Tour Edge has completed the Exotics EX9 set with with two high performance drivers. The EX9 and EX9 Tour drivers follow fast on the heels of the EX9 fairway and EX9 hybrid and feature the same Full Speed Impact design.
Full Speed Impact design maximises club head speed through a sloped crown and sole design to optimise weight distribution, moving the centre of gravity for increased MOI and lowering spin to deliver distance across the whole face.
That is far from the end of the technology story with the Tour Edge Exotics EX9 drivers, however. The club is constructed from a 6A4V titanium and boasts a new Hexagonal variable face thickness technology. This configuration means that the varying levels of thickness, which is now a common feature in drivers to increase speed across the hitting area, is effective across many more points on the face, especially in the heel and toe areas.
The aerodynamic sloped crown reduces drag allowing players to generate a faster clubhead speed for greater distance and Tour Edge's power grid, a channel sitting behind the face that is used on both the fairway and the hybrid, has been made narrower and deeper to allow the face to flex more at impact to assist launch.
Both models also include an adjustable hosel that gives players eight settings to adjust loft and lie, with loft variable by a full degree either side of the designated loft, allowing players to fine tune the drivers to achieve optimal launch conditions for their swings.
It's at this point that the stories of the two drivers start to differ. The standard EX9 driver has a 460cc draw enhancing head and is available in 10 and 12 degree heads that give a forgiving and high ball flight. By comparison the EX9 Tour model has a pear shaped 430cc head with a deeper face designed to deliver lower spin and faster ball speeds.
The adjustable weighting on the sole of the club is also specific to the model of the driver you choose to help optimise performance. In the standard EX9 driver the weight is located in the heel of the club to enhance the draw make up of the head and help with a straighter ball flight for players who have trouble squaring the club at impact. In the EX9 Tour the weight slot is at the rear and centre of the sole, helping to locate the centre of gravity deep within the clubhead for a higher MOI and lower spin.
The EX9 comes with shaft offerings of Mitsubishi Bassara E-Series, Fujikura Exotics Pro and Pro Tour or Matrix Exotics White, Red and Black Tie. The EX9 Tour options are Aldila Rogue Silver 60 and 70 and Mitsubishi Diamana S+, M+ and D+.