Hybrids have become the go-to club for many recreational players who either have trouble with their long irons or just simply like the versatility that these clubs provide for both hitting out of tough conditions and being easier to control than the standard fairway wood for longer shots.
Tour Edge has earned a reputation among club aficionados over the past few years as a manufacturer that produces top-quality woods and hybrids that are easy to hit and long for players at all levels—and even on the professional tours they are used by a number of top names.
In the hybrid category, the Batavia, Illinois Company has several outstanding models to choose from in the XCG7 and the XCG7 Beta products, in addition to the Exotics Xrail lineup that continues to be one of the company’s best performing models.
The XCG7 is called Tour Edge’s most forgiving hybrid design to date and it delivers with a light, easy feel but stable control in a variety of turf conditions—either from a tight lie, off the tee or out of the rough. It has a nice comfortable feel and look at address with a sleek profile.
The XCG7 Beta is a more compact shape and deeper face for more penetrating ball flight, but both models are easy to work in finding the proper trajectory. The XCG7 model features a maraging cup face design for the ultimate in spring-effect, even on off-center hits, while the XCG7 Beta incorporates a lightweight Beta Titanium crown that weighs only six grams. The crown allows for additional precise weight positioning in the head to deliver Tour-caliber trajectory and versatility.
Maximizing distance, the Power Grid positioned directly behind the sweet spot creates an accordion effect and increased spring-effect by flexing at impact, and alternates in thickness from 0.5mm to 1.0mm, allowing the thinner dimple-slots to flex, producing a hotter launch. Hexahedron sole weight pads are positioned back in the heel and toe to increase MOI and maximize stability on off-center contact. In the Beta model, the weight pad design positions more weight forward in the head, raising the center of gravity and producing a lower ball flight.
Further enhancing stability, weight is removed from the rear center of the sole. This dual-step cavity in the XCG7 allows the extra weighting in the rear heel and toe to provide maximum forgiveness. A larger cavity is featured in the XCG7 Beta to move weight forward for a higher CG. The Fujikura Fuel shaft that comes standard in this club has been used in a number of Tour Edge’s latest models and performs at an exceptional level at making this club a top choice.
The Xrail line has gained a reputation as one of the longer clubs on the market and offers a tight, explosive sound that lets you know when a ball has been well-struck. The Graphite Design G-Series shaft that comes standard has a soft feel and lends itself to a higher trajectory and more pop off of just about any lie.
The Xrail’s sole features two outer rails and one wider inner rail that help improve playability from a variety of turf conditions. The larger outer rail has 15 percent more weight to produce a higher moment of inertia for enhanced stability on off-center hits. The inner rail or Diamond sole is wider than previous models, and the v-shaped Diamond sole guides the clubface into a square position at impact, which is evident in how easy the club is to square-up. The sole design also minimizes divots from heavy lies so shots get up and away quickly and easily. The offset head design makes alignment very easy and inspires confidence at address.
The Xrail incorporates a multi-metal construction and combines a hyper-steel body with a thinner Carpenter steel face. The thinner face along with variable face thickness allows for exceptional feel, forgiveness and added power, even on off-center hits.
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By Terry Ross