When news started to pour out from Batavia, Illinois based golf equipment manufacturer Tour Edge about their new Exotics EXS range of products I was very excited. Premium products built from premium material. The range includes everything from their driver (which scored very well for a Top Driver Teezy Award) to a set of irons. Between the technology that’s packed into the Exotics EXS line and the attractive price point that accompany them there is much to be excited about when looking at the EXS range of products.

One of the manufacturers that I was really excited to swing at the 2019 PGA Show Merchandise Demo Day was in fact Tour Edge. Already having had the opportunity to test and review the Tour Edge Exotics EXS 4 hybrid late in 2018 (EXS 4 Hybrid Review here) my appetite was whet in anticipation at the prospect of what the rest of the range was like. Especially, the Exotics EXS irons. The tagline that Tour Edge is using for this range (“Pound for Pound… Nothing Comes Close”) surely resonated with me. Here’s why.

 

The Pre-Shot Routine

The Exotics EXS irons by Tour Edge are packed with a ton of technology. One of the trends that we’re seeing in the golf industry is that of iron sets consisting of hollow-body construction. The EXS irons are no exception.

Exotics EXS irons feature a forged Cup Face with what Tour Edge refers to as “SpiderWeb VFT Technology”. The result? An expanded sweet spot that allows for more forgiveness which in turn enhances the golfer experience. Especially on strikes that are not… “Optimum”. Also noteworthy is the fact that the face construction is the thinnest that Tour Edge has ever used. The long irons 4-7 are the irons that feature the hollow body construction whilst the short irons 8-PW feature an undercut cavity design. A key point in the short irons is what Tour Edge calls “LaunchPad Technology”. The LaunchPad Technology is a polymer that Tour Edge used to absorb vibration, enhance the feel and create more “trampoline effect”. This effect aids in providing a higher ball exit velocity which theoretically equates to more distance.

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What good is a game-improvement iron if it doesn’t  feature perimeter weighting? Perimeter weighting has become an integral part of the golf manufacturing industry when it comes to the design of irons. Once thought to be used predominantly in game-improvement irons we’ve seen the use of Tungsten perimeter weighting in what many would now describe as player’s irons. The EXS irons are no exception as Tour Edge R&D placed a 19-gram toe weight to further address forgiveness and playability. Higher M.O.I means more resistance to twisting and “elongates the sweet spot”.

Technology points don’t simply “end” in the design of the head. Stock shafts offered in both graphite and steel. The options are none other than the Tensei CK Blue 2G Series by Mitsubishi Chemical (MCA). This shaft (also featured in the EXS Hybrid) combines the best of Kevlar, Carbon Fiber and other lightweight materials. Shaft weights vary depending on the flex of the shaft (60-80 grams). Or in the case of the steel option the KBS Max 80 is available in either a Regular or Stiff flex and Tour Edge opted to choose the venerable Lamkin Grips UTx grip.

 

The Transition

(Demo Day Conditions – Sunny, Windy (left to right) and Warm. Tested with the MCA Tensei CK Blue 2G Series in Stiff flex)

Aesthetics – First things first. I just wanted to point out that in way these irons reminded me a little bit of their EXi irons introduced a couple of product cycles ago.

That said, these irons look mean and remind me of a “Muscle Car” from the 50’s – 60’s. Maybe like a 1957 Chevrolet Belair? When looking at them from the perspective of the golf bag view (cavity view) they look fast and they look powerful. Raw horsepower! I love the colorway of these irons with the silver and black badge on the back but the “pop” of blue just further adds to the aesthetic value of these irons (see picture below).

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Tour Edge Exotics EXS irons

The looks are very attractive in the address position. The blade length is neither too long nor is it too short. At the risk of sounding like “Golfilocks” the blade length was just right. The blade length inspires confidence at address and the ball sets up great behind the head. What I really like from the address position is the top line. It is quite thin for game-improvement irons and I found the EXS irons to be very attractive overall. Personally speaking, I feel that the EXS irons may very well be the best-looking iron set in its category.

