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Tour Edge Exotics EX9 Fairway Woods: Love at first crush

Kiel ChristiansonBy Kiel Christianson,
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The Tour Edge Exotics EX9 Fairway Woods are powerful and eye-catching. (Courtesy of Tour Edge Exotics)

Q: What do you call a golf club manufacturer who doesn't pay tens of millions to PGA Tour players to advertise their clubs, offers a lifetime guarantee on every club, develops some of the most cutting-edge technologies and doesn't charge an arm and a leg for their equipment?

A: Tour Edge.

If Tour Edge and its high-end label, Exotics, are not on your equipment radar already, this little Q-and-A might surprise you. But Tour Edge Exotics are making some of the hottest, most affordable drivers and fairway woods on the market today -- and they deserve serious consideration if you're looking to add some distance to your bag.

The new Tour Edge Exotics EX9 Fairway Woods (15, 16.5, 18, 21 degrees; $230) are the latest evolutionary step in the Tour Edge Exotics line.

These fairway woods combine "robotic laser beam bonding" of the Carpenter 475 stainless steel cupped face to the hyper-steel body, a changeable heal weight plug, a "power grid" channel on the sole behind the face, and the SlipStream sole technology all in one powerful package. The SlipStream sole, in particular, catches your eye immediately. The wavy strips of steel are designed to skim over the turf, producing less drag and more speed from the fairway and rough.

Playing the Tour Edge Exotics EX9 Fairway Woods

I took my 18-degree, Tour Edge Exotics EX9 5-wood out to my home course -- Lake of the Woods Golf Course in Mahomet, Ill. -- for what may have been the last round of the season. The very first swing -- the tee shot on the par-5 third hole -- produced a gentle fade out to the right-center of the fairway, just past where everyone else in my group had hit their drivers. (Not bad, I thought, but I didn't want to point out how my three-quarter swing 5-wood had out-distanced their big sticks.)

Then things got interesting.

You see, some clubs require multiple rounds to get a true sense for their character. Some let you know pretty fast. And then there are a few like the Exotics EX9.

The next time I pulled the EX9 out of my bag was on the second shot of the par-5 12th. I had 260 yards to the center of the green, over water and over a small mound in front of the green. I made a good swing, the contact felt perfectly solid and the ball flew dead straight toward the back pin. It hit the top of the mound and bounced onto the front quarter of the green, a solid 250-yards away. I had never hit that green from beyond 250 yards with a 3-wood, much less a 5-wood.

This is one of those late-season memories that will sustain me through the winter.

Tour Edge Exotics EX9 Fairway Woods: The verdict

Power, technology, reliability and price: Tour Edge Exotics delivers it all. Not only does Tour Edge offer a lifetime guarantee (for any reason, even if you run over the club with your golf cart), but it also has a 30-day play guarantee: Play the EX9 for 30 days, and if you can't make a memory like mine, send it back for a refund.

As for my EX9 5-wood, it will still be in my bag when spring comes -- guaranteed.

For more information, visit wwww.touredge.com.

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Kiel Christianson has lived, worked, traveled and golfed extensively on three continents. As senior writer and equipment editor for WorldGolf.com, he has reviewed courses, resorts, and golf academies from California to Ireland, including his home course, Lake of the Woods G.C. in Mahomet, Ill. Read his golf blog here and follow him on Twitter @GolfWriterKiel.

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