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When I was asked if I was available to review the new XCG5 driver from Tour Edge I was extremely excited. It definitely wasn’t because of the hype, marketing and buzz I had been hearing like it often is when big OEMs release a new driver. It was because of the fact that in the past I have been guilty of always overlooking a lot of the products Tour Edge puts out. I wasn’t going to be able to overlook the XCG5 though because as part of my duties as an equipment tester I would have to get to know as much about this club as possible so that I could formulate an opinion to be able to write this review. Without giving you too much info too early I will say that this experience has made me regret not getting to know more about Tour Edge products before now.

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Tour Edge has packed a ton of technology into the XCG5 driver, check it out.

  • Features an all-new Beta titanium crown for advanced performance and sound
  • Six-point perimeter weighting system features six weight pads that position weight perfectly in the club head
  • 12% larger face features Boomerang face technology that launches the ball at impact
  •  Available in three industry-leading shaft models: Graphite Design Tour AD, Fujikura Blur and Aldila RIP

Truly unique, the XCG5 features Tour Edge’s one-of-a-kind, combo-brazing to join the titanium face and body to an ultra-thin beta titanium crown. In fact, no other driver sold in the United States uses brazing. It’s too expensive and time consuming. Instead, most companies weld face plates to the body. This method doesn’t allow for full face flexion and maximum forgiveness like brazing.

THP Testing

Due to some gorgeous late winter/early spring weather here in the Midwest I was able to get out on the driving range and golf course immediately with the XCG5. While I appreciate launch monitor numbers I firmly believe the best way to really find out how a club performs is to get it outside and see for yourself. All of my testing was done in pretty decent conditions, we did have a few wet days in there where I lost some roll out and we also had a few windy days in there as well but overall the weather has been gorgeous and I was out as often as possible hitting the XCG5.

Looks, Feel and Sound

As with many of the Tour Edge offerings the XCG5 is definitely a pretty nice looking driver. First thing that caught my eye was the white grip coupled up with the white Graphite Design Tour AD shaft that came in the driver I tested. The crown of the driver has a nice high gloss black finish and the shape is pretty close to your traditional pear shaped driver heads. Also on the crown is the Tour Edge logo serving as an alignment aid that completes a nice look from address. Flipping to the sole of the club shows mostly a chrome finish with some red and white thrown in as well. Overall I like the contrast from white shaft to black head from address, nothing too distracting or obnoxious and it has a good shape so I’d definitely say the looks of the XCG5 are a winner.

The first thing that you’ll notice when talking about feel is the light weight of the XCG5. The model I tested is a “Super Ultra Light” 271 grams total. Everything from the sub 26 gram Winn Lite Exotics grip to the 40 gram shaft screams light weight fast driver. The interesting thing about the weight of the shaft and grip is that I could still feel the club head weight quite nicely with my swing which I like a lot. I know we’re heading down a lighter/faster path with drivers right now but I just hate when everything feels so light that you lose track of where the club head is during your swing but that didn’t happen for me with the XCG5. The feel of the club at impact was something that I liked just fine but it definitely did not feel real hot or overly solid like some of the newer drivers I have tested recently. I would say the XCG5 driver feels smooth and that feel was consistent throughout my testing.

Sound….well depending on who you’re talking to you’ll likely hear everything from it’s a great sounding club to people claiming it sounds horrible so I won’t attempt so say if it’s a good or bad sound but I will say it is loud. It’s probably louder than any driver I’ve tested in my time here as a THP but again that’s not necessarily a bad thing by any means.

Performance

When I test the performance of a driver there are several factors to keep in mind. But honestly I’m mainly looking very closely at two things in general. Distance and accuracy. I always try my best to weigh both categories the exact same. The Tour Edge Exotics XCG5 had a big sticker on the face of the club as it arrived, and it claimed to be the lighter, faster and longer. My testing revealed that it wasn’t in fact longer for me but what I did find was that it was pretty accurate and easy to hit.

So while I’m saying that I didn’t hit it longer, I’m not saying it’s a short club by any means either. I hit it an average of around 250 yards and most of my shots ended up grouped pretty close together which told me the consistency is definitely there. I will also say that if I needed to hit a straight ball I could easily scale back my swing a bit and hit it pretty well dead straight just about every time. Those who have played much golf with me know that dead straight isn’t always something that can be used to describe the shots I hit so this is definitely saying a lot about this driver.

I found the super ultra light club and regular flex shaft coupled with the 10.5 degree head to deliver way too much spin resulting in some extremely high shots being hit. I think getting this club in the slightly heavier ultra light version with a RIP shaft in a stiff flex and 9.5 degrees of loft would help me stretch it out to gain a few more yards for sure.

Overall

The first thing I want to touch on before I get to my overall thoughts is how great I think it is that Tour Edge offers 3 very unique shaft offerings for this driver. What they’re doing here is basically offering just about every golfer out there something they’ll be able to count on in a shaft that they’ll love. The XCG5 is available with the super ultra light Graphite Design Tour AD in an amazing 5 different shaft flexes ranging from L clear up to X. Another option is an ultra light Exotics Fujikura Blur 50 in L, A, R and S flex and lastly you can get the driver with an Aldila RIP 60 Sigma in R, S and X flex. Tour Edge also offers a 10.5 in Super Ultra Light and Ultra Light in left handed as well. To have all of these options speaks volumes of the type of club and the type of OEM Tour Edge is. I applaud them for this move.

