Callaway Golf Introduces Apex MB Irons

Our Apex MB Irons are built for the best players in the game. It’s a beautiful classic blade shape with high performance grooves, remarkable feel, and a new weight design. This is a premium muscleback in every way.

Features & Benefits

Tour Shaping and Design – A classic shape and style, with a traditional, thin topline, refined sole, compact blade length and stunning chrome finish.

High Performance 20V Grooves – Precision grooves are designed to promote the high level of control and consistent spin that muscleback players expect out of any playing conditions. The 20V grooves also stand out for reducing fliers from the rough to deliver even more control.

New CG Weighting – We’ve engineered a new weight in the center of the clubhead. This allows us to precisely dial in swingweights without sacrificing CG location.

Pricing and Availability

Product At Retail Date: 10/29/20
Pricing: $185 per stick – steel, $200 per stick – graphite

Hoodies and Bryson. What if Bryson Too, Wore a Hoodie?

Have you ever just sat back in your chair, minding your own business and just suddenly think to yourself “What the Hell?” I’ve done it and more often than not, it happens in an unprovoked way. Admittedly, I’ve done this more often than I care to say, but it happens.

Now, in a similar situation, while sipping on your morning “Cup ‘o’ Joe” you find yourself immersed in the internet. You’re going through golf websites (and I hope that I’m one of your stops) or through golf social media channels and you see things from the world of golf that make you mildly outraged? Honestly, this happened to me this past weekend. But, not in the way that you might think. I’m actually outraged at some outrage.

2020 has been a strange year as we all know. In a way, I think that it’s messed with our heads, and in a way, for some people, it’s made some of us lose our minds or lost touch with reality. Issues that shouldn’t matter or should be a big deal suddenly are. In my opinion, golf media, or particularly golf social media channels haven’t helped.

Hoodies

Hoodies. Now here was something that caused outrage, or as I worded it over social media “Faux Outrage”. It’s funny, I never thought that in my lifetime hoodies and golf would be the focal point of so much malcontent. Yet, here we are.

This weeks winner on the European Tour (Tyrell Hatton) caused a stir over golf social media because he was wearing a hoodie. Is this really something to be upset over? I mean, have a look around. This is a year where millions have been sick and over a million have died from the pandemic, worldwide.

You go Tyrell, rock that hoodie.

Golfers are a fickle and funny bunch. Is there a group of hobbyists or sportsmen and women that are more closed-minded than golfers? Just think back to when 460cc drivers came out. Then, white-headed drivers came out. “I’m not hitting those” many would say. If something comes out that doesn’t fit the mold of tradition, many golfers shut it out. If there’s something that I’ve learned during my years of golfing and in particular covering the sport. Golf more than ever needs more open-mindedness. As far as I’m concerned, until this year where golf took an upturn, it’s my opinion that the sport was in a downturn and in need of change, in many facets, to draw more players.

Life is about making choices, and that was something that Tyrell Hatton did. He made a choice to wear an Adidas hoodie, and I have no problem with it, nor do I care. If you as a recreational golfer want to wear one, live your best life. I’ve worn hooded long sleeve t-shirts at the range. They don’t bug me. The hood might get in the way when the wind is to your back, but it’s something that doesn’t affect me.

If hoodies became more prevalent in the golf apparel industry, I couldn’t care less. It’s just another option for when the weather turns cool. Would a golf course operator turn down revenue because a golfer is wearing a hoodie? No way, as long as there aren’t gaudy graphics or suggestive, profanity-laden wording on it. I have a hoodie or two that I would love to wear on the course, one of them being “Mossy Oak” camouflage. I won’t wear it on the course though, because, I feel that the camo is too underdressed, and not to mention that I want to be seen by golfers around me so I don’t blend in and get hit by more errant golf balls.

