Expert Review: Tour Edge Hot Launch E522 Single Iron-Wood

Published on 03/14/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I tested for one day in December 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 December of 2022.

My take

Overall, the Tour Edge Hot Launch E522 Single Iron-Wood is a solid option off the tee. It offers solid distance while maintaining consistency. I was pleased with my results off the tee. The average golfer will benefit from adding this club to their bag, especially if they struggle off the tee.

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: 97mph

Test conditions

  • When I tested the club: December 2022
  • Days tested: 1
  • Where I’ve used it: Simulator
  • Weather and wind conditions: Inside

How it performs

Distance
4/5
Forgiveness
4/5
Sound
4/5
Feel
3/5
Launch
3/5
Workability
3/5

What I was looking for

I’ve seen more and more pros go to a driving iron off the tee and wanted to test out what it felt like. I enjoy my Callaway XR16, but I know that having multiple options off the tee is a huge asset.

Why I chose to test this club

I decided to test this club because I have seen pros use ironwoods off the tee. However, I didn’t end up buying it. My 3 and 5 wood performs just as well and offers more versatility.

What I love about it

  • Distance: The distance was better than I expected, averaging around 230 yards. For an ironwood, it was consistent with my 5 wood, so I believed it to be good on its power.
  • Forgiveness: The forgiveness was a plus to this driver. Each swing only waivered on distance by 15 yards, whether it was hit square, on the toe, or traveled on a path.
  • Sound: The sound was average, with a normal pinging noise. I enjoyed the average sound of it as it wasn’t a dull thud or a loud tinging noise.
  • Shaft Feel: The shaft didn’t feel wobbly during the backswing or follow-through, which is key in the overall feel, as I know it's stable and consistent throughout the entire swing.
  • Shaft Performance: The shaft weight is 55g which feels heavy for an ironwood but in a good way. The weight allows the ball to pop off the face of the club and provides consistent distance.
  • Aesthetic Appeal: The white shaft down to the black and blue clubhead is sleek. It pops and stands out, making it look like a higher-end club.
  • Spin: The spin was lower than my current 5 wood and created more rollout, which was an added bonus.

Issues I’ve encountered

  • Workability: The workability wasn’t great, as I normally hit a high fade and couldn’t move the ball more than five yards to the left. I then tried to hit a draw and duck-hooked it repeatedly.
  • Adjustability: There is no adjustability feature for this club which is expected for a driving iron, but that’s why I would prefer to use a 3 or 5 wood instead.
  • Grip Feel: The grip is Lamkin Z5 and feels slippery with no glove. Even with a glove, it wouldn’t be ideal in rainy conditions or if someone's hands were sweaty on a hot summer day.
  • Launch Angle: The launch was lower than I would have liked and was inconsistent on different tee shots.

Best shot with this club

My best shot was hitting back-to-back high fades within five yards of each other at 229 yards and 234 yards.

Value for the money vs. other options

The Tour Edge Hot Launch E522 club is a great value for the weekend golfer who wants more options off the tee. I don’t have any other direct comparisons of ironwoods on the market, but compared to my XR 16 5 wood and the Callaway Mavrik 5 wood, they are close. However, the ability to hit more shots out of the fairway and in the rough would lead me to go with either 5 wood.

Final verdict

The Tour Edge ironwood is a great option for its value. It is forgiving but doesn’t sacrifice distance. I believe the mid-to-high handicapper would benefit from adding this option off the tee into their bag.

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