The upcoming Hooked on Golf Blog World Tour trip to Scotland is 22 days, 4 hours, 12 minutes and 34 seconds away. But who is counting? During this particular tour I intend to carry my bag and what would you know, a great candidate for that job has arrived for review from Puma Golf. This is the Superlite Stand Bag:
I’ve been thinking about using a “Sunday Bag” for the Scotland trip because of how light and small they are. A couple of problems with Sunday bags are that they don’t have stands, and they typically can’t hold much. In Scotland I am going to need some room for sweaters and rain gear. That’s what may make this Puma Superlite the ticket. It’s only 3.8 pounds but has room for 14 clubs plus a ton of rain gear and other needs, like flasks full of scotch or extra golf balls if the gorse is particularly hungry.
I will begin my testing as soon as my next round, in two days. Stay tuned for my full review after I’ve had enough real rounds of golf to fill up my cranium with opinions about this bag. And stay tuned for the upcoming Scotland pictures to see if this bag made the cut for the trip to the birthplace of golf.
At the end of the 2016 golf season here in northern Utah I received the Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition for a review. I was excited to match it up with the 2014 HOG Product of the Year, the Exotics XCG7 Beta Fairway 3-metalwood, my current and awesome gamer 3-metal. I posted a quick first look article for the CB PRO U right away. Unfortunately I suffered a severe back injury shortly after receiving this beauty. Then as I was recovering and feeling better, winter snows hit here. A six month “frost delay” kept me off the course. Looking at this club in my office for six months was almost as painful as the back spasms.
Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition – click for more photos
Let’s take a look at the specs and features of the CB PRO U Hybrid. The unit in this review is a 19 degree.
The most noticeable feature of this hybrid is the strange looking sole (bottom) of the club head pictured below. This shiny section of “metallic waves” is called a Slip Stream Sole (SSS). Unlike other golf clubs which have non functional features which look cool but do nothing, the SSS reduces friction and interaction with the ground, regardless of what that ground is. The SSS helps the golfer keep club head speed at its maximum for more consistency and distance.
Tour Edge CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition – click for more photos
The forged face of the club is welded to the steel body of the head. Forged metals provide the best feel and performance, along with maximum distance.
The heel and toe are “cut out” to provide forgiveness and playability.
Finally the shaft of the club is the very popular Second Generation KURO KAGE Silver series.
Kuro Kage Shaft
Tour Edge CB PRO U Hybrid Video
On The Course
Prior to receiving this hybrid for review I was very happy with my previous gamer hybrid, a 19 degree Cobra Baffler. For any hybrid to dethrone that hybrid would be a tall task. When I first starting testing the CB PRO U, I A/B’d back and forth between the two. Both were fantastic. Knowing both clubs were solid, I put the Exotics in the gamer bag for about a two month testing period. If it didn’t work out, no big deal.
See the waves?
Over the course of now dozens of rounds I’ve completely fallen for the CB PRO U. The slightly smaller head and sole design shines in all sorts of situations. I can hit amazing shots with this hybrid even from rough which looks like it calls for an iron bail-out shot. From lies in the rough to tight lies on hard ground, I have 100% confidence when I address the ball with the CP PRO U. I have numerous heroic shots I could recount, most resulting in eagle putts on par-5’s.
CB PRO U Hybrid Topline – No strange patterns or graphics. No distractions.
On short par-4’s or long par-3’s the CB PRO U is fantastic off the tee. I can’t wait to take this baby to Scotland in a few weeks. I know it will shine on some of those shorter holes where driver isn’t the club.
Tour Edge could be in the running to be the first golf club manufacturer to win the coveted Hooked on Golf Blog Product of the Year twice. The CP PRO U is fantastic.
The Get Sum is a “high-performance, two-piece golf ball geared toward golfers who desire more control and require help getting the ball airborne. A large core keeps the driver spin rates low and creates fast ball speeds for all swing types.”
The Get Sum probably isn’t the best fit for my game, as a low single digit handicap, but you never know. I’ll give it a shot, so to speak. Stay tuned.
Yesterday I put some new golf balls into play for testing, the Snell Golf “My Tour Ball” or MTB. Who is Snell? Snell is the name of the company’s founder, Dean Snell. Dean is a former TaylorMade Vice President of R&D for golf balls, and co-inventor of the Titelist ProV1.
The MTB is a “tour” caliber ball. This means it has a qualities a professional tour golfer would want, such as high spin, soft cover and so on. The cover is urethane, just like 99% of the other tour balls, like the ProV1.
I have to log many more rounds before I’m ready for my full review, but here’s a short commentary after one full 18 hole round. I loved the feel of the ball and found it to respond well when I put a good swing on it. Unfortunately in yesterday’s round the good swings were not that often. I found the ball to feel great around the greens and with the putter. I especially loved the feel hitting bump and run shots with anything between a 7-9 iron.
Below is a photo of two Snell MTB balls. One is the ball I played 18 holes with and one is brand new, never played. Can you tell which is which?
One ball is new, one has been played 18 holes. Can you tell which is which?
Based on yesterday’s round and the photo above, these are very durable for “tour” balls. Tour balls aren’t typically durable.
I have a real problem. Tomorrow I have one of my leagues and I have a set of new Miura irons that is so beautiful I don’t even want to him them for fear of possibly getting one spec of dirt on them. I just want to sit in my office and gaze at these. Say hello to the Miura Series 1957 Limited Edition Small Blade Irons.
Miura Series 1957 Small Blade Irons
The Miura 1957 Small Blade Irons are the highest performing irons made by Miura, according to the man himself, Katsuhiro Miura.
If you don’t know who Miura is, I’m glad to open your eyes to one of the most well respected and sought after irons on this planet. Many tour pros who are endorsed by the major, big-name brands, actually play these clubs.
These blades are 15% smaller than Miura’s regular tour blades. Think you could hit them? I’m going to find out if I can, even if I have to cover all of them in swing tape.
Blade-a-licious! Could you hit this?
Stay tuned for my full review. Once I’ve had sufficient rounds and time with these I’ll post all of my thoughts. And if Miura wants these returned after my review, look for the review to appear around November of 2023.