Raise your hand if you're not the most accurate driver of the golf ball.
I picked up a hand off the keyboard.
Even if you're a longer player, if you can't find the fairway, golf is tougher. That's why a number of golfers prefer to use their 3-wood whenever possible off the tee. It makes good sense. It's a shorter club, easier to control and gives the player a better chance of finding the short grass. However, a 3-wood is almost always shorter than the driver in your bag, so you're sacrificing a significant amount of distance for relative accuracy.
Tour Edge Exotics is hoping to change the compromise with its new Exotics EX9 Long 3-wood, which they quietly unveiled at the PGA Merchandise Show last month. The 185 cc 3-wood head is paired with a 43.5-inch shaft to promote more distance. The deeper head combines a 15-3-3-3 beta titanium, variable-thickness cup face and a hyper-steel body for maximum distance and forgiveness.
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The SlipStream sole, designed to minimize turf interaction, is on this club as well. While you're probably not planning to hit this much off the turf -- it's meant to be hit off the tee -- it's a good feature to have if you're trying to pull off a stinger-style shot.
The adjustable hosel system offers eight settings to go up or down a degree of loft and change lie angle. THere's also a 9-gram adjustable weight screw which can be changed out with 6-, 11- and 14-gram weights in a separately purchased weight kit.
The Tour Edge Exotics EX9 Long 3 wood is available in 13- and 15-degree options with a choice of Aldila Rogue Silver 60 and 70, Black 60 and Mitsubishi Diamana S+, M+ and D+ shafts. It is available now for $300.