Performance– Make no bones about it. The EXS irons are premier performers. Quite honestly, it all boils down to the initial thoughts I had regarding their looks (in the address position). Looking down at them, I felt so confident that I was going to see good results that the confidence went straight to my hands and arms. Quite honestly, at that point I hadn’t really made a ton of swings with any clubs. I was still finding my way (and my swing) post-Stroke and I really had no clue what swing was going to show up at Demo Day. My first swing resulted in a well-struck 8-iron that seemed to penetrate the left to right wind. The feel on that first strike was so crisp and more importantly the ball flight didn’t “balloon”. The wind did not affect the ball flight. It just held up and on its intended line.

Divots were crisp and that could be contributed to the design of the sole which is called a “Ramped Sole”. The sole is designed to provide better turf interaction and heel relief. More relief means less likelihood of the club getting entangled with the turf.

Distance. Without having any sort of launch monitor data I cannot give specific numbers. That’s why I tout being the “Home of Organic Golf Reviews”. Using my senses (sight, sound, touch) has allowed me to differentiate differences from club to club. These irons are “hot” and “long”. The thin cup face sounds “mean” and you know that you’ve struck the golf ball based on the crisp “thwack” at impact. The sound and feel is very “solid” and its very noticeable in the hollow-bodied longer irons. The Tungsten weighting in the toe as far as I’m concerned served its purpose very well and not only did it help to prevent twisting but it seemed like squaring the face was achieved very easily. These irons are long… I need to point out that I turned myself around to hit into the wind as best as I could. I need to point out one important fact about the EXS irons.

*** The iron lofts are strong!! For comparison sake the PW is an astounding 42*. If you trap the ball as you should you’ll de-loft the club more.

While I will not go as far as suggesting that the EXS irons have a blade-like profile I will say that the minimal offset and thinner top-line nearly suggests that it is. The result is a golf club that you can control and shot-shape with ease. Cut, draw, high, and low all shots are easily achieved. Flighting the ball is a “breeze”. My typical shot shape is straight to a baby draw and it was no exception with the EXS irons. The MCA Tensei CK Blue 2G shafts were smooth and quite honestly as expected based on my previous experience using this shaft. it is Tour-proven.

What a fantastic set of irons!

 

The Finish

There are iron sets that have given me a great first impression. The Exotics EXS irons were consummate. A total blend of looks, power, feel, and performance. This is an iron set that will benefit golfers of all skill levels. I’m talking Scratch all the way to a 25-handicap. The Exotics EXS irons scored and impressive. Iron sets start from $499.99 USD and come in a variety of set compositions 5-PW to 7-PW/AW/GW/SW.

Tour Edge has packed a ton of technology into these irons and I have no doubt in my mind that they might be the irons that are in fact “Pound for Pound” the best. There’s a reason why these irons won their category for the Teezy Awards. The Exotics EXS irons scored 38.5 out of 40 points. I really think that these irons would warrant further testing on-course! Range time is one thing… On-course is another. If you’re in the market for new irons in 2019 these would be worth a look. For more information on these Exotics EXS irons please visit Tour Edge.

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Tour Edge Golf from Batavia, Illinois has been making plenty of waves and news as of late. Not only did the brand secure a Teezy Award in the “Top Cast Irons” category but they finished with a runner-up in the “Top Fairway Metal” category as well. I also feel the need to point out that their EXS driver also finished only a half a point behind the winner and runner-up scoring 36.5/40 points.

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Tour Edge Golf has also made recent signings to their TOUR staff as well. Among the signings are Champions TOUR veterans Duffy Waldorf, Tom Lehman, Tim Petrovic, and  Scott Mc Carron.

For more details, please see the press releases below.

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Duffy Waldorf Signs with Tour Edge Exotics to
Hat/Shirt/Bag Logo and Club Staff Deal for 2019

Tour Edge announced today that Duffy Waldorf has officially signed a deal to endorse Tour Edge Exotics and to play their metalwoods on the PGA Tour Champions in 2019. Waldorf will feature Tour Edge Exotics logos on his headwear and shirts and will carry an Exotics CBX 119 staff bag.