If there’s an in-person PGA Show in January, any bets that we see golf-specific hoodies on the show floor? Heck, hoodies are youthful, functional, and trendy. But they aren’t for everyone. Say, are you anti-hoodie or anything new? If that’s the case, why don’t we go back to tweed, shirt and ties, and knickerbockers or “Plus Four’s”? Ladies, you aren’t getting away unscathed either. How about dressing like Babe Zaharias did back then from now on? Toss those tights, yoga pants, and short mini-skirts aside. Take that “Golf Babes”.

Well, at least Tyrell Hatton didn’t change his shoes in the parking lot.

Oops… My bad!

Bryson

When it comes to Bryson DeChambeau, I haven’t been quiet about my opinion of him. I’ve never been shy about saying that I used to like him a lot. His fresh, different, non cookie-cutter approach to the game was great for golf. This year, he’s taken the golf world by storm. He’s pulverizing the golf ball in a way that we’ve never seen on the worldwide tour’s. Driving greens, sometimes at will, like we saw during the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital Open this weekend.

He also went Iron-putter on a 300 yard Par-4.

Here’s my final take on Bryson DeChambeau and his distance. Actually, I don’t think that I’ve expressed an opinion on this yet. In general, I find that the PGA TOUR has become boring to watch, Major Championships notwithstanding. There’s really no sense of them working or golfing their golf ball. “Bomb and Gouge” isn’t new. Moreover, it’s here to stay. What I have touched on however is, that the current generation of player is more athletic now than ever, with a plethora of resources at their disposal. Equipment, shafts, balls, launch monitors, agronomy, scientific research have all contributed to the “arms race”.

There’s been a lot of discussion whether or not what Bryson DeChambeau is doing is good for the game. He’s been called out by some of his peers. As far as long-term, overall, the jury is still out. From a viewer standpoint, it might be a hung jury. While some love the “shock and awe” others simply don’t like it. I’m not a fan, but it’s not just solely Bryson, it’s just in general. “Bomb and Gouge”. It’s for this reason why I prefer to watch the LPGA. Yes, the ladies are getting longer too for the same reasons, but they still work the golf ball and manage the game like we’ve customarily seen.

Mathematics, science, and working out has been great for Bryson and no doubt, it’s an approach that not many other’s can take. I appreciate his hard work and the time that he’s put in. The dedication and commitment. Heck, many of us could stand to follow in his footsteps in that regard. As long as the mass/muscle gain was clean, I have no issue with him and his “beefed-up” physicality. However, what I do have an issue with when it comes to Bryson is his pace of play, his antics, and the bad habit of taking it out on cameramen when he’s playing poorly. Quit deflecting Bryson, it’s you and your poor play doesn’t give you the right to be a bully. Which is exactly how you and your caddie come off.

Mathematically and scientifically speaking, Bryson, is there any way that a hoodie could help me or others play better golf, whilst hitting the ball longer? Is there any chance that you’d consider wearing a hoodie? You’d drive the masses off of the edge of a cliff like lemmings.

Until The Next Tee!!

#fightandgrind #seeuonthenexttee

Tour Edge Announces Hot Launch 521 Extreme and Competition Spec Game Improvement Fairway Metals

New Houdini Sole Tech goes to the Extreme, Diamond Face comes to Hot Launch

This week, Tour Edge announced the launch of two new Tour Edge Hot Launch series that are designed to cover both ends of the Game Improvement golf club spectrum.

The Hot Launch E521 Series covers Extreme Spec Game Improvement, while the C521 Series provides Competition Spec Game Improvement models.

Both unique lines of E and C Series feature different shapes, specs and shafts with separate driver, fairway metal, hybrid and iron designs.

In all, 46 different lofts of clubs in right-handed clubs and 20 lofts in left-handed models are covered in this massive launch by Tour Edge.

The E Series fairway metal. Featuring the ultra-forgiving “Houdini Sole”.

Today, the surging Midwest-based company is unveiling the two Hot Launch 521 fairway metals and the two hybrids behind this innovative thinking.

