ClubTest 2016: Tour Edge Exotics EX9 Driver Review

Tour Edge Exotics EX9
Brian Henn

TOUR EDGE EXOTICS EX9 DRIVER

 

CATEGORY: Game Improvement Drivers
PRICE: $300
WE TESTED: 10° (adjusts 9° to 11°), 12° (adjusts 11° to 13°) with Matrix White Tie 55X4 and Red Tie 65Q4 graphite shafts
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The updated face design combines with a narrower, more flexible sole channel to increase power on low misses.

PROS

DISTANCE: The Exotics EX9's natural draw tendency helps some testers eke out a few more yards; it's easy to adjust your way into slightly better results.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: A pretty straight shooter, with good lateral forgiveness for a stocky head; many guys find it's predictable but not totally corrective; noticeable draw bias can take the right side out of play -- and the sting out of your slice.
FEEL: A smooth, medium-weight club that's easy to get moving; lively, loud sound -- announces impact to your entire foursome (and beyond); the EX9 is stable, with few twists or tweaks at impact.
PLAYABILITY: No single trajectory to talk about -- the Exotics EX9 does different things for different guys; one thing you can count on is a natural draw bias, although fades aren't impossible; the hosel packs a nice range of adjustability and can be made to fit many different swings.
LOOK: Its strongest asset -- a player's look with a deep, stoutfaced setup and time-honored shape; simple, conservative and composed over the ball -- the EX9 isn't flashy, but it makes you feel like you'll hit it solid.

CONS

As far as overall distance, it's just an average performer for some testers; the EX9 is prone to the odd cardkilling hook; the ear-splitting, high-pitched sound at impact is difficult to ignore; a few players find that it sets up with a slightly closed clubface.

BOTTOM LINE: This blue-collar club does the job but doesn't stand out in any one category. The EX9's no-frills look and performance should appeal to traditionalists, who may prefer it to an old-school slice-buster.

HOT STIX'S TAKE: You'd be mistaken to think it's for better players only -- this driver is built for all skill levels. The sole channel improves ball speeds on low hits. Launch: Mid; Spin: Mid

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MORE INFO ON THE TOUR EDGE EXOTICS EX9 DRIVER

 

From GOLF.com, October 7, 2015:

The new Tour Edge Exotics EX9 driver comes in standard ($299) and Tour ($399) models, both of which have lower and deeper CG locations than past Exotics models, yielding enhanced forgiveness and lower spin rates for more distance.

The standard EX9 has a 460cc clubhead that features a heel weighted, draw enhancing design and is available in 10- and 12-degree lofts. A sloped crown in the standard model helps reduce drag during the swing to increase clubhead speed and distance. The Tour model features a more compact, pear shaped 430cc clubhead that produces slightly lower spin rates and more neutral performance. Both models are built with a new adjustable hosel that provides eight different loft settings in one-degree increments. An interchangeable sole weighting system (in the heel of the standard model, in the center of the Tour model) allows for custom tuning by swapping out the standard 6-gram weight with 3-, 9-, or 11-grams weights, which are sold separately.

The Exotics EX9 Tour Driver (L) and Exotics EX9 Standard Driver (R)
Courtesy of Tour Edge

Stock shaft options for the standard EX9 include Mitsubishi Bassara E-Series, Fujikura Exotics PRO, Matrix Exotics White, Red, and Black Tie. Options for the EX9 Tour include Aldila Rogue Silver, Mitsubishi Diamana S+, M+, and D+. -- Michael Chwasky

 

 

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