Takomo 101T Irons Review

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The Takomo 101T irons are a refinement of a set that swings above its weight class.  The 101s offered fantastic value, solid feel, and great performance, but the 101Ts are sleeker, smaller, and offered in an even more attractive package.  

Introduction

If the 101Ts sound familiar, it’s because they are.  These new irons are an offshoot of the Takomo 101s (review HERE), with some noticeable changes.  Interestingly, those changes are directly tied to the critiques I had written about.  Takomo has honed in on what was most successful in those initial golf clubs.  More than that though, they have also made subtle, impactful changes to improve them.  What Takomo hasn’t changed though, is a serious focus on value.  Offering premium grips and shafts these clubs cost less than $600 for a full set from 4-PW. 

Looks

The shiny chrome heads can be mistaken for blades in the bag and feel distinctly modern.  As I hinted above, the looks of the 101Ts have been refined compared to the 101s.  The T features a thinner topline, less offset, a narrower sole, and a shorter blade length (75mm compared to 79.5mm).  It’s very similar to the difference between TaylorMade’s P790 and the P770 models.  

These irons should suit the eye of better players.  The minimized offset allows the player to feel they have more control.  While the slightly boxy topline may not be a universal favorite, I enjoy how it frames the ball.

Sound & Feel

The 101T may be similar in construction to the 101, but I was immediately struck by how much better they sound.  While they still have a distinct noise off each strike, it’s noticeably less high-pitched than the original irons.  Dropping in pitch, the resulting sound is much more of a “clack” with less negative ringing feedback in the hands as well. 

Compared to other clubs in the player’s distance category, I would say they feel less firm than the Titleist T200s but firmer than Cobra’s Forged Tec.  That comfortably puts these irons in a nice goldilocks zone. They are neither too firm nor too soft in feel. 

Performance

The 101Ts are different not just in looks but in performance too.  After all, they are weaker lofted and have noticeably less offset.  Those differences make these irons more spinny, higher launching, and less draw-biased.  

With those altered lofts, not only is the performance improved in terms of height, spin, and landing angle, but there’s also improved gapping in the bag.  With the PW at 46 degrees of loft, it flows better with the Skyforger wedges (review HERE) Takomo offers at 52, 56, and 60 degrees.  

While these irons certainly are not the end-all, be-all of ball speed, they allowed me to perform as well as I ever have.  In my very first round with these irons, I shot under par for the first time in my life.  I was able to shape shots, get the ball to stop on a dime, and still be confident that off-center strikes wouldn’t be severely punished.

Of course, the shaft has a huge say in how any iron performs, so I’m happy to report there are several shaft options.  That means the gearheads can dial in their clubs to their specs, for a bit more than the stock options of KBS Tour Lite and Tour.  The customized options include other KBS models including the MAX, C-Taper, and the Fujikura graphite model Atmos Red. 

Conclusion

Golf, at its core, is about bettering yourself.  We all work to do more and to do better.  Takomo, as a company, continues to do the same.  They are not only bettering themselves by offering more options in their irons, but also by listening to the critiques of fans and making changes when need be.  The 101T irons distill what’s good about the 101 irons while editing out what kept them from being great.  For the value, they are worth your attention. For the performance, they may be worth a spot in your bag. 

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Drew Koch

Drew is an entertainment journalist that has covered everything from golf, TV/film, art, and food for years. He’ll be looking to bring you the latest stories from the PGA Tour and the greatest equipment on offer. A single-digit handicap, he’s been playing competitive golf since childhood, and recorded three holes-in-one by the time he was 13. Based in Chicagoland, he’s always down for a round and a hot dog at the halfway house so be sure to follow him on instagram @drewjkoch, so feel free to say hi.

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17 Comments

  1. Michael Constantine

    What shafts were you gaming ?

  2. How was the feel and distance of the 101T compared to the 201?

    • Hey Alex,

      Good question. Feel has to go to the 201. The 201 utilizes forged S20C steel and for those who prefer the softest feels, I think it’s tremendous. That being said, the 101T feels better than the 101, but both are noticeably firmer feeling than 201.

      Distance is another story. That easily goes to 101T by a few yards consistently.

      Drew

  3. Congrats on that first round under par! That was a goal for me this summer but I didn’t reach it yet.

    • Hey John!

      Thanks so much, I was pretty stoked about it myself haha. — I’ll be pulling for you to hit your goal soon, whether it’s this season or the next. Thanks for reading!

      Drew

  4. Patrick Kaack

    Hi Drew,

    Great review! What was the performance on thin strikes, assuming you had any? That’s my main iron miss. Thanks for any info.

    • Hey There Patrick,

      Thanks so much for your kind words! I’d say that these performed how one would expect thin strikes on other major manufacturers’ irons. I found there was a 4-6 yard loss in distance, but was reliably on target, with noticeably more spin. Nothing really unusual to report.

      Drew

  5. Brian Lepold

    Hi,

    Are the 101’s comparable to the P790’s? I ask because they have similar lofts, but the 101’s seem to be classified as game improvement irons but the P790’s are labeled as players distance. The 101T’s are Takomo’s players distance but the lofts are weaker then the P790’s. Trying to decide between the Takomo’s.

  6. Have you reviewed the Bridgestone e6 golf ball?

  7. I own the Takomo 201s and Titliest 2021 T200s. Both 4-P. How does the 101T compare to both? Thanks

  8. Jay Vincent

    Drew
    Would anybody buy them instead of a name brand club at about the same price when u add
    Everything up?

  9. I’m trying to decide on a shaft. Which shaft did you swing? Opinion on that shaft?

  10. I am waiting for the lh 101t’s they tell me they will be coming in the new year .

    • I ordered 8/24/22 and they are supposed to be delivered tomorrow 10/28/22. I had mine .75″ and 3° upright though.

  11. Hi Drew. Terrific review. Do you know if the 201’s or the 101t can be bent to strengthen their lofts?
    Thanks
    Peter

  12. Delivery time 101T standaard shaft KBS stift and 3 wedges 52 56 60

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