Tour Edge Exotics
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Sand Trap gets this question about once a year.
Tour Edge is a small, independent golf club and equipment manufacturer that got its start back in the 1980s. TE maintains its own research and development activity. Check the TE website to see if they are coming to a demo day in your area: http://www.touredge.com/
The Exotics line, especially the fairway woods, has a cult following among golfers in the Midwest. The Exotics fairway woods retail for about $300 new.TE runs its own pre-owned program like Callaway does. Golfsmith carries the TE line.
Here are two threads on Tour Edge from previous years:
I would highly recommend their fairway woods. I have played their 3 wood for going on 4 years now. I absolutely love it. Obviously, this is just my opinion. But it would be worth a shot for you. You can pick up one of the older models for pretty cheap now. Check out the Exotics XCG 3.
I have never hit one of their drivers, but I have heard very mixed reviews.
Yea it is strange. As I said, I have never hit one of their drivers. So, I can not give an accurate review either way. I have heard some people say good things and some say bad. I do love their fairway woods though.
A buddy of mine explained it to me this way (I believe this is purely speculation on his part and he would have no inside knowledge, so keep that in mind): They use a way of mixing materials that is not that common, called brazing. That is why their 3 woods retail for $300. If they used the same process for drivers, it be upwards of $600-700. And there just isn't a market for a driver with that kind of price tag.
Like I said, pure speculation on his part. If you ever get one of their drivers, I would love to hear what you think.
DaggerSA has a TE Driver and the fairway woods. He is down to a 22 handicap, taking lessons, and is always practicing. He just sent the driver back to TE ( because it is under warranty) for a SECOND time because he caved in the face. I saw the damage myself. It took only 2 months for the driver face to be caved in after his first driver was replaced by TE. He is hitting the sweet spot just above the center. TE has great customer service and replaced the first one with no questions asked.
The TE fairway woods are great. He's let me try them and they are somehow easier to hit than my own (TM VSteel) and they have great distance and control.