YONEX N1-CB

Golf Asia (Malaysia) - - GOLFING | GEARGUIDE -

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.

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