“I was going to continue to play the Exotics hybrid no matter what this season and
then I started hitting 300-yard bombs with their fairway wood,” said Waldorf. “I’m
excited to explore the full line of Exotics equipment since the first two clubs I have
tried are in my bag.” I am a big fan of how this is a U.S. owned and operated company that has dedicated itself to the PGA Tour Champions. They are out here every week making sure we are taken care of with ultra-high-performance clubs and that is very much appreciated. I’ll be proud to wear their hat and carry their bag this year to help spread the word on Tour Edge Exotics.”

Waldorf served as an Exotics CBX staff player in 2018. He played Tour Edge Exotics
CBX fairway woods and hybrids all year en route to a season that saw him earn
$815,559.

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Waldorf finished 24th in the final Charles Schwab Cup points and money standings
in 2018. He earned four Top 10 finishes on the PGA Tour Champions but finished in
the Top 25 in 15 of the 27 events he played in 2018.

He earned a Top 5 finish at the Regions Tradition and 6th at the SENIOR PLAYERS
Championship, both major events. He also earned a 4th place finish at the PURE
Insurance Championship. He ended his season with a Top 10 finish in the Playoffs
at the Invesco QQQ Championship.

 

This year, Waldorf will be wearing Tour Edge Exotics logoed headwear and sporting
a Tour Edge Exotics logo on his chest and carrying a Tour Edge Exotics CBX 119
bag for the first time and will also expand his club usage to other categories with
Tour Edge Exotics clubs.

“Duffy is a grinder and a model of consistency out on the PGA Tour Champions,”
said Tour Edge President David Glod. “This is a big name in golf and a big deal for
Tour Edge to name as our 4th logo staff player. He was in play with us all year last
year and absolutely loves the clubs. I’m excited to work with him on the Exotics
CBX 119 down in Boca Raton as these clubs were designed for a golfer just like
Duffy in mind. I see a perfect marriage brewing.”

Waldorf will make his season debut February 8th at the Oasis Championship in Boca
Raton, Fl.

Waldorf will also take part in Tour Edge’s sponsorship of the PGA Tour Champions
Learning Center show on the Golf Channel. The PGA Tour Learning Center is a
popular Golf Channel television show that features professional tips and instruction
featuring the legends of golf from the PGA Tour Champions.

PGA Tour Champions Learning Center, Presented by Tour Edge, is scheduled to air
43 episodes in 2019, beginning January 22nd, with Tour Edge, prominently featured
within each episode. The series also will incorporate Tour Edge Exotics Staff Professionals like Waldorf, Tom Lehman, Scott McCarron, and Tim Petrovic among
others providing tips geared toward the amateur golfer.

“We set up on the range at every event in 2018 and over 50 different professionals
started playing Exotics,” said Glod. “The players have been very thankful for the
service we are providing them and it has led to some great relationships and great
feedback for me on club design.”

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Waldorf seen here in TaylorMade is switching out for Tour Edge Exotics.

In all, over 50 players have put over 300 Exotics clubs into play since Exotics was
launched to the tour in the last year. Eight out of the Top 25 players (32%) in the
Charles Schwab Cup final standings and 16 out of the Top 50 players put Exotics
into play in 2018.

On top of the six victories and 10 runner-up finishes procured by players using
Exotics on the 2018 PGA Tour Champions, players using Tour Edge clubs also
earned 34 Top 5 finishes and 60 Top 10 finishes in the 27 events played on the PGA
Tour Champions in 2018.

The Tour Edge Exotics CBX hybrid ranked as the #1 most played hybrid model at
the 2018 Senior PGA Championship and the Charles Schwab Cup Championship
with their Exotics CBX hybrid accounting for 16% of the hybrids in play, according
to the Darrell Survey.

 

Tour Edge Signs Tim Petrovic to Hat/Shirt Logo and Club Staff Deal for 2019

Tour Edge announced today that Tim Petrovic has officially signed a deal to endorse
Tour Edge Exotics and to play their metalwoods on the PGA Tour Champions in 2019. Petrovic will feature Tour Edge Exotics logos on his headwear and shirts.

