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Review: Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, June 21st, 2016
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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

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.

Specifications/Features

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

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

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

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.

Conclusion

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.


Second First Look – Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition

Written by: Tony Korologos | Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016
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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 posted a quick first look article right when it came in.

Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition

Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition – click for more photos

Because of my golfer’s elbow I couldn’t hit it until I changed the grip.  By the time I got the grip changed I had thrown out my back very badly and it took four weeks for me to recover.  By then the courses were closed and winter had come.  So I’ve been staring at this beautiful club all winter and spring.  The snow finally melted and my back is cooperating. It was hard to even consider hitting this beauty.  I thought it might be better to just put it on the wall as a show piece.  But I’ve now put it into play.

Tour Edge CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition

Tour Edge CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition – click for more photos

I’ve got a few rounds in the books with this hybrid and I think it is fantastic.  My full review of the CB Pro U Hybrid will be coming soon.  If it comes close to my Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 3-wood, the 2014 HOG Product of the Year, I’ll be thrilled.


First Look – Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition

Written by: Tony Korologos | Friday, July 24th, 2015
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In for review is the new Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition. How in the world am I supposed to take this club out of the box and hit it? I’m half tempted to leave it as-is and put it on the wall as a showpiece.

Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition

Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition – click for more photos

Maybe I can cover the whole head with swing tape?

Tour Edge CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition

Tour Edge CB Pro U Hybrid Limited Edition – click for more photos

Stay tuned for the full golf club review of the CB Pro U Hybrid. If it comes close to my Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 3-wood, last year’s HOG Product of the Year, I’ll be thrilled.


2014 Product of the Year – Best Golf Club – Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta Fairway Metalwood

Written by: Tony Korologos | Monday, December 29th, 2014
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HOG_POY_2014_Best_Golf_ClubIn May of 2014 I put the Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta Fairway Metalwood (yeah long name) in my bag and it has been my gamer ever since.  This is the sweetest 3-metalwood I’ve ever hit and is absolutely the best golf club reviewed here at Hooked On Golf Blog in the calendar year of 2014.

Thanks much in part to the XCG7 Beta Fairway Metalwood I recorded more eagles this season than I have in any other.  I’m reaching par-5’s in two much more often, some shots ending up inside of 2-3 feet!  There’s nothing better than watching your opponent’s shoulders shrink when you drain a 2-foot eagle putt when he just pressed the bet!

When driver is too much or I need to be SURE to hit the fairway at a critical time in the round or the match, the XCG7 is the go-to club and performs perfectly.

The XCG7 is long, sounds sweet, and has a fantastic feel with great feedback.  The super-sweet ping sound tells me I just nutted another one.

Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta Fairway

Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta Fairway

Not only is the feel and sound of this metalwood fantastic, so is the look.  I really like the matte black finish on this club.  No obnoxious and busy paint job on this club.  The club, not the paint job, does the work.

For the full story on this killer fairway metalwood, check out the Hooked On Golf Blog XCG7 Beta Fairway review.

Congratulations to Tour Edge on winning this year’s Best Golf Club award!  Well deserved.

FORE!


Tour Edge XCG7 Beta Fairway Metal Review

Written by: Tony Korologos | Thursday, June 5th, 2014
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Tour Edge XCG7 Beta Fairway - click for more

Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta Fairway – click for more

It has been a month since I broke the seal on the Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta Fairway Metal-wood and hit it for the first time.   I could have written this review sooner, but I feel an obligation to my readers and my conscience to post reviews of gear I’ve actually played on a golf course, and not just hit on the range for 10 minutes.  One month’s worth of rounds for May/June comes out to about 20 rounds plus many range sessions.  Included in those 20 rounds is my best finish (2nd place) in my city amateur, a satisfying accomplishment.  The XCG7 was a solid part of that success, and of my enjoyment of the past month’s rounds.  Let’s take a look.

XCG7 Beta Fairway Overview

The $299 XCG7 Beta fairway metal-wood features a slightly smaller head than the massive ones we have seen over the last few years, at 185cc’s for the 3-metal.  Full specs are listed below.  Along with the smaller cc’s, the club features a deeper face.

Speaking of the face, this club has a beta titanium “cup face” design.  The face is shaped like a bowl or cup, the bottom of the cup being the area which impacts the ball.  The sides of the cup wrap around and attach to the body of the head.  This design produces a high launch speed and low, penetrating ball flight.

Weighting in the head is via “hexahedron” sole weighting.  The weight is distributed in “pads” (yes, what marketing company makes this stuff up?) positioned back and in the perimeter to increase moment of inertia (MOI) and keep the club stable on off-center shots.

Looks

The crown (top) of the club is finished in a semi-porous flat black color.  No goofy white paint or other colors.  The look from the top is all class, with a bit of a rock & roll attitude.  No funky lines, markings, patterns, or tetris-looking graphic designs on the top of the club either.  The club simply says, “swing away.”

Classy and clean topline - Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta Fairway Wood - click for more

Classy and clean topline – Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta Fairway Wood – click for more

Feedback

Feedback is important from a club.  Feedback comes from the club to the player in the form of sound and feel.  The feel of this fairway is more sweet than your high school prom date and sounds better than a Les Paul guitar through a Marshall stack.

