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2014 TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB Irons Review

2014 TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB Irons Review

TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB Steel Irons: $562.50 (five-piece set) to $899.99 (eight-piece set)

TaylorMade released its 2014 Tour Preferred CB Irons with a new twist on the set.

For many years, there was a distinction between game-improving irons and playing irons. Now, the TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB Irons are a bridge between those. And creating a set with the elements of game improvement may bring a new group of golfers to this set.

These irons are a good mix of game-improvement elements with traditional cavity-back (CB) clubs. This may give people on the fence a good reason to switch. However, for a purist, this will not be your cup of tea.

Look

It’s a classic cavity-back look with a thinner top line for the shorter irons. This gives you a good feel for working the ball or going after spin.

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The higher irons have the look of a TaylorMade SpeedBlade lower iron. The thicker top line and sole gives you a different look than the shorter version. This may be a hard change for people used to playing with traditional CBs.

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Technology

The shorter irons have a good sound and feel on crisp shots but seem stiffer on miss hits. The longer irons have the “speed pocket” insert. Coupled with the thicker club head, I’d say the TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB Irons have a forgiving feel, even on those miss hits. This is much different that most irons of the same genre.

People who like to feel the shot may be turned away as this diminishes the ability to feel where you are hitting on the clubface.

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Performance

This is where the TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB Irons shine. The generally hardest to hit clubs are the high irons, but the insert and clubface give these high irons each a really forgiving face. Miss hits will find their way farther and straighter down the fairway than most other irons that you do not hit crisp.

Please take this part with a grain of salt since I traditionally hit the ball really high. With that said, the launch was relatively low on these irons. This will allow for more distance, a TaylorMade trademark, and to attack pins with spin.

With the change to a longer and more forgiving high iron, accuracy tends to suffer. For better players, feel is key to correcting shots; and these irons make it harder to do so. This trade-off still may be worth hitting better and easier long irons consistently. The shorter irons give you the feel needed for more accurate shots.

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Final Thoughts

TaylorMade seems to be trying to make every new club longer and easier to hit. The TaylorMade Tour Preferred CB Irons are no different.

These CB Irons are a good mix of game-improvement elements with traditional cavity-back clubs. This may give people on the fence a good reason to switch. However, for a purist, it will not be your cup of tea.

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