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Hot Launch E522 / C522

What it does: The Hot Launch face lives up to its name, boasting a “hot” face that leads to faster ball speeds and better performance on off-centre hits. This speed comes from a pattern of 40 interwoven diamond shapes of varying thicknesses, all serving as mini-trampolines on the back side of the face. Also helping with off-centre hits is a cupface that wraps around the crown and sole. That design helps increase face flexing for higher ball speeds and better launch.   

Why we like it: This seemingly simple and affordably attractive pair distinctly answers the fundamental reason why hybrids exist: to
be an easier-hitting club than the hard-to-hit long irons. How the models go about achieving that directive is a bit different: the C522 uses a power channel in the sole behind the face for forgiveness on shots struck on the lower end of the hitting area and features rear-sole weighting for maximum stability. The E522’s “Houdini” sole reduces the footprint of the sole to eliminate drag and increase turf interaction. There’s also offset on the E522 and a draw-bias weight that virtually eliminates slices because straighter and higher equals farther.

Lofts 19, 22, 25, 28 (c522, e522)

Reviewer profile

“Great turf interaction. This is the club you wouldn’t mind hitting if your ball is sitting down in the rough or even on a super tight lie.”

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