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Looking for irons which play well i.e. workable, accurate, with amazing feedback, look incredible, and, as a plus, are reasonably priced? Then you should try out the Tour Edge Exotics. Tour Edge was founded in 1968 by David Glod who was a pro golfer, with the goal of providing premium irons at a reasonable price and to date their goal remains the same. Though better known for their line of exotic woods, Tour Edge started producing exotic irons in 2012 and these are the CUs and the CBs. Continue reading this Tour Edge CU Exotics irons review as we’ll have a look at the clubs in detail.
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Simple Yet Effective
The CU is the larger of the two and is aimed at the mass market. An interesting point about the CU is that it’s a game improver with a traditional blade look i.e. trimmed top line and sole and the classic blade length. Achieving this is no mean feat.
The Tour Edge CU exotics are simple and will not burden one with too many flourishes or cutting edge technology. The only noticeable tech is the undercut cavity which is where the CU is derived from i.e. cavity undercut (more on this later).
The Tour Edge is definitely worth looking at as it enjoys fairly good market share and has tour validation with Brandt Snedeker claiming the FedEx cup and winning the Tour championship using the Exotics 3 wood.
The incorporated technology in these irons are pretty modest to say the least. At the core of the CU Exotics, is a deep undercut cavity that distributes the weight away from the face to the perimeter. It also features dual sole weighting (toe and heel weighting), improving heel and toe strikes.
The Tour Edge CU Exotics are a progressive set with the long irons supposed to get the ball into the air, and the short irons made to be scoring irons. As such, these irons have a variable top line, with the long irons having a thicker top line while in the short irons it’s fairly thinner.
Other than the CU Exotics being progressive irons, having a deep undercut and dual sole weighting, Tour Edge has kept these irons at a bare minimum.
Build and Looks
The Tour Edge CU Exotics look more like proper golf clubs, and less like game improvers. They are simple, but we believe simplicity is the ultimate form of sophistication.
These irons feature a pretty traditional face, a medium sized blade width, and for a game improver, they surely don’t scream ‘game improver’ with their trimmed top line. They also feature reduced progressive offset and a confidence inspiring beveled sole.
However, one will have to contend with the fact that they are not available for left handed persons, cannot be custom fitted, and are only available from the 4 iron to the PW.
True to their tradition, Tour Edge has maintained the simplicity with a classic blade look that is in most, if not all, their irons.
The Tour Edge CU Exotics are an interesting set. According to Tour Edge, these are game improvers and as such are meant for the mid to low handicappers. For high handicappers, it’s better to keep off unless you are looking to progress into better player irons.
Pretty decent. The tour beveled sole increases the workability by maximizing blade control and minimizing turf interaction. Thus with these irons, you can make any shot and they will definitely get you out of tight lies.
For what is supposed to be a game improver, the forgiveness is low compared to what other irons offer. However, it is just enough for a better player who can consistently make center strikes. The heel and toe weights also play an essential part in ensuring that heel and toe strikes fly down the intended path.
The CU exotics have this classic feel that one would not expect from a game improver thanks to the bevel which allow them to feel more like forged blades.
The deep undercut cavity in the CU exotics moves weight into the sole and perimeters increasing the Moment of Inertia (MOI) and launch angle. The cavity also enhances the forgiveness to a degree which is just suitable for mid and low handicappers.
Being a progressive set, the exotics are quite ideal since one has the long irons which will get the ball in the air quite easily and the short irons for which scoring is child’s play.
They are not that forgiving but perfect for a player who is looking to progress to better player irons and for better players who want a tad of forgiveness.
The Final Verdict
David Glod set out to produce premium irons that could be enjoyed by the masses and he has done a great job. The Tour Edge CU exotics are proper looking irons despite them being game improvers and have few bells and whistles.
If you are a single digit handicap player looking for a touch of forgiveness, or an amateur looking to improve your game then these are the irons for you. By and large, these are great irons with a rating of 4.4 out of 5.