The Tour Edge Exotics EX10 fairway continues the development from the EX9 fairway, but with a different cup face material and a new weight distribution.
The face now uses a high-density HT 980 steel cup face so that it can be made thinner and increase ball speed across more points of the hitting area.
There is also a Beta version of the EX10 that uses a TSP 910 Beta Titanium cup face to save weight, but that costs a little more.
On the standard Exotics EX10 the other major change is that the removable sole weight has changed position from the heel of the EX9 fairway to the rear of the EX10.
The position of the 9g weight in a more central position of the 12g weight pad is there to move the CG as low and deep as possible and a separate weight kit is available with 6g, 11g and 16g weights to enable you to vary the swing weight.
As the hosel is fixed and not adjustable, then the sole weight is the only way to adjust the club, but it is also an optional extra.
The adjustable weight will be useful if you opt for one of the three stock shafts of Mitsubishi Bassara E-Series, Aldila Rogue M-AX or the one I tested which was the Graphite Design Tour AD50. The 56g stiff Tour AD50 shaft will appeal visually to those of an Irish heritage with the green Golf Pride Decade multi-compound grip.
It is the middleman of the three shaft options for launch, weight and torque and I probably would go for the slightly heavier, lower torque 65g Aldila Rogue M-AX with my 100mph driver swing speed, so make sure you get fitted.
Visually the EX10 is very pleasing with a generous rounded head that is 173cc in a 3-wood and sat very well at address even if it looked a little on the closed side.
The crown features a more tapered profile at the rear that gives it a sleek look combined with a bit of technical design that I think works well.
Given the larger head the sound was on the hollow side, but in a good way and gave a pleasing audible thwack when hit well.
The stand out feature when you look at the sole is the SlipStream plate that features seven wavy rails of steel to help the EX10 glide through the grass.
The rails are wider, flatter and the channels between them narrower than before to reduce turf interaction. They certainly seem to do the job and even if it didn't, it is one of those features that I would have just because it looks cool.
There is also a redesigned red speed channel in front of the SlipStream section that now wraps around each side to go down the full length of the sole.
At impact the sound and feel of the Exotics EX10 is excellent and this fairway could suit golfers of all levels as there is also a wide range of lofts from 13° 3-wood up to a 21° 7-wood.
With the generous head and slightly draw bias set up, the Tour Edge Exotics EX10 is a very playable fairway that will offer good performance and an above level of forgiveness.
The standard version is pretty competitively priced, so if you can get a shaft that works for you then this could be a contender as it has the looks and the performance for most levels of golfer.