Sweet Stuff

Golf Vacations - - Golf Vacations - by Terry Ross

Tour Edge has made a name for it­self as a com­pany that pro­duces some of the long­est driv­ers and fair­way woods on the mar­ket for both recre­ational and pro­fes­sional play­ers, and with its lat­est con­tri­bu­tion, the Ex­otics EX9 Long 3-Wood, the com­pany might have out­done it­self.

This lat­est model by Tour Edge has one of the hottest club faces you will find—even on off-cen­ter hits—and its ex­tra dis­tance is read­ily ap­par­ent af­ter only a few swings with this club.

As a driver re­place­ment or a fair­way wood to get ex­tra yardage off the deck, this club does not dis­ap­point by com­bin­ing driver length with 3-wood ac­cu­racy. The EX9 has a deeper face for more spring-like ef­fect and the 185cc club­head has great sight lines when set­ting up on the tee or off of the turf.

The engi­neers at Tour Edge de­signed the new EX9 Long 3 with a 15-3-3-3 beta ti­ta­nium cup face and used combo-braz­ing to com­bine it with the hy­per-steel body for max­i­mum ball speed any­where on the face. The cup face also em­bod­ies a re­designed vari­able face thick­ness tech­nol­ogy that pro­duces bet­ter re­sults from more con­tact points on the face.

Turf in­ter­ac­tion is re­duced by the Slip­Stream™ sole that was spe­cially de­signed for the EX9 series, and the ‘waves’ of the sole are now shorter from front to back, re­sult­ing in a more ex­plo­sive im­pact. In ad­di­tion to the waves, the Power Grid has been reengi­neered deeper and much more nar­row to re­move weight close to the face and re­po­si­tion it in the rear por­tion of the sole for ideal CG lo­ca­tion.

“It was im­per­a­tive that the Long 3 fair­way wood pro­vide a dif­fer­ent per­for­mance than the EX9 and the Tour woods,” said David Glod, pres­i­dent and founder of Tour Edge. “We were able to ac­com­plish that by com­bin­ing the slightly larger club­head, deeper face and a super re­spon­sive beta ti­ta­nium cup face with a longer shaft to give golfers fair­way wood con­trol with driver-like dis­tance.”

An­other great fea­ture of this club is that it comes in a 13 or 15-de­gree head and an ad­justable hosel sys­tem for lots of cus­tomiza­tion. The 13-de­gree club, for in­stance, can be made stronger to 12-de­grees or weaker to 14 de­grees, while the 15-de­gree model can be set in a range from 14 to 16 de­grees. In ad­di­tion to the loft, lie an­gles can be ad­justed. The Long 3 also in­cludes a 9-gram cen­ter change­able weight insert to pro­duce a pen­e­trat­ing ball flight, and is ad­justable with an op­tional weight kit that in­cludes a 6-gram, 11-gram and a 14-gram weight to in­crease or de­crease the swing weight.

The Adila Rogue Sil­ver 60 and 70, Black 60; and the Mit­subishi Dia­mana S+, M+ and D+ shafts can be or­dered stan­dard and come in 43.5-inch length for ex­tra dis­tance.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Tour Edge Ex­otics EX9 Long 3- wood: www.touredge.com

When Voice Cad­die in­tro­duced its orig­i­nal launch mon­i­tor two years ago—the Swing Cad­die—it was in­stantly one of the hand­i­est and rea­son­ablypriced of its kind on the mar­ket—not to men­tion deadly ac­cu­rate in giv­ing swing speed, ball speed, carry dis­tance and smash fac­tor ei­ther in­doors or on the driv­ing range.

Now the Swing Cad­die2 has hit the mar­ket, and al­though it looks vir­tu­ally the same as the orig­i­nal Swing Cad­die, it has some very nice im­prove­ments and ex­tra fea­tures--and still is small and priced un­der $350.

For starters, the new SC200 has a new baro­met­ric pres­sure sen­sor and tem­per­a­ture gauge that in­creases the ac­cu­racy when mea­sur­ing ball speed. An­other nice new fea­ture is the voice dis­tance out­put that au­to­mat­i­cally calls out your dis­tance on ev­ery shot as well as show­ing it on the easy-to-read mon­i­tor. The vol­ume can be ad­justed up, down or off, and with the handy re­mote you can ad­just to give ei­ther the carry dis­tance or the over­all dis­tance of the shot that in­cludes a cal­cu­la­tion for the role. Very few launch mon­i­tors will do this, and cer­tainly none at this price point.

The new re­mote is larger and has more op­tions and is ac­tu­ally eas­ier to han­dle, and al­lows you to pick your club and set the loft for ev­ery club that is mea­sured, again in­creas­ing the ac­cu­racy.

The de­vice uses Dop­pler tech­nol­ogy to track each shot (just like the super ex­pen­sive mod­els from Track­man, etc.) and pro­vides in­stant and ac­cu­rate feed­back, and in­stantly gives you the statis­tics on ev­ery swing, such as carry or to­tal dis­tance, club head speed, ball speed and smash fac­tor to let you know how ef­fi­cient your shots re­ally are.

The LCD dis­play on a unit that is smaller than many mo­bile phones and fits in a handy car­ry­ing pouch that goes nicely in­side a golf bag. It is one of the eas­i­est and most valu­able prac­tice tools you will find and has three modes: prac­tice, tar­get and ran­dom, which are great for mix­ing up prac­tice ses­sions to gain valu­able feed­back while try­ing to hit to a se­lected dis­tance—just like on the golf course.

The Swing Cad­die2 stores stats (in­clud­ing av­er­ages) for each club for the ses­sion and

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