ClubTest 2016: Tour Edge Exotics EX9 Tour Driver Review
TOUR EDGE EXOTICS EX9 TOUR DRIVER
CATEGORY: Better Player Drivers
WE TESTED: 9° (adjusts 8° to 10°) with Aldila Rogue Silver 60 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A narrower “Power Grid” channel along the sole and redesigned variablet-hickness face help to boost ball speed.
DISTANCE: This club is in the same ballpark as most normal gamers; guys don’t lose too much distance on slight mis-hits; it can be sneaky long when you catch it just right; ample roll leads to solid yardage overall.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: The Exotics EX9 Tour can keep you out of trouble when you deserve to be in jail; adequate correction when testers miss the center of the clubface.
FEEL: It gives you a stable, strong sensation through the ball without much twisting; the head tracks nicely throughout the swing; for the most part, not overly jarring or harsh on minor misses.
PLAYABILITY: The club produces a repeatable, medium flight; controllable— testers can move shots in either direction with the right swing, but it basically wants to go straight; if anything, testers find it’s easier to shape fades than draws; the adjustable hosel helps to tweak flight.
LOOK: The EX9 Tour features a pleasant shape and face height that most players appreciate; the paint job has a sparkly quality to it—overall, a high-end look.
Forgiveness on mis-hits isn’t on the same level as some other models; not overly impressive in the distance department; the glittery paint job bothers a few players.
BOTTOM LINE: The Tour Edge Exotics EX9 Tour driver is a solid performer that provides predictable results without wowing anyone.
HOT STIX'S TAKE: The compact, 430 cc head has a deeper face for more forgiveness on shots struck high or low of center. The interchangeable swing-weight screw allows for a more precise build. Launch: Low; Spin: Mid
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MORE INFO ON THE TOUR EDGE EXOTICS EX9 TOUR
From GOLF.com, October 17, 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.
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