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Tech Talk: Tour Edge Exotics CB5 and XCG6



Tour Edge’s new lineup of premium fairway woods for 2013, the CB5 and XCG6, target two different types of golfers.

The company’s Exotics CB5 fairway woods are an updated version of the CB4 Tour fairway woods, one of which Brandt Snedeker used to win the 2012 PGA Tour FedExCup and the 2013 AT&T Pebble Beach National Pro-Am.

The CB5s are made with a new SP700 beta titanium cup face that is combo-brazed to a stainless steel body, a process that Tour Edge Vice President of Marketing Jay Hubbard says makes his company’s fairway woods extremely long and consistent. They have a traditional pear-shaped head that sits 1-degree open at address in the 13- and 15-degree models; square in the 16.5- and 18-degree models. Like the CB4 Tours, they target low-to-mid handicap players.

They’re available in R, S and X flexes in two different stock shaft options — Aldila’s RIP 70 Sigma or Mitsubishi Rayon’s Fubuki Tour 73. The standard swing weight is D2 at a length of 43 inches in the 15-degree version. They retail for around $300.

The XCG6 fairway woods offer the same high-quality combo-brazed construction as the CB5s, but has a 15-3-3-3 beta titanium cup face, a larger head and a tungsten sole to give mid-to-high handicappers a higher launch, more spin and more forgiveness. They’re available in six different lofts — 11.5, 13, 15, 16.5, 18 and 21 — and come stock with either a Graphite Design Tour AD 40 or Exotics Matrix Ozik HD 6.1 shaft in L, A, R, S and X flexes.

Because of the heavier weight of the Ozik HD shafts (in the S flex, 64 grams compared to the 43-gram weight of the Tour AD 40), the Ozik shafts come stock with a 0.5-inch shorter length — 43 inches instead of 43.5 inches in the 15-degree model. They also retail for around $300.

Watch the video with Hubbard and GolfWRX’s Zak Kozuchowski below to learn more about the CB5 and XCG6 fairway woods.

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Check out the photos below to see the other clubs in Tour Edge’s 2013 Exotics lineup, which includes drivers, hybrids, irons, wedges and putters.

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  1. Malabar10

    Feb 24, 2013 at 11:53 am

    I have used Exotics clubs for years. I recently bought a XCG-6 driver but need feedback on Matrix HD 6.1 stock shaft. If I would re-shaft club, can I use the adapter on club? Thanks for any info.

    • Kj

      Apr 20, 2013 at 8:10 am

      I have hit all of the drivers this year and I picked up the XCG6 with the HD shaft. I love the feel. It reminds me of the G10 & G15. Great feedback and yet still delivers on a miss. Checkout how it is rated on Edwin Watts new club testing site where the swing clubs with a robot.

  2. Teddy Boy

    Feb 15, 2013 at 12:17 pm

    I am on my 3rd Exotics 3 wood which is the CB4. I am a plus 2 handicap and I have yet to find a better feeling and playing 3 wood. It just looks and plays beautiful. I rarely hit a driver because these clubs just play so well off the fairway and the tee. They just know what they are doing when it comes to fairway woods. Like to see them come out with some muscle backs at a decent price to up their club line.

  3. ryebread

    Feb 14, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I’m more interested in that 10.5 Xrail that is pictured. That suggests an Xrail driver, but I don’t see anything about that on the Tour Edge website.

  4. TWShoot67

    Feb 12, 2013 at 5:56 pm

    Just curious what the differences are between the CB4 which I now play and the CB5. I really love my CB4 and tried the XG series but just could get what I wanted out of a 3wood. The CB4 is really hard to beat and just wondering what TEE feels about the CB5 as in what better performance can I possibly get from an already very good CB4 3wood.

    • Mike Allcorn

      Feb 15, 2013 at 8:06 am

      TWShoot67 – I played the CB4 before playing the CB5. They are pretty much the same head with a different paint scheme and shaft. The stock Fubuki Tour 73 shaft makes the CB5 play much better than the stock option shafts for the CB4. You are right, they both are great clubs.

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Whats in the Bag

Dustin Johnson WITB 2020



Driver: TaylorMade SIM (10.5 @ 10 degrees, D4 swing weight)
Shaft: Fujikura Ventus Black 6 X (tipped 1 inch, 45.75 inches)

Fairway wood: TaylorMade SIM Max (15 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila RIP Alpha 90 X

Hybrid: TaylorMade SIM Max Rescue (22 @ 19 degrees)
Shaft: Project X HZRDUS Black 105 X

Irons: TaylorMade P790 (3), TaylorMade P730 DJ Proto (4-PW)
Shafts: True Temper Dynamic Gold Tour Issue X100 (soft stepped)

Wedges: TaylorMade MG2 (52-09, 60-10 @ 62 degrees)
Shafts: KBS Tour Custom Black 120 S

Putter: TaylorMade Spider Tour Mini
Grip: SuperStroke Traxion Pistol GT 1.0

Ball: TaylorMade TP5

Grips: Golf Pride Tour Velvet 58R (1 wrap 2-way tape + 2 wraps left hand, 3 right hand)

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Top 10 clubs of 2003—inspired by Adam Scott’s Titleist 680 irons



As has been well documented, Adam Scott recently won the Genesis Invitational with a set of Titleist 680 blade irons, a design that was originally released in 2003. One of the great benefits of being one of the best players in the world is you don’t need to search eBay to find your preferred set of 17-year-old irons. Titleist has been stocking sets for Mr. Scott—even to the point of doing a limited production run in 2018 where they then released 400 sets for sale to the general public.