  • The E Series are Extreme Spec Game Improvement designs that boast a super-low Center of Gravity (CG), super-shallow faces, offset designs and extremely light premium shafts designed to get the ball launching in the air with ease for slower to mid-tempo swing speed players.
  • The C Series features premium, state-of-the-art Competition Spec designs with higher M.O.I. in classically shaped clubs that provide medium+ swing speeds the ability to launch the ball easily and with added forgiveness and power across the face.
  • Both new series of Hot Launch features a brand-new look with a sleek all-black PVD finish.

“The two new Hot Launch 521 fairways represent everything we’ve learned as one of the leading fairway wood manufacturers, but there’s also great deal of new innovation here,” said Glod.

“We have invested heavily in R&D over the last few years. We now have the best swing robot, best CAD systems, and new engineers with a ton of experience on the design team. We put all of these resources into studying the Game Improvement sector and how we could raise the bar while targeting specific player needs and preferences.”

The new premium Hot Launch 521 Fairway Metals will be available globally on November 1, 2020.

Harry Houdini himself might approve of the escape ability of the Hot Launch E521.

Hot Launch E521 Fairway Metals (Extreme Spec)

The Extreme Game Improvement Hot Launch E521 Fairway Metal offers the game-changing Houdini Sole in conjunction with a super-shallow face, slice-fighting offset designs, and heel weighting for added draw bias.

The 17-4 stainless-steel Hot Launch E521 Fairway Metal features a thinner and lighter forged steel crown that increases ball speed for increased power creation and the ultimate in ease of use.

Houdini Sole Technology – The raised steel mass area of the Houdini Sole at the rear of the clubhead reduces the amount of area on the sole that interacts with the turf to reduce drag.

The Houdini Sole includes an area of mass concentrated on the extreme trailing edge of the sole of the clubhead, as well as a curved leading edge under the face.

The Houdini design element has proven to be one of the most effective technologies at getting balls out of tough lies by reducing turf interaction by 35%. This leads to significantly less “duffs” caused by hitting up on the ball and hitting the turf at a lower point before the ball.

“When it comes to the E Series fairways and hybrids, the Houdini Sole becomes a complete life-saver from tight and tough lies,” said Glod. “This is your get out of jail free card for the golf course.”

The Houdini Sole was instrumental in significantly altering the CG placement of the Hot Launch E521 fairway. The CG is 23% lower and 6% further back than the previous HL4 Fairway Metal, making E521 the highest launching and easiest-to-hit fairway wood Tour Edge has produced.

Heel Weighted, Offset/Shallow Cup Face, High Loft Designs – The super-shallow Cup Face design in the Hot Launch E521 Fairway produces higher launch angles and extreme ease of launch. The lofts offered in the E521 are higher than standard Game Improvement clubs on the market, including a 7, 9 and 11-wood.

The strategically placed heel draw-bias weighting of the E Series offset designs are engineered to help golfers avoid the right side of the course and to increase launch conditions. The face was designed to be 8% shallower than the previous Hot Launch iteration.

Control Length Shaft Technology – Control Length Shaft Technology is optimized shorter shaft lengths that were designed specifically for the E Series metals to greatly improve accuracy and control and to offer maxed out Smash Factor ratings for the club head.

Smash Factor is the measure of the amount of energy transferred from the club head to the golf ball. The higher the Smash Factor, the greater the energy transfer.

The Control Length shaft system leads to more players hitting the center of the clubface that led to better overall driving stats. The 3-wood shaft length of 42.5” is a half-inch to one inch shorter compared to the standard in the industry.

Premium Mitsubishi Fubuki Shaft – The Hot Launch E521 Driver comes stock with a super-light FUBUKI metalwood shaft by Mitsubishi Chemical that ranges from 45 grams to 55 grams depending on the flex.

