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The Tour Edge Exotics EXS fairway wood complements the company’s CBX fairway wood with higher launch and more forgiveness.
Fairway woods don’t garner the same attention drivers do. For OEMs, that can be a good thing because they can steadily increase the prices without too many people noticing. Tour Edge Exotics has noticed that many FWs are now $300, and so they’ve released their new EXS at a relatively affordable $230. Can the EXS carry on the tradition of awesome TEE fairway woods at that price? We tested it to find out.
The EXS fairway wood is designed to fit a different player than Tour Edge Exotics’s CBX model. Where the CBX is a “spin killer” for the accomplished player, the EXS is a more accessible, playable club. This comes through in the look.
Where the CBX fairway wood has a very compact head free of alignment aids, the EXS is larger and has TEE’s trademark “E” to indicate the sweet spot. Though it is big, the shape and proportions of the EXS make it a good looking club.
Sound & Feel
Given its carbon fiber construction, I wasn’t sure what kind of sound the EXS fairway wood would produce. I was pleasantly surprised by the robust, solid sound of impact. You will hear the classic metallic “tink” of a fairway wood, but it doesn’t have that hollow characteristic.
For a club that’s very stable, feedback is quite good through the hands. I’d stop short of calling it pinpoint, but I was easily able to discern pure strikes from ones that were a little low on the face or off to the sides.
Players, like me, who found the CBX fairway wood to be too low spinning or too demanding will love the EXS fairway wood. While not overly high launching or spinning, I found the EXS to be easy to elevate with enough spin to maximize carry distances. Most importantly, the EXS fairway wood maintains ball speed on mishits thanks to its cup face design.
The EXS fairway wood features the same Flight Tuning System that the EXS driver has. There are weight ports in the rear of the head and in the heel, and you can swap 11-gram and 3-gram weights to create a neutral or draw-biased ball flight. Additional weights (6, 9, and 14 grams) can be purchased separately. I found that moving the weights did change my ball flight, though not dramatically. Tour Edge chose the name well: this is for precisely tuning your ball flight, not overhauling it.
Finally, as in the driver, Tour Edge Exotics has chosen the MCA Tensei Blue CK as the stock shaft. I was very impressed with how stable the shaft was and the ball flight it produced.
If some of Tour Edge Exotics’ higher priced clubs have kept you from checking them out in the past, the EXS line provides the perfect opportunity to give them a shot. From the look to the feel to the performance, everything about the EXS fairway wood says high end. Everything, that is, except the price tag.