“RYZERSOLE Technology is the Real Deal“
***Before commencing this review, I’d be remiss if I failed to thank the VP of Marketing and Communications for Tour Edge Golf. Jon, thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to test and review these products from Tour Edge Golf. Without you, none of this would be possible. As always, thank-you for your support.***
Batavia, Illinois headquartered Tour Edge Golf has emerged as one of the golf industry’s top up and coming brands. They’re also a brand that you may not consider because they don’t shell out huge endorsement dollars to tour professionals. For this reason, their exposure and consequently market share comes up a little short. Yet, the brand has seen increased record-setting profits over the last couple of years. If Tour Edge Golf doesn’t have huge exposure on tour the question is, how did they get there?
Tour Edge Golf Founder and President David Glod started the company back in 1986. Several years later, Tour Edge Golf introduced the original “Combo Brazed” metalwoods and in case you were unaware, that golf club had a bit of a “cult” following. A fairway wood that produced distance that golfers typically saw with their driver. The hype was real and well-warranted.
In my opinion, Tour Edge Golf really got themselves kick-started in 2019 with their Exotics EXS range of products. That was when Tour Edge Golf announced to the golfing world that you could develop products that were second to nobody. All the while using premium components and top-shelf R&D all without producing a premium price tag. Refreshing, considering where the price of golf equipment was trending. Tour Edge’s “stock” continued to increase and trend upward the following year in 2020 with the Exotics EXS 220, and again in 2021 with the Exotics 721 range.
*** Editor’s Note: Just to clarify, Tour Edge Golf does have a range of products geared more towards recreational players. This line-up is called the Tour Edge Golf Hot Launch series. Even though they share similar product monikers they are different.
The Exotics 721 series was a bit of a juggernaut. You started to see more and more players (on PGA TOUR Champions in particular) gaming the brand. In 2021, John Daly quietly played the Exotics C721 irons. But the big signing for Tour Edge Golf happened when living legend, Bernhard Langer, signed a multi-year deal to play the Exotics brand.
2022 brought more excitement to the Tour Edge Golf stable. Both Alex Cejka and Canadian Mike Weir next signed multi-year deals to play Exotics. Mike Weir was of special interest because he was previously with TaylorMade Golf, a brand that he was with for as long as I can remember. A noteworthy signing because now there was a “lefty” in their midst which would hopefully create more offerings for those on “that” side of the golf ball. One of the complaints that I’ve received in the past has been the lack of love shown to left-handed players. Also, seeing that Canadian golf retail giant Golf Town is a sponsor of Mike Weir, maybe that would mean more Exotics brand exposure would occur north of the “49th Parallel”. For the record, I have never seen an Exotics product in a Golf Town.
What drove the likes of 2003 Masters Champion Mike Weir to choose to play Exotics when he could have signed with anyone? The answer is the Exotics 722 Series.
For 2022, the entire Exotics line-up comes in two options and with it, a question for golfers. “Are you an E or C?”. Where the “C” or “Competition Spec” product range targets the “better player” because it has attributes that the better player looks for (lower spin and smaller footprints) the “E” or “Extreme Forgiveness Spec” offers golfers more forgiveness and easier to hit and launch products. Some of the features of the Exotics E722 metalwoods include…
- RYZERSOLE Technology – Weight is placed low and deep in the head of these metalwoods. A rail runs from the leading edge to the trailing edge of the sole. This additional weight creates high-launching shots with preferred spin rates while also decreasing turf interaction for shots “off the deck”.
- Adjustable Backweight – While others weights are available, the Exotics E722 metalwoods come with a 10-gram weight that’s set way back in the head. The placement of this weight further bolsters the Moment of Inertia (M.O.I) for added forgiveness. M.O.I is the resistance to twisting on off-center strikes.
- Diamond Face Technology – Diamond Face VFT (Variable Face Thickness) makes an appearance once again in 2022. A maraging-steel face with 5 different thicknesses is coupled with 61 diamond shapes behind the face that combine to act as a trampoline. More ball speed equates to more distance. Moreover, another by-product is increased forgiveness. Especially, on less than optimal strikes.
- 100% Carbon Crown – The use of a 100% all-carbon crown allowed Tour Edge Golf R&D to determine the best location to place weight for optimal C.G (Center of Gravity) placement.
Other features of the 722 Series of metalwoods include “SpeedTested Shafts”. By employing their test robot (T.E.D.) Tour Edge R&D determines the best shaft/head combination based on different clubhead speeds. All of the shafts are premium bona fide shafts like Mitsubishi Chemical’s Tensei AV Raw Orange 65 and Fujikura’s Ventus Blue. I should add that these shafts are a tremendous baseline. By seeing a fitter the possibility is there of finding an even better shaft more suited to your needs.
Lastly, there’s what Tour Edge refers to as “A.R.C. Acoustic Engineering”. Acoustic Resonance Channels (A.R.C.) are channels that are positioned internally to produce better acoustics and feel.
