ClubTest 2014: TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC Irons
TaylorMade Tour Preferred MC Irons
Category: Better-Player Irons
Price: $999, steel
WE TESTED: 3-PW with KBS Tour steel shaft
KEY TECHNOLOGIES: A “Speed Pocket” design in the 3-7 irons creates more face flex for faster ball speeds and a higher launch.
PLAYABILITY: Excellent all-purpose versatility; thin sole works well through turf and stays nimble greenside; low, flat ball flight destroys wind and can be bent as needed.
ACCURACY/FORGIVENESS: Tons of control -- good swings are greatly rewarded; it does a good job limiting sidespin to keep misses on target; the “Speed Pocket” in the longer irons provides reasonable forgiveness but won’t save your really poor swings.
DISTANCE CONTROL: A few guys have perceptible distance gains compared with their own sticks; consistent yardages and gaps between clubs; less-than-full swings are intuitive.
FEEL: Impact is strong and springy in the long irons, soft and concentrated in the scoring clubs; spot-on weight and balance -- easy to track during the swing; there’s plenty of feedback to let you know how you hit it.
LOOK: Testers appreciate the streamlined design and clean, conservative setup; a minimally offset, easy-to-align blade that tucks away its technology; enough muscle visible to inspire confidence pre-shot.
These sticks can be tough to get airborne, which cost a few testers distance; a handful of panelists find it somewhat rigid and unresponsive; some guys believe that the overall feel at impact can be slightly different between the short and longer irons.
BOTTOM LINE: One of the higher-rated irons in the test. It’s a true Tour blade that repays repeatable swings with precise results.
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