ClubTest 2013: Tour Edge Bazooka Platinum Hybrid Irons
Tour Edge Bazooka Platinum Hybrid Irons
Category: Max Game-Improvement Irons
Price: $469, graphite
WE TESTED: 3-PW with Bazooka Platinum graphite shaft.
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: Discretionary mass shifted low in the oversize, hollow heads boosts launch and carry distance. Tungsten sole weights help to increase overall forgiveness.
PLAYABILITY: It produces a consistently high, straight flight; the wide, heavy sole can gouge balls out of the rough.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: It does a nice job of keeping shots on-line and headed toward your target, whether you hit the ball flush, off the toe, or just about anywhere on the face; makes it difficult to slice or hook the ball.
DISTANCE CONTROL: Off-center hits don’t fare much worse than center hits -- heavy, thin, or toe shots travel a decent distance.
FEEL: The head is ever-present during the swing and relatively stable at impact; some guys experience a surprisingly crisp feel on contact.
LOOK: The bulbous hybrid design is fairly uniform throughout the set; from a face-on view, it looks like an iron, but the back screams hybrid.
Limited versatility, even for a max game-improvement iron, makes it difficult to control chips around the green or gear back and hit partial shots; a few guys say the ball jumps off the face on short shots; several testers find the short irons and wedges too bulky and would prefer more of a size progression.
BOTTOM LINE: A helpful set of clubs for the vertically challenged. It’s built to forgive but is not built to be versatile.
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