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Ladies, this one’s for you! If you’re a woman golfer, especially if you’re just getting interested in the game and wouldn’t want to break the bank on your first bag, then the Tour Edge Lady Edge set just might be the right thing for you. If you want to learn more about the set, you’re in luck, as today we’ll take a detailed look at the clubs in this Tour Edge Lady Edge set review. Let’s start from the beginning.
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Not as Known
The company started where every great thing starts – in a garage, with making fairway woods and drivers, which are to date their best products. However, they also build severely underappreciated classic wedges, as well as solid GI (game-improvement) irons, with more than approachable price tags, at that. They’re also one of the pioneers of hybrids, but that’s enough digressing for this paragraph.
Now, about Tour Edge – if you’ve only just started developing your interest in golf, this name might not ring any bells. And sure enough, they’re not exactly one of the major players, at least when it comes to marketing, but they’re definitely a far cry from off-brands.
But Still Popular
As already hinted, they don’t spend as much on marketing their clubs, meaning they don’t pay Tour players to use and advertise them, but that doesn’t mean no Tour player does.
Some of the major names who have used and use Tour Edge are (in no particular order) Brandt Snedeker, Brian Gay, Bruce Fleisher, Chi-Chi Rodriguez, David Duval, Gil Morgan, Hee-Won Han, Kevin Streelman, Lucas Glover, Luke Donald, Matt Kuchar, Mika Miyazato, Nick Faldo, Ryan Moore, Sean O'Hair, Spencer Levin, Stacy Prammanasudh, Tim Clark, Tom Watson, Zach Johnson, to name but a score.
If you’re a Tour Edge fan, you might recognize the names such as Bazooka and Exotics as some of their most successful lines of clubs, plus the somewhat fresher Hot Launch, but that’s just a part of their line. The thing we’ll be focusing on here is their Lady Edge line of women’s golf clubs, heavy on irons, but also featuring all other clubs you need to get a decent, if not complete, coverage of. So, without further ado, let’s get stuck in!
Tour Edge Ladies’ Set: Giving You the Edge
The Tour Edge Ladies’ set comes in three distinct flavours, depending on where you are in your golfing career, those being the full set and the starter set. As the astute readers may have already gathered, the starter kit is pretty much just a stripped-down version of the full set. The third, separate set heavily focuses on hybrids and irons, so you have three of the former (5H, 6H, and 7H) and four of the latter (8-iron, 9-iron, PW, and SW).
Incidentally, the combo set is available only in teal. Granted, not everyone will appreciate this one-shop-stop type of deal (especially more experienced players), but you do get everything you need to have a decent coverage right out of the gate. On a similar note, you might see a common theme of forgiveness and high launch throughout the set.
The Full Set
In case anyone’s interested in details, the full set comes with a titanium driver, a couple of fairway woods (3W & 5W), as many hybrids (6H & 7H), two short irons (8 & 9), pitching and sand wedges, as well as a putter.
The Starter Kit
As for the starter kit, we’re looking at pretty much the same clubs, only sans the 5-wood, 7-hybrid, and 9-iron. It’s not ideal, but then again, it does leave you plenty of room to customize your configuration (not to mention the price factor). You’ll also be getting head covers for your driver, woods, and hybrids, as well as a nice cart bag with 9 accessory pockets (with deluxe package, standard package comes with a stand bag).
Abundance of Choices
As we already mentioned Tour Edge is known as a specialty golf manufacturer, so you can imagine their women-specific clubs are on an entirely different level than most other OEMs are able (or willing) to build. As far as the Tour Edge Lady Edge sets go, this is best reflected in all the sizes available. There’s the regular, both for left- and right-handed players, and then you have two other variants – large and -1 inch petite (which is exactly what you’d think after reading the name).
The Lady Edge clubs are designed for a woman’s game, and you’ll see a common theme throughout the range –shafts that significantly reduce the overall weight to help players with slow swing speeds, as well as plenty forgiving heads. Granted, not every woman will appreciate the added forgiveness and higher launch these puppies are able to produce, but then again, Tour Edge has plenty more to offer in this regard.
