Expert Review: Tour Edge HP 01 PutterPublished on 05/27/2023 · 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 Black Nickel 01 is a good blade putter for mid-to-high handicappers who want a new putter but don’t want to break the bank. I think getting started can be intimidating because there are so many options. However, the new golfer would benefit from this as it has sharp alignment features and a tacky grip.
About the club I tested
- Model: 2020 Tour Edge HP Black Nickel 01 Putter
- Shape: Blade
- Hosel Neck: Plumber Neck
- Balance Point: 12”
- Shaft Length: 35”
- Grip Type: Oversized
- Finish: Black Nickel
- Average Score: 79
- Handicap: 7
- Experience: 22 years of playing golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-Handed
- Stroke Type: Straight back and through
- Golf Ball Used: 2021 Callaway ERC triple track
- Height: 5’10”
- When I tested the putter: May 2023
- Days tested: 1
- Where I’ve used it: Indoor Practice Green
- Weather and Wind Conditions: Indoor Turf
- Green Speed: Slow
- Grass Type: Turf
How it performs
What I was looking for
I have been testing a variety of putters and wanted to see what the best “budget” value putter was on the market.
Why I tested this club
Tour Edge has a range of putters, and I was intrigued to try their HP series as all of their putters are under $100. I tested this club but didn’t purchase it because If I am going to invest in a new putter, I will spend more money to upgrade to Cleveland’s Huntington Beach or Mizuno’s M.Craft line of putters. Overall this putter was just okay, and I think Tour Edge is for a specific golfer (new, learning the game, and doesn't want to spend a lot of money).
What I love about it
- Alignment: The alignment is great as it has one single white line going down the backside of the putter head. It creates a simple, easy visual to ensure each putt is lined up correctly.
- Length: I enjoy the 35” putter as it provides me the best opportunity to swing my arms back and through the ball on short and long putts. There were 33” and 34” options available, but I felt with my height (5’10’’), the 35” putter best suited my game.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The silver shaft down to the black nickel head is sleek and sharp to the eye. I think the white face insert is also highlighted in its features as it pops off the club.
- Grip Feel: The oversized tacky grip ensures a comfortable feeling in the hands on each putt. I tried multiple grips to see how each felt; all of them were comfortable and would withstand any weather conditions.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Face Feel: The face feel is incredibly hard. Compared to some of the other putters on the market (Mizuno M.Craft and HB Soft), the ball cracks off the putter head instead of having a dampening sensation.
- Forgiveness: On shorter putts, the precision has to be perfect, as an error off the toe or heel doesn’t allow the putt to stay on line.
- Weight: The 350g putter is personally too light for me. After playing with a 365g putter for much of my career, the lighter weight is tough for me to swing back and through consistently as it feels like a feather.
- Balance: The balance wasn’t great as the lightweight head created an inconsistent backswing and follow-through, which made my overall feel out of sorts.
- Customization: The inability to adjust the head weight is a knock for me. A lot of the current putters that are lighter have adjustable head weights to make them heavier, but these do not, so if one is like me and wants a heavier option, then that is no good.
Best Putt or Round with this Putter
I was able to make around 70% of my putts within 10 feet of the hole. I struggled to find consistency from over 10 feet as the feel in this putter isn’t great. However, the newer golfer should be able to dial it in from close range after a few putts.
Value for the money vs. other options
I tested other options from the HP series, which are similar. However, I would personally spend a little more money and go with any of the putters from the Cleveland Huntington Beach, HB Soft, and the Frontline series of putters, as they are all at around $149 retail and have an immensely better feel and consistency on the greens.
If someone is looking for a budget-friendly putter to help them get into the game without breaking the bank, this is a solid option for them.