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.
Taylormade Stealth Irons Specs
Taylormade Stealth Irons Notable Features:
Here are some of the more notable features of the Stealth Irons.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
Taylormade Stealth Irons Review & Final Verdict (4.8/5)
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.
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.