Expert Review: Tour Edge Bazooka Pro-4 PutterPublished on 06/28/2023 · 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-4 Putter is a high-quality putter for the price point. It has a soft face and tacky grip that gives it a solid feel. I recommend this for a new golfer looking to upgrade their putter without spending a lot of money.
About the club I tested
- Model: 2020 Tour Edge Bazooka Pro-4 Putter
- Shape: Mallet
- Hosel Neck: Straight
- Balance Point: 12”
- Shaft Length: 35”
- Grip Type: Oversize
- Finish: Nickel and White
- 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: Callaway ERC Triple Track
- Height: 5’10’’
- When I bought the putter: May 2023
- Days tested: 1
- Where I’ve used it: Practice green
- Weather and Wind Conditions: N/A (Inside)
- 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 I could recommend for a new, beginning golfer. This putter fits the bill as it currently retails for less than $100 and is perfectly fit for a newer golfer or someone wanting a new putter. I also liked the sharp alignment features with the straight neck hosel and the single line going straight back on the putter head. Alignment is sometimes overlooked, but I liked the simplicity this putter offered.
Why I chose to test this club
I have a few friends who play golf a couple of times a year, and I wanted to see if this was a good putter for their game. After testing it out for myself, I concluded that I wouldn’t buy it for myself but would recommend it for them because it does everything a new golfer or a golfer just getting started needs. It has good alignment and a tacky oversized grip that is easy to swing.
What I love about it
- Alignment: The alignment is great, with the single line going back down the putter head. I also like the straight hosel as it creates a simple, clear visual when lining up each putt.
- Length: The length is solid as it is a standard 35” putter, which allows my arms to freely hang and have a consistent swing path regardless of where I was on the green.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The aesthetics are solid with the nickel and white finish. At the same time, the single straight red line going back is visually nice when lining up putts.
- Grip Feel: The grip feel is tacky. It allows me to grip it however I like. It is slightly oversized and fits nicely within the hands.
- Balance: The balance was mid-tiered, as the backswing and follow-through were easily controlled. This is largely due to the club’s higher MOI (Moment of Inertia) features.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Face Feel: The face feel is anything but soft. The ball thuds off the face. It won't make much of a difference to a newer golfer. Still, those who are more experienced will find the lack of feel to be an issue and hard to control from longer ranges.
- Forgiveness: The forgiveness isn’t high for me as putts are hard to gauge when coming off the face. If putts weren’t struck perfectly, they had a hard time reaching the cup as the ball didn't rotate over and over.
- Weight: The weight is lighter than I prefer as I tend to play with 365g putters. This putter comes in at 350g, which kept my putter stroke inconsistent as I had difficulty swinging the putter back and through on line.
Best Putt or Round with this Putter
This putter was difficult at first as it felt like I had to really swing the putter to get the ball to the hole. Once I figured that out, I consistently two-putted all my putts from 20+ feet.
Value for the money vs. other options
This putter is a good option for the price point and the right golfer. 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, however, doesn’t beat out the likes of the Cleveland Huntington Beach or the Odyssey DFX series. These are a little more expensive but worth the buy as they have more feel and softness within their clubhead.
This putter is geared toward the new 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.