Humor aside, the club tells the player exactly where the contact on the clubface is, allowing the player to accurately adjust and hit even better shots.  When a shot hits the sweet spot, the player can enjoy the perfect sound and feel of a “golf shot.”

On The Course

What matters most is what a club does for the player when it counts, on the course and under pressure.  3-fairways for me can be a very personal club and one I depend on in a few critical situations.  I need a fairway metal which I can count on when I choose not to hit driver off the tee and distance control with high accuracy are important.  I need a fairway metal I can confidently hit off the ground.   Most of the time if I’m hitting it off the ground, I’m going for a long par-5 in two shots.

I still remember the first few shots I hit with the XCG7 Beta, on the range at Sand Hollow Resort.  My dad was hitting balls next to me and thought I was hitting drivers.  He was quite impressed that I was hitting a 3-metal that far.  The first shots I hit it in actual play were just as sweet, long and controlled.

I’ve enjoyed the XCG7 immensely since putting it in the gamer bag.  It has become a go-to club which I can count on.  On the courses I typically play I don’t hit 3-metal too often, one to three times per round.  But those are critical shots on those holes, and the 3-metal is the only club which can do the job in those situations.

A funny thing happened last week.  I hit a bad shot with the XCG7.  That’s going to happen, even with the best clubs and the best players (especially those not-so-great players like myself).  My long time golf buddy saw the bad shot and asked, “was that your 3-wood?  That’s the first time I’ve seen you miss it.”  My playing partner is actually surprised if I don’t hit a good shot with the XCG7.  Enough said.

Specs and Shafts (courtesy of Tour Edge)

EXOTICS XCG7 BETA FAIRWAY WOOD SPECIFICATIONS
MODEL
HEAD VOLUME
LOFT
LIE
FACE ANGLE
MATRIX EXOTICS
GRAPHITE LENGTH
FLEX
3 WOOD
185cc
11.5°
57°
SQUARE
43″
L,A,R,S,X
3 WOOD
185cc
13°
57°
SQUARE
43″
L,A,R,S,X
3 WOOD
185cc
15°
57°
SQUARE
43″
L,A,R,S,X
4 WOOD
175cc
16.5°
58°
SQUARE
42.5″
L,A,R,S,X
5 WOOD
175cc
18°
58°
SQUARE
42″
L,A,R,S,X
Available in men’s and women’s right hand. Lengths listed are men’s standard. Ladies standard lengths are -1″ from men’s standard. Standard grip is Lamkin Exotics R.E.L. grip.
EXOTICS XCG7 BETA FAIRWAY STOCK SHAFT SPECIFICATIONS
MODEL
FLEX
WEIGHT
LAUNCH
TORQUE
TIP DIAM.
MATRIX EXOTICS WHITE TIE 5X3.1
L
42g
HIGH
5.5
.335
MATRIX EXOTICS WHITE TIE 5X3.1
A
48g
HIGH
5.0
.335
MATRIX EXOTICS WHITE TIE 5X3.1
R
53g
MID/HIGH
4.5
.335
MATRIX EXOTICS WHITE TIE 5X3.1
S
55g
MID/HIGH
4.0
.335
MATRIX EXOTICS RED TIE 6Q3.1
R
60g
MID/HIGH
4.5
.335
MATRIX EXOTICS RED TIE 6Q3.1
S
63g
MID/HIGH
4.0
.335
MATRIX EXOTICS RED TIE 6Q3.1
X
66g
MID/HIGH
3.5
.335
MATRIX EXOTICS BLACK TIE 7M3.1
S
72g
MID/HIGH
3.5
.335
MATRIX EXOTICS BLACK TIE 7M3.1
X
75g
MID/HIGH
3.0
.335

Caution

This may not be the perfect club for all golfers.  The launch angle and ball flight is a little lower on this club than a more standard 3-metal.  The club may be a little better suited for lower handicap players.  If getting the ball airborne is a concern and you often don’t hit high shots, perhaps the Tour Edge XCG7 (non beta) is a better solution.

Tour Edge Exotics SCG7 Beta Fairway

Tour Edge Exotics SCG7 Beta Fairway

Cover

Most golf club reviewers neglect coverage on a very important part of the hybrid/fairway/driver/putter “package.”   Most reviewers forget about the head cover which is a big omission since the player interacts with it so often.  I am critical of head covers, because golf companies seem to spend more time trying to make them look cool than designing a cover which protects the club and is convenient to put on and take off.

fairway head cover

Exotics fairway head cover – click to zoom

The XCG7 Beta head cover is a breeze to take off, with a perfect loop to grab at the right place.  It is easy to put on as well.  The cover is attractive and yes, most importantly does a great job protecting this beautiful piece of art in a golf club.

Conclusion

It takes quite a club to earn a place in my starting lineup.  Some clubs in my bag have been there since the early 2000’s!  The XCG7 has earned a spot, replacing a 3-metal which was in the bag since 2012.

The Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 Beta Fairway performs as great as it looks.  The ball comes off the face hot and straight.  The feel and looks are superb.  Best of all, it is a club I can depend on in crucial situations.

Related Links

More Tour Edge Exotics XCG7 photos.

Tour Edge website.


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