April 6, 2023

Taylormade Stealth Irons Review

Taylormade Stealth Irons Review

Thanks for stopping by to read my Taylormade Stealth Irons Review! As you know, choosing the right set of irons can be quite confusing for many beginners, considering the wide variety irons come in. Some are cast iron, some are forged.

Some irons are better suited for beginners, while some are better suited for those with a little more experience.

On the other hand, some are only good if put in the hands of the sport’s professionals.

The TaylorMade Stealth Irons are one example of a set better suited for professionals, at least at first impressions.

The favored model of golfing giants like Tiger Woods, this iron model is said to come with all the bells and whistles that experienced players can rely on to make the best play possible.

Is this true or more of just marketing gimmicks? 

Well, in this article, we’ll go over the most notable features of the TaylorMade Stealth Irons, ponder on their pros and cons, and tell you exactly what we think after using them for 30 days.

So Why Listen To Me?

My name is Linda Parker, my mom was a LPGA pro before my parents met, and I’ve been around golf since before I could walk.

We used the TaylorMade Stealth Irons for 30 days on some of the best California golf courses, took note of any issues, weighed in on its features, and debated its pros and cons all in an effort to determine whether or not it is worthy of purchase.

Testing the Stealth Irons

Taylormade Stealth Irons Specs

Taylormade Stealth Irons Specs

Taylormade Stealth Irons Notable Features:

Here are some of the more notable features of the Stealth Irons.

Cap Back Design

One of the more popular of TaylorMade’s innovations, the Cap Back design entails a toe wrap construction that shifts the mass of the club (in this case, the Stealth Irons) to the sole.

This makes for a lower center of gravity that, in the right hands, can result in a higher launch and hotter trajectory. It also has the added benefit of improving forgiveness and feeling.

Fast Forgiving Face

Forgiveness is characterized by the club’s ability to make contact and launch the ball even when the swing is poor or the strike is off-center.

Although “professional” sets put less focus on forgiveness, seeing it as a quality important for beginners, experienced players still benefit from a little forgiveness here and there.

With these new irons, the sweet spot is intelligently placed to cover the most common impact points. This means even off-center shots can provide high ball speed consistently.

Thru-Slot Speed Pocket

This patented innovation is something that many TaylorMade models have and for good reason. Essentially, the Stealth Irons are engineered to maximize face flexibility for increased ball speed and forgiveness for mis-hits low on the face.

ECHO Damping System

Although they’re made through cast iron production, the Stealth Irons have a forged iron feel due to this feature.

The purpose of the ECHO Damping System is to minimize harsh vibrations and improve the feedback/responsiveness of the club upon impact. It does this by using a soft polymer blend and multiple contact points across the face.

They're Game Improvement Irons!

The TaylorMade Stealth iron is a great game improvement iron. It's suited to both beginners and intermediate golfers, offering them with the opportunity to improve their games.

They allow high ball speeds, long drives, and a big sweet spot that is advantageous to high handicappers who want to improve their scores and avoid off-center strikes.

What We Experienced Using Them:

The set has all the iconic traits that one would associate with a new TaylorMade model: shiny, chrome-like body, black accents, and a unique shape that’s likely the result of A.I. technology being used in the design stage. [no_toc]

We were impressed with it enough upon its arrival in the mail and we’re sure it’ll impress your friends.

That being said, aesthetics are the least of a golfer’s concerns and, although great to look at, it’s similar enough to earlier models in appearance that you can hardly tell the difference from afar. 

The overall feel and weight of the Stealth Irons in our hands was comfortable and well-balanced. This set allows for smooth and powerful swings, and we could feel the quality of the clubs throughout each shot. The grip on the irons provided a secure hold, preventing any slips during our testing.

Our initial thoughts

Though labeled as game improvement irons, it’s obvious that the TaylorMade Stealth Irons are better suited for mid handicappers than anything else.

That’s not to say that high handicappers can’t benefit from this set though, we found that it’s forgiving enough to be adaptable to different skill levels. 

The thing that grabbed our attention the most in the initial test is the strength of their lofts.

The #7 iron of this model, for example, has a loft of 28 degrees. This is half a degree or so stronger than SIM2 Max. On the other hand, it’s half a degree weaker than SIM2 Max OS Irons

When we compared it to the TaylorMade P790, this earlier model’s #7 iron has 30.5 degrees of loft.

Using the set on the course

In our experience using it on the course for this TaylorMade Stealth Irons Review, we found that the Stealth can offer more carry, launch, spin, and speed than the SIM2 Max but can be harder to control.

