Expert Review: Tour Edge Hot Launch E522 HybridPublished on 03/14/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I tested for one day in August of 2022.
All photos by David L. Brown
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I tested for one day in August of 2022.
The Tour Edge Hot Launch E522 Hybrid is a great club for attacking pins on those long par 3s and approach shots on par 5s. This club is geared for mid to high handicappers who need a club to help them with distance.
About the club I tested
- Model: 2021 Tour Edge Hot Launch E522
- Loft setting: 22 degrees
- Shaft type: UST Mamiya Tour Edge
- Shaft flex: Regular
- Average score: 79
- Handicap: 7
- Experience: 22 years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Left-handed
- Typical ball flight: Left to right
- Golf ball used: Titleist Tour Soft
- Club swing speed: 97mph
- When I tested the club August 2022
- Days tested: 1
- Where I’ve used it: Simulator
- Weather and wind conditions: Inside
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a new hybrid that offered distance and forgiveness. My current Callaway XR16s are becoming more and more outdated and I don’t love their feel.
Why I didn’t choose this club
I tested this club because it was visually appealing to the eye with the glossy black head and the all-white shaft. I also wanted to see how it performed because it was on the cheaper side of hybrids, and I didn't want to break the bank buying a new hybrid. I didn’t end up buying this hybrid, as it didn’t perform best for my playing abilities. I was looking for something with a little more feel and forgiveness on shots on and off the tee.
What I love about it
- Distance: The distance is spot on with what my current hybrids are at, with a carry of 225 yards, and that is something I like when it comes to knowing my distances.
- Workability: I was able to move the ball left to right with a high draw pretty consistently, so I was pleased with the workability they have to offer.
- Adjustability: Straight forward with no adjustability. I don’t need anything fancy. I prefer standard stock items, so I was happy with how they performed.
- Shaft Feel: Lightweight and easy to swing as the stock shaft is 50 grams. I was able to swing through and create consistent contact.
- Aesthetic Appeal: Sleek, simple design looks cool from behind when addressing the ball.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Forgiveness: The forgiveness wasn’t consistent on shots hit on center and off the heel or toe, which affected the ball's flight and resulted in more shots going left.
- Feel: The feel wasn’t great. I could feel every ping in my hands on every shot, which didn’t give me assurance on purely struck shots.
- Sound: Average with more of a hollow sound. Nothing crazy about the sounds, but nothing to truly get excited about.
- Grip Feel: Standard. I like custom grips on my clubs, so I would replace them with new grips once purchased, as I believe Golf Pride grips offer a more tacky, comfortable feel.
- Launch Angle: The launch angle was a little high. I also hit a fade, so it felt like it was launching higher than I would like.
- Spin: Spin rate was a little higher than I would have liked at 4500rpm versus being closer to the 4000rpm mark. This creates more consistent approach shots and a lower ball flight for me.
Best shot with this club
I set up to hit a big cut and was able to move the ball right to the left 20-plus yards on the first try. I was surprised that moving the ball with this club was as easy as it was.
Value for the money vs. other options
I think this is a quality hybrid for the price. I wouldn’t recommend this club for the low-handicap golfer, as I believe the Taylormade Stealth Fairway Wood or the Callaway Epic Hybrid are better, higher-performing options.
The Tour Edge E522 is a decent option for the average weekend golfer looking to help improve those longer-range approach shots on par 3s or into longer par 5s.