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Tech Talk: Tour Edge Exotics CB5 and XCG6

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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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Joaquin Niemann WITB 2018

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 Valero Texas Open (4/16/2018).

Driver: Ping G400 LST (10 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-7x

3 Wood: Ping G400 (14.5 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-7x

Hybrid: Ping G400 (19 degrees)
Shaft: Graphite Design Tour AD DI-95x Hybrid

Irons: Ping iBlade (4-9)
Shaft: Project X 6.0

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 (46-12SS, 52-12SS, 56-12SS, 60-06TS)
Shaft: Project X 6.5

Putter: Ping Anser 2
Grip: Ping Pistol

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Niemann’s clubs.

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Zach Cabra WITB 2018

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Equipment is accurate as of the 2018 Houston Open (3/27/2018).

Driver: Callaway GBB Epic Sub Zero (10.5 degrees)
Shaft: Aldila Rogue Max 75X

3 Wood: Titleist 917F3 (15 degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Diamana White d+ 80X

Irons: Mizuno MP-Fli-Hi (2, 3), Piretti Limited Edition (4-PW)
Shaft: Aerotech SteelFiber hls880 (2), Aerotech SteelFiber i80 (3-PW)

Wedges: Callaway MD3 Milled (50-10S, 54-10S), Callaway Mack Daddy PM (60-10)
Shaft: KBS Tour 125 S+

Putter: Piretti 801 CU
Grip: Piretti Pistol

WITB Notes: We spotted Cabra with 15 clubs in the bag ahead of the 2018 Houston Open. We’ll update this post when we confirm the 14 clubs we used in competition.

Discussion: See what GolfWRX members are saying about Cabra’s clubs.

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TaylorMade is releasing its TP Black Copper putters to retail

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We first spotted TaylorMade’s new TP Black Copper putters at the 2018 PGA Show, but the company wasn’t saying anything about specs, release date, pricing, technologies, nothing.

Then, we all saw Rory McIlroy switch to a TaylorMade TP Black Copper Soto proto putter ahead of the 2018 Arnold Palmer Invitational, which he won by 3 strokes. Of course, Rory’s specific Soto putter was made with a special insert. Click here for all of the info and specs on Rory’s putter.

Now, TaylorMade is releasing retail versions to the public in four models — Juno, Soto, Ardmore 3 and Mullen 2 — which will hit stores on 4/20 selling for $199 with a standard Black Lamkin Crossbone Pistol grip, and $219 with a SuperStroke Pistol 1.0 GT grip.

The putters have a triple-plated finish; nickel, then copper, then black chrome, according to TaylorMade’s Bill Price (Senior Director of Product Creation for Wedges and Putters). They’re then hand-polished to achieve the antique and non-glare finish. Overtime, and especially on the sole, Price says the copper will tarnish or oxidize to unveil a gradually more antique and rustic look. Rory McIlroy himself actually had a hand in inspiring the new finish.

“Rory was talking about certain finishes,” Price said. “He wanted something non-glare, with an antique type finish…. he wanted to be reminded of something old school.” 

Thus, the TP Black Copper finish was born.

Also, the putters are machined from 303 stainless steel, they have adjustable sole weights and have the company’s familiar Pure Roll inserts in their faces. Check out more info about each of TaylorMade’s TP Black Copper models below.

Juno

  • Hosel: #1 L-Neck
  • Dexterity: RH/LH
  • Toe Hang: 36 degrees
  • Offset: Full shaft
  • Length: 34 and 35 inches
  • Head Weight: 346 grams
  • Loft: 3.5 degrees
  • Lie Angle: 70 degrees

Soto

  • Hosel: Long Curve
  • Dexterity: RH
  • Toe Hang: 47 degrees
  • Offset: Full shaft
  • Length: 34 and 35 inches
  • Head Weight: 346 grams
  • Loft: 3.5 degrees
  • Lie Angle: 70 degrees

Ardmore 3

  • Hosel: #1 L-Neck
  • Dexterity: RH/LH
  • Toe Hang: 12 degrees
  • Offset: Full shaft
  • Length: 34 and 35 inches
  • Head Weight: 350 grams
  • Loft: 3.5 degrees
  • Lie Angle: 70 degrees

Mullen 3

  • Hosel: Double Bend
  • Dexterity: RH/LH
  • Toe Hang: Face Balanced
  • Offset: 3/4 shaft
  • Length: 34 and 35 inches
  • Head Weight: 355 grams
  • Loft: 3.5 degrees
  • Lie Angle: 70 degrees
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