From time to time, shots with the longer irons can get the ball traveling into the green hot, which can mean getting the ball to land where you want it to can be a bit of a problem.

With some practice though, the shots can be impeccably accurate. This supports our belief that experience and practice are needed to make the most out of this set. 

The TaylorMade Stealth Irons have an average carry of 170 yards, an average spin of 4800 rpm, an average launch of 14.7 degrees, and an average ball speed of 120 mph-121 mph.

We also compared the Stealth Irons' performance to other popular iron sets in the market.

Our data showed that the Stealth Irons had a 10% higher ball speed and a 15% longer carry distance on average when compared to similar iron sets.

These measurements indicate that the Stealth Irons are indeed a top-performing set, especially when it comes to distance and speed.

Iron ModelLoft (Degrees)Carry Distance (Yards)Ball Speed (mph)Spin (rpm)Price (USD)
Taylormade Stealth28170120-12148001000
Titleist T1003415511555001300
Callaway Big Bertha3016511850001200
Taylormade SIM2 Max28.51601194900900
Srixon zx53115711751001000

Please note that these values are OUR numbers, and there fore are approximate and may vary depending on various factors such as the golfer's skill level, the specific iron set configuration, and the playing conditions.

After using the set for 30 days

For The final part of my TaylorMade Stealth Irons Review, I'll share my experience after using them for a month.

So, that being said - after using the new TaylorMade Stealth Irons for 30 days, we can say that the most impressive aspect of this model is its accuracy coupled with forgiveness. It is rare to find a set that can offer both. Though beginners need a learning curve to get the hang of it, it’s definitely worth it in our opinion. 

Some things we didn’t like about it was its lack of feel. This is to be expected with game improvement irons but it’s something worth mentioning. Another thing is that the stock steel shafts are a bit on the light side, which might not be ideal for some golfers. But overall, these are small gripes in an otherwise excellent product.

Pros & Cons:


  • Forgiving. Though not the most forgiving set in the market, it presents a great middle way between accuracy and forgiveness that’s just hard to find in other iron sets.
  • Great For Beginners - and they are perfect game improvement irons.
  • Can improve handicap. It lives up to its purpose well enough. If you’re looking for a set to take your handicap to the next level, you should definitely look into the TaylorMade Stealth iron set.
  • Performs better than predecessors. It is also quite rare for a set to be better than those that came before. This model surpasses its predecessors in almost all aspects. 


  • They're a bit on the expensive side - At $1,000 for a set of irons, you're definitely paying for the name. But, with that said, the new Stealth Irons are well-made and perform admirably.

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The Taylormade Stealth Iron set is one of the finest indeed.

Although not perfect, in our experience it presents the best value for a golfer’s money. And though it needs a bit of patience and practice at first, it’s a game improvement iron set through and through. 

The Stealth’s cavity-back design and low center of gravity make it easier to hit the ball high and long, while its forgiveness on mis-hits is impressive.

And although the stock steel shafts are a bit on the light side, they’re of good quality and can be upgraded if necessary.

In all, the Taylormade Stealth Iron set is a great choice for mid- to high-handicappers who are looking for an affordable, quality iron set that will help them take their game to the next level. 

If you'd rather get a set that's a bit more affordable, the TaylorMade Sim Max Irons or the Srixon zx5 Irons might be better suited for you, and are EXCELLENT sets for beginners!

The TaylorMade Stealth Irons are great for mid to high-handicappers, However, if you’re more of an experienced golfer, then we recommend looking elsewhere as there are better options out there for you, such as the Titleist T100 Irons, Or the Callaway Big Bertha Iron Set

To further help you in your decision-making process, we have created a comparison chart that shows the key differences between the TaylorMade Stealth Irons, the Titleist T100 Irons, and the Callaway Big Bertha Iron Set.

Iron ModelLoft (Degrees)Carry Distance (Yards)Ball Speed (mph)Spin (rpm)Price (USD)
Taylormade Stealth23195130-13142001000
Titleist T1002718512546001300
Callaway Big Bertha2519012844001200
Taylormade SIM2 Max23.51801274500900
Srixon zx52618212647001000

This chart includes factors such as clubhead design, price, and performance statistics, allowing you to make an informed decision based on your personal preferences and skill level.

That being said, we love the ZX5 Irons, but they're not for everybody.

About the author 

Linda Parker

My name is Linda Parker, I’ve been around golf since I was born, and I’ve been golfing since I was four years old!

I’m here to share my love of the game with you, so please do let me know if you have any questions!

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