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The Tour Edge Exotics EX9 fairway wood is long, forgiving, and tons of fun to hit.
Expectations around new Tour Edge Exotics fairway woods are always high. While the company makes a range of excellent products, their fairway woods are what put them on the map. They’re also the clubs that pros put in their bags on the PGA Tour. The EX9 fairway wood shows that TEE can live up to those expectations while delivering a club with huge playability.
The EX9 fairway wood looks like a smaller version of the Tour Edge Exotics EX9 driver. The footprint is large, round, and symmetrical, and the crown is black with a small “E” alignment aid. The face is a little taller than average, but not so tall that you’ll be uncomfortable hitting it from the turf. This club does sit a little shut at address, but that’s probably a good thing for the target audience.
Sound & Feel
Despite being a larger fairway wood, the sound of the EX9 is rather quiet. It feels very hot, as you’d expect from Tour Edge Exotics, and the sound is metallic. Feedback is reasonable, but not exactly pinpoint.
It’s clear that Tour Edge Exotics had a mission in mind when designing the EX9 fairway wood: make a club that’s long and fun to hit. Even at a traditional 3W loft of 15 degrees, the EX9 is really easy to elevate off the turf. Off a tee, the taller face provides a nice confidence boost.
TEE’s hallmark ball speed is present in the EX9 FW as well. Shots on the center of the face produce ball speeds comparable to a driver. When you miss the center there’s still enough ball speed to produce an acceptable shot.
The one thing that surprised me about the EX9 fairway wood is that it’s not as draw-biased as I expected. Tour Edge Exotics has a weight pad and a weight screw in the heel to promote a draw, and they do the job, but it’s not overly hook-y. Hitting straight or cut shots takes some work, but it can be done.
One thing that the EX9 fairway wood shares it its Tour brother is the adjustable weight. The weight screw in the heel is 9 grams, and a kit can be purchased to change this. The kit includes 6, 11, and 14 gram screws to alter the feel of the club.
For the recreational golfer, I think the Tour Edge Exotics EX9 fairway wood is one of the best of 2016. It’s easy to hit, it’s very long, and it’s simply fun to play. Better players would also do well to swallow their pride about larger, draw-biased fairway woods and check this out.