A lot of time has passed since 2003, and considering the classic nature of Scott’s Titleist 680, I figured now was a good time to look back at some other iconic clubs released around the same time.

Ping G2 driver

This was Ping’s first 460cc driver with a full shift into titanium head design. The previous Si3 models still utilized the TPU adjustable hosel, and this was considered a big step forward for the Phoenix-based OEM. The driver was a big hit both on tour and at retail—as was the rest of the G2 line that included irons.

TaylorMade RAC LT (first gen) irons

The RAC LTs helped position TaylorMade back among the leaders in the better players iron category. The entire RAC (Relative Amplitude Coefficient) line was built around creating great feeling products that also provided the right amount of forgiveness for the target player. It also included an over-sized iron too. The RAC LT went on to have a second-generation version, but the original LTs are worthy of “classic” status.

TaylorMade R580 XD driver

Honestly, how could we not mention the TaylorMade R580 XD driver? TM took some of the most popular drivers in golf, the R500 series and added extra distance (XD). OK, that might be an oversimplification of what the XD series offered, but with improved shape, increased ball speed outside of the sweet spot, and lower spin, it’s no wonder you can still find these drivers in the bags of golfers at courses and driving ranges everywhere.

Titleist 680MB irons

The great thing about blades is that beyond changing sole designs and shifting the center of gravity, the basic design for a one-piece forged head hasn’t changed that much. For Adam Scott, the 680s are the perfect blend of compact shape, higher CG, and sole profile.

Titleist 983K, E drivers

If you were a “Titleist player,” you had one of these drivers! As one of the last companies to move into the 460cc category, the 983s offered a classic pear shape in a smaller profile. It was so good and so popular, it was considered the benchmark for Titleist drivers for close to the next decade.

Cleveland Launcher 330 driver

It wasn’t that long ago that OEMs were just trying to push driver head size over 300cc, and Cleveland’s first big entry into the category was the Launcher Titanium 330 driver. It didn’t live a long life, but the Launcher 330 was the grandaddy to the Launcher 400, 460, and eventually, the Launcher COMP, which is another club on this list that many golfers will still have fond memories about.

Mizuno MP 33 irons

Although released in the fall of 2002, the Mizuno MP 33 still makes the list because of its staying power. Much like the Titleist 680, this curved muscle blade was a favorite to many tour players, including future world No. 1 Luke Donald. The MP 33 stayed in Mizuno’s lineup for more than four years and was still available for custom orders years after that. Unfortunately, if you are looking for a set now you are going to have to go the used route.

Callaway X-16 irons

The Steelhead X-16 was a big hit at retail for Callaway. It offered greater forgiveness than the previous X-14’s but had a more compact shape with a wider topline to inspire confidence. They featured Callaway’s “Notch” weighting system that moved more mass to the perimeter of the head for higher MOI and improved feel. There was a reduced offset pro series version of the iron, but the X-16 was the one more players gravitated towards. This is another game improvement club for that era that can still be found in a lot of golf bags.

Ben Hogan CFT irons

The Hogan CFTs were at the forefront of multi-material iron technology in 2003. CFT stood for Compression Forged Titanium and allowed engineers to push more mass to the perimeter of the head to boost MOI by using a thin titanium face insert. They had what would be considered stronger lofts at the time sounded really powerful thanks to the thin face insert. If you are looking for a value set of used irons, this is still a great place to start.

King Cobra SZ driver

In 2003, Rickie Fowler was only 15 years old and Cobra was still living under the Acushnet umbrella as Titleist’s game improvement little brother. The Cobra SZ (Sweet Zone, NOT 2020 Speed Zone) was offered in a couple of head sizes to appeal to different players. The thing I will always remember about the original King Cobra SZ is that it came in an offset version to help golfers who generally slice the ball—a design trait that we still see around today.

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Today from the Forums: “The importance of wedge fitting”



Today from the Forums we delve into a subject dedicated to wedge fitting. Liquid_A_45 wants to know if wedge fitting is as essential for golfers as iron fitting, and our members weigh into the discussion saying why they feel it is just as imperative.

Here are a few posts from the thread, but make sure to check out the entire discussion and have your say at the link below.

  • Z1ggy16: “Super important if you’re a serious golfer. Even better if you can get fit outdoors on real grass and even go into a bunker.”
  • ThunderBuzzworth: “The biggest part of wedge fitting is yardage gapping and sole grinds. If you have a grind that doesn’t interact with the turf in your favor, it can be nightmarish around the greens. When hitting them try a variety of short game shots with different face angles etc. with the different grinds to see which one works best for what you need.”
  • Hawkeye77: “Wedge fitting I had was extremely beneficial when I got my SM6s a few years ago. Mostly for working with the different grinds and how they interacted with my swing and on different shots and having an eye on my swing to help with the process and evaluate the results. My ideas of what grinds were right for me based on researching on Titleist, etc. just were not correct in 2/3 of the wedges I ended up with as far as the grinds were concerned. Good to have an experienced fitter available to answer questions, control variables, etc.”
  • cgasucks: “The better you get at this game, the more important wedges are.”

Entire Thread: “The importance of wedge fitting”

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