Considering the technology and materials that go into making the Tour Edge Lady Edge irons, they are quite comparable to their Exotic line. The heads are forged stainless steel, which does give you a bit softer feel (though that may be on account of the head shape and the cavity in the back rather than the way it’s made), as well as a bit more control on the ball flight.
The stock shafts are graphite throughout, which doesn’t really help with giving you feedback (feels a bit stiff), but on the flipside, it does reduce the overall weight, which goes a long way to making the most out of a slow swing. Granted, light shafts aren’t a guaranteed path to longer distances, but they do help with getting a higher swing speed, which almost always translates to more distance (the operative word being “almost”).
Now, for those of you not in the know, your height is not directly related to the length of the shaft you require. What’s more important here is the distance from your knuckles to the floor, and for proper measurements, it’s best that you visit any golf shop in your neighbourhood and ask them to measure you. Typically, you won’t have to pay a dime for that.
Tour Edge Ladies Driver
Overall, you can notice a slight elevation in lofts compared to other similar sets, from the driver and up. With 15 degrees, this 460cc titanium head is definitely one of the highest-lofted drivers on the market, which should theoretically help if you tend to hit the ball all over the course, as well as give you a little boost in swing speed.
Also, as you might already know, a bit more loft also helps you get a higher launch angle, so you can carry the ball even farther. The regular stock shafts on the driver are graphite, 43.5 inches long (you can do the math for the petite version).
Tour Edge Ladies Fairways
The Tour Edge Lady Edge fairway woods are made of stainless steel, like the rest of the set (sans the driver, of course), and come with a graphite shaft (42 inches for the 3W, 41 for the 5W in regular size). Their low profile makes them a bit easier to hit the ball off tight lies, and coupled with the fairly aggressive grooves, it gives you plenty of distance control.
Tour Edge Ladies Hybrids
The hybrids are generally characterised by an oversized head profile, and this certainly applies to the Tour Edge Lady Edge hybrids. This makes them not only easy to hit, but also instills confidence when you position them down by the ball.
As you might’ve guessed, they’re substituting for long irons, which is sort of good news for high to mid handicappers, but not something that’ll appeal to low cappers. As for the shafts, the stock choice is pretty much the same as for the rest of the range – Lady Edge Graphite. The 6H and 7H come with 36.75 and 36.25 inches long shafts, respectively.
Tour Edge Ladies Irons and Wedges
The irons are similar to those Tour Edge has in their Exotic range, the only difference being that here they’re oversized rather than compact, the idea being to make hitting the sweet spot a bit easier. All the added weight is distributed around the perimeter, to the heel and toe, thanks to the undercut cavity. This allows for the CG to move low and to the back, again helping with the launch angles and forgiveness. Also, the sole is somewhat wider than you might be used to, which again helps with getting a higher launch.
There are two irons available with the Tour Edge Lady Edge set (four, if we’re counting wedges), the 40-degree 8-iron and 45-degree 9-iron. To blend into the short irons and give you optimal coverage, the pitching wedge comes with 50 degrees in the way of loft, while the sand wedge has 55. In regular size, the shafts measure 35.75, 35.25, 34.75, and 34.5, respectively. And, yes, they’re graphite with ladies’ flex.
Tour Edge Ladies Putter
The Tour Edge Lady Edge putter is a mallet-style putter, which complements the overall theme of forgiveness in the bag quite nicely thanks to the enhanced MOI. The shaft, in regular size, is 33 inches, graphite.
The Final Verdict
So, to sum up, if you go with the Tour Edge Lady Edge hoping to get great quality clubs without breaking the bank, you won’t be disappointed. The company may not have the same budget allocated for advertising as most other OEMs, but they’re definitely far from being off-brands.
The Lady Edge set is a testament to that, and one that’s especially aimed at women and anyone looking for some help with their swing, really. Plus, they have an air of elegant simplicity that should appeal to anyone with a developed sense of aesthetics. On a more serious note, it’s nice knowing there are quality clubs that come at a reasonable price.