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Tour Edge Golf, since being founded by David Glod in 1985, has earned the reputation of innovative clubs and particularly their hybrids and fairway woods are thought of as being among the best in the industry.

Last August the company introduced the Exotics CBX fairway woods that instantly garnered rave reviews including from this writer for its very low spin design—a real “spin killer”. Building on those kudos the company has introduced another version of the CBX fairways, the Exotics CBX T3 and here’s how Glod described it.

“There is a distinct group of tour players who prefer this more compact shape of head, much like the original head design of the Exotics CBX fairway wood,” said Glod who also holds down the position of master club designer in addition to being company president. He added, “We wanted to make sure to have a club for every player profile with our popular Exotics CBX design. And just like every Exotics product, if it is being made for the pro tours, we will also produce it for our legions of followers in the exact same specs that are offered to the tour professionals.”

The T3 has met acceptance on the PGA Tour Champions circuit and is being carried in the bags of several players plus at least one player on the PGA Tour.

Those wanting a flatter trajectory on shots from the fairway should look at the T3 and its spin-killer construction. The clubhead is just 162cc and from heel to toe is shorter in length so overall the clubhead is more compact clubhead. However, compared with the first CBX the face is deeper which means the center of gravity is slightly higher helping to produce the more penetrating low-spin ball flight plus this makes it a good alternative from the tee on tight driving holes. Better players especially will like the shape of the head and lower amount of face progression giving a traditional, classic look at address.

The CBX T3 is scheduled to be released at retail on May 15 and will sell for $349.99.

Zurich Classic Winners Play PXG & Titleist

With over $2 million to the winning team plus 800 FedEx Cup points split between them, the Zurich Classic of New Orleans’ (a.k.a. the PGA Tour member-member) format is considered by many a refreshing change from the week to week sameness of 72-hole medal play. Eighty two-man teams started by playing a four-ball format Thursday and foursomes on Friday with the cut at -5 leaving 36 teams to repeat the cycle of formats Saturday and Sunday.

The winning team of Billy Horschel and Scott Piercy beat some other powerful star pairings such as Justin Rose/Henrik Stenson and Bubba Watson/Matt Kuchar. Marquee teams Jordan Spieth/Ryan Palmer, Justin Thomas/Bud Cauley and Sergio Garcia/Rafa Cabrera Bello missed the cut. A first on the PGA Tour and certainly not welcomed by everyone was the decision that on the weekend each team was able to choose their “walk-up” music which resulted in some strange, even bazaar antics (dancing?) by players. I wonder if the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders are busy for next years tournament?

Horschel endorses PXG while Piercy is a Titleist player.

Horschel’s Winning Gear:

Driver: PXG XXF prototype (10.5 degrees)
Fairway woods: PXG 0341X 3-wood (15), PXG 0341 5-wood (18)
Irons: PXG 0311T Gen2 (3, 5-PW)
Wedges: PXG 0311T Milled Sugar Daddy (52, 57), PXG 0311T Milled Zulu (61)
Putter: PXG Mustang
Ball: Titleist Pro V1x

Piercy’s Winning Gear:

Driver: Titleist 917D2 (8.5 degrees)
Fairway wood: Titleist 917F2 (16.5)
Hybrid: Titleist 816H1 (21)
Irons: Titleist 716 AP2 (4), Titleist 680 MB (5-9)
Wedges: Titleist Vokey SM6 (46, 53, 57), Titleist Vokey TVD (63)
Putter: Scotty Cameron T2
Ball: Titleist Pro V1

In Case Anyone Should Ask:

Zurich Equipment Counts: The 80 2-man teams could hardly have been more in favor of Titleist Pro V1 and Pro V1x with 119 teeing one or the other up compared with 16 players using Callaway Chrome Soft or Chrome Soft X. In hybrids Titleist was also first with 28 in play and also in first with 45 sets of irons. Scotty Cameron led the brand race for putters with 61 and there were 219 Vokey approach, sand and lob wedges in players’ bags. TaylorMade Golf’s Spider Tour though, for the 14th time this season, was the number one single putter model in play.

Callaway on a Roll: As everyone has figured out by now Callaway Golf (NYSE: ELY) has fantastic momentum and when first quarter financial results were reported the company had been the number 1 club brand for 26 months including number 1 in irons for 38 months. Overall company sales were up 32% to $403 million at least in part from recently acquired Travis Matthew and OGIO. Callaway’s results saw much of the gain coming from the ultra-successful Epic driver and family of clubs last year supplanted by the Rogue family this year in a greatly improved sales environment for equipment which has been estimated to have grown 9.5% growth in the first quarter and 20.7% in March. Market penetration for Callaway’s hard goods was roughly the same as first quarter 2017 at 26.2% and golf ball market share was up 2.2% to 16.2% placing them firmly in second place in the ball market behind Titleist.

Odyssey the Most: As kind of icing on the cake among the many other accomplishments by players using Callaway’s equipment, their Odyssey putter brand, after two wins this past Sunday, is the first putter to rack up 25 worldwide wins in 2018.

Cobra Volition: Cobra Golf has two new models of the King F8 driver honoring America’s military in Blue Camo and Desert Sand. An F8+ version of both colors is available through custom order. The Volition Golf Collection supports the Folds of Honor Foundation providing educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service-members. Cost of the KING F8 & F8+ Volition drivers is $499 each.

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