ClubTest 2016: Tour Edge Exotics CB Pro Tungsten Irons
TOUR EDGE EXOTICS CB PRO TUNGSTEN IRONS
CATEGORY: Game Improvement Irons
PRICE: $800, steel; $900, graphite
WE TESTED: 3–PW with KBS Tour 90 steel shafts and 3–PW with UST Mamiya Recoil graphite shafts
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Each hollow head has tungsten in the sole to dial-in weighting and optimize launch.
PLAYABILITY: Wide, blunt sole skips through the ground -- a great choice for sweeping swings; one of the best from fairway bunkers; decent lateral maneuverability -- works the ball both ways without overcooking it; overall, plays something like a hybrid set, without the stigma.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: A set-it-and-forget-it club; thin shots get enough oomph, and they're really hard to hit fat; most shots hold the line, even on bad swings; toe shots tend to stay near the target line.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Honest, true-to-the-number distances -- not juiced, but predictable; consistent gaps between clubs; long irons get up and go like hybrids -- a beautiful thing when struck on center.
FEEL: Flush shots are rewarded with a well-tuned sound; tungsten weighting on the sole offers nice head weight -- paired with the Recoil shaft, it imparts a head-heavy kick and next to no vibration; rock-steady and stable -- the CB Pro powers a path to the ball.
LOOK: An interesting design -- an enclosed cavity exudes a faux muscleback appearance, sort of like an inflated blade; the long, beefy head doesn't overdo the offset, while the brushed finish highlights the hitting area.
In an age of jacked lofts and juiced distances, the CB Pro Tungsten's power is a bit quaint; thick, hefty head can be difficult to judge on pitches and partial shots; one or two guys say the clubs are less forgiving than their size suggests; feedback can be tough to translate.
BOTTOM LINE: A Game Improvement iron with a distinct style and performance. Solid long irons, generous stability and just a bit of creativity are its main selling points.