7 irons also are available.