The extremely light FUBUKI metalwood shafts feature lower kick points and lower cycles per minute frequencies that promise to help players achieve maximum velocity and to fight the fade to produce longer and straighter shots with a slightly drawn ball flight.

Pound for Pound, Nothing Comes Close – The Hot Launch E521 Fairway Metal will retail for $149.99 and is covered by Tour Edge’s industry-leading lifetime warranty.

Available Lofts in Right-Handed: 16° 3-wood, 20° 5-wood, 23° 7-wood, 25° 9-wood, 27° 11-wood.

Available Lofts in Left-handed: 16° 3-wood, 20° 5-wood, 23° 7-wood

Stock Shaft: Mitsubishi Fubuki HD (45-gram L-Flex, 50-gram A-Flex, 50-gram Regular Flex, 55-gram Stiff Flex)

Grip: Lamkin Z5 Rubber available in Undersize, Standard and Midsize.

In a way it seems like there isn’t much to look at with the Hot Launch C521. Appearances can be deceiving.

Hot Launch C521 Fairway Metals (Competition Spec)

This Competition Spec Hot Launch C521 Fairway Metal is for the player seeking optimal launch and spin rates with minimal offset designs, while still enjoying the benefits of extreme ease of use and high Moment of Inertia (M.O.I.) properties that will tighten dispersion and increase overall accuracy.

The Hot Launch 521 fairway metals are constructed of 17-4 stainless steel and feature a thinner and lighter forged steel crown that increases clubhead speed for the ultimate in power creation.

Diamond Face/ Cup Face Technology – The Hot Launch C Series Fairway also features Diamond Face technology with 29 different thick and thin diamond shapes behind the face of the metals for an enhanced sweet spot.

The deeper Cup Face design provides more contact points on the face that results in longer off-center hit distance. Different variables of thick and thin diamond shapes or “mini-trampolines” behind the face produce a hotter face with faster ball speeds, as well as reduced spin.

Previously, only Tour Edge Exotics clubs featured the Diamond Face innovation. “To be able to take an amazing innovation like Diamond Face that changed the level of what we produced with Exotics EXS and to be able to bring it over to Hot Launch is a huge deal for the performance characteristics of these clubs,” said Glod. “This is going to help a lot of
golfers gain speed and power.”

High Moment of Inertia/Rear Sole Weighting – More weight in the rear sole, created by the new weight in the extreme back of the clubhead, moves the CG deep in the head for extremely high M.O.I. properties.

This farther back rear sole weight placement delivers a 6% increase in M.O.I. over the previous HL4 Fairway Metal. The back weight also affects the CG positioning of the club, with a 9% lower CG and a 6% farther back CG than the best-selling HL4 Fairway Metal.

This CG positioning creates increased launch angles, apex heights, hang time, and overall distance.

High MOI and a Power Channel to give golfers more ball speed and forgiveness.

Acoustic Engineering – As with the driver, Acoustic Ribbing Channels on the inside of the fairway helps create upgraded acoustic engineering sound properties to by enriching the sound and feel of the club head.

Power Channel – A 25% deeper Power Channel on the sole behind the face creates better weight distribution and increased face flexing. The Power Channel delivers amplified ball speed and less spin, as well as added forgiveness on shots, struck lower on the face. 

Premium Aldila Rogue Shaft – The mid-high launch, mid-spin Aldila Rogue shaft was chosen for the Hot Launch C Series after extensive testing with Tour Edge’s one-of-a-kind swing robot T.E.D. (Tour Edge Development).

Aldila Rogue shafts are high-end performers that have won numerous times on professional tours around the world. They are known for an even release for players that like a smooth active feel by using advanced, high-modulus graphitic carbon fibers.

Pound for Pound, Nothing Comes Close – The Hot Launch C521 Fairway Metal will retail for $149.99 and is included in Tour Edge’s unprecedented 48-hour custom fitting delivery program featured at over 850 fitting locations.

