By now, you have heard the talk about how Tour Edge is firing on all cylinders and their Exotics line has become one of the deepest and broadest offerings in all of golf. So, you should be unsurprised that here we are again, talking about that very thing because they have another piece to the Exotics puzzle that competes with anything on the market, and as you’ll see, it might just surpass them.
This time we are discussing the C722 Ti-Utility from Tour Edge, and there is indeed a lot to digest.
An absolute beast. The C722 Ti-Utility is on another level when it comes to pure speed and power, not to mention, even in a lower loft, the ability to elevate the club isn’t as demanding as some others. Balanced in looks with a larger profile that still fits a discerning players eye without being cumbersome, and a sound/feel that is as enjoyable as anything on the market.
Tour Edge C722 Ti-Utility – Under the Hood
This club necessitates a dedicated section breaking down what is going on internally, because yes, for the price point ($199.99) it brings incredible bang for the buck, but it also brings more of everything than maybe every other utility out there.
The C722 Ti-Utility is the second titanium faced utility from Tour Edge, the first version was the EXS, which THPTV review here, and it definitely packed a punch, but the company knew it needed refinement and after a gap year, the C722 is the result of that extra R&D time.
Anyone familiar with the Exotics releases for any amount of time know they are leaders when it comes to working with and applying titanium within their designs. Much of that hinges on their combo brazing technique. You see, there is no welding necessary with combo brazing as the different materials are fused together, meaning no heavy welds. That savings means the design can be more compact and efficient where CG is concerned. When it comes to materials, the brazing also allows the Beta Titanium L-Cup Face to use the leading edge of the 431 stainless body as a hinge and offer even more speed through maximizing face flexion.
In the equation as well, is that this remains a hollow body utility design from Tour Edge which lets them maximize weight placement to the perimeters of the club and increase the room for the face to flex even more. Unlike others, Tour Edge is not using any type of foam filler internally, and this puts heavy focus on sound as there is less ability to change and manipulate the acoustics. That said, the Ti face helps here too, but I’ll get into the sound/feel soon enough. Worth noting, the lack of any internal fille means maximum face flexion, which means more speed potential.
Rounding things out is the addition of an adjustable weight low and in the rear of the utilities which is for fine tuning swing weight and dialing in fit, something most utilities aren’t offering, which allows Tour Edge to differentiate themselves even more. This is blended into a shape with a thinner topline than its predecessor and a slight amount more offset adding to the playability and overall workability which the Tour Edge staff members have been asking from the company. Add in Tour Edge’s SpeedTested shaft fitting matrix with their robot T.E.D. and the company believes they have provided a club which can fit a plethora of needs in any loft from 2 (17 degrees) to the 5 (25 degrees).
Tour Edge C722 Ti-Utility – Performance Rundown
For this review I was sent the 3 Ti-Utility (19 degrees) paired with a Fujikura Ventus Blue 8S at stock 39.25” playing length. All testing was done indoors on a Foresight Launch monitor for data collection as well as on the course in order to put real-world scenarios into play.
Visually, having tested the EXS previously, much of what I nitpicked about that design has been addressed with the C722 Ti-Utility. The view at address has been streamlined with a better topline size and hosel transition which keeps the offset from appearing cumbersome in any way. The sole remains on the large size, but its shaping and camber was designed with focus on making sure it is a club that can blend into regularly played irons as opposed to being a one-off tee club. In the case of the 19-degree I worked with, you can see the back of the club and the adjustable weight at address, which might turn some off, but for me it’s a bit of an expectation getting into these types of utilities.
There is only one finish option this go-round with no black offering coming to market at this time, but it is a clean satin look that for me showed much less brushing than I experienced with the EXS. The other non-data standout during review was the sound/feel. The EXS with its titanium face had the sensation of power, but it also sat on the noticeably firm side for many of us, particularly on misses. I am happy to report that with the Ti-Utility in the C722 lineup, Tour Edge turned up the feeling of speed and power, but left any harshness at home. I don’t like to use words like “springy” in reviews, but that sensation was present for me as the ball seemed to just launch off the face from tee or turf. Additionally, misses provide appropriate feedback, but without the sharpness to the ears and hands the EXS had. I know I’m hanging onto this topic a bit longer than normal, but there is nothing at impact about this one that makes you think its hollow, it sounds and feels as good as any utility on the market.
As mentioned, I put the C722 Ti-Utility onto the Foresight Launch Monitor and the data I captured tells a great deal of the story. This being a 19-degree I fully expected a more mid-high flight from tee and turf as I usually stay in the 21 range for my utilities and use them from everywhere, not just the tee. Before diving all the way into what I saw, the data capture I’m referencing is below:
Two things stood out immediately for me, pure and absolute speed potential, and though in this set my top end ball-speed was 145, I did have other non-recorded sessions where I hit 149 and 150 with the C722, and frankly, even as a golfer on the stronger side of the spectrum those were numbers that shocked me. The rest of the story here is that the spin stayed in a realm which kept the club playable off the turf as well as the tee. Though I’d prefer a higher overall peak, in a club like this with the types of carry numbers I saw, there really isn’t a lot to nitpick.
On the course, the 3-Utility is a lot of fun to hit. Not only is it versatile, it’s also workable, I was able to really carve tee shots as I wanted based on the shape of the golf hole while at the same time, I could hit the low draw I seek off the turf into longer holes and second shots on par 5’s. Any time you get into a lower lofted utility, there is a level of demand and speed required to maximize the club’s usefulness and that is here with the C722. Additionally, the hollow nature combined with the titanium face material did let me get away with a lot lower on the face as well as to the toe side of things.
The C722 Ti-Utility deserves attention, this is a complete club design which has a super competitive price point but packs in as much (and in most cases more) performance than competitors in the segment. The decision of the company to take a year between releasing a new utility has certainly paid off, and as rock solid as every club we have reviewed in the new Exotics release has been, this one might just take the cake.
Options: 2 (17), 3 (19), 4 (22), 5 (25)
Shaft Choices: Fujikura Ventus Blue, Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei AV Raw Blue/White