50 Words or Less
The Tour Edge Exotics C721 provides massive MOI and high level adjustability. Reliable, consistent performance. Great shaft options for all swing speeds.
Tour Edge is one of the most interesting OEMs out there. Its stable of tour players plies its trade exclusively on the Champions Tour and the company’s marketing leans into that, heavily featuring household names like Tom Lehman, Scott McCarron, and Bernhard Langer. But it would be a mistake to peg its offerings as “seniors clubs.” Case in point, Matt Saternus has a CBX hybrid in his bag that has stubbornly refused to be dislodged [full WITB HERE]. I took a look at the C721 driver to see if it might be worthy of going in yours.
The visual aspect that stands out most about the C721 is the shape of the clubhead. It has a stretched back look that makes it clear the driver intends to deliver on its promise of “Xtreme MOI”. It appears quite large addressing the ball. By today’s standards, the face appears about average in height.
Elongated profile aside, there’s not a lot of flash to its looks. The familiar “E” alignment aid is present and while it’s maybe not my first choice for something to line up the ball with, it works fine. The crown has two carbon fiber wings split by a titanium spine that widens at the back of the club. This is what the company is calling Ridgeback Technology.
Sound & Feel
The sound of impact is a rich and full metallic ‘bang’. There’s a sense of soft receptiveness at impact, but the ball rockets off the face.
Feedback on strike location through the hands is moderate. You need to really miss one if you’re looking for some sort of strong indicator of where exactly you hit it.
Occasionally it takes me a while to figure out, “What kind of club is this, for me?” With the C721, I produced consistent, reliable performance right away. The first word that comes to mind is straight. In the fitting bay and on the course, good swings produced low spinning drives that were rope straight. They also tended to be a little lower flying than I would prefer, and I suspect that may have been improved with a slightly more active shaft (more on that below).
The C721 also provides a world-class level of forgiveness. While this driver may be in the hands of perennial winners on tour, your ball-striking does not need to be surgically precise in order to make this club work. On below average swings, the driver helped me keep the ball on the planet and produce something I could work with for my second. Clearly, the work Tour Edge has done to move the weight back has proven helpful for me.
One of the selling points of the C721 is the impressive range of stock shafts available. Tour Edge tested numerous shafts in combination with this head to determine ideal fits for a range of swing speeds. While I ended up testing the HZRDUS RDX Smoke Black, my swing probably doesn’t have quite enough speed and getting into the Blue instead may have helped me launch it a bit higher and create a bit more spin.
The C721’s forgiveness and consistency are things that every golfer searches for. Providing up to two degrees of adjustability in three lofts, it will be easy to dial in ideal specs. Visually, it certainly has a large footprint and golfers will need to see it in person to determine if it fits their eye or not. The company’s approach to stock shafts for this club has to be applauded. Tour Edge’s website details the specs of each shaft and makes a recommendation for which is likely to provide the best fit for golfers based on their swing speed [check it out HERE].