Golf News – September 11, 2017

TaylorMade Golf Company Reveals M CGB Irons

CARLSBAD, CALIF. (September 7, 2017) — TaylorMade Golf, an industry leader in iron technology and innovation, announced today the release of the all-new M CGB irons. Featuring consistently high COR throughout the entire set, an extremely low and back center of gravity and many of the company’s most prominent iron performance technologies, M CGB delivers powerful and forgiving playability in their fastest iron set (4-PW) to date.*

“The CGB name is iconic and represents some of the longest and most forgiving irons we’ve ever created at TaylorMade. The concept has now been re-created with all our latest technology to bring never-before-seen performance to golfers of all skill levels.”

Tomo Bystedt, Senior Director, Iron Product Creation

With the introduction of M CGB, TaylorMade enhances the M Irons family with a new super game-improvement option. In each iron throughout the set, golfers will discover the signature technologies that made both the M1 and M2 irons so successful — Speed Pocket, Face Slots, 360° undercut, Inverted Cone — in addition to new technologies that launch M CGB to the next level of performance. These proven technologies are combined with a clubhead designed with high-MOI using Tungsten weighting and an ultra-thin leading edge to deliver full-face forgiveness like never before.

By complementing the low CG position with strategically adjusted lofts, TaylorMade’s engineers have produced optimal distance gapping emphasizing higher peak height throughout the set. In fact, M CGB achieves the highest peak trajectory of any TaylorMade iron since 2012 (including the 2017 M2), allowing golfers of all swing speeds to produce higher, softer landing shots.

To further differentiate M CGB from the competitive set, TaylorMade’s engineers deviated from standard practices to advance their performance capabilities. While traditional game-improvement irons feature a progressive COR that reaches closer to the max in longer irons, M CGB utilizes a consistent COR model with every iron capping out at a substantially high COR limit. A constant COR is achieved using consistently thin face thicknesses and utilizing Face Slots and Speed Pocket technology all the way through to the PW. This produces optimized launch conditions throughout the set, regardless of which iron in the set the golfer is playing.

Each M CGB iron features four weight ports that house milled MIM (metal-injection-molded) tungsten weights. These tungsten weights work to increase MOI and move the center of gravity low and back for higher launching shots.

To deliver increased draw-bias and tighter overall dispersion, the Inverted Cone has been redesigned and relocated to a slightly off-center position (closer to the toe). Additionally, a newly redesigned Speed Pocket provides for flexibility for the generation of faster ball speed. Last but not least, M CGB irons utilize TaylorMade’s Geocoustic technologies to create a fine-tuned sound and feel. The precision-shaped head geometry combines with an ultra-stiff 3D sound management badge and a soft Hybrar damper to reduce unwanted vibrations and produce superior sound and feel.

Taking decades worth of irons innovations and uniting them with new technologies, M CGB delivers a complete set of high-performance irons that are long, high, forgiving, and incredibly easy to hit.

Pricing and Availability

Available at retail on September 29, the M CGB irons will be offered in 4-PW, AW, or SW (8-pieces) with Nippon NS Pro 840 steel shafts ($1,199.99 USD) or UST Recoil 460 ES graphite shafts ($1,399.99 USD) with a TaylorMade Dual Feel grip. Additionally, a variety of custom shaft and grip options are also available.

KZG Loves Lefties … The ZO Plus Blades And More

PALM DESERT, Calif. (September 5, 2017) KZG, The #1 Custom ProLine™, known for its award winning forged irons, now adds the left hand model of its popular ZO Plus Blades for competitive lefties.

Lefties often feel like the step child with less equipment options than Righties. This is truly not a function of ignoring lefties, but rather more about commercial feasibility. When you consider the cost of tooling and amortizing that cost over a smaller volume of equipment sales, most golf companies opt for fewer leftie models.

“But KZG has always been different”, reports Jennifer King, President of KZG. “We are a golf company, not a marketing company. Rather than change models every year (or every six months), KZG keeps its models available for many years…KZG clubs actually have intrinsic value!”

Lefties are just like other golfers…they have unique swings … and thus one size does not fit all. KZG carries 7 models of left handed irons so that KZG Master Fitters can select the design features required for each lefty golfer:

ZO Plus Forged blade for the competitive player
Evolution III Forged midsize cavity back for the mid to low handicapper
Forged V Forged cavity back with low cg for the mid to high handicap player
EC II Progressive cavity back for the mid to low handicapper
XCB Deep undercut with low cg for the mid to high handicap
HPS Oversize with wide sole and low cg for the high handicap player
LDI And the new insert iron that will make everyone’s game “young again”.

“KZG has held the position as the #1 Custom ProLine due to its continuing commitment to offer equipment that is ‘demonstrably better'” reports Jennifer King, President of KZG. “We don’t skimp on our materials or our manufacturing processes … we insist on perfection. We know our lefties will love the new ZO Plus which will prove to be the most versatile and accurate blades on the market”.

The ZO Plus Blades are available in both RH and LH, #3-9, PW. Each ZO Plus Blade will be custom fit and custom built with the ideal shaft for every golfer’s unique swing. MSRP starts at $179 per club depending on shaft selection.

 

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Bill Bush

Co-Founder, Director of Technology at PluggedInGolf.com
Bill is a true golf gear nerd by definition who loves making custom club creations in his garage with tools like sledge hammers, blow torches, and his bare hands. When Bill isn't working on PluggedInGolf.com, or in the garage, he is a technology manager living in the Chicago suburbs with his wife and kids. Bill plays Scott Readman Concepts putters and accessories.

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