The TaylorMade Stealth Irons Might Have Revolutionized the Game-Improvement Category
By Ryan Gager
Irons come in all shapes, sizes and categories. From forged to cast, blade to cavity back, players to game-improvement, there are several descriptors when it comes to irons. So where do TaylorMade’s Stealth irons fit in, and how did we get to this point from previous iterations of irons? We’re glad you asked, because Matt Bovee, TaylorMade Senior Manager of Product Development, is here to talk all things irons in this edition of Club Explorers. See how the TaylorMade Stealth irons fared in our list of Top Irons for Mid-Handicappers.
TaylorMade Stealth and The Evolution of Irons
When you think back to early irons of the 60s, 70s and 80s, you probably think of forged blades with a thin top line offering little if any forgiveness.
Fast-forward a few decades and iron technology has come a long way. TaylorMade has been on the forefront of these innovations with multi-material construction, speed pockets and increasing face flexibility. This leads to higher ball speeds and more distance with added forgiveness on mishits.
Stealth was designed as a game improvement iron with the looks and feel of a more traditional players iron. The toe wrap technology enables a repositioning of mass from the toe area of the club to the sole. This added mass low in the clubhead makes the Stealth high-launching and forgiving.
The Echo Damping System, a polymer blend inside the clubhead, along with an updated design helps TaylorMade develop an iron that looks and feels more like a players iron, while still delivering the benefits of a game-improvement iron.
Traditional vs Strong Iron Lofts and Custom Fitting
Recently, a lot has been made of newer irons having stronger lofts than traditional irons. Matt says the answer to that is simple – because the newer, more technologically advanced irons launch higher than traditional irons, they had to counter against creating too much height by lowering lofts.
Essentially, while having stronger lofts, the Stealth irons should have peak heights similar to older irons that don’t have the technology advancements that Stealth does. Even with stronger lofts, Stealth is getting the correct height to be able to land and hold greens.
Because so much has changed in iron technology, the best way to find clubs for you and your game is to get fit. A GOLFTEC Coach will be able to find the right clubhead and shaft combination for you.
In addition, your club fitting will also show where your yardage gaps are, especially at the top of your bag where there are so many options – long irons, driving irons, hybrids, 7 woods, 5 woods and list goes on.
If you haven’t hit the TaylorMade Stealth irons, be sure to stop in to your local GOLFTEC today to give them a try! They are a game changer in the game-improvement category. They look great at address, in the bag, and on the course as you hit them close to the pin! Your local GOLFTEC Coach will be able to fit you into the best irons for your game. Whether you’re looking for more distance, feel, accuracy or any combination, GOLFTEC can fit you into something that you will love!
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