First Look Review – Lynx Golf #BB Driver

As I sit back and reflect on both the Teezy Awards and the 2018 PGA Merchandise Show it brings a smile to my face. There are throngs of amazing products and having the opportunity to see them, feel them and in some cases swing them makes me feel fortunate. The PGA Merchandise Show is more of a mecca than a “Major of the Golf Industry”. With some products I really have high expectations for and others quite frankly… I don’t.

Upon learning of the re-birth (so-to speak) of Lynx Golf I looked at the brand as an enigma. A wildcard if you will. While their iron offerings had me excited I didn’t quite feel the same excitement about their metalwoods and in particular their drivers. So I would make sure to visit their booth at Demo Day to get in a few swings with their newest driver the Lynx Golf #BB. For those that are unaware the letters “BB” are an abbreviation for “Boom Boom”.

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What made this driver at least a little bit intriguing to me was the design of the heads and the overall specs. Upon looking at the #BB driver Lynx Golf boasts that the #BB is their “most technologically advanced and adjustable driver” in their product range. Why? First the loft is adjustable from 8.5* to 12.5* allowing golfers to find their optimum launch angle. Secondly, Lynx Golf incorporated two 3 gram weights that allow for further trajectory tweaking as these weights allow for draw and fade bias. However, as intriguing as the adjustability is as far as head design goes it’s their choice for a stock shaft. The UST Mamiya Recoil shaft is offered in Lite, Regular and Stiff flexes respectively.

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When it came to having the #BB driver in my hands I liked what I saw. The head is 460 CC and is quite traditional in footprint. Sometimes the adjustable hosels on drivers can be a little cumbersome but I had no issue with the approach and design taken by Lynx Golf. I should add that the crown is also very clean as it is void of any alignment aids. As you look at the face… the depth of the head was another feature of the design that liked as the #BB does offer a pretty deep face. etched onto the “sweet spot” is “The Lynx” Flipping over the #BB the eyes (or at least mine) were drawn towards the weight screws (red) and the logo itself. The rear half of the head sees an interesting blue (interesting as I cannot quite describe the shade) and if it were me… I would’ve went with the same colour that the logo is placed on. I think it would have made the driver look more sleek and “premium”. I imagine the blue was to add pop but the red weight screws already provided that. All of this said, aesthetically speaking, the #BB driver is quite an attractive looking driver.

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Performance. Of course we love how a golf club looks but how does it perform? As I alluded to earlier I didn’t hold much hope for this driver. Their irons I had massive expectations for but the driver was a “polar opposite”. I expected this driver to feel cheap… see metallic, clanky and dead.When I made my first pass with the #BB it was a real eye opener and what I thought it would perform like was quickly debunked.. Where they were set-up on the range there was a healthy right to left wind which was enough to move a ball around a bit. First, I was impressed by the somewhat muted sound at impact. I thought that the face felt fairly lively but the trajectory was one to admire. I had the loft set at an even 10* and the weight screws were set-up as it appears in the pic below. Swing after swing resulted in the same “vanilla” trajectory. Long and straight which I feel speaks of its forgiveness as well. Making a small adjustment here and there in the swing I was able to produce draws and fades at will. The head is both workable and forgiving. I would have loved to have been set-up on the Foresight Sports (GC2?) launch monitor that they had set-up to get a somewhat concrete distance. I would suggest however that the #BB was as long in that configuration as my gamer (TaylorMade Golf M2 2016) which was yet another eye-opener. I think what impressed me the most was the consistency of the results. Every golf ball struck had the same trajectory that penetrated and never ballooned.

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Lynx Golf in their re-birth is coming to compete in the North American market. It’ll be interesting to see how the brand will do in general. More to the point however I’m curious to see how many #BB drivers they move worldwide. The #BB driver looks good and performs better. This driver WAS the “Most Surprising Product” for me at the PGA Show. There was no Teezy Award for this category but had their been… this was the winner. The #BB driver from Lynx Golf retails for approximately £329 ($455 USD or $583 CAD with the current exchange rate).

Until The Next Tee!

 

REVIEW – Tour Edge Exotics CBX Blade Irons

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.

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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.

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Photo Credit: Tour Edge Golf

 

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.

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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!!