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The Tour Edge Exotics C721 irons defy easy categorization. They look like a game improvement iron but have the sound and feel of a players iron. Performance is an enticing blend of forgiveness, speed, and shot shaping capability.
I recently shared a podcast where I discussed how damaging it can be to put clubs into strict categories [listen HERE]. The Tour Edge Exotics C721 irons are a wonderful example of that concept. No matter what your first glance impression of this iron is, I guarantee that it’s missing something big.
Per Tour Edge, the C721 irons have a “player preferred competition shape” and a “thinner top line that creates maximum confidence at address.” To my eye, the C721 irons are a good looking game improvement iron. The top line is average in width – not the biggest I’ve seen but definitely not slim. There is some offset but not enough to turn away better players. The sole width is a touch thinner than average for a GI iron.
In the bag, the Tour Edge Exotics C721 irons have the understated look that most OEMs are chasing this year. There’s almost no color, and the branding is largely confined to the toe.
Compared to its brother, the E721 [full review HERE], the C721 is thinner in the top line and sole and has noticeably less offset.
Sound & Feel
The back of the C721 irons say “VIBRCOR” near the heel, and this technology is definitely worthy of this prominent shout out. This is a hollow body iron that feels anything but hollow. Impact is extremely quiet, producing a low-pitched “snap.” That sound is paired with a feel that is exceptionally solid.
The sound and feel pairing were my first clue that this iron would defy easy categorization. If I were hitting shots blindfolded, there’s no doubt I would have predicted this to be a thin, demanding players iron.
Over the last few years, one of the more prominent trends in irons is adding distance through low spin. While dropping spin is a fine way to add yards, it can be detrimental to the golfer who wants their approach shots to hold the green. With the C721 irons, Tour Edge Exotics has shown that you can make an iron very long without giving up workability and shot-stopping power.
When I started testing the C721 irons, the first thing that jumped out to me was the ball speed. Thanks to TEE’s Diamond Face 2.0, hollow body design, and the L-Cup Face, the ball absolutely screams off the center of the club face and retains nearly all its speed on mishits, too. The result of all this speed is big time distance – about ten yards longer than my gamers in the mid-irons.
As I continued testing, I started noticing that the C721 irons were creating spin on par with my gamers. This was not what I expected from an iron creating this kind of distance with this level of forgiveness – but I loved it. With the C721, a skilled player can hit the ball a long way and shape their shots and get their ball to stick on firm putting surfaces. That’s an exciting combination.
It is worth noting that the C721 irons do have slightly stronger lofts throughout the set. For me, the distance gapping worked well from the 5 iron through the gap wedge. As a low launching player, there was a meaningful gap between the 4 and 5 irons only when I hit the 4I very well. For all players, I strongly recommend working with a fitter to get the set make up that will create meaningful distance gaps with your swing.
Tour Edge Exotics continues to offer a great array of stock shafts with recommendations based on your swing speed. For the slower swinger, they suggest the KBS TGI Tour Graphite. The mid and high speed swingers can choose between the Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black RDX in graphite or the True Temper Elevate 95 in steel. Each of these shafts is offered in multiple flexes for a precise fit.
If, like me, you’re tired of irons chasing distance through unplayably low spin, you need to check out the Tour Edge Exotics C721 irons. This set provides plenty of distance and forgiveness while still allowing you to shape shots and hold the green.