So overall I came away quite impressed with the options available, I liked the looks and the feel and I am a big fan of the accuracy of the XCG5. While I didn’t necessarily find the driver to help me reach new lengths on the course that doesn’t mean that with all the options available to me there’s not that possibility. I found the driver to be very dependable while delivering a nice smooth feel. I can’t complain about any of that in the least. I think there are a lot of golfers like me who haven’t given Tour Edge the close look they deserve when we’re out shopping for new clubs, I know they have a specification available to fit almost any golfer with their XCG5, now I hope people get out and try it for themselves. The Tour Edge Exotics XCG5 is available now for a price of right around $330.  You can find this club at online retailers such as Blind9Golf.

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Jason is a busy husband and father of 2 daughters who are both just starting to take up the game that he has loved for years. Golf is his passion, when Jason is not playing golf and testing equipment he's hanging out with all his friends on the THP forum discussing every aspect of this great game.

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  1. d_in_la says:

    Nice review, Jason. Your thought on the lighter drivers sacrificing balance – losing the feel of the head during the swing – is dead on accurate in my opinion. This product is definitely on my personal testing Hot List.

  2. Cookie says:

    Great review Jake! The first thing that caught my attention was the look of the sole; I like the “trendy” look with some lines while still giving a fairly classic look at address.

    Next item was definitely the shaft offering, WOW. That is extremely impressive and not even something that we see from most of the bigger OEM’s. Definitely a great option to have and is evident that they believe in finding the right combo for the golfer, not just fitting into the standard single shaft in 2 or 3 flexes.

    I think it would be neat to see what a shaft fitting does for you in this driver. Getting 250 from that shaft with 10.5* is nice, but I would not be surprised to see another 15-20 with the right combo for you.

    This is definitely on my radar for next month. The $330 price point is pretty solid IMO, do we know if all those shafts can be had at the same $330 price?

  3. Yaksta says:

    I have just added a TEE driver to my bag. Granted it’s an older version but thus far am impressed and it’s good to read that the current range of drivers continue to impress. Thanks for the review.

  4. v.man says:

    Another solid review Jake. I am a fan of TEE and play their hybrids. Great of them to offer three “premium” shaft options standard. I will definitely demo this driver with the RIP shaft.

  5. DawgDaddy says:

    I really enjoyed reading your thoughts Jake, I have been a fan of TEE products for several years and know how great they really are. I agree with you, they do make sharp looking products that are solid performers.

  6. royalwulff says:

    Great write up there Jake! The one thing that cought my attention was that instead of offering an adjustable head to fit different players, they offer different stock shafts to fit different swings. To me its a different take on adjustability.

  7. Ryan H. says:

    That’s a pretty huge face on that driver. I think the shaft options are pretty nice as well. Would love to see how it treated you in a different flex and loft. Very nicely done, Jake.

  8. Kmac™ says:

    Very good review Jake. Pretty awesome shaft options, love to see that.

  9. Paulo says:

    Nice review Jakester, always enjoy reading your reviews.

    I like the look of this driver, and the shaft offerings are superb! There are so many combos that you’re bound to find something to fit. Sounds like you’d be bombing this driver with the right combo in hand anyway.

    My local range has got some TEE stuff in it, the first I’ve seen over here, and apparently they’re getting a fitting cart soon – so I can’t wait to check it out!

  10. TC says:

    I think with a properly fit flex shaft and loft, this thing would be bomber for you Jake! I appreciate what TEE does with their offerings as well buddy, but I’ve never ever seen one of their clubs anywhere in a Left Hand model. I’ve never had the opportunity to hit anything of theirs and it sounds like I’m missing out. How do you feel about the alignment aid on the crown? Too small? Too big? Not enough to worry about? I do agree with you in that it’s an absolute stunner to look at!!

  11. Yoccos says:

    Nice review Jakeson. The options are quite abundant and I really like that. I dont think the reg flex was doing you any favors and I agree with TC in that if you had a properly fit flex, Bomber.

  12. ddec says:

    Very nice Jake! I can’t wait to test this thing out at the outing. I imagine with the proper loft and flex you would be bombing this thing even more. 40 gram shaft and 26 gram grip, that’s one light club.

  13. 9-Iron Man says:

    Solid write-up Jake! Seems like a pretty sweet club.

  14. Dr. Teeth says:

    Nice write up Jake! This sounds very intriguing, although I would be a bit leery of such a light shaft. I agree, having seen your swing, that the regular was just not enough for your swing. I am going to have to hit this though and see what I think.

  15. hanks says:

    good review buddy! love the different shaft options that TEE offers

  16. SeeMoreGuy says:

    Jason. Loved the review and am a huge fan of TE FWs and Hybrids. Will certainly try this one out at the THP outing next month.

  17. Big Time says:

    Exotics always delivers extra technology and, with proper fitting, superior results!

  18. superhawk says:

    I definitely want to try one out! If I can find one. LOL.

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