TOUR EDGE EXOTICS EX9 HYBRID
CATEGORY: Game Improvement Hybrids
WE TESTED: 3 (19°), 4 (22°) with UST Mamiya Recoil graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The updated rail system helps the sole pass smoothly through the turf.
PLAYABILITY: The EX9 can handle anything that comes its way, and it thrives on digging into deep rough to free you from trouble; there's some workability for stronger players, though many testers default to a soft draw bias with a medium to low trajectory.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Consistent, accurate and easy to hit; the radiator design on the sole smoothes out heavy misses; shots are almost always long and true; very little sidespin to speak of.
DISTANCE: The club's biggest asset; one of the hottest models -- testers consistently smash them; plenty of roll to get the most out of your misses.
FEEL: Perfect shots have a pure, powerful snap, while off-center hits feel nearly as good; the Recoil graphite shaft soaks up shock but still provides plenty of feedback and consistency.
LOOK: Less-is-more aesthetics, with no distractions save for white scoring lines on the shallow face and a simple "E" on the crown to aid alignment; glossy black, teardrop head sets up just beautifully.
Lower ball flight might not suit shots into tight pins; higher-handicappers prone to heel and toe misses may need a little more help; the Exotics EX9 has too much draw tendency for one or two guys.
BOTTOM LINE: One of the best models in the test is also the least expensive one. A delight to play, the Exotics EX9 should work for anyone after a fairway-seeking hybrid with stellar distance and a lively feel.