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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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Forum Thread of the Day: “Scotty Cameron Albertsons Boise Open putter covers”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases Scotty Cameron’s Albertsons Boise Open putter covers. The vibrant french fries themed covers have been receiving plenty of love from our members in our forums, with one WRXer calling the new additions their “favorite headcover in a long time.”

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

  • jschwarb: “Gave up french fries many months ago … this cover makes me happy and sad. I’ll probably grab one for my T22 Fastback.”
  • manVSgolf: “This is my favorite headcover in a long time. Can’t wait to receive mine. Orders are still available for Club Cameron members.”
  • chrisokeefe12: “Those are so sick would love to get my hands on one of those.”

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Top 10 most iconic driver and fairway wood shafts of all time

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If there is one thing we love as golf gear junkies, it’s driver (and fairway wood) shafts!

From the early years to today’s modern designs, materials, and profiles, there are some shafts that have maintained steady popularity—like a Ping Eye 2 lob wedge. There are a lot of graphite shafts that have stood the test of time, and they bring back memories of great driver combos gone by.

This is my top 10 list (in no particular order) of the most iconic driver shafts of all time.

Fujikura 757 Speeder

Fujikura golf shaft

Launched more than two decades ago, you could arguably say it’s the shaft that started the shaft craze. Built from advanced materials in a profile that was designed to work for stabilizing larger driver heads of the time—you know when 300cc was HUGE. The Speeder 757 was an instant hit among PGA Tour players, most notably Fred Couples, who used the shaft for over a decade and was said to have at one point remove all the remaining stock from one of the equipment vans for his personal use.

Aldila NV

Aldila NV Green golf shaft

One of the very first “low-spin monsters,” the Aldila NV took the PGA Tour and retail by storm when it was introduced. The unique green paint made it easily recognizable, and thanks to the many weights it was offered in, it was just as popular in fairway woods as it was in drivers. Honorable mention goes to its cousin the NVS (orange version) that was softer in profile and easier to launch. At a time when most off the rack drivers had three shaft options (low, medium, and high flight-promoting shafts), the NV was the staple as the low-launch option in many OEM offerings.

Mitsubishi Diamana Blue Board

Diamana Blue Board - Tiger shaft

Originally very hard to find, the Diamana Blue Board was a shaft that fit a large variety of golfers. Its name was derived from the blue oval that surrounded the “Diamana” on the all silver/ion painted shaft. Just like others on the list, the Blue Board came in a variety of weight options and was made particularly popular by Tiger Woods. Best known by most shaft junkies as being extremely smooth, it is one of the first sought after shafts in the aftermarket.

True Temper EI-70

True temper graphite EI70

It’s hard to picture a classic 900 series Titleist Driver without an EI-70 shaft in it. The EI-70 was lower torque—when that was a big talking point in shaft design—and it had a fairly stout profile, which in turn made it very stable. Unlike others on the list, it was much more subdued as far as its paint and graphics, but the green shaft was a mainstay for many years on tour and in the bags or recreational golfers.

Graphite Design Tour AD DI-6/7

Tour AD Di7 Tiger orange shaft

It’s hard to figure out if it was the design and performance of the shaft or the performance of a certain golfer (a certain Mr. Woods) that to this day makes the Tour AD DI-7 so popular. Painted BRIGHT orange with a bend profile that offered a lot of stability and playability for a variety of player types, it can still be spotted on tour every week. You could call the DI-7 the grandchild of the YS6/7, which should also get an honorable mention for its well documented smooth feel.

UST ProForce

UST golf shaft gold graphite

The aptly nicknamed “Lakers Shaft” because of its original gold and purple paint job, this was another shaft that was just as popular at the retail level as it was on the PGA Tour. As driver head sizes were going up (400cc ), players were looking for stability and this offered it. The most notable player to use it was Jim Furyk, who won the 2003 U.S. Open with one in the bag.

Grafalloy Blue

Blue graphite shaft stenson

Henrik Stenson and the Grafalloy Blue in his 3-wood. Name a more iconic duo…(I’ll wait). An updated and stiffer version of the Prolite, the Blue stood out for a couple reasons—its color, and its extremely low torque. Most golfers wouldn’t consider the Blue a very smooth feeling shaft, because it took a lot of speed and a quick tempo to maximize its performance, but it did birth another shaft for average player: the Prolaunch Blue, which is still available to this day.

Matrix Ozik TP7HD

1000 golf shaft Matrix

$1,100 bucks! That was the original asking price for the Martix Ozik TP7HD. Matrix thought of this design as a concept car of shafts and threw everything they had at it including exotic materials like Zylon, and the fact that it was wrapped on a 16-sided hexadecagon mandrel. Some golfers said it had a fluid-like feel (we golfers can sure be weirdly descriptive) but it still had a LOT of stability thanks to the materials. Although never as popular as many on the list, if you did spot one of these in the wild you knew its owner was VERY serious about golf gear.

True Temper Bi-Matrix

bimatrix Bubba golf shaft

Bi (two) matrix (a surrounding medium or structure). The first and only truly notable shaft to be made from putting two very different and distinct pieces together. The bottom portion of the shaft utilizes a steel tip section that serves to add stability and additional weight. This shaft is quirky, which is something that could also be said about Bubba Watson, who has used this shaft for over a decade now in MANY different Ping drivers (although Tiger did give it a go for a short period).

Accra SE-80

ryan palmer accra 5 wood shaft

This shaft might seem like the underdog of the bunch, but if you talk to any longtime club builder and get into “vintage” aftermarket shafts, undoubtedly the Accra SE-80 is going to come up at some point. Originally launched in 2006, the SE-80 combined a very low torque rating with an active tip section to help increase launch—yet feel extremely stable. Even though this shaft design is officially a teenager now, you can still find it in the bag of PGA Tour winner Ryan Palmer, who uses it in a TaylorMade R15 5-wood.

 

Editor’s Note: Let us know any shafts you think should be included in the comment section, WRXers!

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Forum Thread of the Day: “TaylorMade Albertsons Boise Open putter covers”

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Today’s Forum Thread of the Day showcases TaylorMade’s Albertsons Boise Open putter covers. The covers have impressed our members, who are hoping that the new additions will now come to retail.

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

  • Green In Reg: “Name your price TM!”
  • chrisokeefe12: “Those are super cool. Would be sweet if they did one for every major college.”
  • Titletown: “Those are great.”

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