Tour Edge gets top marks for recent launches
When it comes to golf companies delivering a lot of bang for the buck, it’s hard to beat Tour Edge. And the Illinois-based manufacturer has delivered another impressive bevy of long hitting yet affordable models throughout its lineup in advance of the 2016 season, particularly its EX launch.
Critical to the new rollout is Tour Edge’s Full-Speed Impact design. Featured throughout its woods and hybrids, the design includes a sloped crown to improve aerodynamics for faster clubhead speed and added distance.
Available in two lofts (10 and 12 degrees), the forgiving 460cc EX9 driver features adjustability options including loft, lie angle, as well as an interchangeable sole weight. Touted as the best Exotics driver ever, this titanium model was also acoustically designed for a solid, pleasing sound.
The new hexagonal variable face thickness (VFT) technology offers multiple levels of thickness for superior launch speed from more points on the face, especially in the heel and toe areas. The draw-enhancing clubhead, meanwhile, incorporates a newly designed hosel that allows players to change launch conditions using eight settings and adding or subtracting up to one degree of loft. This advanced versatility gives players the ultimate control in achieving optimal distance and ball flight. The standard 6-gram heel weight screw is housed in an 8-gram weight pad for 14 grams of sole weighting (additional weight screws can be purchased individually or in a 3-piece kit at the Tour Edge online store).
For better players, the EX9 Tour marries the previous technology with a pear-shaped 430cc head with a deeper face to deliver Exotics’ renowned low-spin power and faster ball speeds. Available in 9 and 19 degrees, the EX9 Tour’s rear center sole weight is specifically located for spin control—deep within the clubhead for a higher MOI and lower spin.
The regular EX9 retails for $399.99, while the Tour model has a suggested tag of $529.99.
EX9 Fairway Woods
On the fairway wood side, the EX9’s new Full-Speed Impact design combines three features to maximize clubhead speed through impact. First is the Exotics’ proprietary SlipStream sole, which features a short channel of steel waves from front to back to dramatically reduce the amount of turf interaction. Second is a gently sloping clubhead crown to reduce aerodynamic drag. Third is a power grid that removes weight close to the face and repositions it in the rear portion of the sole, promoting a higher launch. It’s also powered by a Maraging steel cup face with VFT and UST Mamiya Recoil shafts.
The first to bring robotic laser beam bonding to the U.S. market in 2014, the EX9 utilizes this exclusive technology to adhere the face to the hyper-steel body, meaning flawless seams and the tightest tolerances. Another nice feature is the interchangeable heel weighting, which offers players the added benefit of draw enhancement.
Suggested retail is $299.99 per wood.
The EX9 hybrid combines the superior forgiveness of previous models with the new SlipStream sole, maraging steel cup face with updated/improved VFT, and combo brazing technology, meaning a heavier hyper-steel body to make the it easier to hit from any lie. The heavier sole also positions the center of gravity (CG) lower in the head to help players launch the ball out of any turf condition. The combination also equates to some pretty impressive distance.
The model retails for $214.99.
On the irons side, Tour Edge’s EXi features a more traditional shape with less offset, as well as a dual undercut cavity for a deeper CG and maximum control with distance. A new, soft insert in the cavity provides players with a softer feel at impact, while the super-thin face with advanced VFT produces greater spring effect and solid contact even on off-center hits. A soft stainless steel and one-piece casting process enhances control and workability.
The EXd irons, meanwhile, feature the largest freestanding face with the deepest undercut cavity in the Exotics arsenal. The unsupported face with VFT design is extremely hot and able to flex more at impact for profound distance.
These stainless steel irons feature a generous offset design for added forgiveness, helping players return to square at impact. Long irons have stronger lofts with a progressive CG. Similar to the Exotics E8 irons, two tungsten weights are positioned in the heel and toe to stabilize the clubhead through impact.
Both eight-piece sets retail for $799 (KBS Tour 90 shafts) and $1,099 (UST Mamiya Recoil shafts).
CB Pro Tungsten
There’s also a new model for lower handicaps: the Exotics CB Pro Tungsten irons. Designed for players adamant about forgiveness, control and distance, the CB Pro’s hollow design necessitates a solid tungsten sole for optimal weighting and to support the super-thin VFT design. The long irons are also available individually.
Each CB PRO Tungsten iron, 2-AW, is hollow from the topline all the way to the sole, producing a more active face. To accommodate the hollow design, the topline is thicker, but the progressive set allows players to shape shots superior to traditional cavity-back irons. There’s also an expanded sweet spot, so it feels like a clean hit every time.
The hollow body design is not only forgiving, but supplies a pile of rebound energy. Long irons are available individually as hybrid or driving iron options.
The set retails for $1,099 (KBS Tour 90 shafts) and $1,249 (UST Mamiya Recoil shafts).