Tour Edge Exotics E8 driver is long bombing at a value price
After four years of playing Tour Edge clubs provided to him by friend and Canadian distributor of Tour Edge Don Heazel, Claudio DeMarchi suggested that it might be time for an upgrade. Not that our main man behind the Traveling Golfer felt there was anything wrong with the equipment he had—still shooting in the low 80s with the odd sighting of a high-70s round—but like all boy’s, Claudio likes new toys.
DeMarchi made a stop in to Heazel’s Golf Trends, planning to order some new logoed shirts and jackets on route to the Pan Am Games Media Day at Angus Glen GC’s South Course in Markham, Ontario last month. Much too his surprise, Heazel announced, “I have your new clubs ready to go right now.”
DeMarchi reports being as giddy as a child at Christmas as he removed the wrappers of his Exotics E8 clubs—Tour Edge’s newest product launch in the game-improvement category—in his hotel room the night before the Pan Am event. “I was thinking, ‘There is no way I can use these brand new clubs in the tournament tomorrow,” DeMarchi relates. “Then, as the sun began to set, the thought turned to, ‘There is not a chance I am not playing with these clubs tomorrow!”
Although one of the most value-packed quality golf manufacturers, Tour Edge is nowhere near as well known as the Callaways and TaylorMades of the world and don’t have the big bucks that it takes to sign PGA Tour stars. But if you check into some of the bags of those big-name players, you might just find the odd Tour Edge product hidden under a head cover or two. In particular, the fairway woods.
But what particularly caught DeMarchi’s attention at Angus Glen early the next morning was the Exotics E8 driver. DeMarchi’s jaw dropped as he saw the E8’s wow-factor distance off the tee. “I’ve never hit a tee ball so far in my life,” was his reaction after stroking a 260-yarder with his first swing—a distance that was extended to 300 yards a week later at Lora Bay GC in Thornbury, Ontario.
Tour Edge has positioned the centre of gravity slightly lower and closer to the face of this new adjustable model, generating faster ball speed with less spin. Smooth swings consistently promoted a high trajectory, with great accuracy and forgiveness for our reviewer. An added bonus was workability, which you don’t often get in the game-improvement category.
Loft options can be adjusted from 8.5 to 12 degrees in ½-degree increments.
The club’s Power Grid has also been refined, with the channel cut deeper, further enhancing the spring-effect at impact.
An added adjustability option incorporates an interchangeable sole weight kit for purchase, which allows players to reduce the swing weight by 1 point or raise it by either 1-2 points.
The E8 irons? Similar story. The ball jumps off the face, says DeMarchi.
Featuring heel and toe tungsten weights for a very forgiving nature, it’s a progressive set design, with the centre of gravity, degree of offset, blade length, face thickness and top-line thickness all varying through the set to make each club perform as effectively—and easily—as possible.
Offered at select retail outlets and pro shops, the set retails for $939 (with two hybrids and 5-PW) and $699 for 4-AW. The Tour Edge Exotics E8 driver is currently on sale for $299.99. For information on your closest outlet, contact Mississauga’s Golf Trends at email@example.com or (800) 668-1101.