It’s no secret around here that the Tour Edge 3 wood has been in the bag for a long time, and the hybrid isn’t going anywhere either. So, it comes as no surprise that the company that has created those remarkably performing clubs has come up with something new. And once again, it’s quite exotic.
New this fall is almost a hybrid. It’s the Tour Edge Exotics’ CBX Iron-Wood, combining maximum forgiveness with explosiveness off the new high-tensile steel ‘L’ cup face. Delivering distance with minimal spin, Tour Edge says the Iron-Wood is for players who want hybrid performance with the feel and workability of a forged iron.
As with all Tour Edge Exotics products, the R&D behind the club is mind-boggling. The ‘hollow-style’ head’s ‘L’ cup faced design maximizes CT (or Characteristic Time– a way to test if the clubface conforms to the spring effect rules of the USGA). It’s like the COR (Co-efficient of Restitution) for woods, applied to irons. By maximizing the CT, the Iron-Wood is said to have maximum flex (not just at the sweet spot for forgiveness) in order to play a club longer. With a hybrid-like rounded sole and beveled leading edge the Iron-Wood glides through tough lies like a hybrid. And with a shorter shaft than a standard hybrid, they play straighter and more consistently.
The Iron-Woods comes in standard silver ($199.99) and a limited edition black pearl finish ($249.99) and in four lofts (17, 19, 22, 25 degrees). Check them out at www.touredge.com.