Back in the day, a lot of people had Tommy Armour Golf clubs. The 845 irons were magical. However, it’s been a long time since it was common to see a set of Armours in someone’s bag. They were more likely in a garage, or worse, in a garage sale.
Now, Dick’s Sporting Goods owns the Tommy Armour Golf label after its purchase of Sports Authority, and the New York-based company has revived the Armour brand with value-priced equipment sporting a number of modern materials and features at reasonable prices.
The Tommy Armour line will feature a new TA1 driver for $300, and it’ll feature a carbon-fiber crown, a Ti 8-1-1 alloy body, a new titanium-alloy cup face, as well a 10-gram tungsten weight in the rear of the sole for lowering center of gravity and offering more forgiveness for the average player.
The matte red color scheme will cause some to think of the latest metalwood offerings from Wilson Golf, but it’s an eye-catching look that might get curious store perusers to grab it off a rack. The 5,400 grams cm2 rating on the moment of inertia should also catch players when they first hit it.
There’s not much competition at this price point. Cleveland’s Launcher HB driver is really the only one in this price point. Dick’s will offer the TA1 in 9- and 10.5-degree heads, while the driver will have six-way hosel adjustability on loft and shot-shape bias. The standard stock shaft will be the Mitsubishi Kuro Kage Silver TiNi, and the Mitsubishi Tensei CK Blue and the Project X Hzrdus Yellow will be available at no upcharge.
In addition, the TA1 line includes fairway woods (15 and 18 degrees) and hybrids (19, 22, 25 degrees) with high-strength steel face inserts.
The TA1 irons use a maraging steel cup face, with forgiveness augmented with tungsten weighting in the sole and back of the head. A progressive center of gravity makes sure the right clubs are flying the right trajectories. The irons have red badging which looks slick and enticing, and the eight-piece iron-only set goes for a very reasonable $600. A set with two hybrids (3, 4) and 5-PW goes for $700. An all-graphite version of the combo set goes for $800.
Round out the iron set with the Armour GXT wedges, which has three designs — the classic blade, a cavity-back style and a super wide game-improvement look. All made from 304 stainless steel with a nice matte look. They’re $80 each.
The Tommy Armour line also offers four putter styles, utilizing an insert and milled aluminum face combo in four heads shapes. The Impact putters each cost $100.
All of the clubs are available March 18.