Hey everyone, I know most people here are well past their first set of clubs, but there wasn’t anything else here yet. This Christmas, I decided I wanted to get back into golfing. I never was really into it in high school but did go occasionally. I went in to our local big box-ish store and spoke to the guy in the golf department. He said that for someone hoping to play a few rounds a year, the Tour Edge Bazookas were a good fit. After about an hour in front of the Trackman, I was swinging the senior flex the best (I’m 35…). After half a dozen lessons over 3 months, the store swapped out my set for regular flex based on my swing improvement. Below are my thoughts and experience over the last 7 months.
For where I was and what I thought I’d be doing, I’m terms of golfing, I think this was a great fit. The stand bag is comfortable with shoulder straps and, sufficient room in the pockets for a rain jacket, balls, tees, a glove or wallet, and an insulated pocket.
The clubs included are a Driver, 3 wood, 5 wood, 4 hybrid, 5-9 irons and a pitching and sand wedge, rounded out by the “anser-style” putter. The putter is simple but works well for me. I’m still struggling to dial in speed but can get most lines pretty well.
The irons have served me very well. With my swing, I have a pretty consistent 160 yards for my 5 iron, 145 yards for my 6, 130 for my 7, 110-115 for the 8 and 9 irons, 100 yards for my pitching wedge and then a large spread on the sand wedge between 70-85 yards. Most of these work great for me most of the time. For someone just starting out, I can’t complain as I get some spin and good straight balls when I have a good strike. I do struggle with the gap between 7 and PW, because my 8 and 9 seem to overlap a lot. The lofts, based on the Tour Edge specs, should give two separate targets, but they really seem to overlap around 110-115 yards for me. The other irons are pretty distinct for their distances; I may be me doing something weird. I also think that the PW and SW make sense for the wedge end of the irons, but I never could get a lot of variation out of the sand wedge. I’ve since added a lob wedge and am getting great control at 50 yards and under, which lets my sand wedge be that 70-85 yard club it wants to be. Again, this likely has a good bit to do with me and my skill set, so your mileage may vary.
The rest of the clubs are a bit more of a struggle. I’m personally having a hard time getting most of them to go straight, and I know a lot of that is me. The hybrid works pretty well, but doesn’t really have any difference in distance for me compared to the 5 iron. Because of that, it rarely gets used. The 5 wood is my favorite of these and tends to go the straightest for 160-180, but I have a lot more mishits. The three wood and driver bother overlapped and had a large spread of 150-200 with a lot of variation side to side. I hear lots of new golfers struggle with the woods, so I was okay with accepting it as an issue with me and working through it as part of the learning curve. However, one day at the range, I have a good swing on my driver but at contact the head flies off and down range about 20 yards. The store I bought it from happily sent it off for warranty and about 6 weeks later it came back with a new shaft. While I was waiting, I borrowed a friends old driver with a very whippy shaft that was consistently 170 yards with a strong curve to the right 30-40 yards every time. I ended up playing my 3 wood more often….until it did the same thing on a hole with an elevated tee box. The head flew/rolled about 60 yards on what felt like a great shot. Same store sent it in for warranty as well and it just came back, again about 6 weeks later.
The pro shop at the course said they have seen this a lot, and they believe the woods are much too weak for most swings. I’m only swinging 70-80 mph, so it’s safe to say I’m not fast by any means. The worst part of this is having any confidence a newer golfer was gaining get shattered. My 5 wood still gets used, but part of me keeps waiting to see the shaft break right at the hosel. I have since bought an older Titleist driver and can hit that 180-220 either straight or again off to the right, but with much more confidence that it won’t break.
Overall, I’m pleased with the irons and even the woods for the price point and where I started. I had expected to have a few lessons to be able to play a couple of rounds this year and instead have had over a dozen sessions on the Trackman, several lessons, over a dozen rounds of 9 or 18 holes, a 15+ Lunch hours at the driving and chipping range, and a scramble for a local charity. If I had known how much I would have been playing, and the challenge he around the woods, I would have tried to go up a tier. For what I thought I’d be doing and around a $500 price point, it was a great choice. And even now, as I am starting to upgrade certain clubs, it gives me a good foundation. I don’t have the set as it was purchased even in the first season, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there are still several original irons left in my bag after several seasons.
Hopefully this helps someone looking to get into the great game.