“I am excited to rejoin the Tour Edge team and wear the Tour Edge logo in 2019,” said Petrovic. “My success last year was largely due to the reliability and performance of my Exotics clubs. They always came through when I called upon them leading me to 5 second place finishes on the Champions Tour.”

Petrovic served as an Exotics CBX staff player in 2018. He played Tour Edge Exotics
CBX fairway woods, hybrids, and iron-woods all year en route to a career year.

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Petrovic finished 9th in the final Charles Schwab Cup points and money standings in
2018 while playing two Exotics CBX fairway woods and two Exotics CBX IronWoods, as well as an Exotics CBX hybrid from time to time.

Petrovic earned six Top 10 finishes on the PGA Tour Champions, but five out of
those six Top 10’s were runner-up finishes, including high-profile 2nd place finishes
at the major KitchenAid Senior PGA Championship, the major U.S. Senior Open Championship, and the season-ending Charles Schwab Cup Championship. He
finished in the Top 25 in 12 of the 23 events he played in 2018.

This year, Petrovic will be wearing Tour Edge Exotics logoed headwear and sporting
a Tour Edge Exotics logo on his chest for the first time and will also expand his club
usage to other categories with Tour Edge Exotics clubs.

“What a year Tim Petrovic had last year on the PGA Tour Champions,” said Tour
Edge President David Glod. “He proved that he can hang with anyone out there and
that he is a force to be reckoned with. He is one of the players bringing a new competitive and fiery spirit to the PGA Tour Champions and we are proud to have
signed Tim to a deal where he can show off that he is playing our clubs while he is
out there competing. A saying we have around the office whenever he tees off is
‘Go Low Petro’ and we look forward to saying that a lot this year!”

Petrovic will make his season debut February 8th at the Oasis Championship in Boca
Raton, Fl.

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Team #TourEdge. Tim Petrovic (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Petrovic will also take part in Tour Edge’s sponsorship of the PGA Tour Champions
Learning Center show on the Golf Channel. The PGA Tour Learning Center is a
popular Golf Channel television show that features professional tips and instruction
featuring the legends of golf from the PGA Tour Champions.

PGA Tour Champions Learning Center, Presented by Tour Edge, is scheduled to air
43 episodes in 2019, beginning January 22nd, with Tour Edge, prominently featured
within each episode. The series also will incorporate Tour Edge Exotics Staff Professionals like Petrovic, Tom Lehman, Scott McCarron, and Duffy Waldorf among
others providing tips geared toward the amateur golfer.

“We set up on the range at every event in 2018 and over 50 different professionals
started playing Exotics,” said Glod. “The players have been very thankful for the
service we are providing them and it has led to some great relationships and great
feedback for me on club design.”

In all, over 50 players have put over 300 Exotics clubs into play since Exotics was
launched to the tour in the last year. Eight out of the Top 25 players (32%) in the
Charles Schwab Cup final standings and 16 out of the Top 50 players put Exotics
into play in 2018.

On top of the six victories and 10 runner-up finishes procured by players using
Exotics on the 2018 PGA Tour Champions, players using Tour Edge clubs also
earned 34 Top 5 finishes and 60 Top 10 finishes in the 27 events played on the PGA
Tour Champions in 2018.

The Tour Edge Exotics CBX hybrid ranked as the #1 most played hybrid model at
the 2018 Senior PGA Championship and the Charles Schwab Cup Championship
with their Exotics CBX hybrid accounting for 16% of the hybrids in play, according
to the Darrell Survey.

Tom Lehman Played Brand New Exotics CBX
119 in Season-Opening Hawaii Victory

When Tom Lehman opened up the 2019 PGA Tour Champions season with a victory
at the Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai, he did so with the brand new
Exotics CBX 119 hybrid by Tour Edge in the bag.

