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The Tour Edge Exotics EX9 Tour hybrid is a great looking long-iron replacement that still offers good forgiveness and ease of use.
Earlier this year, we brought you a review of the Tour Edge Exotics EX9 hybrid. We found it to be outstanding – affordable, long, and easy to hit. With these high standards in mind, I set out to test Tour Edge’s version for better players, the EX9 Tour hybrid.
Tour Edge absolutely nailed the look of the EX9 Tour hybrid. It’s compact and pear shaped, two things that better players love in a hybrid. The black crown is free of alignment aids, too. The face has an average depth which makes it appropriate for shots off the tee, fairway, or out of the rough.
Sound & Feel
The sound of the TEE EX9 Tour hybrid is unique. It’s a bit hollow sounding, but it’s still quiet. Also, despite feeling fairly hot, the sound isn’t metallic. While I wouldn’t call the sound traditional, I do think better players will like it.
Feedback on impact location is quite good in both the sound and the feel.
Tour-style hybrids have a tough line to walk because they want to deliver forgiveness and ease of play while retaining workability. The Tour Edge Exotics EX9 Tour hybrid does a fair job of that, but tilts more towards forgiveness.
The first thing that stood out to me when testing the EX9 Tour hybrid was how easy it was to get the ball airborne. It doesn’t launch too high, but even thin contact gets the ball onto a playable trajectory. That, combined with fairly low spin, produce very consistent distances.
The other ingredient in the consistency is the ball speed. As you would expect form a Tour Edge Exotics club, the ball speed is high and stays highs even on slight mishits. It’s not as forgiving as the standard EX9 hybrid, but, in fairness, it’s not supposed to be.
My one complaint about the EX9 Tour hybrid is that it’s a little more draw-biased than I think a tour hybrid should be. This may be a result of how I interacted with the UST Recoil shaft – I found it very bland, neither stout nor active – but regardless I was hitting almost all my shots right-to-left.
For the player that wants the look of a players hybrid without giving up too much forgiveness, the Tour Edge Exotics EX9 Tour hybrid is a great choice. It has plenty of forgiveness and is very easy to launch. The one caveat is that you should make sure the stock shaft allows you to play all the shots you need.