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Tour Edge Hot Launch HL3 Driver

Discussion in 'Golf Equipment Reviews' started by warbirdlover, Aug 24, 2018.

  1. warbirdlover

    warbirdlover Ender of all threads Supporting Member

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    1. 1a. 1b. Okay, you've all been waiting for this I'm sure.

    On a whim Rusty at Two Oaks let me try this driver. It's the low cost Tour Edge HL3 version of their Hot Launch series out this year.

    I was perfectly happy with my Cleveland Launcher HB so why did I do this? I can't help myself.:(

    In any case I wasn't expecting much for what this cost ($160) if you shop around.

    One of the reasons I wanted to try it was I felt I was approaching "the age" where I shouldn't be hitting a stiff shaft driver anymore so this is 10.5° with a regular flex UST Mamiya (made for Tour Edge) shaft and it also is shorter then my Cleveland at 45". After playing a round with this I believe I have found I SHOULD have stayed with 45" like the shaft I had in my 915 D2 and also SHOULD have been playing regular flex.

    Never missed a fairway today, every drive was on the sweet spot and all were good distance. I've still got my Cleveland (plan to keep it) but this is the most ridiculously forgiving and longest driver I've hit (at least this year). :D I was putting it out as far or farther then my "benchmark" drives I've hit with other drivers.

    And for $160 it is the best driver "bargain" on the market. Why? Because, obviously, I've tried all the others, right?

    BTW, Tour Edge products are excellent. Just check my sig.
     

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  2. azgreg

    azgreg "Don't count that." Supporting Member

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    Welcome to warbirdlover's driver of the week club.
     
  3. Fairwaysplitter3320

    Fairwaysplitter3320 Recovering Equipment Ho...off the wagon again. Staff Member Admin

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    Ha!
     
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    subsonic Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    WBL's next review:

    kids golf set.
     
  5. limpalong

    limpalong Mental Ward Escapee Supporting Member

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    Don't let 'em pick on you, WBL!!! They're just envious. Poor suckers still workin' and ain't got time to peruse the world of drivers like us old codgers do. I'm about ready to dump my G400 for a TE HL3. The G400 sorta reminds me of that old R1 Taylor Made. I've smoked some drives out there that are unbelievable. Between the one or two a round that bring smiles, there are plethora of ones that go nowhere. Gotta be the driver! Can't be this stellar piece of masculinity. :D
     
  6. warbirdlover

    warbirdlover Ender of all threads Supporting Member

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    I keep trying to teach these guys about "metal fatigue" and how you can't keep a driver for too long or the face gets soft and the shaft loses it's "spring".

    Then all these young guys wonder how come a 71 year old man keeps blowing it by their drives right down the middle. I've even had some say "you should be playing from the white tees" because they were so humiliated. One of these days they'll put us old duffers up on the pedestal where we should be and look up to us like most other cultures do regarding their elders. :mad:
     
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  7. limpalong

    limpalong Mental Ward Escapee Supporting Member

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    These young'uns ain't got no concept of reverence for their elders. They ain't worked 15 hours a day in the fields, earning 10 cents an hour. They ain't had to use a 'thunder bucket' at night or when it was storming 'cause it was too far to the outhouse. They'uns just has got soft. One a these days they'll begin to understand how much we endured and appreciate us. Until then, we'll just keep kickin' their tails on golf courses and on the old folks home shuffleboard court. Shoot! Gotta go. Think my Depends feels a little too warm.:D
     
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    MCDavis The Plaid Duffer Staff Member Moderator

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    Yeah, this is real good for the site: two old codgers droning on about nothing.
     
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    Wouldn't the face actually work harden vs getting soft after repeated bending of the club face?
     
  10. warbirdlover

    warbirdlover Ender of all threads Supporting Member

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    Yup. And then it would crack. :D
     
  11. limpalong

    limpalong Mental Ward Escapee Supporting Member

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    Without these "two old codgers" the silence would be deafening!
     
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    TheTrueReview "Playing it straight" Supporting Member

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    limpalong Mental Ward Escapee Supporting Member

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    I bet every person who "Liked" this had to go to work today. SUCKERS!!! Some of us just spend our days playing golf. We understand your jealousy!! :D:D:D:D
     
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    warbirdlover Ender of all threads Supporting Member

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    I've still got it and loving it. As good as anything I've ever hit.
     
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    warbirdlover Ender of all threads Supporting Member

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    Broke some of my "farthest drive" spots on some of the holes today. On number 3 had 50 yards to pin, on number 6 I had 60 yards to pin, on hole 7 (par 5) I had 150 yards to pin, on hole 9 (par 5) I had 150 to pin, and on hole 10 I had 50 yards to pin. All straight down the fairway. Of course these were from the geezer gold tees. And all were probably around 250 yards. My old age max. these days. This driver is magic.
     
  17. PaPaD

    PaPaD Club ho, geezer........ Supporting Member

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    I know, right?.......................oh wait.........................
     
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    Are you serious??? That will never happen. And admit it...……..when you were young, you never put any old duffers up on a pedestal. That only happens in Japan. If some young person put me up on a pedestal, I'd fall off and break my hip...……...ha. I could care less if any of them put me on a pedestal. I say play them for money and when you take their last penny, that's reward enough.
     
  19. warbirdlover

    warbirdlover Ender of all threads Supporting Member

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    No, of course I wasn't serious. limp and I were goofing around.
     
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    sssmokin Retired and loving it Supporting Member

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    I know you guys were kidding. I did read the previous posts. I was kidding also. WTF???? Why would you get upset about what I put in?
     
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