Expert Review: Tour Edge Hot Launch E522 Driver

Published on 03/14/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I tested for one day in November of 2022.
David L. Brown, Golf Expert
By Golf Expert David L. Brown

All photos courtesy of David L. Brown 

About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I tested for one day in November of 2022.

My take

The Tour Edge Hot Launch E522 Driver offers solid distance while maintaining its consistency. I was pleased with the results I was having off the tee and believe the average golfer would benefit from adding this club to their bag as its distance and control aren’t far off from other top of the line drivers.

About the club I tested

  • Model: 2022 Tour Edge Hot Launch E522
  • Loft setting: 10.5
  • Shaft type: Fubuki HL 55
  • Shaft flex: Regular

About me

  • Average score: 79
  • Handicap: 7
  • Experience: 22 years of playing golf
  • Right/Left-Handed: Left-handed
  • Typical ball flight: High
  • Golf ball used: Titleist practice ball
  • Club swing speed: 97 mph

Test conditions

  • When I tested the club: November 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 driver with a lower launch angle as I tend to have a higher ball flight.

Why I chose to test this club

I decided to test this club because I have heard a lot of positive feedback toward its performance based on my dad playing Tour Edge. I also liked the price point and its overall aesthetic appeal.

What I love about it

  • Forgiveness: The forgiveness was a plus to this driver. Each swing, whether it was hit square, on the toe, or heel traveled within 15 yards distance wise of one another.
  • Feel: The feel was good, as I was able to tell when I hit it pure and when I hit a shot off centered. This gave me instant feedback, and the results on the simulator conveyed this.
  • Sound: The sound is pretty typical with its pinging sound. It’s nothing flashy, which is what I prefer.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: The orange and black aesthetic appeal has a sharp look to it.
  • Grip Feel: The grip was a standard Lamkin. It was tacky and thin to the shaft creating a comfortable grip.
  • Launch Angle: The launch angle was normal and what I am used to, so I thought it was solid overall.
  • Spin: The spin was lower than my current driver and created more roll out consistently. My average spin rate was around 7200 RPMs.

Issues I’ve encountered

  • Distance: The distance was consistent, averaging around 255–265 yards, which is currently 10 yards less than what I hit with my Callaway XR16, but considering the price for the club, I thought it was plus.
  • Workability: With the 10.5 loft, I wasn’t able to work the ball as much as I would have liked because the ball flight was much lower than what I am used to.
  • Adjustability: The adjustability to set it up for a draw or fade is not an option on this driver, which limits shot making ability for the average golfer.
  • Shaft Feel: The shaft feel was good, but too lightweight. It felt like I was inconsistent striking the ball, as I tended to get ahead of myself because of the lack of weight.
  • Shaft Performance: The 60g shaft was lighter than I normally play with (65g). I believe it was too light and created some inconsistency within my swings. I would have liked to test again with a 65g shaft.

Best shot with this club

My best shot was three shots in when I was able to carry the ball 257 yards and it rolled out to 282 yards right down the middle of the fairway.

Value for the money vs. other options

I think this club is a great value for the weekend golfer. I believe there are other good options out there like the Wilson D7 or Taylormade M4, but one has to spend more for those drivers. I believe each of those drivers offer more distance but especially more workability from right to left and left to right.

Final verdict

I think the Tour Edge driver is a great option for its value. It is forgiving, but doesn’t sacrifice distance or feel doing so. I believe the mid to high handicapper would definitely benefit from adding this driver into their bag.

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