By: Zack Buechner
50 Words or Less
For those golfers looking for extra distance without losing forgiveness in a simpler profile, the Tour Edge Exotics CBX fairway is a perfect match.
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.
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.
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!
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.