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Tour Edge Hot Launch Irons Series 521 E and C – Key Takeaways

  • Tour Edge has released two new game improvement irons – Hot Launch E521 and C521.
  • The Hot Launch E521 irons offer extreme launch and forgiveness.
  • The Hot Launch C521 irons are competitive specifications.
  • The retail price for the E521 is $ 89.99 per club. C521 is priced at $ 69.99 per club.

The Tour Edge 521 irons offer golfers two options in the popular game improvement market segment. Continuing the identity of the Hot Launch line are the defining features Value and performance with just enough choice to satisfy the target audience.

With that in mind, Tour Edge believes that not all golfers who improve the game are cut from the same cloth. Slower swing speed players who need the last drop of technology to improve their start and get more distance are best served by the E521 Iron-Wood model of the E-Series with extreme specs.

Conversely, the Tour Edge C-Series C521 offers mid-range (or approximate) swing speed players a more "traditional" iron. Tour Edge describes the C521 as classically shaped, although it's fair to assume that self-proclaimed adjectives are subjective and relative to the product category. The so-called conventional geometry of the Tour Edge C521 is a bit like calling a hot dog the epitome of a tube steak.

It is contextually correct.

Let's zoom in on some of the subtleties of each offering.

Tour Edge E521 ironwood

As with the rest of the Hot Launch line, the "E" stands for "Extreme". According to Tour Edge, “extreme” is characterized by “an extremely low center of gravity (CG), super-flat surfaces, offset designs and extremely light premium shafts with which the ball can be thrown into the air effortlessly at slow to medium difficulty – tempo swing- Speed ​​player. "

Basically the array one would expect from any iron game improvement set.

As for the term "ironwood", Tour Edge claims that in 1999 he coined the term for hollow iron. The purpose is similar to that of competing hybrid irons such as the Cleveland UHX: hybrid-like performance from clubs with lofts are traditionally defined as irons.

Hollow body

The purpose of the 17-4 stainless steel hollow body is straightforward. The design allows for a thinner face (increased ball speeds) and low / rear CG placement. Redistributing weight away from the geometric center and around the perimeter increases the moment of inertia (forgiveness). A flat face and heel-shaped weight soften the left-to-right ball flight that plagues so many less savvy players.

Professional instruction would accomplish the same thing. Unfortunately, most golfers who like the sound of a $ 90 per club price tag don't tend to spend at least that on a lesson.

E521 HOUDINI SOLE

I get it. Those looking to find catchy names for keystone technologies walk a fine line. Too general and nobody notices. Too hyperbolic and lacking credibility. Tour Edge's Houdini sole just seems to be the product of a meeting where everyone tried a little too hard.

At face value, the Houdini sole is characterized by a rounded front edge mass that is concentrated deep / back in the club head. Compared to the HL4 ironwoodAccording to Tour Edge, the weight is 10 percent lower and 15 percent more backwards.

Given that, I'm not sure if the Houdini sole will create any illusions on the course without pulling a rabbit out of a hat or walking through a wall.

What it should do is help create a cleaner turf interaction when you hit a shot that is a little heavy (hit behind the ball).

SET TOUR EDGE E521 OPTIONS

The Eisenholz E521 is offered as a seven-part set and is available in both the right and left hand.

Twelve discreet lofts also give golfers an à la carte combination option.

The standard shafts are KBS Max 80 (steel) and Mitsubishi Fubuki HD (graphite) 50-60 grams, depending on the flex.

TOUR EDGE C521

Tour Edge's product literature states, “The C-Series features premium, state-of-the-art competition spec designs with a higher MOI in classically shaped clubs that offer medium swing speeds and the ability to launch the ball easily and with additional forgiveness across the face. "

There is a lot to unpack here, but it really starts with the entire "Competition Spec" label.

The C521 is the less game-enhancing model of the two options. However, it is likely to be reasonable to believe that highly competitive golfers will choose this set, as opposed to the myriad of choices on the market.

This does not affect the capabilities of the Tour Edge C521. Rather, Tour Edge portrays the C521 as a kind of "better player" using some made-up language. If anything, this approach could detract from the otherwise inexpensive option with more than adequate performance for the intended customer.

