The game-improvement category of irons is the biggest in the sport. After all, most golfers could stand to have -- if not absolutely require -- the benefits of modern technology, materials and design in their irons to help them hit the ball longer, higher and straighter. Who doesn't want that?
The problem with the game-improvement category of irons, however, is that the umbrella is so large that club designers have to make certain compromises for the better players in that cohort so they'll be interested in buying game-improvement irons. That could mean thinning toplines, more aggressive leading edges and a little less busy on the design, convincing the golfer that they're getting a classic-looking club. In other words, better mediocre golfers want a loaded car that doesn't look loaded.
Bad golfers don't care about that. They want whatever they can have to help them hit greens from any distance, get the ball up in the air and have more fun playing golf. And that's the kind of golfer TaylorMade thought of in designing their super game-improvement irons, the M CGB.
The idea with the M CGBs is to offer thin faces -- as thin as 1.5mm -- throughout the set, not just in the mid- and long irons, so that players can enjoy the benefits of speed and distance with all clubs. The coefficient of restitution is consistently maxed out on these irons, meaning that every iron comes with some extra pop, as opposed to other game-improvement irons which scale down the COR into the scoring clubs for more consistency.
The irons are packet with technology, including Speed Pocket, the face slots first found in the RSi 1 irons, the 360-degree undercut around the body, inverted-cone design to complement the minimal thickness and a fluted hosel for weight savings. The inverted-cone design on the face is actually designed to produce a draw bias, moving the center of the cone in toward the heel.
On top of all of those speed-generating and forgiveness-producing features, the company injection-molded four tungsten weights in the back badging of each iron to drop the center of gravity low and back.
The lofts on these irons couldn't be called juiced, either. Some of them are actually weakened so the ball will launch higher and land softer.
The TaylorMade M CGB irons are available Sept. 29, with 4-PW, and an AW or SW with Nippon NS Pro 840 steel shafts for $1,200 or UST Recoil 460 ES graphite shafts for $1,400. Custom shaft and grip options are also available.