Expert Review: Tour Edge HP 08 PutterPublished on 05/20/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I tested for one day in May of 2023.
All photos courtesy of David L. Brown
About this Review: This review is my honest opinion of the putter, which I tested for one day in May of 2023.
The Tour Edge HP Series 08 Putter is a high-quality putter for the price point. I would recommend this for a new golfer looking to upgrade their putter without breaking the bank. It offers a solid level of balance, alignment features, and an oversized tacky grip that allows for a comfortable, confident stroke to be had.
About the club I tested
- Model: 2020 Tour Edge HP Series 08 Putter
- Shape: Mallet
- Hosel Neck: Straight
- Balance Point: 12”
- Shaft Length: 35”
- Grip Type: Oversize
- Finish: Black Nickel
- Average Score: 79
- Handicap: 7
- Experience: 22 years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-Handed
- Stroke Type: Gross Grip
- Golf Ball Used: Callaway ERC Triple Track
- Height: 5’10’’
- When I tested the putter: May 2023
- Days tested: 1
- Where I’ve used it: Practice green and course
- Weather and Wind Conditions: Fair weather
- Green Speed: Slow to medium
- Grass Type: Turf, bent grass
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking for a cheap mallet putter that could be recommended for a new, beginning golfer. This putter fits the bill as it currently retails for less than $100 and isn’t overly fancy with all of the new tech and inserts, but it does check the boxes for a cheap, new putter.
Why I chose to test this club
I chose to test this club because I play a handful of times per month. In addition, I wanted to upgrade my putter without paying a huge amount for a new putter. So I tested this one because I thought the oversized grip, weight, and mallet style would help improve my game. I also really liked the all-black nickel clubhead, as it pops and stands out. Ultimately, I will not buy this putter in the future as it doesn’t best suit my game and the type of player I am.
What I love about it
- Alignment: The alignment is nice on this putter, with the single long line going down the back of the head. It’s easy to line up, and I am confident it will hold its line.
- Length: The length is solid as it is a standard 35-inch putter, which allows my arms to hang freely and have a consistent swing path.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The aesthetics are one of the best, and why I was drawn to the putter. The black nickel clubhead looks incredibly sharp when I remove the putter cover.
- Grip Feel: The grip feel is tacky. It allows me to grip it however I like, and the fact it is slightly oversized fits nicely within the hands.
- Balance: The balance is mid-tiered, as the backswing and follow-through are easily controlled. This is in large part due to the club's higher MOI features.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Face Feel: The face feel is not soft. The ball clanks off the face, which, if someone is a newer golfer, won’t make much of a difference, but those who are more experienced will find the lack of feel an issue.
- Forgiveness: The forgiveness isn’t high for me as putts are hard to gauge when coming off the face. If putts aren’t struck perfectly, they have a hard time reaching the cup.
- Weight: The weight is lighter than I prefer as I tend to play with 365g putters. This putter comes in at 350g, which keeps my putter stroke inconsistent as I have difficulty swinging the putter back and through on line.
Best Putt or Round with this Putter
I didn’t have a ton of success with this putter, but I made five five-foot putts in a row. With practice and time, the beginner player could find more and more success in their putting game.
Value for the money vs. other options
This putter is a good option for the price point. I believe most beginning golfers looking at new putters would be happy purchasing this, knowing they aren’t spending their whole budget on one club. This putter performs well versus other putters like the Odyssey DFX #1 or Wilson “L,” but I would lean toward either the DFX or Wilson “L” being a better value for its consistency and overall face feel.
The Tour Edge HP Series 08 Putter is geared toward a newer, beginning golfer. It doesn’t offer much feeling or forgiveness, but this is a good option for someone wanting a new putter that gets the job done and doesn’t break the bank. This putter has great visuals, but for someone looking for a heavier weighted putter that offers a soft face, they should look elsewhere.