Tour Edge describes the "incredibly soft" 431 stainless steel material as ideal for creating an "optimal feeling". I haven't hit the C521 irons yet so everything is theoretical at this point. Also, I'm not a metallurgist and I didn't sleep in a Holiday Inn Express last night. However, such awards are usually reserved for one-piece wrought iron and materials such as 1025 carbon steel (Hallo, Mizuno, and Srixon). It is entirely possible that the Tour Edge C521 would feel remarkably soft. Or maybe the feeling on impact is thin and hard. All in all, it's probably somewhere in between.

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C521 DESIGN

In contrast to the E521 ironwood hollow body, the characteristic feature of the C521 is an undercut cavity. The purpose of the cavity, whether outside or inside, is roughly the same: remove the weight and distribute it in a more convenient place. In the case of game improvement devices, this in turn means additional perimeter weighting in order to increase the MOI and / or to shift the focus to moderate starting conditions. Especially for the C521, Tour Edge increases the MOI by 10 percent compared to the previous HL4 model.

CHAMFERING?

You will be forgiven if you think this term feels out of place. It is not. This visual trick involves beveling edges to achieve a particular aesthetic. Golf clubs are usually about making a topline appear thinner than it really is. The upside is a more compact look at the address preferred by more competitive golfers.

SET TOUR EDGE C521 OPTIONS

The iron model C521 is offered as a seven-piece set for both the right and left hand.

It also comes as a pre-packaged combo set of two C521 hybrids and five C521 irons.

The shaft shafts are KBS Max 80 (steel) and Aldila Rogue (graphite) 55-65 grams, depending on the flex.

The retail price is $ 69.99 each (steel or graphite).

FITTING AND 48-HOUR DELIVERY PROMISE

Tour Edge will have 850 customization locations nationwide, allowing delivery within 48 hours to all parts of the US continent. Customization is a loaded term, but suffice it to say that the experience isn't as thorough or resource-intensive (time and money) as it is with True Spec, Cool Clubs, or Club Champion. That's not necessarily a bad thing. Given the likely demographics of the average target audience for the Hot Launch E521 or C521 irons, this is likely a good thing.

HOT LAUNCH E521 WEDGES

Golfers who choose the Hot Launch E521 Iron-Wood will likely complete the set with matching wedges. At least that's what Tour Edge is betting on. There's an element of common sense here. If your game can benefit from wider soles, perimeter weighting, and an increase in forgiveness with your irons, why not stick to the same game plan with your wedges?

The main feature of the Hot Launch E521 wedges is the Houdini sole. Tour Edge claims the wide sole and undercut cavity reduce turf interaction by 35 percent. Translation: This wedge won't dig. With more mass focused low / rear, it should also help golfers struggling to get wedge strokes in the air and forward. For better players, it's easy to forget how difficult it is to hit anything other than a skull or a chili dip from a difficult lie.

A larger overall impression increases the MOI (forgiveness). While some may argue that a bigger club is harder to abuse, I would side with those who argue that club-turf interaction is king. Every wedge can do something, but there is no single wedge that can do everything. The High-Bounce E521 is designed to help less experienced golfers navigate bunkers and dice lies around the green. The main disadvantage of such a wedge design is that it isn't ideal for dealing with tight lies. However, there's a good chance the target customer doesn't want to add a Phil Mickelson flop shot to the arsenal anytime soon.

The E521 wedge is available in 52-, 56-, and 60-degree lofts for both right and left hands.

The standard shafts are KBS Max 80 Uniflex (steel) and Mitsubishi Fubuiki HD (graphite) 55-60 grams, depending on the flex.

SOMETHING TO BUY

The context of this version for Tour Edge is fascinating. The first part of 2020 was pretty memorable from a retail perspective. But if there's a silver lining, it could be that more people are interested in taking up the game. And if you want to play golf, you need golf equipment.

Before it all, Tour Edge seemed ready with a solution for consumers who were not motivated by drivers over $ 500 worth and irons over $ 1,400. While other device manufacturers were touting a value-first mantra, Tour Edge wanted to remind consumers that it has always been something of a sweet spot for the brand.

The device heads may not be reminded of the calendar during hot launch. It will likely have a tremendous amount to do with Tour Edge's financial picture in 2021, however.

If you're the golfer whose favorite part of new releases is the inevitable drop in price from the previous generation of clubs, you're in luck. The Tour Edge HL4 line is already in sale.

The new Tour Edge Hot Launch 521 E and C Series irons will be available from November 1st.

For more information visit TourEdge.com.

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