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