Some people say an amateur golfer should use their
driver less frequently. Now with Tour Edge releasing
its new Exotics EX9 fairway woods, this might be an
idea for some to consider.
The clincher could be the introduction of Exotics
EX9 Full-Speed Impact (FSI) technology. Tour Edge
has become known for power and distance focusing
on ball speed at impact. This tradition to improve
speed with versatility continues in the new EX9.
The EX9's introduction of the Full-Speed Impact
design should increase club head speed through a
sloped crown and the Exotics' SlipStream sole. The
SlipStream sole design helps to minimize turf drag and
maintain head speed through impact. With all of this in
mind, I noticed all my shots seemed to jump right off
the club and I was impressed by the consistency of
the ball speed. Even when I did catch a little earth,
the club responded well and it wasn't a jarring
experience. It sounds more like a driver than a
fairway wood too. Interchangeable heel weights are
still offered with the EX9 too. This provides players
the benefit of enhancing their draw for distance and
control. I kept the 9-gram stock weight in place but
there are 6, 11 and 14-gram weights available to be
purchased individually or as a kit.
Look and Feel
The EX9's gloss
black top and clean lines
The EX9 has an overall traditional look but there
are a few modern cosmetic accents on the sole of the
club compared to it's predecessor. The club is
finished in a modern black gloss on the top and a
matte grey finish on the bottom. I liked the overall
look of the club. It has a nice, clean design with
smooth edges. You won't be distracted on the course
by anything flashy or unusual with this design.
Picking up the club I was impressed by the
lightweight feel. It does not feel bottom-heavy nor
too flimsy. Swinging the club felt fluid and I was
comfortable with the club in a short amount of time.
The shaft is the standard Mitsubishi Bassara E-Series
in a black finish. I was really impressed with how the
shaft performed with the club and felt it matched very
well with the performance of the club as a whole.
Price and Availability
The EX9 Fairway Wood's suggested retail price is
$229.99. Authorized dealers will accept pre-orders
and the projected shipping date is November 11,
2015. For more information visit www.touredge.com.