Available Lofts in Right-Handed: 15-degree 3-Wood, 17-degree 4-wood, an 18-degree 5-wood and a 22-degree 7-wood.
Stock Shaft: Aldila Rogue (50-gram L-Flex, 50-gram A-Flex, 60-gram Regular-Flex, 60- gram Stiff Flex and 60-gram X-Flex)
Grip: Lamkin Z5 Rubber available in Undersize, Standard and Midsize.

Tour Edge Introduces Two Sides of Game Improvement with New Hot Launch 521 Extreme and Competition Series

Hot Launch 521 Designed to be the Leader in Performance Value Custom Fitting

Tour Edge announces the launch of two new Tour Edge Hot Launch series that are designed to cover both ends of the Game Improvement golf club spectrum.

The Hot Launch E521 line is for Extreme Game Improvement, while the Hot Launch C521 are Competition Spec Game Improvement golf clubs. Both unique lines of E and C Series feature different shapes, specs and shafts with separate drivers, fairway metals, hybrids, and irons.

In all, 46 different lofts of clubs in right-handed clubs and 20 lofts in left-handed models are covered in this massive launch by Tour Edge.

Pick your poison. Competition or Extreme Spec. Photo Credit: Tour Edge Golf

“We have designed the new Hot Launch 521 series to offer both sides of game improvement in one colossal launch,” said Tour Edge President and Master Club Designer David Glod. “This is the biggest launch in our 34-year history.” Today, the surging Midwest-based company is unveiling the two Hot Launch 521 drivers behind this innovative thinking.

  • The E Series are Extreme Spec Game Improvement designs that boast a super-low Center of Gravity (CG), super-shallow faces, offset designs and extremely light premium shafts designed to get the ball launching in the air with ease for slower to mid-tempo swing speed players.
  • The C Series features premium, state-of-the-art Competition Spec designs with a higher M.O.I. in classically shaped clubs that provide medium+ swing speeds the ability to launch the ball easily and with added forgiveness and power across the face.

Both the E and C Series feature brand new technologies designed to produce different playing characteristics to the specific series targeting two distinct player-types looking for game improvement qualities.

Both new series of Hot Launch feature a brand-new look with a sleek, all-black PVD finish.

“What we’ve found is that the Game Improvement market falls into two distinct categories,” said Glod. “One side for players who want extreme ease of use and launch to the maximum degree and those who want the benefits of game improvement clubs, but with classic head shapes.”

On October 8th , Tour Edge will unveil the E521 and C521 fairway metals and hybrids, followed by the Hot Launch E521 and C521 hybrids, irons and wedges unveiling on October 13th .

The new premium Hot Launch 521 series will be available globally on November 1, 2020.

Extreme forgiveness. Extreme Game-Improvement. The Hot Launch E521 family.

Hot Launch E521 (Extreme Spec)

You’ve heard of Super Game Improvement. With the launch of the new Tour Edge Hot Launch E Series, welcome to the era of Extreme Game Improvement golf clubs.

The Hot Launch E Series features high M.O.I. Extreme Game Improvement designs with a major emphasis on ease of launch, playability and correcting miss-hits and slices to go straighter.

Hot Launch E521 is all about ease of use. These all new shapes bring extreme M.O.I. to higher-lofted, shallow-faced, offset metalwoods, something not seen before in the industry.

With the irons in the E Series, Tour Edge is offering their ultimate forgiveness hollow-body iron-wood sets, using a utility iron design as a full-blown iron set from 3-iron to Approach wedge.

“Hot Launch E521 were designed to be the easiest-to-hit golf clubs on the market,” said Glod. “That is why we are calling these extreme game improvement specs.”

The Hot Launch E521 driver, fairway metal, hybrid and iron-woods will all be unveiled over the next week. The E Series will also include an Extreme Game Improvement wedge.

The Competition Spec family. For the golfer that prefers a more traditional shape with maximum game-improvement qualities.

