I switched from the 2007 Hibore XLS 9.5 to the Hibore XLS Tour 9.5 (Fit On Red S) despite having said I wouldn't get caught up in the hype and change driver this year. So far, I'm glad that I did. I usually hit a high ball so the first thing I noticed was the trajectory from the Tour model is much more penetrating. I'd say I've picked up about 10 yards of carry and a little extra roll. Bonus! The sound at impact is more muted than the XL which is in itself not a bad thing but I'm still getting used to it...by comparison it sounds like you didn't flush it but the ball mark (and result) shows that you did. Actually this is my only criticism so far - it's a little harder to 'feel' your mishits than last year's model. The club feels beautifully balanced and you can definitely work it each way, but to be honest I'm really surprised how forgiving it is. The amount you can work it either way is actually less than the regular XL from last year - not that I mind, in fact I'm grateful (!) but I was surprised by that since initially I was worried that, since it's the tour model and sets up a couple of degrees open, maybe it would be easier to lose it to the right. Not so. Despite my cynicism about just how much technology can improve at this point, I'm pleasantly surprised. I don't mind eating humble pie when the result is drives that are longer and straighter. Love the club so far and I'm happy with the purchase. I don't doubt that the TMs and Callaways out there aren't just as good but I DO doubt that they're worth $100+ more. This one's a winner.
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