I started out playing with forged irons, and ever since, all the irons that have gone in and out of my bag have been forgeds. For me, nothing comes close to the feeling of a perfectly hit shot with a quality forged iron. As an equipment reviewer though I am supposed to give independent and unbiased reviews, whatever the name, shape or make of the equipment. I can only stress I always keep an open mind when testing golf equipment. For me, if the equipment is good enough when tested on the course, it will definitely get the plaudits it deserves.
This brings me to the TaylorMade Tour Preferred Irons I was given recently to review. They were cast irons hence I was fully prepared for the dull feel usually associated with them.
When I unpacked the Tour Preferred set, I was impressed with their looks. They have a classic player's blade shape with a thin topline and shorter blade-length from heel to toe, minimal offset, a clean and compact look at address and a shallow, undercut cavity at the back. The sole has softened trailing and leading edges to enable the clubhead to glide smoothly through the turf for purer ball-striking, whatever the lie. The set utilizes TaylorMade's patented Inverted Cone Technology for faster ball speed from a larger portion of the face that results in more consistency on off-center hits. There is also a vibration management sound badge over the Inverted Cone to fine-tune the club's pitch and resonance, for a solid and satisfying sound at impact.
The Tour Preferred irons feel very solid at impact. The club would sound and feel almost like hitting a forged iron, which was almost surreal. I knew some cast clubs by other leading manufacturers were closing the gap between forged irons in terms of feel, but the TaylorMade's were a real eye-opener. I was also very impressed how easy it was to hit these irons, even on off-center hits, as I felt the face was very resistant to twisting on mishits and provided a consistent shot to shot distance on all my shots. The trajectory on my shots was more on the neutral side and on the low to mid launch angle.
Overall, as I mentioned earlier, I have personally only owned and played with forged irons for their unmatched feel and precision, but for a cast that plays and feels like these TaylorMade Tour Preferred Irons, I can honestly see myself putting these in my bag to take advantage of their outstanding qualities, cast and all. A big two thumbs up for the TaylorMade Tour Preferred Irons.
just picked these up because they were on sale for the weekend and wow these are amazing. i wanted some players clubs so i was looking around and i hit these solid at the store and it's the same at the range. they also feel great on impact. feels like there's sensicores in there but no they just feel like butter. if you are looking for clubs even if you're on the higher end of the handicap try these out. you might not like the bulky huge irons and might like the players type irons more. i know i hit these better than any of the game improvement irons even for the long irons.
These are like a knife through hot butter! Best TaylorMade iron in years. Players club but a ton of forgiveness. Not cheap, but quality craftsmanship is there. Fired a 74 the first day out with these gems!!!