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REVIEW: Tour Edge Exotics CBX Iron-Wood

Hybrid + Fairway Metal +Long Iron + Driving Iron
What is your club choice of long shots?  How do you transition from 3-wood to irons?  There are many options out there from a 5 wood, a 2 hybrid, a 3-iron or a 2-driving iron.  What if you could basically get all those club in one?  The Tour Edge Exotics Iron-Wood is basically a combo of all those clubs, so no matter which one you like, you can play a CBX  iron-wood.  It gives you a little bit of everything: hollow body like a fairway metal, compact yet beefy like a hybrid, slim top line like a long iron, and yet the ability to hit it low and long off the tee like a driving iron.  I dare say it might be one of the best transition clubs on the market.
Tour Edge Exotics CBX line is awesome.  The 3-wood is a beast.  I’ve been a hybrid guy for years, but when Tour Edge suggested I try the CBX iron-wood, I wasn’t sure how it would fit into my bag.  I’ve had “driving irons” before and they never seemed like a great hybrid replacement, but more of a long iron replacement.  The CBX iron-wood however has a more metal wood type construction with its hollow body and cup face.  It appears to have just a little more “beef” behind the ball too.   The big thing is the feel is “hybrid like” with great explosion off the face.

My two main goals with any hybrid or transition club is consistent distance and accuracy off the tee.  I really need this club to able to hit around 215 on average.  I was very impressed by the distance I was getting the Tour Edge Exotics CBX iron-wood.  I was consistently on the high end of that yardage.  I was just a little longer off the tee than off the turf, but even that wasn’t drastic.  I also really love it off the tee.  I like having confidence in a club that I can hit a narrow fairway if absolutely necessary and will get enough length on most holes to not have a difficult 2nd shot.  It hits just a touch higher than a typical driving iron, but still lower than a hybrid or fairway wood.

The FlightScope Xi Tour numbers were pretty impressive with the Tour Edge Exotics CBX iron-wood.  It was truly able to replace a variety of clubs and fill the gap perfectly between my 3-wood and 4-iron.  I did go with the 3 iron-wood which is the 19* version.  It comes stock with a Project X Hazrdus Black shaft at 80grams.  It is a very stable shaft that works great in this club.  The lower spin, with the strong launch made this club very easy to control and hit at targets.  It has just enough spin and launch to still hold greens on long par 3s or approach shots, but low enough that it will run out off the tee.

FlightScope Xi Tour Launch Monitor

Tour Edge Exotics Iron-Wood 19*

  • Spin: 3571 rpms
  • Launch Angle: 16.0*
  • Dispersion: 3.0 yds
  • Club Head Speed: 96.1 mph
  • Ball Speed: 135.1 mph
  • Total Distance:  223.5 yds
  • Carry Distance:  215.2 yds

The shape and design of the Tour Edge Exotics CBX iron-wood head is what makes it shine from a variety of lies.  The curved sole allow you to hit into the turf and take a small divot without getting bogged down.  The thinner iron like shape also makes it playable out of the rough.  The thin top line gives you that irons like appearance off the tee, yet the hollow body and cup face really make the ball pop like a hybrid.

Tour Edge Exotics have carved out a nice niche for themselves in the industry with their fairway woods and hybrids.  The CBX iron-wood line is more impressive than I expected.  I’ve been a hybrid guy for years, but this club has won a spot in the bag.  It is so versatile, looks so good and does everything I want from that club between my 3-wood and 4-iron.   Don’t over look this club in a demo session, it is really solid and performs very well on the course.

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Quick Hits:
+Iron looks
+Wood construction
+Play from any lie
+Excellent off the tee

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