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Tour Edge Exotics CBX Hybrid Review

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The Tour Edge Exotics CBX Hybrid has the compact size and performance profile best suited to skilled or high speed players.  A great way to replace an unreliable fairway wood.

Introduction

Tour Edge Exotics clubs have long been a secret weapon for Tour players.  This year, Tour Edge has removed the “secret” part by signing numerous Champions Tour players to endorsement deals and piling up wins.

Do you need to be a legend to bag the CBX hybrid?  Not at all.  You just need to be ready to hit some really long hybrid shots.

Looks

The black crown is compact, with a classic pear shape that may suit the eye of a better player.  The face follows in style with a relatively short, rectangular profile.  The sole reveals a bit more about the character of the Exotics CBX Hybrid with its polished horseshoe rails and the composite section between them.

Sound & Feel

The sound of the CBX hybrid, much like the look, is very “player-ish.”  It’s quiet and solid with a low pitched, metallic sound.  The feel of catching the ball flush is sensational – as good as any hybrid I can recall.

There is good feedback both through the hands and the sound.  Feedback is more precise through the hands, but you can easily hear whether the ball was pured or missed.

Performance

What most excited me about the “Spin Killer” CBX hybrid was the potential to have a hybrid that could replace my 3W.  My fairway wood play has improved immensely this season, but I’m still more comfortable with an iron or hybrid.

My first range session made me think this could be a reality.  The 17 degree CBX launched to a perfect height and flew a long way on a flat, penetrating trajectory.  Even weak, slappy push-fades refused to balloon.  In addition to the strong trajectory, I noticed that this is a club that prefers going right rather than left.

I got the CBX hybrid on the launch monitor with both excitement and apprehension – I didn’t want the dream of a 250+ yard hybrid to die.  The results erased my concerns.  The CBX produced slightly higher, more consistent launch than my 3W, similar spin, and similar ball speed.  Verdict?  It’s in the bag.  This club gives me better results on average, plus I have more versatility in terms of hitting shorter yardages and different shot shapes.

The one thing that you need to keep in mind about the CBX hybrid is that it may not work for all players.  Its low spin performance may not be optimal for slow swingers.  This club is offered in every loft from 16 degrees to 23, so you should be able to find exactly the best loft for your launch and spin needs.

Conclusion

I don’t have much in common with Fred Funk or Tom Lehman, but we do now play the same hybrid.  The Tour Edge Exotics CBX is crazy long and still has the versatility that good players want from a hybrid.  Whether you want to replace your fairway wood or just add another long option to the bag, these deserve a few swings.

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Matt Saternus
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14 Comments

  1. Jonathan Kim

    Hello Matt,
    Great review as always.
    You wrote, “I noticed that this is a club that prefers going right rather than left.” Would a miss be a big slice? Can you shape shots and control distance with this club?
    I assume you use stock shafts when you review clubs. If you decide to bag the club, do you replace the stock shaft with a shaft that you personally prefer?
    Thanks.
    Jon

    • Matt Saternus

      Jonathan,

      It’s a fade biased club, but you can certainly shape shots and control distance. If you naturally fade or slice, I can see a big slice being in the realm of possibility.

      The club is 100% in the bag. Right now, it has the stock shaft which has been really good for me (the KK Silver). Testing hybrid shafts isn’t something I do a lot, so I don’t know if/when I will replace it.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. Nice review Matt.

    I need a new hybrid. My question to you. How important do you think it is for your irons and hybrids to match? I currently play Mizuno JPX 900 irons.

    My Driver and fairway woods are all different brands and I really like that set up.

    I like the visual design of these Exotic, especially how the bottom of the club looks as if it would help prevent “fat” shots.

    I have the higher swing speed you mentioned that would work better for these hybrids.

    • Matt Saternus

      Dean,

      Matching in terms of brand doesn’t matter at all. It’s only important that each club does a unique job that you need.

      Best,

      Matt

  3. Kevin Hartman

    I’ve been looking for something to replace my troublesome 5 wood or older Adams 21* hybrid. This could be it potentially. #SecretGiveaway

  4. That one seems nice – a pitty, I can‘t get them in Switzerland! #SecretGiveaway

  5. Hey Matt

    That review made me curious. It‘s a pitty, that I can‘t get them in Switzerland. Maybe I have to replan my next vacation ;-).
    Or maybe a #SecretGiveaway?

    Cheers Mark

  6. #secretgiveaway

  7. Jason Warlond

    #SecretGiveaway
    The Tour Edge Exotics continue to make great (and underestimated) hybrids and woods. They haven’t quite caught up in the Driver department IMO but that hopefully will one day come.

  8. Todd Williams

    These babies are heating up the Champion’s Tour #SecretGiveaway

  9. You mention a higher swing speed in you review. What would you say is the swing speed needed to put these into play?

    • Matt Saternus

      Adam,

      Good question. “Higher swing speed” was probably too simplistic. What I was trying to get at was the fact that this is a low spin club, so you need a swing that can produce enough spin to make this work. That could be speed or it could be something else in your swing or a combination of factors.

      All that said, I would be surprised if a lot of players with…sub 90 MPH driver SS could make this work. There are always exceptions, but that’s where I’d guess the bar would be.

      Best,

      Matt

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  11. Bruce Neerhof

    I would think that the correct shaft would help the slower swinger. The KK 70 shaft with a 3.8 torque I would think would suit the 85-90 mph swinger fine.

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