Tour Edge announced that Lehman officially signed a deal to wear a Tour Edge
Exotics logo on his chest, to carry an Exotics CBX 119 staff bag and to play their
Exotics metalwoods just a few days before the season-opening win.

“Right off the bat, we weren’t sure which CBX was in the bag for the win, the one
he played with and won with last year or the new CBX 119 we had just sent him a
few days prior to him leaving for Hawaii,” said Executive Vice President John
Craig. “We then heard from Tom this week that he instantly fell in love with the
new CBX 119 and put it right into play.”

Mitsubishi Electric Championship at Hualalai - Final Round
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Lehman officially put the Exotics CBX 119 18-degree hybrid with a Project X
EvenFlow Black shaft into play for the win. He also had a #2 Exotics CBX IronWood in play.

“I put the CBX 119 directly in the bag for Hawaii and came away with the win to
start the 2019 season,” said Lehman. “The CBX 119 is way better than the original
I played last year and that one was really, really good. It’s a great step up and I hit
key shots with it.”

Lehman erased a four-stroke deficit and won the Mitsubishi Electric Championship
at Hualalai by a stroke on the final hole. Lehman finished with a 17-under 199.

“I like the fact that the wind was blowing,” Lehman said. “I always feel like when
the wind blows, my chances get better. Historically, I’ve always been a real steady
ball striker, and when the wind blows, that’s what you really have to do.”

He caught the leader with three birdies in a four-hole stretch at Hualalai Golf Club
and sealed the win with his second straight 7-under-par 65 round. The victory was
Lehman’s 12th PGA Tour Champions victory and his 2nd in the past two seasons
while playing Exotics golf clubs.

“Huge congratulations are in order to Tom Lehman on his amazing comeback win
in Hawaii,” said Tour Edge founder and President David Glod. “For Tour Edge,
Hollywood could not have scripted it any better. We had just finished our awards
dinner at our National Sales Conference to kick off PGA Show week in Orlando.
Right as dinner ended, the entire company and sales force gathered around the
hotel bar TV with two holes left. A big celebration ensued when Tom won because it
means so much to us as a company to have our logo getting that amount of air
time and for us to get our 8th victory in the last year on the PGA Tours. Our on fire
2018 just continued right on into 2019 and it couldn’t have happened at a better
time.”

In 2019, Lehman will be wearing a Tour Edge Exotics logo and carrying a Tour Edge
bag all season long. He will also expand his club usage to other categories with
Tour Edge Exotics clubs. Lehman served as an Exotics CBX hybrid staff player in 2018 and played Tour Edge Exotics CBX hybrids all year en route to a PGA Tour Champions victory and an 18th place ranking in the Charles Schwab Cup. Lehman earned nine Top 10’s including 1st, 2nd and 3rd place finishes in 2018.

“I had great success all year long with the Exotics CBX hybrid and fairway woods,”
said Lehman. “I’ve tested everything out there and I found Exotics to be the best
for my game. I look forward to testing other Exotics clubs as well moving forward.”

According to the Darrell Survey, six Tour Edge Exotics clubs were in play in the
smaller and restricted Hawaii field, including the two winning clubs by Lehman.
Exotics staffer Scott McCarron finished tied for 18th playing Exotics EXS hybrid to
start the season, while another 2018 winner with Exotics on the PGA Tour
Champions finished T25 with an Exotics CBX fairway wood.

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In all, over 50 players have put over 300 Exotics clubs into play since Exotics was
launched to the tour.

Eight out of the Top 25 players (32%) in the Charles Schwab Cup final standings
and 16 out of the Top 50 players put Exotics into play in 2018.

On top of the six victories and 10 runner-up finishes procured by players using
Exotics on the 2018 PGA Tour Champions, players using Tour Edge clubs also
earned 34 Top 5 finishes and 60 Top 10 finishes in the 27 events played on the PGA
Tour Champions in 2018.

The Tour Edge Exotics CBX hybrid ranked as the #1 most played hybrid model at
the 2018 Senior PGA Championship and the Charles Schwab Cup Championship
with their Exotics CBX hybrid accounting for 16% of the hybrids in play, according
to the Darrell Survey.

