Brian Henn

TOUR EDGE EXOTICS EX9 TOUR DRIVER

CATEGORY: Better Player Drivers
PRICE: $400
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.

PROS

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.

CONS

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.

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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