As I sit here and write I just posted a question on Twitter. Addressing it to the folks that run the PGA Merchandise Show (Reed Exhibitions) I simply asked… “How many more sleeps until the show?”. The answer is too many. I love going to the show for many reasons but what I really love is jumping onto the range at the Orange County National Golf Resort and Lodge where I can swing the myriad of products that are getting set to be released. One of these products this past year that I made swings with is a new iron from Tour Edge Golf.
Recently the Batavia, Illinois (outside of Chicago) headquartered company made public the release of a new iron. This new iron is the Tour Edge Exotics CBX Blade. What the CBX Blade offers golfers is an iron set that gives golfers a muscle-back iron that comes in a forging that’s constructed from S25 Carbon Steel. The use of CAD technology was instrumental in the design of this iron which features laser engraved precision-milled grooves. These square grooves gives players that choose to play the CBX iron superb control while the carbon steel used in the construction yields the feel that only a forged blade can offer. The CBX Blade is offered to right-handed golfers and comes with the option of graphite or steel shafts. The graphite offering is the fantastic Recoil from UST Mamiya while the stock steel shafts are either the True Temper XP 95, True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT or the KBS Tour. Stock grips on the CBX Blade irons are the UTx from Lamkin Golf which has proven to be among my favorite grips used thus far.
Upon arriving at the Tour Edge (Exotics) booth on Demo Day I was greeted by a couple members of their team. What was really cool was the fact that the two reps knew me from my reviews at my former site. Initially, I was there for the purposes of hitting their new line of metal… the XJ1. After making swings and talking a little bit of shop I was asked if I wanted to see something. That something was an iron that nobody else had seen or struck yet. That iron was the CBX Blade. My immediate first impressions upon looking at this iron was that this iron was a throwback. A classic design that was simple and clean. These might be two of the biggest compliments that I can hand to any iron. In hand (and eyes) the CBX looks retro which is a very endearing quality to me. It’s narrow sole and razor-blade-like topline were instant winners to me. Rounding out the overall look is the square toe which also adds to the playability of the CBX Blade.
So the time came to put swings on the CBX Blade irons. The head was shafted with a True Temper Dynamic Gold AMT in S300 flex. What I cannot stress enough is how great this head sets up behind the ball in the address position. You know how it is sometimes when things just “feel right”? That was the case with the CBX Blade. It felt right to me… I felt confident with the CBX Blade iron in my hands. The results reflected this confidence. My first strike was rewarded with feel unrivaled by many and a ballflight that went outward more than up. This ballflight was penetrating and aggressive. The wind was quartering slightly over my right shoulder which translates into a wind that “helps” a little. The CBX Blade produces “frozen ropes” and the ball wastes no time leaving the club face. I loved the feel in my hands and more to the point I loved feeling the sweet spot as the ball left the clubface. If you’re wondering… you could feel the “meaty” part of the muscle-back design at impact. As expected, the ability to shape shots with the CBX Blade is a breeze and the same can be said of executing punches and knockdowns.
However a question remains… Is the CBX Blade for anybody? I will put it this way… if you’re a golfer regardless of handicap that feels comfortable with a blade then… yes. If you’re a lower to mid-handicap golfer that likes blades then the answer is… most definitely! Thus far the CBX Blade might be one of my favorite blades that I’ve made passes with up to this point… period. The CBX feels good, looks terrific and performs. It’s clean and exudes simple elegance from a time gone-by.
Until The Next Tee!!