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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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Chief Engineer Chris Voshall on Mizuno’s approach to the Tour and some of the most insightful pros



Mizuno’s Chief Engineer Chris Voshall chatted with Johnny Wunder on the latest episode of the Gear Dive.

Voshall offers innumerable interesting anecdotes–particularly interesting is the development of the JPX 900 iron for Brooks Koepka and Voshall’s discussion of his work with other Tour talents.

In the excerpt below, however, Voshall discusses Mizuno’s approach to Tour players and further, whose feedback has proven particularly valuable.

“We’re not making them something special. If they’re coming to us, it’s because the product is that good…They come to us instead of us having to go to them…that’s one of the really exciting things.”

Voshall indicated that players on Tour play essentially the same Mizuno products that are available at retail.

“If the Tour van is out of inventory, they can reach out to us…and we’ll get them more heads. There’s nothing unique about what they’re playing, which I think speaks to the customer…you can almost not trust marketing around the whole world these days, but for us to say ‘there’s nothing different’…that’s something we really hang our hat on.”

With respect to excellent testers on Tour, Voshall sang Luke Donald’s praises, as well as Jhonny Vegas and Brian Gay.

“I love working with Luke. Luke, especially when you’re talking irons…turf interaction, that’s the thing he’s looking for. So with Luke, you’ve really got to speak to him about how it feels, how it enter, how it exits [the turf] and how that’s causing the ball to launch. You could give him the exact same head with a slightly different sole grind, and he will love or hate one versus the other. He’s really cool to work with on that front.”

“Jhonny Vegas…he’s raw power. He goes at it. He wants to slam the club into the ground as hard as he can and see where it goes. He very much on the opposite end of the spectrum as Luke, who’s very much an artist out there, trying to work it, trying to do different things.”

“One of my favorite guys to work with, even though he’s not on staff anymore, is Brian Gay. He knows his game. He knows equipment. Speaking to the fact that he’s been out on Tour as long as he has and has the wins he has with the length he hits the ball, it shows that he does not miss a shot. And he knows everything…when he makes a comment on a club, that’s the one that I take most serious.”

For the rest of Voshall’s insights and perspective, give the full podcast a listen below.

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SPOTTED: Srixon Z-785 driver, Z-U85 utility irons



We recently spotted new Srixon Z-785 drivers and Z-U85 utility irons, which are likely future replacements for Srixon’s Z-765 driver and Z-U65 utility irons. Srixon is staying hush on the tech details at the moment but did allow us to take photos of the new equipment.

Released in 2016, the Z-765 driver was a smaller-profile, lower-launching counterpart offering to the Z-565 driver, so it could be possible that there is also a Z-585 driver, counter to the Z-785 driver that we spotted. Also, it appears the Z-U85 utility irons come in at least 5 different lofts: 2-6 irons.

See more photos below, and check out discussion on the Z-785 drivers and Z-U85 utility irons.

Srixon Z-785

See more photos and discussion about the driver

Srixon Z-U85


See more photos and discussion about the irons

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Brooks Koepka’s Winning Outfit: 2018 U.S. Open



Brooks Koepka played like he dressed on Sunday at Shinnecock Hills for the final round of the U.S. Open; his outfit was athletic, well put together, boring with a bit of flash (those shoes!!), and most importantly, it got the job done.

See the golf clubs and shafts Brooks used to win.

A great representative of the new age of golf, Koepka has the frame of a baseball player, and he’s not afraid to accentuate it with tight-fitting polos and an athletic look. For Sunday, he chose a white-on-gray-on-gray look that was understated, but clean — just like his scorecard. He really made the Nike Golf Tour Premiere PE shoes, with hits of electric orange, the star. Check out the details on his full outfit below.

Brooks Koepka’s Winning Outfit

  • Hat: Nike AeroBill Classic99
  • Shirt: Nike Zonal Cooling polo
  • Belt: Nike Stretch Woven
  • Pants: Nike Flex
  • Shoes: Nike Golf Tour Premiere PE
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