Tour Edge Drivers: Exotics, Bazooka and How to Find Them

Tour Edge Bazooka 460 Black driver
The 'Bazooka' is one of the long-running lines of Tour Edge drivers. Tour Edge

So you're interested in buying and playing a Tour Edge driver. You're not alone. While Tour Edge isn't anywhere near the biggest brand in drivers (or other golf clubs), it's a company that continues to grow.

Tour Edge has been around since the mid-1980s, when it began as a niche company. Over the decades the once-little company has grown into a well-recognized maker of golf clubs and accessories, has sponsored tour players and has broken into the Top 10 in sales in various club categories.

That includes drivers.

And the best-known Tour Edge drivers are ones that have been around for a long time: the Bazooka line and the Exotics line. Let's take a look at both, plus where these Tour Edge drivers are sold. And note that for up-to-the-minute driver options available from Tour Edge, visit the company's website, touredge.com.

Tour Edge Exotics Drivers

Tour Edge launched the Exotics line of golf clubs, including the driver, in the mid-2000-aughts as a microbrand, complete with its own microsite (which has since been folded back into touredge.com).

Think of the Exotics family of clubs as the high-end, higher-priced end of the Tour Edge driver product range.

Exotics drivers, when first introduced, brought a construction technique called "combo-brazing" into golf. Combo-brazing is a way of chemically sealing materials together (such as a club face onto a driver body) without using welding.

Doing away with welding saves weight and adds flex.

Tour Edge's Exotics drivers offer golfers higher-end materials, more advanced design and construction, and adjustability features. They aren't strictly for low-handicappers, but in the company's stable of drivers, Exotics are the ones that appeal to better golfers (and those with more money to spend).

Tour Edge Bazooka Drivers

While Exotics represents the high-end of the Tour Edge driver range, Bazooka drivers represent the value end. And while Exotics drivers are more likely to be the choice of low-handicappers, Bazooka drivers are the ones built for recreational golfers who need all the forgiveness they can get and seek maximum distance.

Tour Edge has been making drivers with the "Bazooka" name for a long, long time (much longer than the Exotics name has been around). Today, they are somewhat of a throwback driver, in the sense that Bazooka drivers are less likely to include adjustability features.

Adjustability - the option, through a specially built hosel, to change a driver's loft and lie angles - can be more trouble than it's worth for many mid-handicappers and most high-handicappers. But it's a selling point that most manufacturers latch onto; finding drivers with old-fashioned hosels and fixed lofts gets harder with each passing year. Having Bazooka drivers still around to fill that niche - and typically for under $200 and sometimes closer to $100 - is a good thing.

Buying a Tour Edge Driver, New or Used

Note that Exotics and Bazooka aren't the only lines of Tour Edge drivers.

The company typically has other options, too, which may include a driver that falls somewhere in-between in terms of technology and/or price point.

As we said at the beginning, Tour Edge isn't the little company it used to be anymore. Today its clubs are easy to find. Check the dealer locator on the website to find the closest brick-and-mortar retailer.

Most major online golf retailers (plus Amazon) also carry Tour Edge drivers. Plus, there's the company's own touredgestore.com.

What about buying a Tour Edge driver used? The company operates touredgepreowned.com, which includes options for golfers to sell back or trade-in Tour Edge clubs to the company. To get an idea of the going rate for a used Tour Edge driver (or the trade-in value of one you already own), visit the PGA Value Guide.