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The Tour Edge Exotics Pro 721 hybrid is extremely compact. Definitely designed for the better player. Adjustable weight adds to the shot shaping versatility. Huge distance potential.
It’s not uncommon for an OEM to put “Pro” or “Tour” on a club that actually aims to split the difference between what the best players want and what recreational players need. This isn’t the case with the Tour Edge Exotics Pro 721 hybrid. From the minute you lay eyes on it, you know that this is a club built to the specifications of TEE’s Tour Professionals.
The Tour Edge Exotics Pro 721 hybrid is billed as “the most compact, iron-like hybrid available,” and I’m not sure anyone can argue. Compared to some of the distance hybrids out there, this thing is microscopic. But it’s more than just small, it’s also unique in its shaping. Like many players hybrids, it has a taller face and square toe. However, the head has a symmetrical, oval shape as opposed to the pear-shape we often see. The club is topped with a clean, matte black crown.
Flipping the club over, we see a sole that’s aesthetically similar to the other Pro 721 clubs. Tour Edge Exotics branding is flanked by weights in the heel and toe. A small “Pro 721” designation sits on the toe side.
Though the Pro 721 hybrid does not have the carbon fiber wings or Ridgeback technology of the fairway wood or driver, it does share that look in the headcover. I like the consistent look of the headcovers in the line; I think they’re some of the better stock covers on the market right now.
Sound & Feel
Hitting the Pro 721 hybrid, I had the sensation that I was hearing two sounds in quick succession. First was a very solid, low-pitched “thwack” – the kind of sound you might expect from a players hybrid. Then came a high pitched, metallic ringing, almost like a bell.
The feel of impact aligns more closely with that initial sound. Contact feels very solid, and you get a precise sense of the strike through your hands. Overall, the sound and feel of this club are unique and satisfying.
I’m typically able to hit a club on the range and make a fairly accurate guess as to what the launch monitor numbers are going to look like. The Tour Edge Exotics Pro 721 hybrid, however, baffled me.
Hitting it outside, I was a little surprised by how easily this club launched the ball into the air. I was not surprised by the piercing, low spin flight – that’s been a hallmark of TEE hybrids for several years. What shocked me was that the ball was landing softly. I couldn’t figure out if there was more spin than I realized or if the ball was hitting an invisible net around 220 yards.
When I got to the launch monitor, I got my answers. Compared to my beloved CBX 119, the spin on the Pro 721 has been dialed up slightly. There’s still plenty of distance potential for those that strike it well, but there’s also enough spin that you can also stop the ball on the green. If my CBX 119 hybrid is a pure distance cannon, the Pro 721 is a sniper rifle.
In terms of forgiveness, the Diamond Face 2.0 does a good job of retaining ball speed on mishits, but this is still a players club. If you hit the ball in the extreme heel or toe, expect your shot to fall well short of target. It’s a similar story with shot shaping: this is a club that makes you responsible for your shot. If you want a point-and-shoot hybrid, check out Tour Edge Exotics C721 hybrid HERE. The Pro 721 is for players who want to be in full control.
As with the other Pro 721 clubs, Tour Edge Exotics offers multiple Mitsubishi TENSEI shafts as stock options. In the hybrid, you can choose between the TENSEI Blue and the TENSEI White. The TENSEI White is heavier – approximately 90 grams vs. 80 – and promotes a lower trajectory.
Finally, as has become their habit, Tour Edge Exotics is offering their Pro 721 hybrid in single loft increments from 17 to 20 degrees. This gives you an idea of their target audience for this club as the average ten handicap is not going to see a consistent difference between an 18 and 20 degree hybrid, let alone 18 and 19 degrees.
As is often the case with my bag, the only thing that can threaten my gamers are new versions of my gamers. I’ve happily played the TEE CBX 119 hybrid [full WITB HERE] for over two and half years, a lifetime for an equipment writer. The Tour Edge Exotics Pro 721 hybrid is making a compelling case to take its spot. If you want a ball striker’s hybrid with plenty of distance potential, this is one to check out.