TaylorMade M4 irons

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DON
TaylorMade M4 irons

I just got an email from TaylorMade about their new Project A golf ball so I went to their site to check it out. While I was there I also looked at the new M4 irons. If you look at the specs for these irons, you might notice that they have Very Strong Lofts to them The has only 25* of loft, which is way low. My current 6 iron has 32* of loft. 7 more than this new M4 iron. The 8 iron in this set has 33*, or one more than my 6 iron. No wonder the reports are saying they hit these new irons a lot farther then what they have been hitting their own irons. Truth is the M4 6 iron is more like my 4 iron than the 6 iron in my bag. I remember hitting the Burner 2.0 6 iron when it came out a few years ago. I hit it a good 20 yards longer than my 6 iron due to it having 27* of loft compared to 32* for my iron. And the launch angle was about 5 degrees lower and I was getting a lot of run-out on the shots. Again more like a 4 iron then a true 6 iron. While I'm sure some golfers will fall for the longer distance trick, but I'd rather have a set of irons that hit the ball a lot higher than what these new toys do. 

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Agree Don.  It's getting

Agree Don.  It's getting crazy.  But the work being done with lower CG and making the clubs more forgiving, they can bend a 6I to the equivelant to a 4i but still players can hit it high and get the ball to hold.   The thing I saw was the challenge on getting my wedges right..when my PW is like 42degrees, you're really needing like 5 wedges to try and get your loft gaps right

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I think that you're going to

I think that you're going to start to see golfers build bags club by club as they once did so many years ago.  Do you really need an 8 club set of irons when the 6 iron is 25° and I can get cavity back design specific wedges down to 46° (Cleveland CBX)?  Even with irons now approaching $200 per club when custom ordered piece by piece, it's still a better deal to order three or four then buy your typical eight club iron set at ~$1000.

DON
Scott; When I did a demo on

Scott; When I did a demo on the Burner 2.0 irons, the tech rep told me that I would hit the 27* Burner iron just as high as I hit my current 32* 6 iron due to the shaft design and the lower CG of the Burner 2.0 head. That's what he said. What I got was NOT like that at all. I hit the Burner 6 iron a good 5 or 6 degrees lower than I hit my 6 iron. I know because I hit my 6 iron side by side with the Burner iron, and that's what the launch monitor was showong. And when I hit the Burner I not only got 20 more yards of carry with a lower launch angle, I was getting about 20 to 25 yards of Roll-Out, When I hit my 6 iron on the same monitor I didn't get anywhere near that much roll out, so I liked the results with my 6 iron a lot more. Fact is, it's hard to land the ball on the green and get it to hold when I would be getting 20 to25 yards of roll-out. It's hard enought to hold the greens here in Colorado with the firm and fast greens we have due to the dry climate. 

IF the Tech Rep was correct, and I DID hit the Burner 6 iron just as high and I got the same amount of roll, then I'd be happy with the extra 20 yards of carry I got with the Burner 2.0. But as it was, I was much better off sticking with my old set of irons. And IF I needed the extra 20 yards I could just hit my 5 iron instead of a 6 and get 15 of those yards that way.and still have the holding power I get with my current irons. 

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.

DON
Another thing about the new

Another thing about the new M4 irons, same as with the Burner 2.0 irons I demo-ed, is that the steel ahsfts the come with the irons are very light weight. I think the M4 irons come with 95 gram shafts compared to 85 grams for the Burner 2.0 irons. My current set of irons have S flex shafts that weigh around 130 grams or so. That's pretty much the norm for a set of high end tour quality shafts. While some people will tell you that a lighter shaft mean more distance, I have NOT found that to be the case, at least not for me. All of the OEM's say the same thing for driver shafts, lighter shafts mean more distance due to higher swing speeds. Again, I have NOT found this to be true, and I've had other golfers hit my drivers and they get the SAME results, Every golfer that had hit my 75 gram shaft driver has NOT lost any speed compared to a lighter shaft driver. SOME have in fact GAINED speed with the heiver shaft. One guy went up about EIGHT miles per hours when going from a 55 gram shaft to my 75 gram shaft driver. So much for what the OEM's will tell you in order to get you to buy new clubs. 

Don

Putting is easy if you have the Right Putter.