www.yonex.com/sports/golf Availability: 4-PW
Stock shaft: Nippon 950 (s), Yonex NST310 (g)
7i loft/length: 32° / 36.75”
TECH: A graphite insert in the back ensures the looks of a muscleback, but the playability and forgiveness of a pocket cavity design. A 3d sole helps improve strike efficiency.
WE SAY: The N1-CB’s put in a serious shift during testing. The soles are wider, the toe’s a little higher and there’s a decent cavity back and pocket cavity to increase playability. The bigger appearance fostered confidence where some of the smaller models looked more intimidating and zapped it. We tested the CB in last year’s Top Gear and it performed really well; this year it recorded a ball speed and carry distance a fraction lower than our test average, which to us says that other brands have upped their game for 2017.
VERDICT: Yonex are keen to stress how the N1-CBs are designed and made in Japan to very exacting standards, which if you’re a fan of all things Japanese you’ll love. This is a lovely set which marries a degree of forgiveness with a really nice looking head, but at nearly US$1543 a set they face some stiff competition.