Tour Edge Exotics CB5 Hybrid
Category: Better-Player Hybrids
WE TESTED: 2 (17°) with Aldila RIP Sigma 80 graphite shaft; 2 (17°), 3 (19°), 4 (22°) with Mitsubishi Fubuki Tour 415 graphite shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: The sole design distributes more mass to the heel and toe, which expands the club's effective hitting area. The deep, maraging steel face and a high CG promote a penetrating, workable flight.
PLAYABILITY: The CB5 hits low-flying, low-spinning shots; a solid performer from the tee and clean lies.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: These low-handicapper sticks reward good swings but do less to help poor ones.
DISTANCE: Max distance on center strikes -- equal to or longer than some fairway woods.
FEEL: Hard, scorching hot feel off the face; a well-weighted club that loads and unloads smoothly through the swing; lots to differentiate good swings from bad; ample, educational feedback.
LOOK: Narrow, compact head with squared-off toe; very traditional look comfortably frames the ball; testers are split on the black head, white shaft, red grip color scheme.
Least forgiving hybrid tested -- recommended only for very strong ballstrikers; inconsistent results in the rough; low launch limits distance for some testers.
BOTTOM LINE: A demanding hybrid that produces a long, low ball flight. It's best suited for consistent, single-digit players looking to max out their distance.
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