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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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Andrew “Beef” Johnston WITB 2017



Equipment is accurate as of the 2017 RSM Classic (11/14/17).

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (9.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 70TX

3 Wood: Titleist 917F3 (15 Degrees)
Shaft: Mitsubishi Tensei Orange 80TX

Hybrids: Titleist 816 H2 (19 Degrees)
Shafts: Mitsubishi Kuro Kage 90HY TX

Driving Irons: Titleist 718 T-MB 2 & 3 Iron (17 & 20 Degrees)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Irons: Titleist 718 MB (3-9)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold X100 Tour Issue

Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM7 (46-10F, 50-08F, 54-10S)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Super Rat I GSS Inlay
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Pistol

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Newport 2
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Cord Pistol

Putter: Scotty Cameron Circle T Super Rat II GSS Inlay
Grip: Scotty Cameron Standard Cord Pistol

WITB Notes: Beef was testing a variety of putters ahead of The RSM Classic. We will update this post when his choice is confirmed. 


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

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The hottest blade irons in golf right now



As we’ve written before, the decision to put a new driver in the bag is usually obvious. Better numbers at testing, perceptibly longer distance, and as long as your bank account allows, you have your new gamer.

The iron switch, however, is a trickier beast. Comfort with the variety of shots one needs to hit is key. Confidence from one’s long irons through the higher lofts is critical. Thus, even the greatest enthusiasm for a new iron release isn’t always followed by a mass exodus to gaming said irons. This is doubly true at the professional level, where the tools are critical to a player’s livelihood.

That said, the combination of forum chatter, GolfWRX member enthusiasm, and what we’re spotting in our WITB photos from tour stops are a reliable indicator of the hottest irons in the game.

And judging by the response to our recent Instagram post, we’re confident that these four models are the hottest blade irons in golf right now.

Callaway Apex MB

Buzz built steadily for the Apex MB iron when we first spotted them in Tour players’ bags at the beginning of 2017. The irons are the product of direct feedback from the company’s Tour staffers, according to Luke Williams, Director of Product and Brand Management at Callaway. Forged from 1025 Carbon Steel, these irons have the shortest blade lengths, the thinnest soles and the smallest overall heads in the vast line of Callaway irons. They’re designed for maximum workability, and for tour-desired turf interaction.

Related: Callaway (finally) launches new Apex MB and X Forged irons

Mizuno MP-18

The pioneers of Grain-Flow Forging, Mizuno went back to its roots with the MP-18 iron model. A throwback to the great muscle backs in the company’s history, Mizuno was shooting for the look of an iron that could have been forged a century ago. Shorter blade length, cambered top line, sharp, compact wedges, all combined with the most minimal badging make the MP-18 an instant classic that set the GolfWRX forums afire.

Related: Mizuno brings the MP family closer together

TaylorMade P730

TaylorMade’s P730, particularly in its prototype incarnations, made quite a splash on the PGA Tour. Building on the heritage of the TP-MB irons, P730 was developed in collaboration with the very best players in the world. The 1025 carbon steel irons irons feature a smaller profile and crisper lines than the MB series irons. The combination of the clean look and a deep rear groove have players drooling. Discussing working with Dustin Johnson and Justin Rose to design the P730, TM’s Senior Director of Irons, Tomo Bystedt said, “What these players need is a very low-inertia club that they can [manipulate] easily, almost like a surgeon’s scalpel.” Behold the scalpel.

Related: Taylormade expands forged offerings with P730 and P790

Titleist 718 MB

“For the purist there is no substitute for a one-piece, muscle back iron. The 718 MB is the modern choice for those desiring a traditional forged look and feel,” says Titleist in the 718 MB marketing materials.

It’s hard to argue with that statement from the “appearance of a classic forged iron” standpoint. Purists appreciate that the 718 MB maintains Titleist’s traditional lofts (the 6-iron is 31 degrees, the pitching-wedge is 47 degrees), thin top-line, minimal offset, and limited badging. In short, if it ain’t broke…

Related: Titleist’s 718 irons offer endless possibilities.

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Whats in the Bag

Austin Cook’s Winning WITB: The 2017 RSM Classic



Driver: Ping G400 LST (8.5 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujikura Speeder 661 Evolution TX-Flex

3 Wood: Ping G400 Stretch (13 Degrees)
Shaft: Fujifuke Motore Speeder VC 7.2 TX-Flex

Hybrid: Ping G400 3 Hybrid (19 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91X

Hybrid: Ping G400 4 Hybrid (22 Degrees)
Shaft: Matrix Ozik Altus Tour H8 91 X

Irons: Ping S55 Orange Dot (5-PW)
Shafts: KBS Tour S-Flex

Wedges: Ping Glide 2.0 SS (50-12, 56-12), Ping Glide 2.0 WS (60)
Shaft: True Temper Dynamic Gold S400 Tour Issue

Putter: Ping Sigma G Tyne 
Grip: SuperStroke Mid-Slim 2.0

Golf Ball: Titleist Pro V1

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