Well, that was a little bit to digest. All of the technical jargon is “fine and dandy” but the real question is, how do the Exotics E722 fairway metals stack up? After all, it’s why you’re here.
For the purposes of the testing and review process I decided to go with something a little different. I haven’t made swings with a 7-wood in roughly 23 years. So, for fun I chose the 155cc, 21* lofted Exotics E722 7-wood. For the shaft I took a gamble on swinging the Fujikura Ventus Blue 6-X which weighs 67-grams. A shaft that offers a mid-trajectory launch.
(I won’t delve too deeply into the unboxing process. For the Exotics E722 please advance the video below to 17:30)
For the review, I’ll break it down into four parts. Aesthetics, Feel/Sound, Performance (Off the Tee), and Performance (Off the Deck).
Aesthetics – Why mince words? This is a golf club that looks great in the plastic and better out of it. The carbon crown is attractive and it shimmers in the sun. Some golfers might be apprehensive about the look at address for fear of the Exotics E722 appearing to look closed. I can assure you that the face angle is square. Personally speaking, I really like the head at address. I feel uber-confident over the golf ball and the golf ball seems to get framed quite nicely. The face is relatively shallow as you might expect with a golf club designed with forgiveness in mind. Initially, I wasn’t too crazy about the “722” alignment aid and to be frank I much prefer the Tour Edge Exotics logo as seen in previous models. But, as testing has worn on I’ve gotten to the point where I hardly notice it now.
Flipping the club over, the Exotics E722 fairway metal offers good rack appeal. The red and white accents offer a nice contrast. “RYZERSOLE” is emblazoned along the trailing edge letting all know what the lead technology in this golf club is.
Feel/Sound – There’s something to their “Acoustic Resonance Channels”. The sound emitted off of the face is “authoritative” and “crisp” due in large part to its maraging steel face. The Exotics E722 feels solid at impact and in a video that was recorded (from a quartered face-on location) there’s an almost “persimmon thwack”. Because of the feel and sound of this golf club, the Exotics E722 7-wood is a golf club that I look forward to striking and applying to the golf ball.
Performance (Off the Deck)– As much as I really like the sound and feel of this golf club, the performance of this golf club is an “eye-opener”. Honestly, I don’t know if I should have segregated this part of the adjudication process because the Exotics E722 is an “all-star” in either circumstance.
Elevation of the golf ball off the deck is effortless and I have no doubt in my mind that the “RYZERSOLE Technology” is very instrumental in this observation. “RYZERSOLE Technology” is the “real deal”. Pure strikes resulted in high-launching shots that just sort of travel downrange or down the fairway. Depending on the golfer and how long a Par 5 is, the Exotics E722 7-wood could be an “in two” club.
The forgiveness in this head is, well… extreme. Strikes a little low off of the face or off of the toe aren’t severely punished. There’s a slight drop-off in distance but the dispersion is seemingly unaffected. Any of these misses still seem to find the fairway or in the case of the driving range, the “intended target”. Thank you high M.O.I. qualities.
If you aren’t feeling good about hitting hybrids, look at the higher-lofted fairway metals to replace them. Especially, these Exotics E722.
Performance (Off the Tee) – The 7-wood version of the Exotics E722 is a “boring” club off of the tee. No, I don’t mean from a ballflight perspective. I mean, it’s boring. As in predictable, safe, and consistent. If all you want to do all day is hit towering baby draws that won’t get you into trouble. Look no further because this is your golf club. The only excitement that you’ll feel from swinging this fairway metal is the feeling of excitement that you get from seeing great results.
While I did say that the ballflight wasn’t boring, you can flight the golf ball with this golf club easily enough. My first time on the course with it saw temperatures around 34*F (2*C) and sustained winds of 35 mph (70 km/h) with gusts of course blowing harder. It’s been a hostile spring and this round was no different. During the round I saw wind, snow, sleet and rain. Wait, was I in the British Isles? Into the teeth of the wind I pulled the 7-wood from the bag. Normally on this hole, I’ll tee off with a 6 or 7-iron. Your tee shot has to travel through a chute from the elevated tee box. A draw hit around the dogleg is the preferred line. I set the ball back in my stance and hit a knockdown. 180 yards later (which doesn’t sound like much with a 7-wood) there was my golf ball sitting nicely along the left side of the fairway leaving me a wedge in. That one shot alone was a total confidence builder.
The Exotics E722 fairway metals based upon my observations with the 7-wood variation are the real deal. Especially when it comes to the “RYZERSOLE Technology”. That’s technology that works. It has so much forgiveness packed into it’s chassis that there’s “plenty to burn”.
Easy to swing with an ease of launch unlike anything else that I’ve made passes with in recent memory. Predictable and consistent. Nothing but high baby draws yet still workable the other way. This isn’t including the ability to flight the golf ball. Factor those types of shots in and this is actually a highly workable golf club that you can hit any shot with. Even “slingers”.
I highly recommend this golf club for any golfer looking to add a very versatile weapon to their arsenal. A golf club that is tailor-made for long Par 3’s and short, tight Par 4’s.
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Until The Next Tee!!