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ClubTest 2015: Tour Edge Exotics E8 Hybrid

Photo: Michael Chini

Tour Edge Exotics E8 Hybrid

Tour Edge Exotics E8 Hybrid

 

Category: Game-Improvement Hybrids
Price: $200
WE TESTED:
19° with UST Mamiya Recoil graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Removable sole weights (sold separately) change the center of gravity so you can dial in your preferred trajectory.

PROS

 

PLAYABILITY: A smooth operator, easy to use from pretty much anywhere; flies on the higher side and obeys basic commands; search and rescue from deep rough—the head doesn’t stop until it finds your ball and gets it to the short grass.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Precise input yields pinpoint results; when taking aim at small targets from big distances, this club is as capable and confident as your best swing.
DISTANCE: The Exotics E8 is a boomer, strong across the board; for some panelists, square contact flies five to ten yards past what they currently have in their bags; Tour Edge makes light work of long carries—you don’t need to swing out of your spikes to pick up a few yards.
FEEL: Brings “Pow!” to the party; smooth yet sturdy—a sledgehammer through the impact zone; Rock of Gibraltar–stability at impact; instant, informative feedback beyond what many peers provide; shaft matches the weighty head—automatic release after impact.
LOOK: Most go for the understated, low-profile appearance; neutral, non-glare setup looks easy enough to get airborne; a few testers benefit from the alignment aid—“E” marks the sweet spot; the chrome shaft is kind of cool.

CONS

 

Possibly the least-forgiving club in the group—the E8 holds you accountable for your bad swings, while its frank feedback lets you hear about it; plain Jane look is more standard than standout; best suited for better players.

BOTTOM LINE: A hard-nosed, hard-charging hybrid. For the lower handicaps who can handle it, the E8 packs an ambitious combination of power and precision into one of the more versatile heads in its class.

BUY THE CLUB: Get your own Tour Edge Exotics E8 hybrid

NEXT REVIEW: Wilson Staff D200 Hybrid

Gear Factor: Tour Edge Exotics E8 Drivers
Tour Edge Exotics E8 series drivers provide length -- and adjustability -- for every player type. David Glod, founder and president says the standard E8 is ideal for average Joes, while the more compact E8 Beta targets stronger players.

NEXT REVIEW: Wilson Staff D200 Hybrid

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