Hot Launch C521 (Competition Spec)

The Hot Launch C Series offers competitive golfers looking for a leg up Game Improvement clubs designed for their player preferences.

The Hot Launch C521 models feature minimal offset designs in the metalwoods and forgiving, extreme distance irons for medium+ swing speeds to attain maximum ball speed and increased forgiveness. These Competition Spec models were designed to suit the eye at address and to provide enhanced acoustic properties that provide ultra-premium sound and feel.

Hot Launch C Series is for the player who is seeking classic shapes with optimal launch and spin rates, while still enjoying the benefits of extreme ease of use and high Moment of Inertia properties that will tighten dispersion and increase overall accuracy.

The C Series side of this Hot Launch release focuses on promoting maximum possible ball speed with premium lightweight shafts to provide the best pound for pound Competition Spec Game Improvement clubs in the industry.

“These are high-tech performance clubs in a classic design, but with all the forgiveness and power attributes you need to start shooting lower scores,” said Glod.

Silver or Black?

Hot Launch Custom Fitting – Get Fit. Spend Less. Play Better.
Hot Launch 521 is designed to take advantage of the emerging growth segment of customization within the equipment market. Until the launch of Hot Launch by Tour Edge, the value segment of this market had been largely under-serviced.

With their award-winning Hot Launch line, Tour Edge has proven that the latent demand clearly exists for high-quality, value-priced, custom-fit golf clubs.

“With these two new series of Hot Launch, every player can get fit into exact right club for their swing and for their eye. This is a real game changer for custom fitting,” said Glod.

Hot Launch has changed the custom fitting landscape by offering the best custom fitted value available in the marketplace attached to their unprecedented 48-hour guaranteed delivery on custom fit orders.

“We see these two series as being the best value available in the custom fitting market and that’s exactly why we created our 48-hour custom fitting delivery guarantee,” said Glod. “We want to open up the flood gates to custom fitting to golfers who are looking for the latest in innovation and extreme high performance at logical prices.”

Tour Edge plans to have over 850 custom fitting centers across the country that will feature the mobile Hot Launch 521 custom fitting bag and participating in the 48-hour delivery on custom fit orders.

Custom fitting orders will arrive to any destination in the continental USA 48-hours after the order is received by Tour Edge on a business day by 2:30 Central Time.

Pound for Pound, Nothing Comes Close – Tour Edge takes extreme pride in offering the best technology, performance, quality of materials and craftsmanship for the money in all of golf.

Hand Built in the USA – At Tour Edge is an American owned and operated for over 34 years and we hand build all our premium Hot Launch clubs in Batavia, Illinois.

Lifetime Warranty – All Tour Edge Hot Launch clubs are backed with a lifetime warrantythat covers any manufacturer defects for the life of the product.

REVIEW – Tour Edge Golf Exotics EXS Pro Hybrid

Many thanks go out to Jon Claffey who is the Vice President of Marketing for Tour Edge Golf. Without the willingness of Mr. Claffey to send me products to test and review, reviews like this would never be possible. Thank you Jon!!

For those viewers who prefer to watch review videos. Continue to read on for the full review. Thanks! Alex

The Set-Up

“Straight From The Tour Van”. This is the tagline that was used when Tour Edge Golf released the Exotics EXS Pro range of golf clubs earlier this season. The Exotics EXS Pro range are a by-product of products that were initially a concept, as they were supposed to be strictly prototypes for professional tour players.

Feedback from their Tour Staff and other PGA TOUR players suggested that they wanted to see certain characteristics in the design of clubs that they put into their respective golf bags. Among these suggestions were a head that offered a more classic tour-inspired shape, a head that offered anti-left tendencies, and a design that places the center of gravity more forward in the head to flatten the trajectory and lower spin rates.

It just looks so good at address.

