Tour Edge HL4 Iron-Wood Review

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The Tour Edge HL4 Iron-Wood is super easy to hit.  High launching and long.

Introduction

I love it when an OEM goes all-in.  Whether it’s the most demanding blade or a crazy spaceship-like putter, I love clubs that are clearly built for a particular reason.  This is why I love the Tour Edge HL4 Iron-Wood.  Tour Edge is so far in on forgiveness, they put it right in the name: it’s not just an iron, it’s an Iron-Wood.  They set out to make a club that can make the game easier and more fun, and they succeeded.

Looks

The Tour Edge HL4 Iron-Wood is a big, meaty club designed to promote confidence.  Looking down at address, you’ll see a very thick top line and a “Rear Inverted Crown” sloping down behind it.  Tour Edge was clever in their color choice because the large black section becomes largely invisible when you’re playing (see the pictures above versus below).

The Iron-Wood does have a fair amount of offset, but it’s less than I expected.  Its large face and massive sole made me feel like I couldn’t miss.  The only thing I didn’t like is that this club really wants to sit shut at address.  I had to be aware of holding the face square before taking my grip.

In the bag, the Iron-Wood has the appearance of a hybrid.  The sole is tastefully branded, and Tour Edge even includes a woven headcover to keep it free from bag chatter.

Sound & Feel

At impact, the HL4 Iron-Wood is more iron than wood or hybrid, but it is a blend.  The sound of contact is quiet and mid-pitch, a small “click.”  It sounds fast but not explosive.

The one predictable downside to a club this forgiving is that it’s hard to feel mishits.  If you put one way on the toe or heel, you’ll know, but small misses are covered up.  There’s almost no change in impact sound regardless of strike quality.

Performance

The Tour Edge HL4 Iron-Wood is more forgiving than the grandmother you see twice a year.  It barely matters what kind of swing you make: the ball is going to get airborne and it’s going a long way.

At the heart of the Iron-Wood’s performance is the wide, heavy sole.  One advantage of the wide sole is that it doesn’t want to dig.  Yes, you can still hit a fat shot, but unless you swing it like an ax, the sole wants to work out of the turf.  Putting so much weight low also makes this club very high launching.  I’ve never hit a club that sends the ball this far and makes the ball land so softly.

My only word of warning is that this club does prefer going left.  For a lot of players, that’s a huge benefit – it will fight their slice.  For the hooker, this club is still very playable, but you do need to be aware of the possibility of the big left.

With the entire HL4 line, Tour Edge is making custom fitting (length, shaft flex, grip size) available at an affordable price.  The HL4 line also offers unprecedented flexibility in creating an iron set.  Tour Edge offers the HL4 hybrid from 3I-6I, an entire set of Iron-Woods all the way from 3I to lob wedge, and a standard iron set.  However you put your set together, it will making the game easier.

Conclusion

Whether you’re looking to put together an entire easy-to-hit set, doing a combo set, or just replacing a rarely-used long iron, the Tour Edge HL4 is a great choice.  It’s incredibly easy to hit and at just $79, it won’t break the bank.

Tour Edge HL4 Iron-Wood Price & Specs

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Matt Saternus

Co-Founder, Editor In Chief at PluggedInGolf.com
Matt is a golf instructor, club fitter, and writer living in the northwest suburbs of Chicago. Matt's work has been published in Mulligan Magazine, Chicagoland Golf, South Florida Golf, and other golf media outlets. He's also been a featured speaker in the Online Golf Summit and is a member of Ultimate Golf Advantage's Faculty of Experts.

16 Comments

  1. Sounds like a easy driving iron to hit… If you’re other clubs have little offset, and this one has more. Would you tend to pull it more because of the offset.

    • Matt Saternus

      Robin,

      That’s a possibility. It depends how the given player reacts to offset and the club’s weight and shaft.

      Best,

      Matt

  2. Michael Pettey

    I’ve really been wanting to try one of these iron-woods. The price is reasonable and the custom fit process makes it very attractive.

  3. I played the geneation before these. The HL3. These are very similar except the back of the club on the HL3 was rounded instead of concave. They are very good clubs and like he said, very forgiving. I bought a full set and found them very easy to use. I wanted forgiveness as I was coming back to the game after years away. I have since moved to a more traditional iron set, Callaway Apex, but still game a Tour Edge putter. These are solid clubs at a great price. Highly recommended.

  4. These clubs work well off of bare lies. I mix the 5 and 6 with my mizuno jpx 900’s during the summer when we have grass and play the full set during the winter months

  5. I am a big fan of the HL3/4 line. Out of frustration with my hybrids I gave the HL3 #3 ironwood a try last year and it has saved my game. Since then I added the demo HL4 #6 and plan to also get the #5.

  6. Bought one to fill a gap in my bag and couldn’t be happier! Easy to hit, flies straight and goes the distance I was looking for, and .. all at a really great price! Great long iron replacement or for those who don’t like hybrids. Oh, and, the stock Mamiya shaft .. at least for me, a regular recreational hacker .. works well, too.
    #SecretGiveaway4

  7. I purchased the whole set. My first round I had 4 birdies on the back 9.. Don’t make such a big deal of offset. I carry a 4 handicap and the offset never makes me pull the ball left. If you want to go low? Put your ego away and play a CLUB THAT WILL LOWER YOUR SCORES AND BRING MORE FUN TO THE GAME!!

  8. Hi Matt, currently a 16 handicap and thinking of the Tour Edge HL4 2 18 Degree Iron Wood or the Ping G700/710 in a 4 Iron Power Spec 18.5 Degree to fill a hole in my bag mainly to be used of the tee in tight fairways. Having reviewed them both, would you have any recommendations?

    • Matt Saternus

      Lee,

      I haven’t hit the new G710 yet (they’re on their way). Between the G700 and the HL4 Iron-Wood, I would ask you how much do you want something that looks more like an iron. If you want the bigger head, the HL4 is great. If you really want an iron, you need to go with the G700. The other element in this is that the HL4, especially with its graphite shaft, is much easier to get airborne.

      Best,

      Matt

  9. Thanks for the update and comparison on the G700 and HL4. I’m a 14 handicap and have no problem launching irons/hybrid and if anything launch them too high. Ideally just looking for a driving iron off the tee and at the moment is a choice of the G700 4 iron in power spec 18.5 degree, Ping G410 Crossover 2 iron 17 degree or the HL4 in 2 iron wood 18 degree. Just trying to getting opinions of what you think is better really?

    • Matt Saternus

      Lee,

      There’s no objective “better,” it’s really just a matter of what works best for you. All three options are high quality and will work well if they’re fit correctly.

      -Matt

  10. Wade Kilpatrick

    For someone that is struggling with traditional irons (shanking constantly), would these be an alternative? I love hitting my callaway XR 3 hybrid

    • Matt Saternus

      Wade,

      Because of the offset in these clubs, I’m not sure they’d be the best quick fix for a case of the laterals.

      Best,

      Matt

  11. How does the HL4 compare to the Cleveland Launcher HB Turbo irons ?

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