Tour Edge Exotics EXS Hybrid Review

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The Tour Edge Exotics EXS hybrid is a perfect compliment to the CBX hybrid.  Easy to launch, mid spin, and plenty of forgiveness.

Introduction

One of the trends in hybrids over the last few years has been to make them go longer and longer.  This makes them a great replacement for fairway woods but less useful as long iron substitutes.  The new Tour Edge Exotics EXS turns back the clock slightly by offering higher launch and spin for more precision when attacking the green.

Looks

The EXS hybrid finds the middle ground between tiny players hybrids and giant distance monsters.  It’s big enough to promote confidence but small enough that I felt like I could be precise with it.  The comparison that sprang to mind for me is the Titleist 818H1 but with a more refined shape.

In comparing the EXS to the Tour Edge Exotics CBX, the EXS is larger, but both have a clean, all-black crown.  Additionally, both clubs have that “just right” face height that makes them usable off the tee, in the fairway, or out of the rough.

Sound & Feel

The sound and feel of the Tour Edge Exotics EXS hybrid promotes the sense of iron-like control and precision.  At impact you get a bass-heavy sound without any bright or metallic tones.

When you strike the ball well, your hands get a solid, satisfying sensation.  Mishits aren’t harsh, but there’s enough difference in feel to let you know when a shot isn’t pure.

Performance

The Tour Edge Exotics CBX hybrid has been in my bag since I first tested it, so the first thing I did was to compare it to the EXS.  Though the comparison was far from perfect (different shaft and loft), it was clear that the CBX is lower spinning and more demanding.  The EXS, by contrast, launched the ball more easily, created slightly more spin, and was more forgiving.

In the context of the broader hybrid market, the EXS finds a just-right middle ground.  It has plenty of distance, and the ball flight is strong, but it’s able to hold greens as well.  It’s forgiving, but I was never surprised by the ball flight.

One interesting feature of the EXS hybrid is the single weight in the head.  This club comes stock with a 4 gram weight, but players who want to make the club heavier or change the ball flight can install a 7 or 10 gram weight (sold separately).

Finally, as with the EXS driver and EXS fairway wood, Tour Edge Exotics went premium with the shaft in the EXS hybrid.  The hybrid employs the MCA Tensei CK Blue, just like the other clubs in the line.  This shaft feels very stable, and it produced excellent results for me.

Conclusion

Tour Edge Exotics already has one of the longest hybrids in their lineup with the CBX, so they developed the EXS to be a perfect complement.  For players that don’t need a spin killer, who prefer more forgiveness, or who want a higher ball flight, the EXS hybrid is a great choice.

Tour Edge Exotics EXS Hybrid Price & Specs

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

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6 Comments

  1. J.B. Cobb III

    I am currently putting together a new set of clubs. I am starting with a set of unused Ft. Worth 15s and TK wedges (23*-59*) I found at a great price! I have demoed the Ft. Worth, PTX, Edge, and VKTR hybrid. The VKTR is awesome! One great, underrated, bargain price club. I am probably going to go with a 19* hybrid instead of a 5 wood. I am also probably going to get a 23* & 27* VKTR to replace the 4 & 5 irons. I just hit the Tour Edge Exotics EXS Driver! That is the best driver I have ever hit. I personally didn’t care for the G400Max or Callaway Epic. Anyway, I am probably going with the EXS Driver, 3 wood. My question is, would you recommend this hybrid over the VKTR? Should I match the 19* hybrid with my woods or with my other hybrids in the bag? I have never owned or played a hybrid before, but the VKTR has me thinking about putting 3 in my bag! I used to think they were old mans clubs, guess that makes me an old man!

    • Matt Saternus

      JB,

      If forced to pick one, I’d probably match my hybrids to each other rather than my woods. As to whether or not the EXS is better than the VKTR, there’s no cut and dried answer. The EXS is more forgiving, but it’s also much larger. If you are playing well with the VKTR, I’d suggest sticking with that unless you need the 19* to do something different than the 23 and 27.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. Hello Matt.
    As always great review. Between the CBX vs EXS which hybrid is the longest? I’m on the fence between the two hybrids.

    • Matt Saternus

      Thanks, Jon.

      For me, the CBX is longer because of the lower spin. For some players, the EXS will be longer because the CBX doesn’t spin enough. Also, the CBX stock shaft is a better fit for me.

      Best,

      Matt

  3. Other than a bigher quality shaft and color scheme, the EXS appears similar to the EX10 – same face material, similar head design. Did they introduce any design differences or was the EX10 that good? Thx.

    • Matt Saternus

      Jerry,

      Going off my recollection of the EX10, the EXS is easier to launch and a little higher spinning. My interpretation is that this is meant as a counterpoint to the CBX, where the EX10 was a “do everything” hybrid that was somewhere in between the CBX and EXS. All that said, I don’t think the difference between the EXS and EX10 are huge.

      Best,

      Matt

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