However, Tour Edge Golf President and Master Club Designer David Glod realized that there was a niche in the golf market that applied to the better recreational golf consumer, who also wanted and demanded the same qualities. So the EXS Pro range of metalwoods was released. Only 1,000 pieces per model were produced, thus making the EXS Pro range a “Limited Edition” release.

“At first, we were just designing prototypes for the pro tours, but along the way, we realized that the market has a need for these tour-inspired designs as a limited edition series,” – Tour Edge President and Master Club Designer David Glod

When it comes to some of the technical talking points there are some new features, on top of some of the proven technologies that we’ve seen in the past. Designs like the EX9, EX10, EXS from 2019 and EXS 220 from 2020 quickly come to mind.

  • Sound Diffusion Bar – A bar placed in the head, we see this technology used in the music industry which enriches the acoustics.
  • SlipStream Sole – A special wave pattern on the sole improves turf interaction. The design creates less drag through the turf to produce speed through any lie.
  • Classic Shape – A smaller, more compact head shape with a deeper square face. Preferred by better players.
  • Beta Titanium Face – Typically, we see steel used for the face of hybrids. The EXS Pro Hybrid utilizes a Beta Titanium face which is “Combo Brazed” (no welds) to the body. The Beta Titanium face produces more power at impact, including swings that are considered to be misses.
  • True Loft System – The EXS Pro hybrid features lofts from 16* to 22*. Loft increments are 1* to help golfers with gapping issues.
  • Flight Tuning System – Adjustable sole weights consisting of weights of 20 and 5-grams respectively allows golfers to fine tune their shot shape.

Stock shafts that are offered for the EXS Pro Hybrid are the Mitsubishi Chemical Tensei AV Silver which comes in three different weights and flexes. Or, there is the venerable Project X HZRDUS Smoke Black in R, S, and X flex. All of the Project X shafts come in at 85-grams.

The EXS Pro Hybrid. I love the footprint of this golf club. Effective from the rough.

The Transition

Through discussions with Mr Claffey, I opted to test and review the 19* head paired with a Stiff flex Mitsubishi Tensei AV 70 shaft which weighs 77-grams.

Upon receiving the EXS Pro hybrid, I couldn’t wait to get it out to the driving range and/or the golf course to get down to business. Unfortunately, the day that it arrived I was on my way out for a day of fly fishing, so, it had to wait. But, I woke up the next morning and wasted no time taking it to the range at nearby Brock Golf Course for early testing.

The unboxing.

But, I did have the EXS Pro Hybrid with me on that fly fishing outing. It gave me a chance to unbox the product and do an unboxing video and take some pictures. Aesthetically speaking, the EXS Pro Hybrid is one of the nicest hybrids that I’ve had in hand. I love the overall profile of this head. From heel to toe the EXS Pro isn’t elongated (like it’s EXS 220 sibling) and the footprint from leading to trailing edge is compact. Yes, you’re looking down at a rescue club, but it doesn’t feel like it. It’s a great-looking golf club from the address position especially when you also factor that the crown is void of any alignment aid. Then there’s the face!

Beta Titanium. A deep face.

The face alone deserves it’s own paragraph. Not only was I absolutely enamored with the face depth of this Beta Titanium-faced beauty, but the face itself is special. Having briefly alluding to it already in the technical summary seen in “The Set-Up” the fact that this face is constructed of Beta Titanium makes this hybrid unique. This is a material that we typically don’t see in a hybrid.

Flipping the golf club over, it’s hard not to notice the SlipStream Sole first. The sole design is something that we’ve seen for a couple of generations now in Tour Edge Golf Exotics metalwoods. But, a close second are the adjustable heel and toe weights that comprise the “Flight Control System”. From an aesthetics standpoint, the EXS Pro Hybrid checks all of the boxes when it comes to design that appeals to me.

