Tour Edge Exotics EX9 Hybrids: Sleek and High-Performance

Tour Edge Exotics EX9 hybrids
The Exotics EX9 hybrid with SlipStream sole. Tour Edge Golf

The Exotics EX9 hybrids from Tour Edge are sleek-looking and strong-performing hybrids that are easy to hit and boast a proprietary sole design for more versatile launch dynamics.


  • Maraging steel face, "SlipStream" wave sole
  • Power Grid channel behind face for additional compression
  • Versatile offering of lofts and shafts for all skill levels


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Key Details about the Exotics EX9 Hybrids

  • Sole designed to minimize turf drag from any lie and with any angle of attack.
  • Maraging-steel cup face has varying thickness and sits on hyper-steel chassis.
  • CG position moved lower than in previous Exotics hybrids; aids in getting out of rough and boosting launch angle.
  • "Power Grid" slot sole springier than in previous models.
  • Retail availability as of Nov. 15, 2015, with introductory MSRP of $159.99 per club.
  • Available in lofts of 17, 19, 22, 25 and 28 degrees.
  • Stock shaft offerings: UST Mamiya Recoil (450, 460, 470, 480).

Excited about the Exotics EX9 Hybrid

I always look forward to trying new offerings from Tour Edge. This tenacious midwestern company with a low marketing budget always has proffered intriguing products that just flat-out perform. The Exotics EX9 hybrids, introduced in the last quarter of 2015, are no exception.

The first thing that jumps out (almost literally) when looking at the EX9 hybrid is the SlipStream sole design, visible in the photo above. What looks like a series of ocean waves are cleverly integrated into the sole and provide support and ease of attack through a variety of turf conditions. This is not the first design like this (LaJolla Knife comes to mind) that aims to reduce turf interaction and drag, but Tour Edge has seamlessly woven the SlipStream into the design in a way that made me wonder, "why don't all hybrids look like this?"

The other, less-noticeable but equally positive advantage of the Exotics EX9 hybrid is the incorporation of a UST Mamiya Recoil shaft as standard equipment for the hybrid. The Recoil has captured many fans for its sleek look and smooth performance. Putting this shaft into the EX9 hybrid as standard equipment is just pure Tour Edge brilliance. Golfers need to match the correct flex for their tempo, obviously, but the combination of the shaft and the interaction with the Power Grid channel - which resides behind the face - provides extra pop to the EX9 hybrid's already high-horsepower set-up.

It's all pleasing to the eye, too: The topline look is clean and the clubface setup neutral.  

Performance begins with that neutral setup, which provides confidence. The swingweight - ratio of headweight to total club weight - seemed a little light. But it's likely that I am used to adjustable hybrids, which probably do carry a little extra weight in the head. I found I did not miss adjustability in the EX9 hybrid.

A lower center-of-gravity position makes getting out of the rough easier than other hybrids. (Perhaps that is an advantage of a fixed clubhead, with more weight lower in the head). Also of notice is the contribution of the VFT (variable thickness) face which has a thicker depth in the center and is thinner on the edges, reducing loss of distance on off-center hits.

Price, performance, great look. The only disadvantage of the Tour Edge Exotics EX9 hybrid might be its late release date in the golf season, but that means those in colder climates will have it in their bag ready to go at the start of next season.