Expert Review: Tour Edge Bazooka Pro-5 PutterPublished on 05/28/2023 · 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 Bazooka Pro-5 is geared toward those struggling to make those 5-10 footers consistently. This putter has a sleek look that feels great, and its two solid alignment lines paired with its single top line increases confidence with each putt. I also like the tri colors of white, black, and red interacting on the putter head as they make it stand out.
About the club I tested
- Model: 2020 Tour Edge Bazooka Pro-5 Putter
- Shape: Mallet
- Hosel Neck: Plumber's neck
- Balance Point: 12”
- Shaft Length: 35”
- Grip Type: Standard
- Finish: Black, Silver, Red
- Average Score: 79
- Handicap: 7
- Experience: 22 years of golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-handed
- Stroke Type: Straight back and straight through
- Golf Ball Used: 2021 Callaway Soft ERC Triple Track Yellow
- Height: 5’10’’
- When I tested the putter: May 2023
- Days tested: 1
- Where I’ve used it: Turf and outdoor practice greens
- Weather and Wind Conditions: Warm, sunny, slightly damp
- Green Speed: Slow to medium
- Grass Type: Turf, bent grass
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was looking at cheaper mallet putters to direct some of my newer friends to try. Currently, two of them are using hand-me-down putters and have been looking into getting their own set, but they don’t want to upfront the cost of something expensive.
Why I tested this club
I tried the Tour Edge Bazooka Pro-5 Putter because I saw that Xander Shauffele uses a similar putter and is one of the better, more consistent putters on the PGA tour. Considering its price, I found the Tour Edge Bazooka Pro-5 to be an okay option and would recommend it for the newer golfer.
What I love about it
- Alignment: The Tour Edge Bazooka Pro-5 Putter has great alignment with its black and white head and two lines down the head of the putter with a single line in the middle. This made me feel like I was always aligned with where I needed to aim.
- Aesthetic Appeal: Pulling this out of the bag was a nice feeling. The steel shaft down to the silver, black, and red head was aesthetically sharp to the eye and made it look like a more expensive putter than it is.
- Grip Feel: The grip feel was solid. It had an oversized tacky grip and a great overall feel regardless of hand placement and weather conditions.
- Length: The length of the putter is 35”, which is what I prefer as it creates a swing arc that is optimal for my game because my arms can hang freely.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Face Feel: The face feel is below average. It feels like a rock on contact. The ball smacks off the mallet head and leaves no feedback into the hands, which left me wondering how hard each putt needs to hit.
- Forgiveness: The putts have to be struck perfectly to get them to roll out consistently, especially on longer putts. The low center of gravity on this putter creates this inconsistency, making it hard to gauge how each putt was hit after contact.
- Weight: The weight is 355g which is lighter than I prefer (365g+). I have always played with a heavier putter that allows me to stay down and through with each stroke, and the 355g weight made for an uneven swing.
- Balance: The balance is not optimal, as my backswing and follow-through became inconsistent and harder to control when I got further away from the hole.
- Customization: The lack of ability to adjust the head weights is a knock on this putter as it doesn’t allow users to dial in their preferred weight like a lot of other higher-end putters.
Best Putt or Round with this Putter
During my practice session, I focused on short putts within 10 feet and struggled to make more than two or three in a row. I made a couple outside of 10 feet. Still, these putts were not consistent enough to submit an overly positive review, and I would be cautious, especially for the more serious golfer.
Value for the money vs. other options
I think the Tour Edge Bazooka Pro-5 Putter is worth it if someone wants a new putter for themselves. However, there are a couple of options out there that are better for $30 more. The Wilson line of putters—“The Bean” and “The L”—are retailed at around $130 and have way more face feel to them.
This Tour Edge Bazooka Pro-5 Putter is budget-friendly and should be geared toward the newer golfer looking at getting their game off and running.