Tour Edge Exotics CBX Fairway Wood Review

By: Zack Buechner

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For those golfers looking for extra distance without losing forgiveness in a simpler profile, the Tour Edge Exotics CBX fairway is a perfect match.

Introduction

The Tour Edge Exotics CBX and CBX T3 are designed for increased distance and improved turf interaction but with a less busy look at address.  The engineers at Tour Edge have created the CBX for those golfers that create too much spin with their fairway woods or simply need more roll-out and distance off the tee.

Looks

The latest Tour Edge Exotics fairway woods have become slightly more compact than previous iterations, but have continued with the black, glossy finish on the crown.  Tour Edge also rid the crown of the E that had been traditionally marked on the top center of the club as an alignment aid, creating an even simpler look at address.

The CBX T3 and regular CBX look very similar at address with the T3 version being slightly more compact.

I was impressed by the new sole design and color scheme, as it feels more high-end than other Exotics club lines.  With minimal color, the black, chrome, and carbon fiber design take the club to a new level beyond what we’ve seen from Tour Edge in years past.

One of my favorite attributes of any fairway wood is its ability to lay down square to a ball that’s in the fairway or on a tee.  I have a tendency to miss left, so any club that rolls shut when laid down on the turf is an immediate red flag for me. The Tour Edge CBX lays square to the ball and gave me plenty of confidence standing over a ball, knowing its going to find the fairway.

Sound & Feel

The CBX delivers what you would expect – a traditional soft-but-crisp sound and feel upon impact.  Even on mishits, the sound was very similar which supports the claim that the “sweet spot” is larger than other fairway woods.

Performance

One of the biggest technological improvements in the CBX is the carbon sole weighting which allows the majority of the club’s weight to be placed toward the face.  This creates lower spin.  I noticed more roll out than my current fairway wood with a slightly lower trajectory, but shots still had enough spin to stop on a green when needed.

The Speed Ramp Sole refers to the small step-off on the belly of the club and is designed to minimize turf interaction leading to higher club head speeds through impact.  It is hard to measure this when testing a club, but the turf interaction while hitting a ball off the deck seemed effortless.  Out of a dozen shots off the turf, I only managed to squib one, where I came into the ground well behind the ball, laying a steak-sized piece of sod 4 feet in front of me.  Luckily, the ball went further than the grass did!

Conclusion

The new Tour Edge CBX fairway woods are simple in look but packed with technology to give golfers the distance they want without sacrificing forgiveness.  The compact heads are a bit smaller than previous offerings, but if tour validation means anything to you, then the CBX needs to be on your short list in 2018.

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10 Comments

  1. Thank you for mentioning face angle at address in your reviews. It’s something that isn’t often mentioned in reviews, but is the biggest criteria for me when looking at drivers and fairway woods. I was curious about how this one sits at address and I’m glad to hear that it doesn’t have the looks of a hook machine. Definitely want to hit this 3 wood.

  2. Did you also test the T3 and if you did were there any significant differences between the two models? Thanks for the great reviews.

  3. I’ve hit this outside. I liked the onset address position. Never thought it was going to go left on me. But frankly it has the design of a club you bought off a late night golf channel infomercial. Cheap. Gluing a carbon fiber medallion to the bottom doesn’t mean anything. They claim they used to to move more weight to the front of the sole, blah blah. Everyone says that. But it’s just a little carbon disc that looks like it will fall off at some point during your ownership. All 3 woods are good and LONG these days. I really like the F8/F8+ with the rails, and Titleist always makes great fairway woods. I’ll stick with those.

  4. Sunil Shenoi

    Hi Matt – Thanks for the review. Aside from the CBX, are there any other fairway woods that sit square? I’d be interested if there are any hybrids that sit square too. Definitely looking to get fitted, just wanted to start narrowing down the field.

    • Matt Saternus

      Sunil,

      The M3 is adjustable as is the C300. The Callaway Rogue sits square to my eye.

      Best,

      Matt

  5. Andrew Greenwald

    I love this club. It has been so solid and reliable. I hit it off the tee and from the fairway with equally great results so far. #SecretGiveaway
    I have used Tour Edge equipment in the past, and think the CBX really shines. The loft and low spin are just a perfect combination for me. Bravisimo.

  6. Hello Matt,
    I was curious to know what shaft/flex you used? Also, did you notice if the head was heavier than other fair way woods you’ve tested?

    • Matt Saternus

      Jonathan,

      I used the Kuro Kage in X. I don’t recall the head being noticeably heavier than normal.

      Best,

      Matt

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