PREVIEW: Tour Edge Exotics EX9 fairway woods

PREVIEW: Tour Edge Exotics EX9 fairway woods

They may not be a golf household name, but Tour Edge makes some of the best fairway woods in the world.

Their new Exotics line of EX9 fairway woods looks to continue building on that reputation with some refinements to the technology that has made them a cult favorite.

In the EX9 line, Tour Edge aims to increase ball speed with a design that comes together with a trio of features. The EX9 crown slopes gently, according to the company, in a way that improves clubhead speed near impact. The company's SlipStream sole, which features metal waves of varying shapes in the middle of the sole, has been refined. The waves are now shorter and don't cover as much surface area on the sole, with the idea of limiting turf interaction while still offering the benefit of added swing speed. Finally, the Power Grid pocket, which moves at impact to give a spring-like effect to the ball, is cut deeper vertically but narrower horizontally. The EX9's cup face is laser-bonded to the steel body.

The sole also has a heel slot for interchangeable weights that can add a draw bias. A 9-gram weight is standard, fitting into the 8-gram weight pad. A kit featuring 6-, 11- and 14-gram weights is available as well.

The Tour Edge Exotics EX9 fairway woods will be available in 15-, 16.5-, 18- and 21-degree models for $230 and will be available on Nov. 13.

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