When it comes to the performance of the EXS Pro Hybrid, it’s nothing short of special. One of the keys to the design is that this golf club is meant to be “anti-left” for a right-handed golfer. That is exactly what the case is with this golf club. Is it possible to hit the ball left with this golf club? Yes, but it takes a mistake on the part of the individual swinging it. I found this hybrid very difficult to turn over, however, if you have a flaw in the set-up like closing the face at address, or if you fail to stay in the shot and spin out, the golf ball will travel left. There have been periods of time this season where my golf swing has… Ahem! Struggled. But even on the mishits, I yielded good results and the misses traveled straight. These misses were mostly of the thinned variety. A weird miss that I’ve never had until this season.

The acoustics.

The face of the EXS Pro Hybrid is more than, well, a pretty face. The Beta Titanium face does generate speed at impact but the acoustics are outstanding. I can only describe the acoustics as being “piercing”. I love the sound that emits from the face at impact, and some of that I’m certain is a “sound” contribution of the Sound Diffusion Bar. If the Exotics range of metalwoods made big strides in 2020, it would be in the acoustics department. The sound of this hybrid is “ear candy”. But, the face does even more. This golf club is designed to offer golfers a lower-spinning option for their hybrids and between the deep face and the placement of the center of gravity this is a lower launching, low-spin weapon.

From a distance standpoint, I found that the Exotics EXS Pro hybrid was quite long. I used this golf club off of the tee, from the fairway, and from the rough. Off of the tee, the EXS Pro was a standout. Especially, when the golfer using it makes good passes. During one round, I used it on a shorter Par 4 dogleg right over water that measures 317 yards. There was a hurting wind. The ensuing tee shot carried the water and ended up in the fairway leaving me 76 yards into the green. The tee shot measured 241 yards and set me up for a birdie putt. On another occasion from a tricky lie in the rough between two bunkers, I had 217 yards to the pin. I flew the golf ball about 200 yards and watched it hit the false-front, upslope of the green. My golf ball came to rest 18 inches from the pin. Birdie! The ball flight with this hybrid is low and penetrating. On firm fairways, the EXS Pro hybrid will deliver lengthy strikes that will chase down the fairway.

Forgiveness is a part of this review that I didn’t think, or at least hoped that I wouldn’t be able to elaborate on. But I have to, because I’ve been plagued by “the thins” this year. There’s an adage in golf and that’s “you’re only as good as your worst miss”. I’ve had plenty of those this year and some of them were nearly complete whiffs. I know that I’ve already touched on this briefly already, but I just need to reiterate that even though it isn’t necessarily designed with forgiveness in mind, there’s a degree of forgiveness built into this golf club. I had a range session today to finish up the testing process and even today I made a couple of unsatisfactory swings. I had a couple of strike towards the toe and the result was still really good. This hybrid offers feedback because when you do have a toe strike, the EXS Pro hybrid lets you know it. Is it as forgiving as say the EXS or EXS 220 hybrid? No, because it isn’t the high M.O.I. design that is the EXS 220. But, the EXS Pro will get you out of trouble even on a bad swing (cold tops notwithstanding).

SlipStream Sole and the Flight Control System.

The Finish

I am glad that Tour Edge Golf decided to release this EXS Pro Hybrid to the recreational, non-TOUR golfing population. This hybrid will check a lot of boxes for the better player with higher swing speeds.

The EXS Pro Hybrid offers classic styling with a boatload of technology built into it. This golf club is designed to take the hook away and it does do that, very well. The acoustics are second to nobody, and more to that point, I think that the EXS Pro Hybrid has the best acoustics of any hybrid that I’ve made swings with in 2020.

Low spinning, flatter trajectories, long, and aesthetically pleasing. At $249.99 USD this hybrid is worth a look. With the helpful 1* increments, the EXS Pro hybrid could easily round out the top end of the golf bag.

All golf clubs from Tour Edge Golf are “Hand Assembled in the U.S.A” and come with a Lifetime Warranty. For more information please head to Tour Edge Golf (Exotics).

Until The Next Tee!!

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