Expert Review: Tour Edge Hot Launch C523 HybridPublished on 06/29/2023 · 4 min readThis review is my honest opinion of the golf club, which I tested for one day in June of 2023.
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 June of 2023.
The Tour Edge Hot Launch C523 Hybrid is a concrete option off the tee and for the long-range game in the rough/fairway. It offers solid distance while maintaining its consistency. I was pleased with my results off the tee. I believe the mid-range handicap golfer would benefit from adding this club to their bag, especially if they struggle off the tee.
About the club I tested
- Model: 2023 Tour Edge Hot Launch C523 Hybrid
- Loft setting: 22°
- Shaft type: UST Mamiya SST-HL 50
- Shaft flex: Graphite
- Average score: 79
- Handicap: 7
- Experience: 22 years of playing golf
- Right/Left-Handed: Right-Handed
- Typical ball flight: High
- Golf ball used: Titleist Pro V1 Practice Ball
- Club swing speed: 97mph
- When I tested the club: June 2023
- Days tested: 1
- Where I’ve used it: Simulator
- Weather and wind conditions: Inside
How it performs
What I was looking for
I was interested in how this hybrid performed; my friend has some old hybrids that he doesn’t hit well. He is budget conscious, so I wanted to see if the Hot Launch C523 Hybrid would be a viable option for him to consider.
Why I chose to test this club
I didn’t buy the Hot Launch C523 Hybrid, but I highly recommend it to my friend as I think the ease of swing and connecting with the club would benefit his game. I enjoyed the distance, consistency, and overall feel this club had to offer.
What I love about it
- Distance: The distance was better than I expected, averaging around 230 yards. For a 4-hybrid, it was side-by-side with my 5-wood and 5-7 yards further than my current 3-iron.
- Forgiveness: The forgiveness was a plus for this iron. Each swing, whether hit square or on the toe, traveled on a path and only waivered on distance by 10 or so yards.
- Feel: The sole rail design created a soft and almost dampening feel within my hands when I struck the ball off the face. This created instant feedback on where and how the ball flew off the clubhead, which helps understand what was needed for the next shot.
- Sound: The sound was average, with a normal pinging noise that had a crisp feel when struck purely.
- Shaft Feel: With it being a regular flex shaft, it didn’t feel wobbly during the backswing or follow-through, which is key in the overall feel.
- Shaft Performance: The shaft weight is 50g, allowing the ball to pop off the face of the club and provide consistent distance.
- Aesthetic Appeal: The all-black finish with the red accent is sleek and sharp to the eyes, giving extra confidence when pulling it out of the bag.
- Launch Angle: The launch angle was nice as the ball came off the face quickly and with a mid-to-high trajectory.
- Spin: The spin was lower because of my increased swing speed than my current 5-wood, which created more rollout.
Issues I’ve encountered
- Adjustability: There was no adjustability feature for this club which is different than my 5-wood, so some might not enjoy that limited option, especially off the tee.
- Workability: This lacked the ability to really shape the ball left to right and right to left. I think it offers great consistency regarding straightforward shots, but I tend to hit a high cut and struggled to repeat it repeatedly.
- Grip Feel: Its Golf Pride Tour Velvet 360 grip felt slippery without a 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.
Best shot with this club
My best shot was hitting back-to-back high fades within five yards of each other at 227 and 231 yards. The thing I loved about these two shots was as soon as I hit the ball, I knew instantly where the ball was struck on the face and that the ball was going to have a five-yard tailing cut toward the target.
Value for the money vs. other options
This club is a great choice for top-tiered golfers who want more options off the tee. Compared to my Callaway XR 16 5-wood and the Callaway Mavrik 5-wood, they are close in feel and distance. For approximately $150, the Hot Launch C523 Hybrid should fit many budgets and golfers' overall game.
The Tour Edge Hot Launch C523 Hybrid is a great option for its value. It is forgiving but doesn’t sacrifice distance. The mid-handicapper would benefit from adding this option off the tee into their bag.