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The Tour Edge Hot Launch E522 driver is very large and very easy to hit. High launch with mid spin. A great choice for any golfer who fights a slice or wants to reduce their stress on the tee.
Tour Edge is the rare golf company that excels at serving both ends of the equipment spectrum. Their Exotics line has been a winner on Tour and a favorite of avid players for years. On the other end, their Hot Launch line delivers overwhelming value to new golfers, high handicap players, or those who simply don’t want to spend a fortune on clubs.
Their latest Hot Launch family, 522, is really two lines in one. The “C” clubs are designed for the skilled, competitive golfer. The “E” line is designed for extreme forgiveness and ease of use. Our examination of the latest from Hot Launch starts with the E522 driver.
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The Tour Edge Hot Launch E522 driver is certainly extreme in its dimensions. From front to back, it’s extremely long. It’s also extremely shallow faced. Leaving the dimensions aside, the E522 driver has a conventional appearance with a gloss black crown and small, white alignment aid.
In Tour Edge’s notes on the E522, they state that this driver has an “Offset Design.” While there is a slight offset, I’m not sure I would have noticed it were it not mentioned. Massive credit to Tour Edge for utilizing a feature that will help the target golfer without making the driver unattractive.
When you flip the E522 driver over, you’ll find a premium-looking sole. The Tour Edge Hot Launch branding is shifted into the toe, putting the focus on the shaping of the Houdini Sole. The other standout feature is the weight plug on the heel side which helps to promote a draw.
Sound & Feel
The Tour Edge Hot Launch E522 announces its presence on the tee box with a fairly loud, bell-like impact sound. It’s mid-high pitched with a harmonious ringing character. The feel of impact marries well to this sound: fast and explosive more than solid.
With the emphasis on stability and forgiveness, the E522 driver does not provide a lot of feedback. You can hit the ball all over the face and get very similar impact sounds. Your hands will feel the big misses, but shots toward the middle of the face blend together.
The calling card of the Hot Launch E522 driver is consistency. Thanks to Tour Edge’s Diamond Face 2.0, the ball speed rarely moved more than 2 MPH in my testing. Any shot that was within shouting distance of the sweet spot got launched.
That consistency extended to the launch angle and spin rate. Tour Edge’s Houdini Sole drags the center of gravity low to promote high, repeatable launch. If you get the ball on the face, it’s going to fly on a fairly high trajectory. What surprised me was how controlled the spin rates were. I was expecting much higher spin, but the E522 produced mid-spin drives with strong ball flight.
Another thing that helps the E522 driver to be more consistent is the shaft length. Tour Edge builds the E522 to 44.5″ – half an inch shorter than the C522 – to promote better contact. While 1/2″ isn’t going to turn a wild slicer into Rory McIlroy, it can definitely help the player feel more in control.
Finally, the E522 driver does favor a draw. There’s a slight offset, the club sits a hair shut, and it’s weighted for a draw bias. In my testing, I saw almost every shot bend to the left. That said, the draw bias is not extreme. Once I got a feel for the club, I was able to start the ball a little right and let it draw to the middle.
The Tour Edge Hot Launch E522 driver comes with the Mitsubishi Fubuki HL shaft. This is a light weight shaft – 45 to 55 grams, depending on flex – designed to create higher launch. The softer tip also promotes a draw for most players. While it’s not an ideal fit for my swing, I was pleased with how well it held up to my aggressive transition.
Though I’m not the target demographic for the Tour Edge Hot Launch E522 driver, I found this club incredibly fun to hit. Regardless of your handicap, sending every drive high and down the middle is a lot of fun. I’m actually thinking about picking up the 15 degree High Launch version as an option for tight tee shots. No matter what loft you choose, the latest Hot Launch driver is an undisputed winner when it comes to value.