Pros: Easy to hit. High and Straight.
Cons: No Hybrids. Balance is Only Average
The All New Adams Idea Super....er..uh.. Taylor Made Irons
After Taylor Made lost some of their best club designers to Adams Golf, Adams lost it's image as clubs for beginners and old guys only. The "Volvo of Golf Clubmakers" image was gone. Adams began appearing on the LPGA, then Nationwide, and eventually PGA Tours in greater and greater numbers every year, in addition to their already prominent presence on The Seniors'/Champion's Tour. Taylor Made, though still the number one driver on the PGA Tour, looked on in horror as The Long Drivers of America Association adapted Adams as "Their Official Driver." It didn' t take a rocket scientist to realize that the A4--the Driver that achieved this amazing accolade, was one of the many new Adams Designs that came off the drawing board of a former Taylor Made club designer. Beaten at their own game, Taylor Made has not only circled the wagons, but regrouped, and taken on Adams at their own game. Here is Taylor Made's first "Super Game Improvement" set of irons that bares more than just a slight resemblance to the over-sized shovels Adams has been putting out in this category for years.
Usually one doesn't begin a review of golf clubs talking about forgiveness. Most high-cappers and beginners are still fixated on distance, despite the ever mounting evidence that accuracy, (read as "Forgiveness" when referring to high-cappers and beginners), and a strong short game, are the keys to lower scores. These clubs are just as forgiving as the new Adams Idea A7 OS Irons for which they were built to compete against. The size of these shovel, er uh, iron heads, and their rather heavy dose of offset, make it nigh impossible for anyone who is giving the game any serious effort whatsoever, to not overcome even the most horrific of over the top moves. If your game needs long, high, and straight--these clubs are a great place to start.
Similar to the Adams clubs, these Burner Superlaunch Irons give up a bit of distance in exchange for an easier to hit club that gets the ball up in the air much easier than the vast majority of her competition. There are definitely a large chunk of her competition that can outdistance these by a few yards, but darned few of them that can match these for heighth of launch, and straightness of flight. It's hard not to get a high ball flight when you're sporting a super low center of gravity , and a genuine "Chunkmeister Supreme" swing weight of D 3.5. That is one hefty club.
I'm not even going to pretend that these clubs are exceptionally well balanced. C'mon, let's face it! At that aforementioned D 3.5 Swing Weight, Balance is pretty much out of the equation. This is especially true when that super chunky head is combined with a rather slight 60 gram shaft. This is where the resemblance to Adams Ideas is more of a caricature, than a forged portrait. Even the Super Chunky Adams A7 OS irons sport a very realistic D2 Swing Weight across the majority of the set. That's simply one more reason that despite this rather excellent effort on Taylor Made's part, Adams still walks away with all the awards in this category.
I'll give them the benefit of the doubt on this one. Though there is a lot right about this set, there are still a couple of things left to be desired. The main problem I have with this set is the same one I have tagged every other maker who pulls this blunder a full star for--no matter how much I love them---no hybrids! Taylor Made, makers of some of the best rescue clubs in the business, really dropped the ball here.
Even though I love the Wilson Di 9's well enough to have purchased a set with which I still play, I tagged them for a full star. It's simply ridiculous to build a set of "Super Game Improvement Clubs" and not include the matching hybrids at the low end of the set. Fortunately, I was buying the Wilsons more for distance than forgiveness. I also tagged Nike's Slingshot 4D set for a full star. Conversely, when Nike brought out the Slingshot 4D Hi Launch with brilliantly designed hybrids--they were getting rave reviews from your's truly. Same with Wilson and the new D-Fy Iron Set. Good Super Game Improvement Irons deserve Good Hybrids to match.
3I = 20*
4I = 23*
5I = 26*
6I = 29*
7I = 33*
8I = 37*
9I = 41*
PW = 46*
AW = 51*
SW = 56*
Oveall--- 4 Stars
These are pretty good clubs in this category. It truly is a shame that TM would be so cheap as to try to skip out on the matching hybrids. It is especially inexcusable for a company trying to return to the top of their form. After all, it should have been obvious that the very market they are attempting to appeal to with these irons, was already turned off by similar offerings from makers that TM could completely outclass just a club generation ago. It has to be either over confidence, stupidity, or the tyranny of the bean counters that caused this foolish decision. I'm afraid that no hybrids in a Super Game Improvement set is like Aunt Jemimah Pancakes without the syrup, and if you're old enough to remember that little jingle--you know that that's as bad as Spring without The Fall.