Exotics CB Pro Limited Edition & SkyCaddie LINX

Exotics CB Pro Limited Edition

The strikingly handsome CB Pro fairway wood represents the latest in new technology and performance from Tour Edge's Exotics line. With one glance at the photo here, you can see why I have to start with a description of the innovative Slip Stream Sole. Using a series of wavy lines, the Slip Stream Sole minimizes interaction with the turf for faster contact with the ball. Not only that, the Slip Stream Sole makes it easy to hit the ball from the fairway or even the rough on a more shallow, slightly ascending swingpath. It's as though grass, debris, even water, channels through the waves for a near-friction-free strike with the ball. That's awesome stuff, if you ask us.

Of course, like other Exotics fairway woods, the CB Pro isn't just some shiny one-trick pony. In addition to the Slip Stream Sole, the compact (170cc) CB Pro has a Beta-Titanium cup-face design, which in simple English means this wood isn't made like many woods and even drivers are made. Here's why: Many woods and drivers are constructed with a face insert that's welded at the seams around the periphery of the face. The CB Pro employs a cup-face design, which means the entire clubface and part of the sole, crown and sides are all made of one piece of titanium. If you actually held the cup-face design in your hand facedown, it would look, well, like a cup. This cup face is then combo-brazed (a chemically induced process that joins two pieces together) to a hyper-steel body. The resulting effect is a consistently powerful and lightweight face combined with the ruggedness and strength of steel. And, last, but certainly not least, the CB Pro comes stock with Fujikura's Speeder 661 or 757 Series shafts for Tour-level performance.

What should you expect? A powerful, driver-like, low-spin launch (the loft on the wood we tried was 14.5) and more distance than you ever could have imagined from the fairway. It's workable, too, which means this is the type of fairway wood better players will love. It's not the most forgiving compared to some models on the market, but don't misconstrue that. It's still quite forgiving in the general sense. The center of gravity is positioned forward for a penetrating ballflight and spin reduction, so it's a good idea to go for a little more loft than you're probably used to. This club is just so darn long! And, by the way, this club is a "Limited Edition," meaning you better get your hands on one soon if you want to take advantage of all the power and shotmaking one fairway wood can deliver. And, yes, we know it's expensive, but hitting high draws to 10 feet from the pin from 275 yards out is worth every penny.

13.5, 14.5, 15.5, 16.5, 17.5, with a light Speeder 661 or
slightly heavier Speeder 757 shaft
$499 |


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