It’s that time of the year. With the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show in the rearview mirror I’ve been giving lots of thought to nominees for the 2nd Annual Teezy Awards – PGA Show Edition.

Deciding on nominees and winners for this prestigious title isn’t an exact science however there are certain parameters taken into account. Below are some of the considerations that I look at in deciding who gets the nod (in no particular order).

  • Aesthetics
  • Feel/Sound
  • Performance
  • Innovation
  • Value (Price Point/Consumer “Bang For Buck”)

In some cases there are companies who will not or get consideration. Think of it as a DNQ. An example of this would be in the “Top Driver” category. Unfortunately, I was unable to swing the PING G410 (Plus or SFT) driver. I simply ran out of time. The same goes for Miura golf who was so busy that I never had the opportunity to swing their products. For the irons categories… there is no separation between GI or Player’s clubs.

The nominees are the Top 5 products in each category that we found at the 2019 PGA Merchandise Show. Let me just say that the strength of the 2019 product cycle is the strongest that I’ve seen out of the 7 shows that I have been to.

Top Driver

  • Callaway Golf Epic Flash
  • Cobra Golf KING F9 SPEEDBACK
  • Mizuno Golf ST-190
  • Tour Edge Exotics EXS
  • Wilson Staff D7

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Top Fairway Wood

  • Callaway Golf Epic Flash
  • Bridgestone Golf Tour B JGR
  • Tour Edge Exotics EXS
  • Cobra Golf KING F9 SPEEDBACK
  • PING G410

Top Hybrid

  • PING G410
  • Wilson Staff D7
  • Eagle Rebirth Golf X-1
  • Bridgestone Golf Tour B JGR
  • XXIO Prime

Top Irons (Forged)

  • Srixon Golf Z 585
  • Epon AF-Tour CB
  • Bridgestone Golf Tour B JGR HF2
  • Callaway Golf Apex 19
  • Eagle Rebirth Golf X3

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Top Irons (Cast ***includes 2-piece construction heads)

  • Wilson Golf D7
  • Cobra Golf KING F9 ONE Length
  • Tour Edge Exotics EXS
  • Lynx Golf Black Cat
  • PRGR RS

Top Wedges

  • Cleveland Golf RTX 4
  • Bridgestone Golf Tour B XW-1
  • Indi Golf ATK Grind
  • Eagle Rebirth Golf W5
  • Mizuno Golf S18 Blue Ion

Top Putter

  • ARGOLF Mordred
  • EVNROLL Murdered Out ER5
  • Sacks Parente Series 39 Blade
  • SeeMore Putters Platinum M5 HT Mallet
  • MLA Putters Tour Mallet

Top Innovation

  • Lynx Golf Prowler VT driver (Switch Face)
  • Sack Parente (ULBP)
  • XXIO Prime (Harmony in head, shaft and grip)
  • Tour Edge Exotics EXS (Changing the industry)
  • PING Fetch putter (Adjustable from the inside)

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Top Men’s Apparel

  • Greg Norman Collection
  • CHASE 54
  • Original Penguin
  • Bald Head Blues
  • Callaway Apparel

Top Women’s Apparel

  • MotherPutter
  • Golftini
  • Jane 1530
  • Katherine Way
  • CHASE 54

Top Footwear

  • TRUE Linkswear
  • Skechers Performance
  • Jack Grace USA
  • New Balance Golf
  • PUMA Golf

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Top Accessories

  • Zero Friction (Gloves and Tees)
  • Nexbelt (Belts and Caps)
  • Oliver Thomas (Hand Bags)
  • Evolve Golf (Tees, markers)
  • C4 Belts

Top Health And Wellness

  • Iso-Sport (CBD lotion, tincture)
  • HempME (CBD Lotion)
  • First Tee (Cereal Bars)
  • Gelliflex (Self-Massaging Device)
  • Bobo’s (Gluten-free, Certified Vegan bars)

 

Time to deliberate… so stay tuned right here to see who gets the honors.

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